Why Bogus Flap Copy Erodes Readers’ Trust

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Using platitudes like “remarkable” and “dazzling” in flap copy is forgivable, but calling a book “funny” when it is anything but is a much worse crime. Editorial by Nico Vreeland Flap copy always lies. It’s sickly understandable, considering the competitive marketplace for books. But, as a reader, it’s intensely frustrating to wade through book descriptions where the truth is more …

Does Size Matter?

In Ed's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

Editorial by Edward Nawotka One of the most popular panels yesterday at the fair and sparked a lot of discussion concerned the release of the list ranking the largest publishers in the world (see our story in today‚Äôs issue). Are you shocked to hear that the biggest is Pearson? Size is important, but perhaps not quite as much as it …

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The Future for Book Editors: Royalties?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Ann Patty For 34 years, I worked as an editor and publisher in New York publishing corporations. I was the youngest editor ever to be given her own imprint (Poseidon Press/Simon & Schuster), then went to Crown as Editorial Director, and finally to Harcourt as Executive Editor. At Harcourt I was a part time employee, publishing only five …

Falling In and Out of Love, with E-books

In Children's, Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka Prior to having a child, I loved e-books. After she was born, I appreciated them even more because when I would cradle my newborn daughter in one arm, I loved that I could hold my Kindle in the other arm and flip a page with my thumb, one handed. It was convenient, it was handy. Now …