About the Author

Rachel Aydt

Rachel Aydt is a full-time writer, editor and researcher in New York City. She worked on the staff at American Heritage Magazine, YM, Cosmopolitan and CosmoGirl. Rachel has also contributed to Time International and Inked magazines. Since 2001, she has taught writing classes at the New School University.

#BEA11: YA Writers Collaborate to Educate About Bullying

In What's the Buzz by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt Wednesday at noon, on the Uptown Stage, four YA authors gathered to discuss their new book project Dear Bully, a spirited anthology that has gathered some of the industries best to crack open the shame and hurt of being bullied—and bullying. The panelists were Ellen Hopkins, Lisa McCann, Megan Kelley Hall, and Mary Rose Wood. To whet …

#BEA11: International Rights – “Hope In A Rapidly Changing World”

In Global Trade Talk by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt International rights deals provide a growing revenue stream many agents, even as advances from publishers continue to shrink. Tuesday’s panel “What is the Low-Down on the Global Publishing Marketplace?” panel moderated by agent Ira Silverberg of Sterling Lord Literistic, offered several tips, observations and “best practices” for working in the field of international rights. Mr. Silverberg spoke …

#BEA11: The “New Era” of the Author is Imminent

In What's the Buzz by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt BookExpo is nothing if not obsessed this year with the challenges of digital book publishing. The panel “New and Evolving Publishing Models: What Works,” offered a variety of perspectives from an esteemed group of boldfaced names including moderator: Brian O’Leary, Principal, Magellan Media Consulting Partners, overseen by Jeff Sharp, President, Open Road Media; Lou Aronica, Co-founder, The Story …

#BEA11: Marketing With PR and Social Media

In What's the Buzz by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt Monday’s panel at BookExpo America, “Free for the Asking: Marketing with PR and Social Media” was a bit of a tease. After all, who doesn’t want something for free? What I wasn’t aware of is that I was going to stumble into the world of struggling indie bookstore owners, each struggling for their own part of a market …