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Article Archive: The Practical Writer
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
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.
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.
This collection of case studies in self-publishing offers independent authors advice, warnings, encouragement, and inspiration.
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 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 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.
The industry’s best and brightest agents respond directly to readers’ questions in this regular column dating back to 2010.
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.
Independent publicists Lauren Cerand, Kima Jones, and Michael Taeckens on what they do for authors.
What to expect once you’ve published your debut book.
The books editor at O, the Oprah Magazine discusses how she got her start in the literary world, the selection criteria behind Oprah’s Book Club picks, and her favorite books of the year.