Article Archive: The Practical Writer

Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.

Decisions, Decisions: Three Different Paths to Publication

Alethea Black, Céline Keating, Michelle Toth

Three author friends who took different paths to the publication of their debut books—via commercial press, independent press, and self-publishing outfit—compare notes about everything from working with an editor and choosing a cover to marketing and publicity.

Publishing in the Twenty-First Century: An Interview With John B. Thompson

Gabriel Cohen

Gabriel Cohen, coordinator of Sundays at Sunny’s, one of New York City’s longest-running literary reading series, talks with John B. Thompson, author of Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century, who demystifies the complexity of the book-publishing industry in the United States and in the United Kingdom.