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With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Sophie Cabot Black's The Exchange and Brian Kimberling's Snapper, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
Simon & Schuster has created Archway Publishing, a self-publishing service; a copyright law that allows authors to purge thirty-five-year-old publishing contracts will take effect in 2013; Michelle Seaton explains how to get past your submission phobia; and other news.
by Alethea Black, Céline Keating, Michelle Toth
Three author friends who took different paths to the publication of their debut books—via commercial press, independent press, and self-publishing outfit—compare notes about everything from working with an editor and choosing a cover to marketing and publicity.
by Benjamin Percy
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Dial Press recently released the debut novels of crossover artists Steve Earle and Josh Ritter, musicians who, despite busy tour schedules, managed to carve out time to put their passions into print as well as into songs.
by Eryn Loeb
Today, Karl Marlantes's debut novel is garnering praise for its vivid, trenchant portrayal of American soldiers in the thick of the Vietnam War. But for more than thirty years, the manuscript languished in literary purgatory, while the author struggled to find an agent—not to mention a publisher—willing to take it on.
by Adrian Versteegh
Author Thomas Nesbit announced this week that he will donate half the earnings from his e-book Deep Fried to the nonprofit 826 National, which runs literacy centers for school-aged children in seven American cities. This is the first such pledge to the organization by a debut novelist.
by Henry Stimpson
Kathryn Starbuck has been around poets and poetry all her life, but she never wrote a single poem herself until about seven years ago, when she was grieving over the recent deaths of her parents, brother, and especially her beloved husband, the poet George Starbuck, who died in 1996 at the age of sixty-five, after a twenty-two-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
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