Many thanks are due to Lori Cates Hand (of the Publishing Careers blog) who graciously presented us with an Excellent Blogger Award earlier today. Lori is a 17-year-veteran of book publishing whose blog aims, in her own words, be an “online ‘informational interview’ for college students, new graduates, and career changers interested in knowing what a job in publishing is like and how they can get one.” For anyone interested in publishing (or who is in publishing already) it’s a good read that I can highly recommend.
One of the duties, however, when receiving the Excellent Blogger Award, is to award it to 10 other bloggers to whom you feel it should be rightfully bestowed. So, in no particular order, these are the 10 best blogs about publishing that I think not only deserve the Excellent Blogger Award but should be read on a regular basis as well.
1. First up is the Tiano Design Blog. Steve Tiano is a freelance book designer in New York and, although he spends much of his time talking about the life of a freelancer, he spends as much or more time talking about more abstract (and interesting) issues of book design itself, especially in terms of his ongoing growth and evolution as a designer.
2. I can also recommend Morris Rosenthal’s Self Publishing Blog. Morris is one of the real gurus of self-publishing and the (painfully!) common sense things he has to say about book publishing—whether it’s self-publishing or not—are always well worth you consideration.
3. Beth Ziesenis is freelance copywriter in San Diego and Life on Avenue Z chronicles her adventures in starting her own business just this last year.
4. Kristin Nelson is a literary agent based out of Denver, Colorado, is a always scrupulously blogging publishing, agenting, contracts, proposals, queries, and the like at Pub Rants.
5. One thing I’ve seen too much of—especially with university press blogs—is blogging used to just distribute standard press releases about a new book or author event. A very happy exception to this The Penguin Blog, which has a whole slew of contributors from Penguin who really seem to embody that free-wheeling spirit of its founder, Sir Allen Lane.
6. As a nice break from the day-to-day nuts and bolts of book publishing, Michael Hyatt, President and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, focuses on management issues, corporate culture, and leadership skills at From Where I Sit. Yes, you need to have a grasp of the little picture details to be successful, but without the larger picture in mind, you’ll never go as far as you could.
7. Judy Alter is runs TCU Press in Fort Worth, Texas, and is really one of the grand dames of Texas letters. In Judy’s Stew she talks about publishing but, even more interesting, her life as a publisher and writer.
8. Joe Wikert of Wiley is THE MAN when it comes to blogging about book publishing’s evolution at his Publishing 2020 blog. A more recent effort of his, though, and equally interesting is Kindleville, an ongoing examination of the impact of Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader.
9. The Written Nerd works at an independent bookstore in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood and is planning one day to open a bookstores in Brooklyn. This is good read to get the perspective of those folks on the retail end of book publishing.
10. Finally, for those of you interested in the ongoing transformation of higher (technical) education—which, as textbook publishers we have a really vested in!—I’d suggest taking a look at Ron Sanders’ TechEd Notes. (Plus, for the sake of full disclosure . . . Ron is our boss—the VP of Student Learning at TSTC Waco—but usually we try not to hold that against him!)
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