The Second Book Conundrum: Selling It, Writing It, Publishing It

In Growth Markets by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt • Some people think that there’s a “second book jinx.” Is it real? • Writers, editors and publicists explain the challenges facing those who want to publish a successful follow-up. The pressure of high expectations makes second books a peculiar business. Depending on your relationship to the project, whether you’re the author or the agent, the editor …

Pilgrimages: African Travel Writing, By and For Africans

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats In hopes of extending the positive attention about Africa stemming from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, The Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artist is sponsoring a writing project called Pilgrimages. The idea for the series is that during Africa’s first World Cup, 14 African writers will be sent to 13 different African cities …

Does Working in Publishing Help or Hinder Your Writing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how Vintage Books publicist Sloane Crosley balances her day job with her night time passion. It’s often said that everyone in publishing secretly wants to be a writer. But is working in publishing really a good idea for a writer? What does all the exposure to the treadmill of new books, underwhelming …

Is Bookselling a Good or Bad Job for a Writer?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I often people that I learned more over the four years I spent working in a bookstore than I did at university. It’s true — being around all those books and being responsible for them was genuinely enlightening. On the other hand, as an aspiring writer, there were days when I looked at all those books, particularly …

What Types of Books are Better Served by Authors Collaborating?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead article author Clay Shirky notes that intense collaboration is changing the very definition of the word author. “So a bunch of stuff that used to be done by individuals is now being done by groups, when groups can do it better,” he says. What types of books are better served by authors collaborating, than …

Is a Writer’s Expectation of Riches Now Unrealistic?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial, “We Are All Poets Now” author Nina de Gramont writes movingly about her experience of falling in-and-out of favor with a big New York publishing house and then finding contentment in moderating her expectations of financial rewards from her writing career. Writers like to dream of getting rich from their work. But as digitization …

We Are All Poets Now

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Nina de Gramont In the late nineties, when I was just a couple years out of graduate school, something happened to me that all young writers dream about: I got a two book deal from a big New York publishing house. I remember the phone call exactly, where I was standing, which windows were open, and the temperature …

PEN World Voices as Change Agent

In Europe by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post It was almost seven years ago when I met then PEN executive director Michael Roberts and translator extraordinaire Esther Allen for drinks at the Washington Square Hotel to talk about this new festival they wanted to launch in support of international literature. The Berlin International Literature Festival was going to be their model . . . …

Have Online Ads Led You to New Authors?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at a quiet advertising program offered by Goodreads.com which claims to have achieved good results. Have you ever tried a new author because of an online ad? If so, what was it that made you click on it? And do you find non-book related ads distracting or otherwise inappropriate on literary Web sites? …