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Alana Atwood and the Awful, Very Bad, No Good Sentence

Roz Warren | Posted 09.25.2015 | Books
Roz Warren

My friend Alana Atwood, who edits a prestigious Seattle-based literary magazine, recently received a submission that was poorly written.

Media Ethics in Lebanon Lack Proper Implementation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.25.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

There's no shortage of workshops on media ethics and concomitant codes of conduct in Lebanon, but how are those guidelines being implemented?

Lebanese Journos Contest Union Election Results

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.17.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Reporters and editors excluded from membership are furious about results of the Lebanese Journalists Union (LJU) election so they're suing the syndicate and its president on charges of corruption, irregularities and violations of its bylaws.

Go Set A Watchman: A Lesson on Inclusion in the Literary Industry

Deborah Plummer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Deborah Plummer

As a multicultural society, we can no longer afford segregation in the publishing industry comprised of select gatekeepers who define the literary landscape based on their worldview. Words create worlds and the literary industry should represent a much broader one.

This Is What Editors Know About Publishing That Writers Don't

Quora | Posted 06.25.2015 | Books

First, editors are industry professionals who can educate often-naive authors about the facts of life in the real world of publishing.

What Editors and Booksellers Are Reading This Summer

Joseph Olshan | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Joseph Olshan

If you're an editor like myself, you have a lot of manuscripts to read. If you're a bookseller, you've got to stay on top of what's being published. This summer it seems like most of the editors and booksellers I know are reading A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara's second novel.

Waiting for the Gatekeepers

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Some people will waste a lifetime waiting for the Gatekeepers. I was almost one of those people. By nature, I'm a rule follower. Even unwritten rules. If there's a way something is "supposed to be done," that's how I'll do it. When I finished writing my first novel, I queried agents.

Why It's Harder to Write the Next Book Than Your Last--And How to Keep Writing Anyway

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

I have experienced more success as a novelist than I ever imagined. So why is writing every new book harder than it was to write the one before? And how do I keep going despite my fears?

Inkubate Launches New Technology at BookExpo America

Stacy Clark | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
Stacy Clark

Events at this year BookExpo America (BEA) showcase how Inkubate powers the traditional publishing pipeline with its interactive platform

Reviewer Prejudice at the New York Times?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Reviewers like Maslin just don't know what they're missing, and they're cheating their readers. Stephen King made Maslin's list. Really? Readers would somehow have missed that he had a new book out?

Smartwatches Do Little for Journalists But More Useful Wearables Are on the Way

Kerry J. Northrup | Posted 06.13.2015 | Media
Kerry J. Northrup

Don't look to this first wave of wearables for much that changes how journalists do their jobs gathering news. Coming next, however, are things such as a wrist-launched personal drone and jersey-mounted sports cameras that could open up whole new editorial approaches.

These Unlikely Heroes Are...Wait for It...The World's Top Fact-Checkers

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.30.2015 | Media
Peter Mandel

Ladies and gentlemen (or to avoid being gender-specific) members of The American Copy-Editors and Fact-Checkers Guild: It is my pleasure to welcome each one of you and, of course, "you" in the plural sense, to this evening's Hall of Fame Banquet.

Inside Traditional Publishing: Agents and Editors, Working Together

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.02.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Agents lie to editors? I remember thinking. Apparently, some do. Editors know it, and it makes their jobs that much harder.

Editors Resign As Media Group Owner Predicts 'War' With Hungarian Government

AP | By PABLO GORONDI | Posted 04.08.2015 | Media

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Six top executives of a media group controlled by a former ally of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban unexpectedly resig...

50 Cent Takes Over The New York Daily News

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.15.2015 | Media

New York City, you are now filing with 50 Cent. And you gotta love it. Strolling the offices of The Daily News Wednesday, rapper 50 Cent took comma...

3 Lessons I Didn't Know Before Writing My Memoir About Serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)

Dorit Sasson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Since 2012, my memoir has gone through multiple drafts and I've finally got to the core of the transformation. I'm definitely not the same writer I was going in. Here are three lessons to prove what I've learned so far about the memoir writing process and my story.

A Trustworthy Press Is the Immune System of Democracy

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.19.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

Do your best to get it right. If you do, great. If you don't, admit you got it wrong, fix it, even if hard, and try harder next time. And we should reward journalists and press outlets that are practicing good, honest journalism.

Little White Lies: Are They Good or Bad in Publishing?

Judy Mollen Walters | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Judy Mollen Walters

If you've been in publishing at all -- no matter what your role -- author, editor, publisher, agent... you've undoubtedly told a few little white lies or been on the receiving end of them.

Should You Scrap that Novel? Maybe Not

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

There is always a point, about 250 pages into writing a novel, where I want to set fire to it.

Two Gladiators In The Arena Of Words: Ben Bradlee And Abe Rosenthal

Pranay Gupte | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media
Pranay Gupte

It wasn't just words and wordsmiths that Bradlee fought for. He was in continuous combat with his archrival, A.M. Rosenthal, the executive editor of the New York Times. They were both hugely talented men with larger-than-life personalities, and with enormous egos.

'The Ninth Circle' Author Brendan Deneen Talks About His Circus-Themed Horror Novel

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Lion tamers, a bearded lady, sword swallowers and more: Brendan Deneen's The Ninth Circle has it all and stands apart as one of the most fascinating and unique books to hit shelves in a long time.

Publishing's Unsung Heroes: Copy Editors

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Copy editors are worth their weight in gold, yet hardly ever garner a mention. So here it is, a shout-out to you, copy editors around the world: we writers and readers are so lucky to have you smoothing sentences and paragraphs and chapters. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Breaking the Jewish Taboo on Germany

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Lev Raphael

This is Banned Books Week and though I've never had any of my twenty-five books banned, one of my books was sidelined in an insidious way that amounte...

Breaking In: Voice

Karen Dionne | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

All agents and editors look for different things in a manuscript. For authors hoping to sell their novel to a major publisher, this variety of tastes and opinions works in their favor: one man's trash is another woman's treasure. But one item comes up over and over again: Voice.

Breaking in: It's All in the Writing

Karen Dionne | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

At its core, a book is not only the vision of its author; it is also a collection of words on a page. By necessity, the arrangement of those words sho...