Industry & Advocacy News
March 19, 2015
New opportunities for authors as Grove Atlantic partners with Electric Lit on new one-stop literary website
Authors and publishers are always looking for more innovative ways to connect with readers. And while there’s more quality writing online than ever, it’s spread far and wide, and finding the most relevant stuff can be trying. In response to these related challenges, Grove Atlantic has announced a partnership with Electric Literature to launch a new website, LitHub.com, focused on curating digital literary content in one central location.
Lit Hub has partnered with PEN, Graywolf Press, Tin House, FSG, and more than 100 other large publishers, small presses, literary journals, and independent bookstores—a cross-section of our diverse literary culture. “Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible,” said Grove’s Morgan Entrekin in a press release.
As for the site’s content, Electric Literature reports that Lit Hub will feature “a mix of content contributed by partners and original material, including author interviews, features, excerpts, and essays.” Content will be curated by Editor-in-Chief Jonny Diamond, as well as contributing editors including Roxane Gay, Rebecca Wolff, and newly-elected Authors Guild Council member Alexander Chee.
In a recent conversation with the Guild, Diamond emphasized that the site will be more than just a content aggregator. “We’re looking to develop a consistent and strong editorial personality,” he said. To that end, the site will commission long-form articles such as personal and critical essays, and will be working with its partners to develop story ideas. Further distinguishing itself from content aggregators, Lit Hub will pay its authors.
Another goal of the project, according to Diamond, is to broaden the geographical scope by focusing on regional literary markets, scenes, and bookstores around the country, engaging local correspondents for reports and producing literary travel pieces.
Booksellers and other industry professionals were treated to a sneak peak of Lit Hub at the American Bookseller Association’s Winter Institute last month. The site is set to go live on April 8 at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Minneapolis.
Lit Hub is currently accepting submissions of longer, literary-minded essays (personal, reportorial, critical) and is also looking for regional correspondents interested in reporting on the literary scene in their local literary communities. Send your pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org.