The Association of Ghostwriters, Amazon's Bezos Compares Printed Books to Horses, and More


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:

Simon & Schuster announced a partnership with Wordnik to use the publisher's content as "great examples of word use" in Smartwords, a new initiative "designed to give readers the best explanation for any word exactly where and when they want it." (PR-USA)

Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment purchased the film rights to Canadian writer Tom Rachman's first novel, The Imperfectionists. (National Post) Be that as it may, the number of literary books optioned by Hollywood each year continues to decrease. According to Variety, it's been tough for literary screen adaptations in an era where "Clint Eastwood is single-handedly holding up the adult drama at the studio level."

Publishers Weekly and Library Journal both moved offices last week.

American thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver is set to pen the next James Bond novel. (Independent)

Meet the Association of Ghostwriters, a new professional organization with the purpose of helping "its members find ghostwriting assignments, develop and enhance writing and interviewing skills, deliver top quality written materials, and manage profitable ghostwriting projects."

According to a new biography, E. M. Forster pretty much stopped writing novels after he lost his virginity and "the energy of his early years was drained by physical fulfillment." Forster himself explains: “I should have been a more famous writer if I had written or rather published more, but sex prevented the latter.” (Telegraph)

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, on the future of e-books in the Wall Street Journal: "Over some time horizon, books will be read on electronic devices. Physical books won't completely go away, just as horses haven't completely gone away."