Link of the Week: Bookforum

We are always on the lookout for great blogs and resources about books. With so many publishers out there it would be impossible to keep up with the latest books without book-news websites such as Bookforum. Also a magazine, this organization truly keeps an ear to the ground when it comes to the latest book information. Their site is divided into several sections. There are daily reviews, both original and reposted, from a variety of sources including the NYT and New York Review of Books. There is an Omnivore section, which covers news from across the globe not limited to publishing and Papertrail, a section devoted to book info. There are interviews and articles galore, and it is a great resource for keeping up-to-date with the latest industry bulletins.


Bookforum also accepts submissions! So if you’ve attended a great literary event or have the ultimate guide to Margret Mitchell, you might want to submit an article about it!

Link of the Week: O’Reilly Radar and Safari Tech Blog

The Tools of Change Conference had been a unique meeting ground for publishing and technology professionals to converge on the inter-sectional issues of communication. Put on by O’Reilly Media, it provided professionals with the opportunity for meaningful discourse about the future of publishing. However, they have just announced the end of the Tools for Change Conferences. O’Reilly will now be focusing on marketing and sharing their own software developments in the field of publishing technology. Take a look at this announcement from Tim O’Reilly on the closing of the conference. You can continue to follow their thoughts about publishing on the O’Reilly Radar and on the Safari Tech Blog.

Link of the Week: Folio Magazine

Magazine professionals everywhere know that you have to stay current and updated on the state of the industry in order to succeed. There are many blogs, web resources, and publications available to keep us informed and up to date on important issues. Folio Mag is a leader in this mission. Their website is a fantastic resource for professionals. They have resources on suppliers  for anything from fulfillment to designers, which help you to make the right decision when you’re in the editor’s seat. They also have a section of research (great for your papers!) and case studies on publishing and marketing methods.Take a look at their white paper on Social Media and Publishers. They provide job listings too! In addition, they have a healthy blog covering the latest news in mergers, technology, and other business related to publishing. Their blog has a great ‘people on the move‘ feature that tracks the latest promotions and job switches of today’s magazine professionals. Check out Folio’s website here, or take a look at their print edition.

Link of the Week: Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard was established in 1938. This is a center for advanced study and fellowships devoted to dissecting journalism, media, and publishing. They publish the magazine Nieman Reports, are home to the Neiman Program on Narrative Journalism, and the Neiman Watchdog Journalism Project. Our Link of the Week is their blog, the Nieman Journalism Lab. They describe their project as an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age. They highlight stories on successful innovation for students and professionals to emulate and create models to learn from. Take a look at their article on 29th Street Publishing, a new company devoted to creating programs to make publications available on Apple products through the Newstand app. This article by Justin Ellis is a great introduction to the struggles magazine publishers are facing adapting to new technology.

“What Are You Reading?”: New Blog Feature

A Call for Readers and Writers!

The M.S. in Publishing Blog invites all students, faculty and alumni to contribute to a new blog feature called “What Are You Reading?This monthly feature is designed to uncover page turning Books, and interesting Magazines, Articles, Blogs and Websites across different channels of reading, print or electronic.  Share your thoughts on these new literary trends with the M.S. in Publishing community.  Basically, let us know what you’re reading!

If you would like to submit a post for “What Are You Reading?please email Diana Cavallo at if you are interested in writing an article.


I’ve written the first feature sample about a publishing blog I recently discovered.  I hope you enjoy it and am are looking forward to all of your submissions!


What Are You Reading?: “The Book Deal”

By: Diana Cavallo


Lately, I find myself reading intruging articles from the publishing blog, “The Book Deal,”  geared for writers and publishing professionals. Many of these articles are written by Alan Rinzler, a longtime editor and publisher at companies like Bantam Books, Rolling Stone Magazine, John Wiley & Sons, Grove Press and Macmillan.   This semester, I am taking some editorial classes and working on my thesis about book publishing, titled “The Making of A Bestseller,” so Rinzler’s articles are both relevant and interesting to my place in the program.  His September 17, 2012 article, “Ask the editor: An agent said my novel needs emotional glue. Help!” exposes a sensitive subject for authors and editors, the emotion of a manuscript.  He defines the “emotional glue” as acharacter’s internal reactions, ruminations, and anticipated responses to the dialogue and action of the story…the unspoken ideas and feelings that focus and hold together the narrative and keep the reader right there with you.”   From a reader’s perspective, it is interesting to understand and acknowledge the thought process behind building a novel’s emotional glue that both the author and editor (and sometimes agent) goes through.  Most readers don’t take into account that developmental editors, like Rinzler, have spent countless hours working with authors to add or erase dimensions of a character and ultimately, the story. What I thought was the most important of Rinzler’s advice to editors and authors was to be clear and aware of a novel’s message during the writing process and to make effective use of details that show readers emotion and importance, not tell them.


The beauty of Rinzler’s blog is that he touches on so many different aspects of publishing.  In an article titled, “Big-6 publisher jumps on the indie bandwagon,” Rinzler helps his readers become aware of a change regarding the relationship between self-publishing and a Big-6 publishing house, Penguin Group.  The publisher acquired Author Solutions Inc (ASI), a leading provider of services for self-publishing writers.  Since the boom of self-publishing, some publishers have been walking a thin line as to whether they should stay clear of self-publishing authors, or draw the most talented of them into their creative circles.   I was surprised to read that Penguin had taken such a leap on this new aspect of publishing.  John Makinson, Penguin’s CEO, looks as the acquisition as a largely positive and proactive move for the company.  “Self-publishing has moved into the mainstream of our industry over the past three years,” he said, “It has provided new outlets for professional writers, a huge increase in the range of books available to readers and an exciting source of content for publishers.”  Essentially, Penguin has widened the pool from which they can find new authors and manuscripts.  This acquisition will also provide these authors with the new ability to be part of the resources of “publishing machines,” from the detailed marketing and publicity campaign, to innovations in production and distribution.   From the article, it seems that both parties would benefit from this new arrangement, but not all of the industry experts that Rinzler interviewed felt the same about this acquisition and the role model that it may have set for other publishers.