Success with a Pseudonym, J. K. Rowling's Novel for Grownups, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.23.12

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

The Independent Publishers Group (IPG) announced that Amazon removed all IPG's Kindle e-books from its website—around five thousand titles. According to the Huffington Post, Amazon turned off the buying button on IPG's books because IPG refused to accept Amazon's revised set of terms regarding revenue.

Because of the sales figures of her fifth novel, Patricia O’Brien was having a difficult time landing a publisher for her sixth book, a work of historical fiction called The Dressmaker. After her agent suggested she resubmit the book under a pseudonym, Kate Alcott, it sold in three days. (New York Times)

GalleyCat gathered a selection of free classes for writers and readers on iTunes U.

Today, it was announced that Little, Brown will publish a novel intended for adults by J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. (New York Times)

As the Academy Awards approach, the New York Daily News "will be writing about three nominees for Best Picture that are not only unworthy of such distinction, but are all adaptations of even worse books." Its first offering is writer and publisher Roxane Gay's take on Kathryn Stockett's The Help.

The Millions asks, "Where do you write?" and provides intimate details of the work spaces of its writers. (Emily St. John Mandel writes standing up.)

Meanwhile, inspired by the Millions, poet and children's books author Laurel Snyder gives readers a look inside her prized writing shed.

If a shed is not enough space for you, consider buying Ernest Hemingway's childhood home. It's for sale. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Novelist Jeffrey Eugenides has joined the board of directors of the Paris Review. (New York Daily News)

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Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.


Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.


Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.