Thirty Things Every Author Should Know About Publishing, E-books as the New Proving Ground, and More

Bryanna Tidmarsh

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:

British novelist Matt Haig shares with the Telegraph thirty things he’s learned about publishing since landing his first book deal ten years ago. 

Authors such as Neil Gaiman and Ian Rankin pay tribute to best-selling horror novelist James Herbert, who died yesterday at sixty-nine, the BBC reports. 

In an interview with National Public Radio, poet Dunya Mikhail shares her experience of revisiting Iraq through poetry after fleeing in the wake of the Gulf War seventeen years ago. 

Salon's Laura Miller argues that e-books, which make up only 25 percent of the book market, aren’t replacing print; rather, they are serving as a proving ground where publishers can find new authors with an established readership. 

Saskatchewan libraries are seeking to promote reading by launching a contest in which teenagers ages twelve to eighteen create a trailer for their favorite book. (Daily News)

Flavorwire features accounts from former students who studied under acclaimed writers such as Vladimir Nabokov, David Foster Wallace, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jonathan Franzen. 

Knopf has just published the first English translation of Vladimir Nabokov’s only full-length play, written when he was twenty-four years old. 

Having recently asked their Facebook community if they have any literary tattoos, Book Riot’s staff reveal their own ink