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.
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The literary agent answers questions about submitting story collections, getting an agent’s attention, and querying two agents at the same agency.
The full archive of interviews with the professional writers, readers, and thinkers whose job is to start conversations about contemporary literature.
The industry’s best and brightest agents respond directly to readers’ questions in this regular column dating back to 2010.
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?
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.
This collection of case studies in self-publishing offers independent authors advice, warnings, encouragement, and inspiration.
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.
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.
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.
The critic discusses her reading process, the perfect pan, and the popular Twitter hashtag she created, #FridayReads.
In the second installment in a yearlong series on publishing professionals, four publicists describe the challenges of their job in the digital age.
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.
An agent answers questions on obtaining the copyright of a self-published novel and seeking a U.S. publisher from abroad.
In this continuing series, a book critic discusses Minnesota’s thriving literary community and the importance of reviewing small-press titles.
An agent answers questions on referrals, pitching a self-published book, and what to do if you’re dropped by an agency.
In this continuing series, a book reviewer discusses the art of literary criticism—from the value of negative reviews to critics he admires.
An entrepreneur self-publishes a book about the failure of his business. An editor and publicist weigh in.
A novelist and critic discusses the book reviewing process, the role of social media in literary criticism, and much more.