Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century

Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century


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Gutenberg’s invention of movable type in the fifteenth century introduced an era of mass communication that permanently altered the structure of society. While publishing has been buffeted by persistent upheaval and transformation ever since, the current combination of technological developments, market pressures, and changing reading habits has led to an unprecedented paradigm shift in the world of books.

Bringing together a wide range of perspectives — industry veterans and provocateurs, writers, editors, and digital mavericks — this invaluable collection reflects on the current situation of literary publishing, and provides a road map for the shifting geography of its future: How do editors and publishers adapt to this rapidly changing world? How are vibrant public communities in the Digital Age created and engaged? How can an industry traditionally dominated by white men become more diverse and inclusive? Mindful of the stakes of the ongoing transformation, Literary Publishing in the 21st Century goes beyond the usual discussion of 'print vs. digital' to uncover the complex, contradictory, and increasingly vibrant personalities that will define the future of the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571313546
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 746,150
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Editors Wayne Miller, Kevin Prufer, and Travis Kurowski, have managed, worked with, edited, and been acquired by the best publishers at work today. As the editors of this collection, they've assembled the most interesting publishing professionals at work today in one place, including Erin Belieu; Sven Birkerts; Jessa Crispin; Jane Friedman; Gerald Howard; Kevin Larimer; Jonathan Lee; Richard Nash; Daniel José Older; Chris Parris-Lamb; Donna Shear; Daniel Slager; and Roberto Tejada.

Table of Contents

Introduction Travis Kurowski Wayne Miller Kevin Prufer vii

Reading the Tea Leaves: Notations on the Changing Look of the Literary Sven Birkerts 3

The Ends of the Book: Reading, Economies & Publics Matthew Stadler 14

The Amazon Effect Steve Wasserman 32

The Self-Hating Book Critic Jessa Crispin 58

The View from a University Press Donna Shear 66

Poetry in Translation: Hemispheric Perspectives Gabriel Bernal Granados Kristin Dykstra Roberto Tejada 78

VIDA: An Interview with Erin Belieu Erin Belieu Kevin Prufer 101

19 Things: More Thoughts on the Future of Fiction John O'Brien 120

Hold the Damn Door Open: Idealism Is No Currency Megan M. Garr 131

Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing Daniel Jose Older 154

Comics Publishing Douglas Wolk 164

The Art of Agenting: An Interview with Chris Parris-Lamb Chris Parris-Lamb Jonathan Lee 174

The Open Refrigerator Gerald Howard 190

A Culture of Competition: Some Notes on Writing Contests & Literary Publishing Kevin Larimer 202

Coming to Milkweed Editions Daniel Slager 214

The Overnight Success of Lookout Books Emily Louise Smith 225

The Southern Review at Eighty Jessica Faust Emily Nemens 239

What Is the Business of Literature? Richard Nash 250

The Future Value of a Literary Publisher Jane Friedman 277

Notes 287

Acknowledgments 290

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