F. Scott Fitzgerald's Seven Fiction Writing Tips, Amazon Kindle App Warning, 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:

In an effort to tighten its policies, Amazon is changing how it handles its affiliate links to free Kindle books. (paidContent)

Meanwhile, Amazon warns Apple handheld users there's a bug in the current update of its e-reader app that wipes out the device's Kindle library. (CNET)

With pending legislation deciding the outcome, David Axelrod argues that Florida needs a state poet laureate. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Mediabistro announced it's hosting a book club in April, and will choose four authors from a pool of applications.

"Be ruthless." Open Culture features F. Scott Fitzgerald's tips on how to write fiction.

OUPblog looks at the new BBC/HBO adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's Parade’s End.

And the Paris Review Daily visits the venerable Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

United Kingdom's Hay Festival has created a free podcast of past literary festivals—its first twenty-three episodes include Harold Pinter, Ted Hughes, Margaret Atwood, and many others. (Telegraph)

Today is Irwin Shaw's birthday. (Open Road Media)

Sal Robinson and Geoffrey Pullum bravely defend the adverb. (Melville House)