Posts tagged publishing

So you want to be an editor?

anodal asked:

Do you have any resources, advise, or tips on how to pursue a career in editing? I’ve done some research already but it’s still pretty confusing…

Aaaaahh, the young person who dreams of being an editor. I have so much advice for you!!

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6writing advice, publishing advice, publishing, medium,

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things f


In publishing-universe news, yesterday the Life in Publishing tumblr was shut down permanently, and the account deleted.

This anonymous blog by a (presumably female) publishing insider typically featured cheeky observations about the publishing world (including, yes, author behavior). Based on…

Dude this suuuuuux.

Source: jsgabel



I think the moment my query letters started working is the moment when I stopped writing about my book series like someone who gave birth to a beautiful child and started writing about it like a store associate on commission trying to get someone to buy something like a refrigerator or new shoes.

And Yeah Write decreed, This is the most real publishing-related post ever published to the Tumblr!

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Source: kaylapocalypse


"In its drive for profitability, Amazon did not raise retail prices; it simply squeezed its suppliers harder, much as Walmart had done with manufacturers. Amazon demanded ever-larger co-op fees and better shipping terms; publishers knew that they would stop being favored by the site’s recommendation algorithms if they didn’t comply. Eventually, they all did. (Few customers realize that the results generated by Amazon’s search engine are partly determined by promotional fees.) Sales meetings in Seattle were now all about payments, not new books, and the size of orders was predicated on algorithms, rather than on the enthusiasm of the publishers’ sales staff and Amazon’s own buyers, who were rebranded as “inventory managers.” Brad Stone describes one campaign to pressure the most vulnerable publishers for better terms: internally, it was known as the Gazelle Project, after Bezos suggested “that Amazon should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle.” (Company lawyers later changed the name to the Small Publisher Negotiation Program.)"

Penguins, etc.

Some of those things are not like the other ones…

Penguins, etc.

Some of those things are not like the other ones…


Penguins, etc.

Some of those things are not like the other ones…

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6penguin, publishing,

mekabbii asked:

As a black woman, I’m concerned with prejudice I will face when I try to find a publisher. I don’t write black literature at all but my name is Tameka so they will most definitely know I’m black. What will publishers assume? I am unsure if I should take up a pseudonym or not. It helped plenty of authors get publication before but taking a new name is a bit hard. I mean, it’s how I’ll be remembered.

Sigh. Tameka, I’m really sorry that we live in a society where you even have to think about things like this.

My first instinct is to say, “No! Keep your name! Challenge society!” but as a white person, I know that it’s not my place to say things like that. (That being said, I think the only person who can really answer your questions is you—at the end of the day, you have to go with what feels right to you.)

But hopefully, with this post, I can give you and others some resources to help develop an answer to this question.

More information about pseudonyms:

More information about diversity (or lack thereof) in publishing*:

More information about African Americans in publishing:

More information about sexism in publishing:

Also, I hope that it’s okay that the image I included above is of Toni Morrison, one of my favorite authors. (Toni Morrison isn’t her birth name, but it’s also not a purposefully chosen pen name—Toni is a nickname comes from her confirmation name, and Morrison is her married surname.)

Okay. I’ve tried to answer this ask really carefully and sensitively, but please, if anyone finds that any information I’ve included is wrong/offensive/misleading/anything else, please let me know.

Also, if anyone has a story to share about their experience with a pseudonym, as a minority in the publishing industry, or any advice that they’d like to share with Tameka, send us an ask and I’ll include it at the bottom of this post.

6writing advice, racism, sexism, publishing, large,

How to Use Twitter to Find a Publishing Job « Bookcareers f

JOB LISTING ALERT! Do you like talking about books? (Of course you do!) f


We’re hiring an event coordinator to join the team at our Brooklyn location. Send your resumes to to apply! Full-time, salaried, with benefits; more details available upon inquiry.

Hey guys if you live in Bk this job sounds AWESOME!

Source: wordbookstores

6brooklyn, jobs, careers, publishing, bookstores,

TL;DR: Choire Sicha f

I find this guy annoyingly quippy and don’t agree with a lot of what he said, but any commentary by anyone about how the internet is changing the way we share stories is always interesting for me to read.

6Choire Sicha, publishing, news, link,

5 Things We Learned at Digital Book World 2014 : Publishing Perspectives f

(via teachingliteracy)

Source: ebookporn

6link, publishing,

Authors prefer traditional publishers to self-publishing. Surprised? f

Is no one surprised? I kind of am.

Source: booksandpublishing


The Joys of Being an Intern: A Roundtable Discussion Based on Ross Perlin's Intern Nation | Publishing Trendsetter f

Publishing Trendsetter is just killing it this week!

Check out this round table discussion about internships at—what do you know—the place where I interned! I even have a cameo as Eshani’s “friend [who] recommended MPI to me after another offer fell through”!!

The discussion really sums up a lot of the current talk and opinions about internship culture in the US. If you’re currently interning, applying, or plan to, it’s definitely an informative read.

For more info on interning in publishing, check out all of our posts tagged internships!

6internships, publishing, careers,

MPI's Publishing Index f

Wooooah this is so cool! MPI, the publishing consultancy where I interned a few years ago, has a Pinterest that’s basically a massive index of everything publishing—publishers, agents, big house’s indexes, and so on. SO USEFUL!!! Follow them!

6pinterest, mpi, publishing,

Publishing salaries ‘a big issue’ | The Bookseller f

More on how much entry level publishing salaries SUCK.

6link, publishing, salaries,

Sometimes it feels like I'm going nowhere. That no matter how many times I edit, it'll never be ready. So far, no agents have been interested. Sometimes I wonder if my story is too strange for the ya market.


Don’t give up!  It just might be that your story doesn’t fit in with the current YA zeitgeist; that happens.  Sometimes books will come out and the publishing company will have tailored it for the certain genres/aesthetics that are big at the moment, and then something else comes out and takes the market and public interest by storm and all the genres and aesthetics and conventions fly out the window.

Try putting your manuscript away for a bit.  Don’t get rid of the finished product, or your rough drafts or any work you’ve done.  Put it all in a box under your bed or on your bookshelf, or all in one master folder on your computer if you work digitally.  Try writing something else.  If nothing catches, take a break from writing for a bit.  And if you keep going back to your finished story no matter what you do, try getting a second opinion.  Not an agent or publishing company, but someone you trust to go through your story as it exists now and get feedback.  Sometimes, no matter how much you’re in love with your story, you just need a break from it, and then once you come back you can have fresh eyes to look over it.

^Yo, this is good advice.