Weekly News Round-Up (September 30, 2022)

Here it is you knuckleheads, this week's round-up of book-, publishing-, and writing-related news! Check it, click it, read it, and enjoy it!



Yiyun Li on Writing Advice (the Good, the Bad) and the Books She Always Returns To

Qian Julie Wang on Commuting, People-Watching, and Letting the Story Marinate

How to Use Dungeons and Dragons to Improve Your Writing

DoMyEssay Writer Tutor John W On Effective Ways To Improve Your Fiction Writing Skills

Thomas C. Foster on the Seven Deadly Sins of Writing



Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow And Other Authors Publish Open Letter Protesting Publishers’ Lawsuit Against Internet Archive Library

Amazon, major publishers win dismissal of antitrust lawsuits over book pricing

Literary NFTs: Here's How Writers Can Leverage Their Passion in Web3

Interview with an Indie Press: Coach House Books

2021 Was a Stellar Year for Publishing

Comment - Why I left corporate publishing


Can mothers write? A data-driven examination of an age-old question.

The Troublesome Legacy of the Early Romantics

Tom Hanks announces ‘wildly ambitious’ first novel

Kamila Shamsie on Finding the Perfect Writing Space

Weekly News Round-Up (September 2, 2022)

Howdy, race fans! It's that time again -- time for your weekly round-up of writing-, publishing-, and book related news and opinion courtesy of the Butter Lamb Reference Library. If you aren't familiar with that, check it out. There will be a lot happening with that in the coming days and weeks, so now's a good time to tune in and get yourself acquainted.

Enjoy this week's round-up!



Five dos and five don'ts of writing (or how to get ahead in the literary world)

How to Write a Book Without Getting in Your Own Way

10 Books for a Thriving Freelance Writing Career

The limits of the “500 words per day” writing advice

The pros and cons of using AI content writing tools

The Freewrite smart typewriter lets you write distraction-free, but at a cost



Gen Z is driving sales of romance books to the top of bestseller lists

Indies Expect a Happy Holiday Season—Big Books of the Fall

Savannah Brown launches Doomsday Press for speculative fiction and poetry writers


Fascinating interview with dystopian author JG Ballard on the "Art of Fiction"

10 Frequently Misunderstood Works of Literature

On Maggie Bradbury, the woman who “changed literature forever.”

Judge tosses suit that tried to deem books obscene for kids

‘Every time I write, it’s like the first time’: Joyce Carol Oates on her 61 novels, Twitter storms and widowhood

Weekly News Round-Up (August 26, 2022)

Howdy race fans and welcome to another installment of your favorite weekly festival of writing-, publishing-, and book-related news and information. The good news is that, once again, I've managed to do this on Friday, as I'm supposed to. The bad news, aside from the fact that my audience is still minuscule, is that I may not have to do any more of these because, low and behold, there is an article in this week's batch that provides the legend to the map, the keys to the vault, and the secret to the proverbial sauce. That article (under "The Business") is "How to Get Published," and it really does tell you everything you need to know about how to get your foot in the door (e.g., get an agent and have him or her open the door for you). Of course, before you can get an agent, you have to write something, so maybe my work isn't done here just yet.

Well, that's it for now. To coin a phrase, keep in touch and do good work.

We'll leave the light on for you.



Mary Gaitskill on the Challenges—and Risks—of Writing Political Fiction

Harrison Christian on the best piece of writing advice he's been given

How to write like the best-selling author of all time - Jamie Bernthal

Alan Moore's Incredibly Underrated Writing Guide

10 Tips for Writing an Engaging Blog Post

PanWriter: Cross-platform writing tool runs on anything and outputs to anything


How to Get Published

A Trial Put Publishing's Inner Workings on Display. What Did We Learn?

The PRH Trial Has Revealed a Barely Hidden Scorn for Independent Publishers

Interview with an Indie Press: And Other Stories

How to Learn About the Publishing Industry With Reedsy's Resources

Amazon Stands by Books


This Educator Is Bringing Clemente High School's Library Back To Life

Strangers can write a book together on the Infinite Chapters website

Cheryl Strayed on the 1995 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike That Changed Everything

Missing Pages: the podcast revisiting jaw-dropping literary scandals

Weekly News Round-Up (August 19, 2022)

Hello and welcome to the August 19, 2022 installment of the Underpublished's Weekly News Round-Up!

You know, I just mistakenly typed hello as "hellow" and now I'm wondering why we don't spell that word that way all the time. Anyway, as usual, we I have cobbled together a collection of pertinent and useful writing, publishing, and book- and/or literature-related articles for your (and my) edification and enjoyment. I hope you have as much fun reading them as I did finding and collecting them.


How I published a bestselling book at 23 without agent + best tips

7 Tips for Fictionalizing Real Historical Characters

How To Write and Research a Local History Book

Sidik Fofana on Crafting Distinct and Unforgettable Literary Voices

Roselle Lim: On Resting in the Writing Process

How a Teenager Found Her Writing Voice


Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2022

Filling the Void 

Is the consolidation of publishing houses good or bad for authors?

LinkedIn Pages Can Now Publish Newsletters 

Publishing startups want to use web3 and NFTs to sell shares in books


School librarians in Missouri pull books as new law allows charges for 'explicit' material

The great American novel according to Hunter S. Thompson

Are literary festivals doomed? Why book events need to change