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:
After selling three hundred thousand e-books, self-published novelist Hugh Howey has landed a book deal  with Simon & Schuster. (GalleyCat)
Huffington Post rounds up gift ideas for every book lover  on your holiday shopping list.
David Foster Wallace biographer D. T. Max reveals the origins of his title phrase , "every love story is a ghost story." (New Yorker)
Humanities details the unexpected literary friendship between Dracula author Bram Stoker and Walt Whitman .
For the Poetry Society of America, Matthew Rohrer shares his affection for the fragments of Percy Bysshe Shelley .
Melville House considers what Shakespeare can teach us about the fiscal cliff .
The New York Daily News reports a man recorded himself reading the longest word in the world , which takes three hours to pronounce.
With hours to spare, the Rumpus reached its funding goal for a film adaptation of Stephen Elliott's novel , Happy Baby.