The sell: publisher vs author

Words on a page exist to be read. And if you’ve written a book and have just landed a publisher for it, you most probably want it to be read – and by as many people as possible. The number of readers you’ll have, however, will be determined by how many people know about your […]

The Japan series: the gold of small things

Haiku is treated with reverence in Japan and its practitioners number around 8 million within the country alone. Outside of the country, haiku has its fans, but like many non-Japanese who encounter it, I lacked an awareness of the complexity and history behind this three-lined poetry. In visiting Japan, I sought to redress this. I […]

Every love story is a ghost story

There are some authors who are so adept at creating their fictional world, you can practically close your eyes and see yourself there. Some books are so vivid in its described geography that you could almost draw a map of the location based on the proffered details. In reading Christine Paice’s first novel, a young […]

A matter of life and death: writing about suicide

New York-based academic and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht’s latest book makes a plea to people tempted by suicide. She implores them to stay. It all started when two of Jennifer’s friends killed themselves within a year and a half of each other. This prompted her to write a blog post on The Best American Poetry, […]