Another Self-Published Erotica Series Lands Book Deal, David Mitchell Mobbed in China, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

Following in the steps of Universal, Warner Brothers has passed on a screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell was recently mobbed by autograph seekers in Shanghai, China. (Wall Street Journal)

Amazon has launched the India Kindle Store. Books can now be purchased online with Indian currency, and its e-readers are available in retail stores nationwide. (Shelf Awareness)

Another self-published erotica series has landed a book deal—this time it's Anything He Wants (Dominated by the Billionaire) by Sara Fawkes. (GalleyCat)

On the Monographer's Blog, Anthony Haynes weighs in on the intricacies of self-publishing.

Designer, writer, and publisher Craig Mod provides his insight regarding producing books for specific platforms.

In response to recent inflammatory comments by senate contender Todd Akin, Guernica reprinted a 2008 essay by Rebecca Solnit, “Men Explain Things to Me.”

In an essay for the New York Times, book critic Dwight Garner writes of the welcome road home to West Virginia.