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.
A heavy-hitting agent who for twenty-two years has represented some of the biggest literary writers in the country, Eric Simonoff discusses recent changes in the publishing industry, the pitfalls of self-publishing, and what he's learned about staying creative.
Agent Anna Stein offers a close reading of a query letter she received from Jeff Jackson, whose first novel Mira Corpora, will be published by Two Dollar Radio in September.
Knowing how to get an agent is undoubtedly important, but as fiction writer Myung-Ok Lee learned, knowing when to get a new agent is sometimes even more important.
Does it really matter where your agent is based? Contributing editor Michael Bourne talks with a group of agents who do not have offices in the Big Apple and discovers that there are many other more important considerations than whether your agent is in New York or even California.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Denise Duhamel’s Blowout and Phillip Lopate’s Portrait Inside My Head, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
Barnes & Noble reported its Nook revenues are down 26 percent; literary agencies Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh have merged; Edan Lepucki gathered the thoughts on first drafts from several novelists, including Emma Straub, Ben Fountain, and Emily St. John Mandel; and other news.
Barnes & Noble may close about twenty stores each year; former ICM chairman Jeffrey Berg has opened Resolution, a new agency; Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan explains why she writes; and other news.
GalleyCat rounds up several pitch letters that succeeded in landing a literary agent; the New York Times reports small bookstores appear to be thriving; the Wall Street Journal picks its favorite novels of 2012, including Shani Boianjiu's The People of Forever Are Not Afraid; and other news.
Scholars may soon have full access to the T. S. Eliot's personal papers and correspondence; Greg Olear examines his writing success at forty; rumors of a possible merger or sale of the Wylie Agency are afloat; and other news.