July/August 2019

Our Literary Agents issue features an in-depth look at the business of books as seen through the eyes of five agents; a profile of poet Ocean Vuong on the publication of his first novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous; interviews with the summer’s best debut novelists; a guide to the financial realities of a career in book publishing; Courtney Maum on copy editors; James P. Blaylock on the writer’s library; a Q&A with Alice Quinn; writing prompts; and more. 

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The Practical Writer

Ode to a Copy Editor: A Writer’s Best Friend

by Courtney Maum
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While editing her third novel, the author develops a newfound appreciation for copy editors.

How to Get Paid: Book Publishing

by Michael Bourne
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The fourth installment in a continuing series about making a living as a writer looks at the benefits and drawbacks of working in the book publishing industry. 

The Literary Life

The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff
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Write a poem that uses illogical language, a short story inspired by a historical figure’s words, or an essay based on a photo—three prompts to get you started.