| Give a Gift |

  • Digital Edition

Buying a Spot on the Bestseller List, Gender Disparity in Books Coverage, and More

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.22.13

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:

The Wall Street Journal shines a light on a company called ResultSource, which purchases vast amounts of an author's books to game the bestseller lists. (Amazon announced it stopped conducting business with ResultSource.)

Sarah Jaffe calls out the New York Times for gender disparity in its coverage of books and culture. (Columbia Journalism Review)

Graywolf press has launched three-city poetry tours for its authors. (Shelf Awareness)

Emily Witt discovered a peculiar connection between Joan Didion's Play It As It Lays, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (n+1)

Martín Espada recently discussed the powerful significance of poetry with Bill Moyers on PBS.

Was the editor just being nice? Should you submit to them again? Seth Fried explains how to interpret your rejection letters. (Tin House)

The Times Literary Supplement looks at the three-volume Selected Letters of Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden, 1919–1967, and how despite long careers the two men are remembered as War Poets.

If you're in the United Kingdom, now you can send a letter home with Jane Austen stamps. (Huffington Post UK)

Flavorwire lists the ten sexiest books of all time.

Meanwhile, the Daily Beast uncovered a shirtless Mark Twain, among others.

Reader Comments

  • heatherlizhill says...

    Thank you for sharing the piece on the literary rejection letters. I definitely had a good laugh or two. I think as writers, we've all been there (and if not, we will be if we intend to publish). 

City Guide

by Jen Michalski

Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.

Upcoming Events
Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center
October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm
Antigone Books
October 31, 2014 - 7:00pm
Walt Whitman Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center
November 1, 2014 (All day)
Hilton Garden Inn
November 1, 2014 - 9:30am
Writespace Houston
November 1, 2014 - 10:00am
Conferences & Residencies
Salt Cay, Bahamas
West Cork, Ireland
Riga, Latvia
Writing Contests
Provincetown OuterMost Community Radio
American Library Association
Asheville Poetry Review
Magazine Articles

by Staff

November/December 2014

Artist and architect Matteo Pericoli pairs drawings of views from the desks of writers around the world with essays by those writers about where they write, what they see, and how their view informs their work

by Mira Ptacin

November/December 2014

Despite struggles, libraries are learning to navigate the ever-changing, and often cost-prohibitive, landscape of digital lending.


Directory of Writers
Naperville, IL
Poet, Fiction Writer
Katonah, NY

Subscribe to P&W Magazine | Donate Now | Advertise | Sign up for E-Newsletter | Help | About Us | Contact Us | View Mobile Site

© Copyright Poets & Writers 2014. All Rights Reserved