The View from the (Highbrow) Bottom: The Life of the NYC Lit Assistant

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg I had to look up what Moscots were before I got very far in Kat Stoeffel’s much-forwarded article about “highbrow bottom-feeders,” or, New York publishing assistants. Moscots, it turns out, are glasses, and, combined with a belted sweater dress, are the uniform of Ms. Stoeffel’s stereotype – an East-Coast-educated, hyper-literate, employer-idolizing, cliquish, either hardworking or pretty girl …

What’s the Best Advice for Someone Launching a Publishing Start-up?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the challenges a German journalist faced when launching her own publishing — Berlinica — company in the US. Among the questions she had to answer were: what books to publish, how to get secure the rights, who will design them . . . as well as funding, distribution and promotion issues. She relied …

Who Do You Admire in Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today we inaugurate an occasional series of stories about people we admire in publishing. Lauren Cerand, an independent publicist based in New York City does great work with authors, publishers and booksellers. She is also the Board Chair of Girls Write Now, a writing and mentoring program for at-risk high school girls. We’d love to know who …

Are We All Entpreneurs Now?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson In today’s feature article, Chip Rossetti explains that even now that’s he’s in graduate school — after leaving an editorial career in New York, and then an editing job in the Middle East — he’s never really left publishing. He talks about the need to diversify his professional identity in today’s business and publishing climate. People change …

Steve Ross, Ex-HarperCollins and RH Exec, Joins Abrams Artists Agency

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Steve Ross, most recently President and Group Publisher of the Collins Division of HarperCollins and former Publisher of Random House’s Crown Division, is joining Abrams Artists Agency as the director of their newly formed Book Division. He starts Monday. Ross left HarperCollins in February 2009 when the Collins division was folded into Harper after a major restructuring …

Does Working in Publishing Help or Hinder Your Writing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how Vintage Books publicist Sloane Crosley balances her day job with her night time passion. It’s often said that everyone in publishing secretly wants to be a writer. But is working in publishing really a good idea for a writer? What does all the exposure to the treadmill of new books, underwhelming …

Is There a Digital Talent Emergency in Book Publishing?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson In today’s feature story, we talk about tips to improve your online presence. The success of conferences like O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo prove that book publishing is not the only industry that needs to more digitally literate employees. Shortly after the iPad was released, Lynne Seid of Heidrick & Struggles, a leadership advisory firm, said, “there is …

How Rigid is the Hierarchy in Your Publishing Workplace?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Like academia, publishing can be a rigorously hierarchical business where the adjective before your titles — be it associate or assistant, senior or executive — can make all the difference in your day-to-day life, not to mention your income. Being on the top means you can get your way; being on the bottom means a life of …