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Author Archives: Shannon Kobran

Books Abroad: Book Business and Publishers in Toronto

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One of the world’s biggest English-language publishing hubs can be found in Toronto. Canada’s largest city boasts an extensive book culture, housing the Canadian offices of the Big Six Five, as well as impressive local independent presses. The Canadians are proud of their literary heritage and its contributions to the global arts scene, and the government actively works to promote Canadian literature throughout the country and around the world. In Toronto, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is a government agency that “promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs, and original content creation” […]

Not New York: Book Business and Publishers in Boston

Well, readers, we have finally come to the end of our cross-country perambulation of the nation’s publishing powerhouses that are not New York. To conclude our journey, we take you to Boston, a city which has recently shown us its mettle by pulling together in the face of tragedy. Boston is a city with a lot to be proud of—its history, its universities, its sports teams, and, of course, its book culture. It’s best to start with Bookbuilders of Boston, a non-profit with an aim to bring together people from […]

Not New York: Book Business & Publishers in Nashville

We’re moving back east and heading down south to the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee, namesake of the popular TV show, home to a famously large music scene, and, of course, to publishing. Specifically, Nashville is known for hosting a number of religious publishing houses. Best-known, perhaps, are Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, both of which are now owned by HarperCollins and which, together, comprise HarperCollins Christian. Thomas Nelson is the world’s largest Christian publisher and is known in the larger market for New York Times bestseller Heaven is for Real […]

Not New York: Book-Biz & Publishers in San Francisco

The final stop on our trip out west (by way of the Twin Cities…because direct routes are boring) is San Francisco. Again, I have to preface an article by shamefully admitting that I have never physically been to this week’s destination. Of course, there’s what I know about San Francisco from popular culture: cable cars, hippies, a large bridge… And while those things do lend their local color to any good Bay Area-experience, the city has far more to offer. A thriving publishing industry, for instance. Personally, perhaps because of […]

Not New York: Book Business & Publishers in the Twin Cities

The next stop on our whirlwind national tour of publishing hubs are the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Disclaimer: I have never been there. But based on what research and hearsay have told me, the Twin Cities area is one of the best metropolitan centers in the region. In fact, The Economist‘s Ryan Avent recently postulated that climate and economic conditions are driving more and more people west, and that the future is likely to see Minneapolis become the new New York. Whether Avent is right or not, […]

Not New York: Book Business & Publishers in Denver, CO

In my last article I gushed about my time at the Denver Publishing Institute, the insight I gained, and the people I met there. It was a wonderful experience for me, and I hope that those of you looking for a way into the business will consider spending your summer there this year. However, I acknowledge that Denver may seem like a remote and esoteric place to host a publishing institute, especially since the University of Denver doesn’t even offer a degree in publishing. And I’m sure my article left […]

The Denver Publishing Institute: A Mile High Education

  As I mentioned in my last article, I have wanted to work in publishing since I was 12 years old. In college, after my very first English methods class, my professor dragged me into her office, sat me down, and asked me what I wanted to do after graduation. “I want to be an editor,” I said, with confidence. And so we began to plan out the rest of my life. Along with a list of classes to take, extracurriculars to join, and department alumni to contact, I was […]

Attached at the Hip: New York, Publishing, and (it turns out) Me

Let me start by saying that I never wanted to live in New York City. My parents are both native New Jerseyites who deliberately left the New York metro area so that they wouldn’t have to raise children there. I grew up in suburban Northern Virginia, and my earliest impressions of New York were that it was a dirty, loud, crowded city where everyone wore black and was rude all the time. I didn’t actually visit New York until I was ten, and though I was impressed by the tall […]