Interesting Reading

February 26th, 2009 • Kate

I meant to share this last week, but here’s the next in Poets & Writers’ series on the people in publishing. This article is a Q&A with four young editors — again, I’d take umbrage at the term “young editors” — they are the heads of their imprints or divisions, with many years of experience below their belts. Still, they provide some interesting insight into publishing.
Unfortunately, the interviewer didn’t follow up on what I think is a fascinating little comment. To the question of “When you look at the industry, what are the biggest problems we face right now?”, one editor replied “Blogs.” I’m dying to know what he meant. What do you think?

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8 Responses to “Interesting Reading”

  1. Kristy Says:

    Great question, but I can’t imagine what he means. In my opinion, if that’s the biggest problem the industry is facing, we should all kick back with a grin.

  2. Carrie Harris Says:

    Yow. That’s scary. Earlier in the interview, one of the other editors mentioned that asking authors to blog was hell, so maybe that’s it?

  3. Jeanie W Says:

    Perhaps the editor believes that, when it comes to reading material, people are increasingly choosing blogs over books.

  4. Amy Sue Nathan Says:

    My gut reaction is that having a blog makes everyone think he or she is a writer who can write for publication – many use their personal blog as a writing credential when it's inappropriate to do so. I also see aspiring authors posting chapters of yet-to-be agented work — hoping someone will come looking for them. I think blogs – or at least some blogs – pollute the process just a bit. And some – are very good for it!!!

  5. beth Says:

    I'd think it's because it's such a waste of time–or maybe that's just for us writers 🙂

  6. Kelly Ann Fiore Says:

    I wonder if it is referring more to the people who vent on their blogs (and have never heard of Google alert.) I've come across a few aspiring author blogs that just rant about who rejected their work or whatever. And let's be frank — that's idiotic. This publishing world is such a microcosm of the world at large — everyone one is connected in some way. Why would you insult someone when they know someone who knows someone who knows you?
    That and I think some people, myself included, sometimes blog to avoid inevitable revision or other such business. Not really helpful in the long run — but such lovely procrastination.

  7. Heather Says:

    I read an article recently that claimed that publishers/editors are afraid authors will shoot themselves in the foot by becoming unlikeable through a blog, therefore hurting future sales of their books.

  8. chocolateinspir Says:

    On the flip side, I've heard from editors that they want their writers to have a blog to promote their work. But I can see how a writer could do something really stupid on their blog too!