Bookstore sales fell 9.5 percent in June; Wattpad recently announced a crowd-sourced funding service for its authors; Carol Muske-Dukes recounts John Cheever’s 1977 visit with inmates at Sing Sing; and other news.
Forbes considers how the burgeoning self-publishing industry will alter the role of literary agents; author Sean Beaudoin discusses the vagaries of self-promotion; Robert Archambeau examines the state of conceptual writing; and other news.
The Wall Street Journal looks at the estate of William Faulkner; Anakana Schofield details the vagaries of publicizing a first novel; Pop Chart Lab created a poster of the chapter-by-chapter breakdown of The Great Gatsby; and other news.
Publishing Perspectives details the specifics of agent-assisted publishing; Joan Didion’s childhood home is for sale; Evan Hughes considers Amazon’s future; and other news.
A documentary about the life and work of George Plimpton is out today; a lost novel manuscript by Pearl Buck was found in a Texas storage unit, and will be published this October; Ron Charles details how a bad review can transform into good blurb; and other news.
GalleyCat reveals how many sold books land authors on the self-published bestseller list; HBO intends to adapt Elizabeth Strout's bestselling novel Olive Kitteridge; Luci Tapahonso has been named the Navajo nation's first poet laureate; and other news.
Michelle Dean takes a detailed look at the game of women's memoir; Paisley Rekdal comes to the defense of the poetry workshop; J. Robert Lennon dispenses advice for the literary-minded and lovelorn alike; and other news.
Random House profits soar with Fifty Shades trilogy; Flavorwire features photos of famous authors as teenagers; Penguin releases a new collection of Marcel Proust’s poetry; and other news.
Amazon Publishing announced it intends to dramatically speed up royalty payments to its authors; Tampa Bay Times revisits the last interview with Jack Kerouac; the Rose Reading Room inside the New York Public Library’s main branch may attain landmark protection; and other news.