The New York publishing industry—cleaving mostly to the political left for decades—is at last striving to create a more balanced literary landscape. Two major publishers, Penguin Putnam an Crown (Random House), each recently launched new conservative socioeconomic and political lines, reflecting (or perhaps cashing in on) the changing mood of the country under a Republican President, a GOP majority in the House, Senate, and among U.S.governors.
There's a new kind of energy at Kensington Publishing Corp. And it has been building since Michaela Hamilton ascended the elevator at 850 Third Avenue two years ago. After a 25-year career in book publishing (including 10 years as editor-in-chief of NAL) and a few years at freelance editing, Michaela got the offer from Kensington founder and CEO Walter Zacharius to become the company's new editor-in-chief. Now this ball of fire has the freedom to realize a vision she and Walter share.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote to a young friend seeking advice on her writing: "You've got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly. . . " Now, acclaimed contemporary novelist and journalist David Lipsky, a fan of Fitzgerald, has done just that.
In today's world, witnessing violence, both personal and societal, has become a common experience. Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School-based trauma expert, wanted to prove that we, as individuals, have the power to lessen the impact of witnessing trauma in our society
Jack Warner has been writing stories for his entire working career. He spent 32 years with United Press International and 13 years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Even so, it took Jack five years to sell his first novel, two days after he retired at the age of 63.
PSYCHOPATH, Dr. Keith Ablow's fourth thriller in the popular Frank Clevenger series, was released in July 2003 by St. Martin's Press. Here, the author discusses how he originated the idea for the series, how he found a publisher, and how he finds time to write while juggling a busy career as a forensic psychiatrist.
Erica Spindler, USA Today bestselling author, just released her ninth suspense novel, IN SILENCE, from MIRA this June. The paperback version of another of her thrillers, DEAD RUN, was released earlier this summer. She has also published 11 romance novels.
Matthew Pearl first-time author of the New York Times bestselling mystery, THE DANTE CLUB, and editor of a restored companion edition of Dante's INFERNO, talks about his surprise career as a 27-year-old writer, and how the dual project came to be.
In December 2002, Elizabeth (Liz) Maguire was promoted from editorial director to vice president and publisher of Basic Books/Basic Civitas Books and Counterpoint, all part of the Perseus Books Group. She joined the company approximately three years ago after having served as editorial director of Free Press (Simon &Schuster).
Research, research, research—know everything you can possibly know about the market and the publishers. Also, read and absorb as many books as you can get your hands on, especially in the market you're targeting.