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Book Jobs Not by the Book: Wei-Ling Woo, Assistant Editor & Social Media Associate at PEN American

Wei-Ling Woo is the assistant editor and social media associate at PEN American Center. Prior to PEN, she worked as an editor at the independent publisher Epigram Books in her native Singapore, where she worked on projects as disparate as translations and cookbooks, and, along with the rest of the publishing team, championed the work of local writers and artists. She received her BA in creative writing and art history from Columbia University, and is an alum of the international writers’ residency Sangam House. What was your first exposure to book business […]

The 10th Annual 5 Under 35 National Book Award Ceremony

Last night was a celebration on many counts. First, it was the National Book Foundation’s annual 5 Under 35 event, honoring 5 novelists under the age of 35 to “highlight the work of the next generation of fiction writers.” Second, it was the 5 Under 35 award’s tenth year.  Third, LeVar Burton was the host! It was a literary-studded affair, from the authors being awarded,  to the the previous 5 Under 35 winners who nominated this year’s honorees, the attendees, and even the bartender and emcee, Rosie Schaap and Ben […]

A Look Across the Pond: Breaking into Publishing in the UK

On Publishing Trendsetter, we try to tell you all kinds of stories about the many ways of getting into publishing, the many different ways one can get into publishing, and the different types of jobs one can get, and insight into publishing epicenters. It’s a fun way to spread our love of the industry! So you can imagine our delight when we discovered a publishing blog written by a young woman in the UK called Pathway to Publishing. We’ve had a great time reading her blog, and jumped at the […]

Bookselling at New York Comic Con

When my friend asked if I could be a bookseller at New York Comic Con I said yes before even looking at my calendar. Selling books! At Comic Con! There was no way I was going to miss it. I haven’t been a proper bookseller in a few years, and I’ve never been to ComicCon, but I was excited even though I had no idea what to expect. Here’s what I saw: Comic Con is a great place for book nerds. Obviously Comic Con has moved way beyond just comic […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Literary Podcasts

There are so many ways to love books that have nothing to do with reading. And even when you can’t be reading, you can still celebrate your love of books by listening to people talk about books. I asked the bookternet what their favorite literary podcasts are, and boy did they deliver. There are a lot of them out there, so here’s a simple list to get you started on the best bookish programming that isn’t a book. We’ll start with some well-loved literary podcasts. These are well-known, and give […]

Vertical Horizons: Online Courses

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * In 2013, Magnolia Media Network (formerly Future of Ink) listed online courses among its top ten digital publishing trends. That same year, the Independent Book Publishers Association mentioned Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in its Independent magazine as a rapidly growing industry. The article went on to suggest that publishers embracing online education were likely to see less disruption in their textbook sales. And then again in 2014, Digital Book World’s Ten Bold Predictions […]

A Beginner’s Guide to ISBN, Part 1: An Overview

ISBNs are important to a book’s identity for many reasons, but most importantly because they give ownership to the book’s author. Additionally, ISBN contributes to a book’s identity is by giving it a unique number for distributors and bookstores to keep inventory, to differentiate between similar editions, and to provide data for market analysis. Still not quite sure what an ISBN is? Here’s some background. As some of you might remember from your grade school’s library classes, ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and is composed of the thirteen […]

Dress for Publishing Success: Men’s Edition

Editor’s note: This is the second post in our two-part series of what to wear at your publishing job. Here’s the ladies edition. I have the kind of parents who insisted I always, always wear a dress shirt, slacks, and nice shoes for everything. School pictures, choir performances, church, family gatherings—you name the occasion and I was most likely over dressed. But while I wasn’t always a fan of button-down shirts and dress pants—mostly because I was certain I looked like the biggest nerd possible—I’m rather glad my parents forced […]

A Trendsetter Roundtable: Muse by Jonathan Galassi

American publishing has a lot of history. There are stories of “the greats” who started started the big publishers and bookstores. There are tales of editing beloved authors. There’s also gossip. Muse, by Jonthan Galassi (Knopf, 2015), hits on all of these important points in publishing’s history in his fictional book about a young editor rising through the ranks in New York City publishing. Galassi approaches this topic from experience, he’s the publisher of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and a published poet. So he’s seen the industry from both sides. Muse is […]