Debut

A Memoirist’s Terror & Insight: Writing My Ex-Husband on the Page

I wasn’t looking for pretty stories. I wanted messy, ugly, honest secrets.

May 09, 2018
How This Lawyer Learned to Call Herself a Writer

My vision of a writer has always been someone quiet, someone introverted, and—especially—someone white.

Jan 30, 2018
Magic and Echoes: How Music Helps Me Write

Acoustic-rich spaces feel enlivening and the echoes they produce sound like life.

Jan 09, 2018
My Editor Was Black

Debut author Naima Coster on working with Morgan Parker, the whiteness of publishing, and literary self-determination.

Dec 11, 2017
On Making Things Up: Some True Stories About Writing My Novel

“I want you to believe every single word I say, but don’t be fooled—I’m using lies to convince you.”

Feb 23, 2017
On Touring

“The question for debut authors: Should you go on a book tour?”

Writing the Canon of Now

“Our stories are like a glittering, infinitely faceted gem.”

The Art of the Perfect Book Cover

What is the best approach for creating a cover that attracts readers?