Work In Progress


As a reader, I love this. As a writer, I am terrified.

Via the always excellent Carolyn Kellogg at Jacket Copy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux is creating a new web site, FSG Work In Progress, that presents conversations with authors while their books are still being written.

It also has some fascinating looks inside other parts of the publishing world, like interviews with book cover designers and things from the old files, like Susan Sontag’s touring schedule from 1989.

The first conversation is between Jeffrey Eugenides and FSG President Jonathan Galassi: “After my junior year in college, I took a year off to travel the world. … But I never published anything on the subject except for a small nonfiction piece. Well, in the new book, I’m trying yet again, and we’ll get to see if I’m getting any better at it.”


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →