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Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries: A Trendsetter Roundtable

The dictionary is one of those funny things that almost everyone has, but doesn’t necessarily use very often, or even think about. Well, there are people that do think about the dictionary very often, like those who have to write it. That’s where Kory Stamper comes in. Stamper is a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster. She writes and edits the dictionary along with her colleagues. As fans of the Merriam-Webster Twitter account and videos (of which Stamper is often the star), we were very excited to hear that there was a book […]

Five Years Strong! Looking Back at Trendsetter

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but on May 20th, Publishing Trendsetter celebrated its 5th year. While Jen and I have not been here from the start, I can safely say that we’re very proud of all that Trendsetter has accomplished, and what it will continue to achieve. We want to take a moment to thank all of our past interns and contributors from across the globe. Trendsetter coverage has taken many forms throughout these 5 years, but we believe that it’s all useful to our readers. Today, we look […]

Trendsetter Roundtable: What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund

Reading to yourself has often been described as having a movie in your head, but as Peter Mendelsund, author of What We See When We Read (Vintage, 2014) would say it’s so much more than that. Mendelsund is the associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf and art director of Pantheon Books, so he’s definitely the right person to write this book. He’s created some of what I would argue to be some of the most famous and visually striking covers in recent years. Samantha and Jennifer sat down to […]

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 […]

We Love You, Mary Norris, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris, A Trendsetter Roundtable

When Publishing Trendsetter found out that Mary Norris had a book coming out, we just knew we had to get it for our roundtable series. Her book, titled Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W. W. Norton, 2015), covers Norris’ rise through the ranks at The New Yorker, how to use dashes correctly, and many other grammatical conundrums that keep writers awake at night. Norris is a copy editor at The New Yorker; she is also the star of a series of videos called “Comma Queen.” Samantha, […]

Tackling #GIRLBOSS: A Trendsetter Roundtable

#GIRLBOSS by entrepreneur and businesswoman Sophia Amoruso has shaken up the genre of business books in more ways than one. It’s being described as Lean In for young women, and Amoruso is definitely not your typical business woman. In the book, she confesses to thieving, hating school, and how she used Myspace to build her original fanbase. In a book that’s part how-to and part memoir, Amoruso outlined the rise of her clothing company, Nasty Gal. Editors Kimberly and Samantha sat down to talk about what takeaways Trendsetters could take away […]

MFA vs. NYC vs. A Trendsetter Roundtable

When MFA vs. NYC (n+1/Faber and Faber, 2014) first was published, it ruffled some feathers, probably because of the subtitle: The Two Cultures of American Fiction. The collection of essays featured insights from authors who have completed MFAs, those who have not, and pieces from those who work inside the publishing industry. How do these stories stack up? And do MFA graduates and NYC writers really comprise “the two cultures of American fiction?” Your Publishing Trendsetter editors, Kimberly, and Samantha sat down and discussed the book with Livia Nelson, former Trendsetter intern […]

BEA 2014: A Trendsetter Roundtable

Last week was a busy time for all people in the book business as BEA 2014 kicked off its programming on Wednesday, May 28th and culminated in Saturday’s BookCon.  Professionals from all over the industry were represented, including your Trendsetter Editors, BEA pro Kimberly Lew and first timer Samantha Howard. They sat down to talk about their experiences and observations from this year’s Book Expo America. Kimberly: Last week was a crazy week of BEA goodness. Let’s discuss. Samantha: Yes. My first time! Kimberly: Your first time. How does it feel to no longer […]

The Ties that Bind: A Roundtable Discussion Based on Pamela Slim’s Body of Work

When you’re starting out on your career path, especially in a difficult job market, it can feel impossible to figure out how exactly to sell yourself. After all, you’re pulling job experience from a lot of places: your school work, volunteer jobs, freelance gigs, internships, etc. — chances are your complete resume doesn’t tell just one story, it tells many stories. But together, what do all of those things say about you as a job candidate? And better yet, what do you want them to say? Pamela Slim‘s new book, Body of Work […]

The Joys of Being an Intern: A Roundtable Discussion Based on Ross Perlin’s Intern Nation

For anyone looking to start a career in publishing, the first step is getting a foot in the door. While entry level jobs usually represent the threshold, internships have almost become essential precursors to gain entry. Yet despite the importance of having an internship on your resume, internships can often be frustrating exercises, either consisting of coffee-fetching and paper-copying or exploiting young talent with high job demands and little to no pay. Internships have come under fire a lot in recent media, with some very prominent lawsuits even forcing major […]