J. Lo’s challenging memoir; Authors Alliance takes off; one hundred and fifty new words; and other news.
Kiese Laymon on the politics of black male action; Patrick Leigh Fermor book and Tennessee Williams short story each published after an eighty-year wait; Scribd’s new travel book section; and other news.
David Gaughran reports the Bookseller will no longer do business with Author Solutions; author Chuck Wendig takes a close look at self-publishing; Juliet Mushens shines a light on the typical day of an agent; and other news.
The Millions previews the most anticipated books of 2014; Roxane Gay mines the troubling notion that female protagonists must be likable; Smashwords founder Mark Coker reported that the self-published e-book distributor added around 25,000 authors last year; and other news.
According to Bowker, self-published books rose 59 percent last year; Daniel Tiffany explores the uses and pitfalls of poetic kitsch; on CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose spoke with novelist Donna Tartt about her influences and inspiration; and other news.
Alice Munro will not travel to Sweden to accept the Nobel Prize in Literature; the Telegraph published exclusive excerpts from Donna Tartt’s new novel The Goldfinch; Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild has inspired hikers to take to the Pacific Crest Trail; and other news.
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 potential readers.
Freelance publicist Michelle Blankenship responds to Susan Kushner Resnick's "The Heartbreak of Publicity," pointing out the importance—and the inherent uncertainty—of publicity.
In this cautionary tale, a creative nonfiction author shares her own experiences in order to highlight the potential risks of hiring a freelance publicist.
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.