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Lissa Warren
Lissa Warren has worked at several Boston publishing houses including David R. Godine, Houghton Mifflin, and Perseus Publishing, and is currently Vice President, Senior Director of Publicity and Acquiring Editor at Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. The author of the memoir The Good Luck Cat and The Savvy Author's Guide to Book Publicity (Carroll & Graf, 2004), she has spoken about publishing for the Virginia Festival of the Book, Lesley University, Publishers Marketing Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Publishers Association of the South, BookBuilders of Boston, ForeWord magazine, Grub Street, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, and the Adirondack Writer’s Conference, among others. Since 2003 she has been an Adjunct Professor at Emerson College—in their Writing, Literature, and Publishing program.

Ms. Warren holds a B.S. in English Education from Miami University and an M..F.A. in Creative Writing from Bennington College. Her poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, Oxford Magazine, Black Warrior Review, and Verse, and she's a poetry editor for the literary magazine Post Road.

Entries by Lissa Warren

The Cat/Book Connection

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 3:12 PM


It has always been about cats for me. Cats and books, books and cats. In my mind the two are inextricably linked, and in college I set about immersing myself in any and all cat-related literature. To this day, I still read and...

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A Raging Case of Memoiritis

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 5:32 PM

At the publishing company where I work, we see a lot of book proposals -- everything from vegan cookbooks to World War II histories to oral biographies of rock bands. We also see a lot of proposals for memoirs. Some of them are by celebrities, and while they tend not...

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Will Blogs Save Books?

(11) Comments | Posted July 29, 2008 | 1:50 PM

Major market newspapers have been downsizing their book review sections for awhile now, so I don't think it came as a total shock to anyone when the Los Angeles Times announced last week that it's laying off two of its books editors and folding its stand-alone Sunday books section into...

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Have Book, Will Travel

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2007 | 10:32 PM

I hear it pretty often these days: "Book tours don't sell books." To some extent, it's true. Sending an author from city to city to promote his or her book usually isn't profitable -- at least, not on the surface.

For most authors -- meaning the ones who aren't...

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A Publisher by Any Other Name

(13) Comments | Posted August 27, 2007 | 7:17 PM

Quick, name you favorite book. Now, quick, name who published it.

Gotcha, didn't I?

As someone who has worked in book publishing for the past 13 years, I'm keenly aware of the different houses that exist in the United States and the kinds of book they produce. I can...

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Christmas in July

(3) Comments | Posted July 29, 2007 | 9:57 PM

I have an embarrassing confession to make: I collect cat books. Not that series of "The Cat Who..." mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun. Not even the Cleveland Amory ones. No, I collect little cat books. Wee little itty bitty tiny mouse-sized cat books. Miniature editions. Stocking stuffers. The...

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Voting Independent -- At the Bookstore

(6) Comments | Posted July 11, 2007 | 7:36 PM

Despite the fact I tend to vote the donkey ticket in elections, there's one area of my life where I lean distinctly independent: bookstores.

I'll admit there are things I like about the chains. In the Cambridgeside Galleria near where I work, there's a Borders where I can find a...

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"It Lit"

(11) Comments | Posted July 1, 2007 | 5:45 PM

As a book publicist, part of my job is to keep an eye out for titles that are similar to ours -- not just because it's important to keep tabs on the competition but because "two books equals a trend." I can often get more ink -- and more air-time...

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Naming Names

(9) Comments | Posted June 17, 2007 | 10:57 PM

One of the books I'm publicizing got a bad review recently -- and by bad I mean horrific.

The book -- an anthology of essays on what music you'd want to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island -- is a solid collection. Really....

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To BEA or Not to BEA?

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2007 | 1:17 PM

To BEA or not to BEA? For many authors, that is -- or perhaps should be -- the question.

Earlier this month, thousands of booksellers and publishing professionals gathered at the Javits Center in New York City for Book Expo America--our annual convention. I've lost count of how many of...

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The Decline and Fall of the Book Review Section...and What It Means to Publishers

(5) Comments | Posted May 30, 2007 | 2:37 PM

There's been a lot in the news lately about major-market newspapers that are downsizing, relocating, or completely doing away with their book review section. The Atlanta Journal Constitution dispensed with its book review editor position. The Chicago Tribune moved its Sunday books section to Saturday (which has a lower...

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