Thirty Things Every Author Should Know About Publishing, E-books as the New Proving Ground, and More

by Bryanna Tidmarsh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 3.21.13

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:

British novelist Matt Haig shares with the Telegraph thirty things he’s learned about publishing since landing his first book deal ten years ago. 

Authors such as Neil Gaiman and Ian Rankin pay tribute to best-selling horror novelist James Herbert, who died yesterday at sixty-nine, the BBC reports. 

In an interview with National Public Radio, poet Dunya Mikhail shares her experience of revisiting Iraq through poetry after fleeing in the wake of the Gulf War seventeen years ago. 

Salon's Laura Miller argues that e-books, which make up only 25 percent of the book market, aren’t replacing print; rather, they are serving as a proving ground where publishers can find new authors with an established readership. 

Saskatchewan libraries are seeking to promote reading by launching a contest in which teenagers ages twelve to eighteen create a trailer for their favorite book. (Daily News)

Flavorwire features accounts from former students who studied under acclaimed writers such as Vladimir Nabokov, David Foster Wallace, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jonathan Franzen. 

Knopf has just published the first English translation of Vladimir Nabokov’s only full-length play, written when he was twenty-four years old. 

Having recently asked their Facebook community if they have any literary tattoos, Book Riot’s staff reveal their own ink

Current Issue

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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.