Submission Phobia, Legacy of Samuel Greenberg, 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:

Partnering with Author Solutions, Simon & Schuster has created Archway Publishing, a self-publishing service. (MediaBistro)

Meanwhile, Melville House weighs in on Simon & Schuster's new imprint.

A copyright law that allows authors to purge thirty-five-year-old publishing contracts will take effect in 2013. (paidContent)

Slate's staff picked their favorite books of 2012, including Shani Boianjiu's The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo.

Author and writing instructor Michelle Seaton explains how to get past your submission phobia. (Review Review)

Jacob Silverman looks at the legacy of poet Samuel Greenberg—admired by Hart Crane, Greenberg died almost a century ago at the age of twenty-three. (Poetry Foundation)

A new service to help authors supplement books tours has launched—Booktalk Nation.

Julia Fierro tells the story of helping her aging parents salvage their Long Island house in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Underwater New York)

Today is William Blake's birthday.