September 14, 2009

News & Opinion: A View Inside Publishing

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:55 PM – Filed under: Publishing Industry

The Barnes & Noble Review published an essay this morning by Daniel Menaker, the former editor-in-chief of Random House.
The piece disassembles publishing into its sub-optimized pieces: Editors competing with editors. The chasm between creative and commercial, both in acquisition and execution. The author's search for acceptance and recognition in a shrinking pool of readers who care.
People in publishing read these sorts of pieces because they are refreshingly honest and give voice to the frustrations we all have with the competing interests of profit, pride, and potential.
Authors, both current and want-to-be, are well served by reading Menaker's words. Jonathan Karp, the publisher at Hachette's Twelve imprint, delivered a similar, but more prescriptive missive in April equally worthy of your attention.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.