Publishers and Editors

Sara Nelson Laid Off from PW

January 26th, 2009 · 11 Comments

According the rumor-machine (also known as the ”New York Times”), Sara Nelson has been “laid off” from ”Publishers Weekly”. Laid off is such a smarmy term. Why not just say “fired”? While PW has yet to comment, one could have seen this coming when Reed Business Information couldn’t sell itself. When times get tough and […]

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Looking At Spinebreakers

October 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Last week, I mentioned the new Spinebreakers website from Penguin UK. I noted that it was pretty much everything I wanted a publishing website to be. Or, if you’d prefer, it’s a publishing website that targets readers. The delightful message is less “buy buy buy” (or “sell sell sell”) than it is “stay stay stay”. […]

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Litigation: It’s The American Way

November 8th, 2006 · 2 Comments

We have a former boss who liked to say that litigation kept America working — this was, somehow, supposed to bolster our spirits when Friday afternoons rolled around and, just as visions of going home and starting the weekend danced through our head, an attorney called to say he’d “forgotten” that he needed this, this, […]

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Make Her Laugh Make Her Cry

September 20th, 2006 · Comments Off on Make Her Laugh Make Her Cry

Once upon a time, you could write a book and that was that. Somehow — magic, probably — customers found the books and fortunes were made. Hmm, not entirely true. Authors have always been part artist, part salespeople; it’s simply that the marketing thing wasn’t mentioned in public. Bad for digestion, you know. At Three […]

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In Which A Publisher Speaks Openly

September 13th, 2006 · Comments Off on In Which A Publisher Speaks Openly

We do so love interviews with editors, but so often they are politically correct. You know how it goes: good story, strong writing, make me happy. Always helpful, but not always realistic. Publishing is, after all, as much a business as an art. Maybe that’s why we found MediaBistro’s interview with Richard Nash of Soft […]

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It’s The Story…And A Whole Lot More

August 31st, 2006 · 3 Comments

We have a friend (who shall remain almost nameless, but her initials are L.R.) who will be particularly interested in this post. Not that it won’t fascinate the socks off the rest of you, but this is really for her. Yes, our dear unnamed friend, we’ve found an interview with Stacy Boyd of Harlequin. Just […]

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This Editor Walks Into A Blog

August 9th, 2006 · 2 Comments

If we have learned anything from MediaBistro’s “From the Editors” series, it is that editors are scary young. Naturally, we also went for real-life verification of this fact, discovered that the ages noted in the articles largely correspond to what we’re seeing in the real editor world, and slumped into a mild depression. That is […]

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Sealing The Deal

August 3rd, 2006 · Comments Off on Sealing The Deal

We have a soft spot in our little black heart for niche publishers. We like the fact that someone out there is making it by focusing on what they love. It’s probably safe to say that Seal Press, with its tight focus on feminist issues falls into that category, if only because it proves that […]

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The Gabe Kaplan Demographic: Now Younger Than Ever

June 8th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Gabe Kaplan Demographic: Now Younger Than Ever

This week, MediaBistro turns it fine eye to Tricia Boczkowski of Simon Spotlight Entertainment — one of those imprints we’ve never fully grasped, so we do appreciate the additional information. Spotlight is specifically geared to capture the attention of the ever-lucrative 18-to-34 demographic. All that slacking and lounging could be spent reading you know. Now, […]

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Harlequin Books Vice-President Begins New Blog

June 2nd, 2006 · 2 Comments

Wouldn’t You Like To Know…is a new blog for Isabel Swift, a member of Harlequin’s New Business Development team. There’s an interesting mix of what’s new at Harlequin and her own personal insights. For instance she shares her experiences at the BEA as well as information on Harlequin’s On The Goâ„¢ (HOTGo) program. Wouldn’t You […]

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