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:
Simon & Schuster reports its sales were down in the third quarter , yet earnings rose, and digital sales increased 20 percent. (Publishers Weekly)
A crime writer in Texas, Nancy Mancuso Gelber, was recently imprisoned for contracting to murder her husband . (Huffington Post)
Vanity Fair visits with novelist, screenwriter, and Downton Abbey creator , Julian Fellowes.
With hacking prevalent, the New York Times provides advice for writers and anyone else who uses a computer—how to create a proper password .
This month, to draw attention to censorship, Words Without Borders features the work of banned Chinese writers .
The Millions rounds up a rogue’s gallery of literary characters  who'd never be elected to office.
Author Nicholson Baker has been posting songs on YouTube . (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)
Jezebel features a list of advice F. Scott Fitzgerald gave to his daughter , including: "Don't worry about popular opinion."
If you're thinking ahead for the holidays, consider the Bibliochaise, a chair that showcases three hundred books . (Daily Candy)