The industry’s best and brightest agents respond directly to readers’ questions in this regular column dating back to 2010.
Article Archive: The Practical Writer
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
The agent who represents writers TJ Alexander and K. Tempest Bradford, among others, answers questions about being ghosted by agents and how to query for nonfiction books.
The agent representing Chris Belcher, Kate Broad, Delia Cai, Duy Doan, and others offers advice about working with a coauthor, changing a memoir to fiction, why agents don’t consider previously published work, and how to become an agent.
The critic on the importance of respecting the artist’s labor, reviewing books published by independent houses, and more.
The full archive of interviews with the professional writers, readers, and thinkers whose job is to start conversations about contemporary literature.
This collection of case studies in self-publishing offers independent authors advice, warnings, encouragement, and inspiration.
Nikki Peoples describes how she self-published her sci-fi novel, The Station. An editor and a publicist give their advice on reaching more readers, leveraging the power of social media, and finding the right team of publishing professionals.
The literary agent answers questions about how to seek representation as a self-published author, break into the agenting business, and more.
The critic on how she began writing reviews, how she and the Times staff pick books to cover, and how social media affects her work.
The literary agent answers questions about submitting story collections, getting an agent’s attention, and querying two agents at the same agency.
Copy editors are adapting to increasing cultural awareness of racial injustice and new approaches to representing identity on the page. How can their work can help or hinder social change?
An author suggests several strategies for ordering a poetry collection that can help poets generate new poems to make a stronger, more cohesive book.
The critic on combining book reviews and cultural criticism, exposing readers to challenging views, and reading multiple books at once.
The freelance critic on her path to becoming a critic, her reading process, and her favorite publications.
The books editor of Entertainment Weekly discusses how he picks which titles to review and what he thinks books coverage will look like in ten years.
In the latest installment of a yearlong series on publishing professionals, four book marketers explain how they use advertising, social media, and other platforms to boost awareness about their titles.
Marlen Suyapa Bodden describes self-publishing her historical novel Arrows of Fire and hiring editorial and publishing professionals during the process. A publisher and a marketer weigh in with additional advice for engaging with readers.
In the second installment in a yearlong series on publishing professionals, four publicists describe the challenges of their job in the digital age.
The critic discusses her reading process, the perfect pan, and the popular Twitter hashtag she created, #FridayReads.
In the first installment of a yearlong series on publishing professionals, three literary agent assistants in New York City reveal the inner workings of a literary agency.
Carlos Lozada, a Pulitzer Prize–winning critic at the Washington Post, on his reading process, the role of social media in his work, and more.
One of the most prominent and liveliest critics in the United States discusses whether or not literary criticism can be taught, the value of negative criticism, and more.
A historical novelist discusses her experiences in self-publishing; an editor and publicist weigh in.
A literary agent answers questions from writers about genre, age, costs, and client lists.
In this continuing series, a book critic discusses the unique challenges of reviewing for radio and how she picks the books that make it on the air.