Independent vs. Self-publishing, Books Behind Bars, Grammar Cops Can't Write, and more

James F. Thompson

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:

This piece in the Guardian reveals that independent publishers are increasingly seen as part of the establishment by self-published authors.

The Huffington Post portrays the state of books behind bars with this article about the Connecticut Department of Corrections reversing a ban on She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.

GalleyCat offers this tweet-filled piece exploring the stereotype that grammar cops lack the imagination to be effective writers.

Next October Joan Didion will be presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Harrison Ford, whom she hired as a carpenter in 1971, at the PEN Center USA awards ceremony.

This article in the Atlantic relates the utter and unexpected agony of recording your own audiobook.

The New York Review of Books sends VIDA a cryptic letter in response to criticism the publication neglects women writers. (Village Voice)

Artist Paul Rogers illustrated every page of On The Road, by Jack Kerouac, in this creative interpretation of the revered road trip book. (Explore)

Writer Caitlin O’Neil explains how Netflix taught her the essentials of character development and the power of ambiguity. (Ploughshares)