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.

The Second Book Conundrum: Selling It, Writing It, Publishing It

In Growth Markets by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt • Some people think that there’s a “second book jinx.” Is it real? • Writers, editors and publicists explain the challenges facing those who want to publish a successful follow-up. The pressure of high expectations makes second books a peculiar business. Depending on your relationship to the project, whether you’re the author or the agent, the editor …

Slashed Throats, Bullets: Q&A with Dark Harbor author Nathan Ward

In Book Review by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt In Nathan Ward’s Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010), he tells the true story of mob corruption and union muckrakers that ultimately inspired the film On The Waterfront. Malcolm “Mike” Johnson, our hero of the Ward’s story, is a gumshoe reporter who risked life and limb to write a …