publishing en From Gertrude Stein To Andy Warhol: Dramatic Readings Of Famous Rejection Letters <p></p><p>Nevermind the sentiment “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”… rejection <em>bites</em>.&nbsp; For writers, it’s also an unavoidable part doing business.&nbsp; In a recent blog post for Graywolf Press, executive editor Jeff Shotts described the “terrible math” behind the publishing industry's notorious tendency of shutting down writers.</p><blockquote><p><a href="" target="_blank">We accept under one-third of one percent of submissions that come in. Given those numbers, rejection letters are necessary, and they are, unfortunately, unexceptional. In fifteen years in publishing, I have probably written more than two thousand rejection letters. </a></p></blockquote><p>Hopeful writers may find some comfort however in learning that even <em>The Diary of Anne Frank</em> was rejected by 16 separate publishing houses.&nbsp; One editor at Knopf went so far as to call it “dull.” Also dismissed were George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” and manuscripts by Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, and in an infamously mocking rejection letter, <a href="" target="_blank">Gertrude Stein.</a></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:25:11 +0000 Word of Mouth 44211 at From Gertrude Stein To Andy Warhol: Dramatic Readings Of Famous Rejection Letters Design Icons Charlotte & Peter Fiell Talk Shop <p>With over twenty years of experience on the editorial side of design publishing, <strong>Charlotte </strong>and<strong> Peter Fiell </strong>are pioneers in bringing great design to the masses with big, beautiful glossy books. Their first book together, “<em><a href="" target="_blank">Modern Design Classics Since 1945</a>”, </em>was published twenty-two years ago and introduced mid-century modern furniture to a new generation of design lovers and novices.</p><p>They are also the former editors-in-chief for the best-selling design imprint <a href="" target="_blank">Taschen</a>. Three years ago the design power couple established their own line of art and design books—<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Goodman Fiell</strong></a>—which publishes titles written by the couple in addition to books written by experts across a wide range of disciplines; from <a href="" target="_blank">art</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">architecture</a> to natural history and <a href="" target="_blank">popular culture</a>.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:26:46 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37327 at Design Icons Charlotte & Peter Fiell Talk Shop Hey Authors: Quit Writing Books! <p>When was the last time you read a book? Not for work, not a kid’s bedtime story, but a real honest to goodness <em>book</em>, just for the pleasure of reading?</p><p>If you sheepishly answered, "more than a year ago," you’re not alone. A recent survey puts the number of Americans who have failed to crack a spine in more than a year at one in four. While new technological distractions have certainly cut into our reading time, our next guest would also like to blame the <a href="">Sisyphean </a>task of merely trying to <em>choose</em> a book that’s worthy of reading. His solution? <a href="">Authors should take a break from writing</a> to give readers a chance to catch up.</p><p><strong>Colin Robinson </strong>is a co-founder of the New York based independent publisher <a href="">OR</a>.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:29:07 +0000 Taylor Quimby 34837 at Hey Authors: Quit Writing Books! Book Reviewers: The Gender Imbalance <p>Last week, we came across an info-graphic that went viral among bookish types on Facebook and Twitter. <a href="" target="_blank">VIDA</a>, an organization for women in the literary arts, released a series of charts illustrating the results of <a href="" target="_blank">“VIDA Count 2012”</a>…that’s a tally of male and female book reviewers at major publications -- &nbsp;including The Atlantic, Harpers, and The New York Times Book Review -- and the&nbsp; gender of authors they reviewed over the past three years. <strong>Jason Boog </strong>is editor of the publishing website "Galleycat", where he<a href="" target="_blank"> blogged about</a> the findings.</p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:56:11 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23264 at Book Reviewers: The Gender Imbalance Coming and Going: Literary and Gastronomy Trends in 2013 <p>We’re beginning the new year with some "culture-vores" about which trends and habits they expect to fade out or faze in during 2013… Joining us for more on the literary scene is <strong>Jason Boog</strong>, editor of the <a href="">publishing news website Galley Cat</a>...and, for more on what’s coming up for food in 2013, we asked Maine chef and cookbook author, <strong>Kathy Gunst</strong> – who cautions that watching for culinary trends is not an entirely objective undertaking. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 17:53:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 19444 at Fifty Shades of Grey: An International Appeal <p>The runaway success of E.L. James’ <a href=""><em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em></a> has exposed some of America’s other sexual impulses. The trilogy has sold tens of millions of copies by appealing to readers of so-called “mommy porn”.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:19:49 +0000 Virginia Prescott 15973 at Fifty Shades of Grey: An International Appeal Terminate the ARC? <p>Jason Boog speaks about advanced readers copy, or “arc” – an early draft of a book that publishers sent out to reviewers, bloggers, and yes, radio stations in hopes of attracting media coverage.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:03:36 +0000 Virginia Prescott 9465 at Terminate the ARC? With Sale, Phila. Reporters Fear Loss Of Integrity Philadelphia's financially troubled newspapers — the jointly owned <em>Inquirer</em> and <em>Daily News</em> — may be sold for the fourth time in six years. Circulation and advertising are down. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 2117 at With Sale, Phila. Reporters Fear Loss Of Integrity 2012 Publishing Predictions <p>Today, we kick off 2012 with a broadcast Nostradamus might appreciate…We’ll get predictions form some of our favorite guests on the things we use everyday…In this segment, Jason Boog, blogger and editor for the publishing website Galley Cat, makes predictions about the publishing industry for 2012.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:09:01 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1178 at 2012 Publishing Predictions