Our Literary Agents Issue features a look at how authors, agents, editors, booksellers, and publicists work together to bring a book into the world, and the secrets to maintaining a long-term author-agent relationship; plus the summer’s best debut fiction, profiles of poet Terrance Hayes and fiction writer Lauren Groff, self-publishing advice, writing prompts, and more.
This year’s debut fiction roundup features emerging writers R. O. Kwon, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Jamel Brinkley, Katharine Dion, and Tommy Orange.
Severe Weather in the Sunshine State
Florida isn’t just the title of Lauren Groff’s new story collection, published in June by Riverhead Books; it’s also a bad joke, a good home, a source of inspiration, a set of contradictions, and, perhaps, ultimately a state of mind.
In his sixth book, a sonnet sequence published by Penguin in June, Terrance Hayes cuts deep, to the marrow of the American moment, in a form with a razor’s edge: love poems for the forces trying to kill you.
The Business of Relationships: How Authors, Agents, Editors, Booksellers, and Publicists Work Together to Reach Readers
The teams behind debut authors Jordy Rosenberg, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Aja Gabel, Rachel Z. Arndt, and Ruth Joffre.
Standing the Test of Time
George Saunders and Esther Newberg, Victor LaValle and Glora Loomis, Roxana Robinson and Lynn Nesbit on what it takes to maintain a long-term agent-author relationship.
News and Trends
Agent Gillian MacKenzie on her new partnership with lawyer Kirsten Wolf.
The influence of Instagram on the way we read poetry.
Creating local reading spaces for young black boys.
Poets and educators work to fight campus carry bills.
Ex-library books are catalogued in a new home.
An essayist discusses five journals that published work from her debut collection, Tonight I’m Someone Else.
A fiction press for first-time authors.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including Sick by Porochista Khakpour and Sons of Achilles by Nabila Lovelace.
The Practical Writer
An entrepreneur self-publishes a book about the failure of his business. An editor and publicist weigh in.
The Literary Life
The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises
Wanderlust, nature vs. tech, and speculative recollection—three prompts to get pen to paper.
The Tale of the Traveling Chicken: Learning the Art of Fiction With a Joke
A prolific fiction writer and teacher explores the possibilities beyond the punch line of an age-old question.