Author Teddy Wayne Is Bad at Twitter (Not Really), Guide to Writing a Memoir, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.23.13

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:

Amazon intends to open a new million-square-foot warehouse in the state of California. (Shelf Awareness)

With tips from Meghan Daum, Anthony Swofford, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, among others, Salon offers a guide to writing a memoir.

Meanwhile, on the Longform podcast, essayist Starlee Kine speaks with Atavist co-founder Evan Ratliff about memoir, pitching stories, and much more.

The New York Observer met with Kapitoil author Teddy Wayne to discuss his new novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and the difficulties of self-promotion: “Every time I tweet, a little part of me dies.”

Three hundred and fifty commercial etchings by poet and artist William Blake were discovered during a two-year study at University of Manchester's John Rylands Library in England. (Los Angeles Times)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher is in discussions to helm the screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling Gone Girl. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea at Pacific Standard will produce the film. (In July 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported Gone Girl was optioned for one million dollars, with Flynn paid an additional five hundred thousand dollars to pen the screenplay.) (Entertainment Weekly)

In other adaptation news, a dramatization of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four will air on BBC Radio for the first time. (Telegraph)

Author and writing instructor Aaron Hamburger explains reverse outlining. (New York Times)

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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.