The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer

Everything You Need to Know About Craft, Inspiration, Agents, Editors, Publishing, and the Business of Building a Sustainable Writing Career

About The Book

The definitive source of information, insight, inspiration, and advice for creative writers from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers.

For fifty years, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshalled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer is the writing bible for writers of all genres and forms, covering topics such as:

–How to harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity
–How to develop your work from initial idea to final draft
–How to find the best MFA program for you
–How to publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform
–How to research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life
–How to find the right literary agent
–How to anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals
–How to work successfully with an editor and your publishing team
–How to market yourself and your work in a digital world
–How to approach financial planning and taxes as a writer
–How to find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career
–And much more.

Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers magazine, this book brings an unrivalled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Sprinkled throughout the book to illustrate their insights are first-person essays from bestselling authors including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Tayari Jones. The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writing desk, bedside table, classroom syllabi, and library carrel in the country.

About The Authors

Kevin Larimer is the editor in chief of Poets & Writers, where he edits Poets & Writers magazine; oversees the website,; and directs the organization’s program of events, Poets & Writers Live. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he served as the poetry editor of The Iowa Review, and holds a BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Mary Gannon is the executive director of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. From 2013 to 2018, she was associate director and director of content for the Academy of American Poets. From 2010 to 2013 she was the editorial director of Poets & Writers, where she oversaw the production of and the publication of Poets & Writers magazine, for which she served as editor from 2004 to 2009. She received her MFA in poetry from Arizona State University, where she was awarded a Swarthout Writing Prize in poetry, and a BA in English from Skidmore College.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (April 7, 2020)
  • Runtime: 14 hours
  • ISBN13: 9781797111469

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