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Category Archives: Industry Insight

Updates and all the basics on book biz.

Sixth Annual Best of the Best of 2018 Lists

We know – it’s been a long year. But before we bid 2018 farewell for good, there’s still some housekeeping to do. Here at Trendsetter, we’re continuing our annual tradition of compiling the internet’s book opinions (good, bad, and ugly) into one mega-post. What are you waiting for? Let’s reminisce. Best list of best epigraphs. Best list of (some of) the best LGBT writing. Best list for making that Tournament of Books bracket. Best list of long reads from Longreads. Best list of tomes for tots.  Best list of best […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 8/20-8/24

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals 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. The New York Public Library is putting stories on its Instagram Stories. Singapore claims that the author of Crazy Rich Asians dodged military service. The National Book Critics Circle launched its first-ever fundraiser. At this year’s Hugo Awards, all major categories went to […]

Diversity in Literature from the Standpoint of a Biracial Latina Woman

Growing up with a Dominican mother and an Ashkenazi father, I never saw books about myself. Because my father was never particularly religious and my sisters and I were raised Catholic, it was natural for me to feel more connected to my Dominican side. Even from my earliest memory, little four-year-old me knew who she was: she was Dominican. Every night she ate rice and beans and maduros and tried to understand what her abuela and mother were saying. But she also knew that she was biracial and was always […]

The YA Formula for Female Protagonists

When you think of Young Adult Literature, what pops into your head? Every Jesse Green book? Cheesy first love stories? Sad first love stories? Twilight? Over the last decade YA has evolved. You don’t see many books like Sweet Valley High anymore or Gossip Girl—two book series based off a pair of perfect blonde rich girls. Instead we’re seeing more diversity, both ethnically and politically. If a character is LGBTQ, their sexuality doesn’t have to be the plot, as author Bill Konigsberg describes in his blog. But even though YA […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/12-3/16

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals 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. The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize is out. Judges for the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced. Physicist and author Stephen Hawking died this week.  Following sexual harassment allegations, Sherman Alexie declined the Carnegie Medal. New books are forthcoming from Malala […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Lena Valencia, Managing Editor at One Story

Lena Valencia is the managing editor of One Story. She has held positions at A Public Space and BOMB Magazine, and for three years hosted the HiFi Reading Series in Manhattan. Her writing has appeared in Joyland, BOMB, The Masters Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Fiction from The New School. You can find her on Twitter at @lenavee. What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it? I worked at the independent bookstore Powerhouse Arena for four years, first as an events coordinator and […]

Fifth Annual Best of the Best of 2017 Lists

It’s the end of the year, and the internet is ablaze with opinions. Many of them are bad, but the ones about books are good. Here at Trendsetter, we have a tradition of compiling these hot, and not-so-hot, takes into our own annual retrospective. So let’s take a look at the year that was the best way we know how: by tallying up all the reading we have left to do. Best list of books by black authors. Best list of books by Latinx authors. Best list of books you […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Subscription Boxes

If you’ve checked the mail lately, you know that subscription boxes are a booming business. Industries from clothing to cosmetics to home cooking have been experimenting with the format since the 2010 launch of Birchbox. This isn’t new territory for publishing, which got into the subscription game in 1926 with the Book of the Month Club (still alive and thriving), but the present surge in popularity has inspired scores of booksellers, book lovers, and book publishers to flex their entrepreneurial muscles in new ways. A typical book box is released […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/9-10/13

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals 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. Hachette has shut down Weinstein Books in the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Writers Jesmyn Ward and Viet Thanh Nguyen were among this year’s MacArthur Fellowship winners.  Ticket sales at this year’s New York ComicCon hit a record high.  This year’s Frankfurt Book […]

How We Got Into Publishing: Survey Results

Sometimes I think folks outside the industry must think there’s some secret trick to break into publishing. In a way, it makes sense. It’s a global business that’s got its American heart in New York City, like some other industries that people and Hollywood movies often laud: fashion, theatre, magazines, and so on. That must be why we all get asked how we got started, or if we could let a friend of a friend pick our brain over a drink or coffee. So at the beginning of the summer, […]