Our Self-Publishing Issue features a comprehensive collection of articles on the rise of the independent author, including an overview of options, expert advice, and important warnings for self-published writers; profiles of Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, poet August Kleinzahler, and fiction writer Andre Dubus III; an essay on the short stories of Denis Johnson; tips on how to be a good literary citizen; and much more.
Eat, Pray, Write: A Profile of Elizabeth Gilbert
What happens after you sell eight million copies of a book? One of the few authors who can answer that question is Elizabeth Gilbert, whose first novel since the 2006 release of her mega-successful memoir was published by Viking in October.
The Pugilist at Rest: A Profile of August Kleinzahler
August Kleinzahler, whose reputation as a scrappy provocateur has taken on a life of its own, is in truth a thoughtful soul who, during the course of writing eleven books, including his latest, The Hotel Oneira, has mastered the art of...
We Can't Choose What Haunts Us: A Profile of Andre Dubus III
After an early publishing career marked by slow progress and rejection, Andre Dubus III combines the empathetic power of his novel House of Sand and Fog with the geography of his memoir, Townie, in his new book, Dirty Love...
Self-Publishing Perspectives: A Successful Author, Agent, and Publisher Discuss the Revolution in Progress
Self-published author Jennifer Ciotta, literary agent Kristin Nelson, and independent publishing entrepreneur Richard Nash discuss the creative opportunities, challenges, and rewards of self-publishing.
Elevated Platforms: Making Sense of Self-Publishing Options
With an increasing number of self-publishing platforms available online, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. This roundup of available services will help make sense of the options.
An Editorial Imperative : The Importance of Finding a Good Editor
One of the keys to any successful piece of writing is finding a good editor—an imperative that extends, perhaps especially, to self-published authors.
The Heartbreak of Publicity: A Cautionary Tale
In this cautionary tale, a creative nonfiction author shares her own experiences in order to highlight the potential risks of hiring a freelance publicist.
The Heartbeat of Publicity : A Publicist Responds to Heartbreak
Freelance publicist Michelle Blankenship responds to Susan Kushner Resnick's "The Heartbreak of Publicity," pointing out the importance—and the inherent uncertainty—of publicity.
The Best Reviews Money Can Buy: Critical Care for Self-Published Authors
Kirkus Indie, a relatively new branch of Kirkus Reviews magazine, has paved the way toward a new tradition of book reviewing, allowing self-published authors to purchase professional book reviews that may be seen by agents, editors, and...
News and Trends
The live storytelling scene, commonly known as Live Lit, has taken off in Chicago, often boasting more than fifty shows a month in the Windy City.
The Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City kicks off a season of special events in honor of its seventy-fifth anniversary, starting with an exhibit of rare photos, letters, and ephemera from the center's storied past.
The New Heave-Ho, a PDF-only poetry press founded by poet Noel Black, aims to deliver poetry collections to the masses in free and by-donation PDF format.
Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Fence, Sleepingfish, PANK, Eleven Eleven, and Hobart.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Daniel Alarcón's At Night We Walk in Circles and Carmen Giménez Smith's Milk and Filth, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
Visual artist Matt Kish follows up his celebrated Moby-Dick in Pictures with another illustrated classic, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, which will be published in November by Tin House Books.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features Midwestern Gothic, a Chicago–based micro press dedicated to publishing new writing by Midwestern writers.
Kate Gale, the cofounder and managing editor of the Pasadena, California–based Red Hen Press, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary next year, discusses the press's history, growth, and the keys to its success.
The Practical Writer
How to Be a Good Literary Citizen: The Best Form of Networking
A collection of established and emerging writers share insights and experiences on how to be a good literary citizen—the most effective form of networking.
Chris Parris-Lamb of the Gernert Company offers advice on submitting query letters and manuscripts, and when to embrace or eschew self-promotion.
The Literary Life
In the second installment of Where We Write, a fiction writer takes a trip back home to Hannibal, Missouri, the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the town that still inspires her work, long after she's moved away.
The strange and beautiful universe of Denis Johnson’s fiction is marked by the enduring appeal of his 1992 story collection, Jesus’ Son.