May 2016 The beloved country By Dennis L. Peterson If you’re stuck on the page, go back to your people. MAY: The publishing issue Features Protect what you love By Melissa Hart Middle grade and YA authors embrace environmental topics to create stories, activism and stewardship among young readers. Pub Crawl By Jack Smith The fate of literary novels may be in the hands of smaller presses, with an eye toward excellence and craft. But editors and publishers say you'll need patience and persistence to unlock the doors. Savior of literature By Megan Kaplon The NEA is on a mission to keep excellence in writing a national priority. Honoring Harper Lee By Roy Peter Clark Consider the craft behind the beloved author's most famous work. Departments Off the Cuff Forced mindset By Katie Lewis Lose a job. Gain a writing life. Writing Essentials Different strokes By Bharti Kirchner How can you broaden your story and your readership? Writer at Work Show me the money By Dorit Sasson Crowdfund your next book with these campaign tips. Freelance Success Get noticed By Pete Croatto Snag the attention of editors by following these eight steps. Conference Insider Culture, identity and literature By Meredith Quinn A one-day workshop explores heritage. Class Action Crystalizing creativity By Meredith Quinn Workshops provide mentors and models – and possibility. Literary Spotlight Who'd've thunk it? By Melissa Hart Don't dismiss esoteric work as unpublishable. Also in Every Issue From the Editor Take Note Téa Obreht, The Bloggess, agent Jane Dystel and more. Markets Contests Classified advertising How I Write Wil Haygood: "Book editors expect you to dance a little bit. They expect you to climb the darkest side of the mountain at midnight."