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Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.”

-the opening line of E B White’s classic children’s book, Charlotte’s Web

For more memorable opening lines, read “This Did Something Powerful to Me: Authors’ Favorite First Lines of Books,” from The Atlantic

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I think the printed magazine is a completely unique experience. There’s nothing like it. It’s unique as a lean-back experience, it’s uniquely immersive…There are some consumers who will always want to read that magazine in print.  There are some who will want to read it in print, on mobile, tablet, or look at the websites, but I think the print remains the anchor of the experience.”

Mary Berner, CEO of the MPA, in a blog interview with Samir Husni, aka “Mr. Magazine.”

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 “Trade book publishing is by nature a cottage industry, decentralized, improvisational, personal; best performed by small groups of like-minded people, devoted to their craft, jealous of their autonomy, sensitive to the needs of writers and to the diverse interests of readers. If money were their primary goal, these people would probably have chosen other careers.”

 -Jason Epstein


Jason Epstein, former Doubleday Editor, Creator of Anchor Books,  Co-founder of The New York Review of Books,  former Editorial Director of Random House and recipient of the National Book Award for Distinguished Service to American Letters.

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Happy Earth Day!


  On this important day, the MS in Publishing blog would like to share some quotes by Al Gore, Henry David Thoreau, and Rachel Carson that reflect a deep appreciation for our Earth.   Enjoy!









“Silent Spring came as a cry in the wilderness, a deeply felt, thoroughly researched, and brilliantly written argument that changed the course of history. Without this book, the environmental movement might have been long delayed or never have developed at all.

-Al Gore, political and author of The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, in Reflections of Earth Day article



“I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbors up.”

-Henry David Thoreau, from the title page of Walden and “Where I Lived, & What I Lived for






 “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
―Rachel Carson, Silent Spring