The Art of the Audiobook, Annual Publishing Industry Survey, and More


Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

At the Guardian, Tim Dowling reports on the art and business of audiobook recording. Interviewing both authors-turned-readers and professional audiobook actors, Dowling takes stock of the history of the business and finds out what makes for a good recording artist. 

Publishers Weekly has released the results of its latest annual salary and job survey, which collected information about pay and job satisfaction in the publishing industry, among other data for the year 2018. The report notes incremental improvements in decreasing gender pay disparities and increasing racial diversity in the workforce.

Kimberly King Parsons shares what she loves about the short story and what motivates her to write. “You can try really hard to do what you think is going to sell or please people, but really at the end of the day it’s your time. That’s all we have.” (Creative Independent)

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi interviews Kathleen McNerney, a translator who primarily works on texts by women writers from Catalonia. McNerney shares how she first developed an interest in Catalan literature, and maps the different forces of repression that have obscured the work of women writers from the region. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

The Chicago Review of Books compiles recommendations from various writers and editors for books written by Indigenous authors. The twenty-two titles span more than forty years, from James Welch’s 1974 novel, Winter in the Blood, to Jake Skeet’s 2019 debut, Eyes Bottle Dark With a Mouthful of Flowers

Tommy Pico talks to the New York Review of Books Daily about his latest collection Feed, and the artists and people who fueled his determination to become a writer

In the latest installment of the Mentor Series at the Rumpus, writer Lisa Locascio and her mentor Aimee Bender discuss how their writing practices figure within their broader lives

Publishers Weekly checks in with Red Hen staff and authors, who are celebrating the indie press’s twenty-fifth anniversary this year.