New Vonnegut Novella, Advice to Freelance Writers, 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:

RosettaBooks today released the Kindle Single Basic Training, a previously unpublished novella by Kurt Vonnegut. It was written sixty years ago, and at that time rejected by the Saturday Evening Post, years before Mr. Vonnegut achieved fame as an author. (New York Times)

New York Times Magazine culture editor Adam Sternbergh recently offered advice to freelance writers via Twitter, and GalleyCat rounded up the instructive information.

Author Elissa Schappell profiles the debut book of poetry by Rebecca Lindenberg, Love, an Index. Lindenberg composed the poems in response to the grief of losing her long-time partner, the poet Craig Arnold, who went missing in 2009 exploring an active volcano on the Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu. (Vanity Fair)

For the Bookseller, literary agent Jonny Geller offers a manifesto for the evolving book world.

On Granta's podcast, author Jeanette Winterson reads from her new memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, and also speaks with Saskia Vogel about truth, fiction, and her love of Twitter.

A new self-publishing service from Venture Books is aimed at the super rich. (Los Angeles Times)

The online movie service Netflix intends to produce original programming. Its first series will be an adaptation of Brian McGreevy's literary werewolf novel, Hemlock Grove. The thirteen-episode first season will star Famke Janssen and Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård. (Wall Street Journal)

Brain Pickings gathered advice from literary greats (on advice).