A Dialogue on Dialogue

August 14, 2014 • 2 Comments In this high-wire act of derring-do and ersatz dialogue, senior editor Kathy Pories and executive editor Chuck Adams discuss one of the most challenging aspects of craft. Kathy: “Nice weather we’re having. Aren’t you sick…


July 31, 2014

The Quotable Algonkian, Part 2: Summer Slump Edition

No Comments July 31, 2014 • No Comments Algonquin authors, a spectacularly talented lot, are also exceptionally generous with their hard-earned writing advice. During the dog days of summer, even the most dedicated writer’s momentum can stall, so we’ve compiled another installment of…


July 17, 2014

What We Talk About When We Talk About Manuscripts

2 Comments July 17, 2014 • 2 Comments When writers submit their projects for possible publication, it can feel like all of that hard work has been sucked into a black hole, especially if the response is ultimately a rejection. Having your project…


July 2, 2014

Inspiration and the Eighties Anthem

No Comments July 2, 2014 • No Comments Imagine, if you would, a writer. Let’s put him in his car. He’s listening to the radio. (Kickin’ it old school, as it were.) Actually, he’s only half-listening, because really he’s thinking about deadlines. And…


June 5, 2014

Writing What You Don’t Know About What You Know

1 Comment June 5, 2014 • 1 Comment Few bits of writing wisdom are doled out more avidly than that old chestnut about writing what you know, meaning writing from your own experience. It makes sense, of course. It’s a logical path to…


May 22, 2014

Query Do’s and Don’ts

6 Comments May 22, 2014 • 6 Comments Algonquin is one of a dwindling number of publishing houses that still accepts unsolicited queries, and we accept them only through regular mail. Since you’ve worked so hard already and may soon be adding a…


May 8, 2014

Jacket Design: Judging a Book by Its Cover

1 Comment May 8, 2014 • 1 Comment Readers often wonder about the behind-the-scenes aspects of book publishing, and jacket design can seem especially mysterious. So today, Creative Director Anne Winslow explains how the gorgeous jacket for Krista Bremer’s profound and moving memoir,…


April 25, 2014

Books to Film: The “Real” Joe

1 Comment April 25, 2014 • 1 Comment Gary Hawkins had been well versed in the real and fictional worlds of Larry Brown long before his screen adaptation of Brown’s critically acclaimed novel Joe premiered earlier this month. Yet, even a decade after…


April 10, 2014

Sense of Place: Writers at Work

1 Comment April 10, 2014 • 1 Comment Anyone  who spends hours at a time holed up inside his or her imagination knows that where we work can be vital to what we create. Our workspace anchors us to the real world and…


March 27, 2014

Writing by Hand with Michael Parker

No Comments March 27, 2014 • No Comments Writing is a physical act. And for author Michael Parker, it is an act done by hand. Pen and paper. Michael’s latest novel is All I Have in This World, which he wrote, of course,…