Article Archive: The Practical Writer

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

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

by
Gabriel Cohen
3.1.11
Thompson

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.

First: Karl Marlantes’s Matterhorn

by
Eryn Loeb
5.1.10

Today, Karl Marlantes's debut novel is garnering praise for its vivid, trenchant portrayal of American soldiers in the thick of the Vietnam War. But for more than thirty years, the manuscript languished in literary purgatory, while the author struggled to find an agent—not to mention a publisher—willing to take it on. 

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