Revered Irish poet Seamus Heaney passes in Dublin; Flavorwire honors vintage book covers; Second Skin co-founder discusses independent vs. self-publishing; and other news.
FBI suspected author William Vollman of being the Unabomber and terrorist; Goodreads community faces behavior issues; the Millions examines how selling used books affects the soul, and other news.
Self-published authors increasingly view independent publishers as part of the establishment; She’s Come Undone no longer banned in prisons; why grammar geeks lack imagination, and other news.
The New York Times features famous Afghan poet Matiullah Turab; the Paris Review examines the surreal work and creative soul of Leonora Carrington; Forbes details four ways self-published authors can avoid the 30% Amazon tax; and other news.
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.
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.
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.