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Introducing the Water Cooler

Our Weekly News Round-Up

Introducing “The Water Cooler,” our new weekly digest of articles from around the web that our editors feel are of interest to members of the independent publishing community. While we value our position as a monthly publication in these content-heavy times, we feel a weekly round-up will allow us to better serve our readership and stay abreast of the news flow. With that in mind, we've launched The Water Cooler, a collection of the week's best articles pertaining to independent bookselling, publishing, and writing - with a few fun bookish items thrown in for good measure. 

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HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL / THE MILLIONS

Akilesh Ayyar explores the many different ways to write a novel, from Virginia Woolf and Joseph Heller's rigorous outlining to George R. R. Martin's claim that establishing a structure makes him lose all motivation. Ayyar teases out this divide between the planned and unplanned, analyzing the motives and thought processes that influence the way an author approaches their writing. 

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WHY AMERICAN PUBLISHING NEEDS INDIE PRESSES / THE ATLANTIC

Nathan Scott McNamara argues that indie presses have carved their niche in the vacuum left by the Big 5’s publishing strategies, pursuing the creative and complex literature untouched by the Big 5.

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SELF PUBLISHING: CARNIVAL OF THE INDIES ISSUE #70 / THE BOOK DESIGNER

Our round-up wouldn't be complete without including Joel Friedlander's own massive round-up of articles called Carnival of the Indies. This extensive list published monthly gathers the best of the latest blog posts on self-publishing, an invaluable resource for writers in any stage of the publishing process.

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INTERVIEW WITH A BOOKSTORE: THE WILD DETECTIVES / LIT HUB

This rowdy looking bookstore-bar hybrid is being hailed as the catalyst of the Dallas literary scene. Owners Paco Vique and Javier García del Moral talk why they think it works, how they draw the community in, and even share the craziest situation they've ever dealt with in the store. 

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