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Author Archives: Lena Morris

Profiles in Publishing: Karl Baedeker

Name: Karl Baedeker Birthdate/Place: November 3rd 1801, Essen, Germany Publisher Associated With: Baedeker Claim to Fame: Oldest of ten children, he inherited the publishing company created by his grandfather in 1784. He worked as a bookseller while studying humanities in Heidelberg  before military service. He moved to Koblenz and established his own bookselling and publishing business in 1827 at only 25 years old. Later to become commonly known as “the father of modern tourism,” the company published travel guide books that uniquely included every detail a tourist needed for a successful venture. He […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Hillary Doyle, Cross-Channel and Sub-Rights

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Hillary Doyle is a recent graduate of the Ohio State University, where she double-majored in English and Linguistics. She moved to New York City after graduating this May to start an internship at Scholastic on the Rights and Co-Editions Team. She is thrilled to now work at Scholastic full time as the Cross-Channel and Rights Assistant. ***** What was your first exposure to book business? What were the most important things you gained from it? My first job in book business was an internship at a very […]

Not New York: Building Book Culture in Dallas, TX

by Will Evans Recently, I started a publishing house—Deep Vellum Publishing—in Dallas, Texas. When I tell folks that I’ve moved to Dallas to start a publishing company that specializes in world literature in translation, and the first thing I hear is, “Why Dallas?”, I can’t help but get defensive. My response tends to come out a little annoyed: “Why not Dallas?” Before moving to Dallas, I eagerly researched the city to discover where I would go to buy books, whose local literary events I could attend, and found that there […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 8/5 – 8/9

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. **** Amazon CEO Bezos purchases The Washington Post, and everyone’s tweeting about it. Major publishers are objecting DoJ’s proposed punishments for Apple after the company was found guilty in ebook price fixing conspiracy trial. Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya aim take over the online […]

Author Perspectives Podcast: Laura Joh Rowland

Join Lena Morris for an interview with Japanese historic fiction writer Laura Joh Rowland. The former quality engineer with Lockheed Martin at NASA discusses her transition from the scientific field to creative arts, the changing book industry with digitization, and what it’s like to write for such a specific niche. Laura’s new book, The Shogun’s Daughter, will be released this September. She is also working on her next book, number 18 in the series, The Iris Fan, which will release next year. You can visit her website at www.laurajohrowland.com or like her on […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 7/29 – 8/2

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. **** Obama gives a speech at Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, now available on the new Kindle Singles.. Overstock and Amazon declare pricing war, resulting in continually lowering prices in an attempt to out-discount the other. People around the world double-checked the definition of  “debate” […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Chelsea Langford, Editorial Assistant at Kirkus

Chelsea Langford grew up in Danbury, Conn., before moving to New York to attend NYU. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and creative writing. She’s interned at a literary agency, a literary magazine, and at HarperCollins Publishers. Currently, she’s the editorial assistant at Kirkus Reviews, where she also writes feature articles. ***** What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it? My first exposure to the book business was through an internship with Brick House Literary […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 7/22 – 7/26

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. **** Google to enter the world of digital textbooks just in time for back-to-school season. Jane Austin to appear on the next £10 bill in England, a move that shows ‘pence and sensibility.’ Ebook drama abroad: Penguin settles with the European Union on ebook […]

Author Perspectives Podcast: Michael F. Stewart

Join Lena Morris for an interview with Michael F. Stewart, author of YA urban fantasy, graphic novels, and other titles, such as Assured Destruction. He dropped by our office during his visit to New York City for ThrillerFest. Mike discusses the advantages and challenges in self-publishing, utilizing transmedia to create a world around his stories, and how he sees the industry will change with the development of social reading technologies like Readmill or BookShout. You can follow him on Twitter @MichaelFStewart.

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 7/15 – 7/19

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. **** Juror on the Zimmerman trial drops plans to write a book after outrage ensues on Twitter. Ebooks company Inkling signs major deal with Pearson and Elsevier, raising $16M in funding. VIZ Media launches Perfect Square Kids Imprint at Comic Con, debuting book […]