July/August 2018

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.


Special Section

Standing the Test of Time

by Michael Bourne
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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

The Practical Writer

The Literary Life

The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff
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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

by James P. Blaylock
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A prolific fiction writer and teacher explores the possibilities beyond the punch line of an age-old question.