Editors’ Blog

September 10: The Future of Publishing

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

By Larry Smith

422780413_584d746fe11.jpgMark your iPhones: Susan Shapiro, a friend of SMITH, and friend of every journalist (especially those who take her personal essay writing classes) is holding a panel on The Future of Publishing, with an amazing cast of characters ranging top literary agents to editors from The New Yorker, New York Times, Time Magazine, Slate, Wired, and SMITH’s own publisher, HarperCollins. At the bottom of this post, we name names.

WHEN: Wednesday September 10, 2008 from 7-9pm
WHERE: Cooper Union’s Great Hall 7 East 7 St., New York; 212-353-4196
PRICE: $20 cash at the door
FOR WHOM: Proceeds to benefit PEN American Center’s Emergency Writer’s Fund
WHY: In this rapidly shifting publishing landscape and lousy economy, it’s difficult for authors and journalists to keep up with all the changes and layoffs. Will all newspapers and magazines disappear if they don’t go digital? Should everyone who wants to work at The New York Times, Wired or Slate learn interactive skills? Should writers submit work to agents and editors using email or snail mail? Are clips best sent with links, attachments, or by fax? If we blog, can that material then be sold to The New Yorker, The New York Times, or be expanded for a book? Will e-books replace hardcovers and paperbacks? Can lower book advances save book publishers from going out of business? These questions and many more will be posed by moderator Susan Shapiro, an author and journalism teacher, and answered candidly by these experts in the field.

Those experts include:

• JACOB WEISBERG, SLATE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & AUTHOR OF THE BUSH TRAGEDY & THE E-BOOK, BUSHISMS

• JIM ROBERTS, NYTIMES.COM DIGITAL EDITOR

• AYESHA PARDE, AGENT & FORMER FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX EDITOR

• SUSAN MORRISON, NEW YORKER EDITOR & AUTHOR OF THIRTY WAYS OF LOOKING AT HILLARY

• ROBERT MILLER, HARPERSTUDIO FOUNDER & FORMER PRESIDENT OF HYPERION BOOKS

• RADHIKA JONES, TIME MAGAZINE ARTS EDITOR & FORMER EDITOR OF THE PARIS REVIEW & GRAND STREET

• JOHN ABELL, BLOGGER & WIRED’S NY BUREAU CHIEF

More info: Susan Shapiro, Profsue123 AT aol DOT com.

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One response

  1. Thad McIlroy says:

    I wish I could be there to join the discussion. I cover all of these topics in depth on my site, http://www.thefutureofpublishing.com.

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