March 31, 2011
Merchants of Culture 3: Making Available vs. Making Known
While familiar territory for some, the current state of publishing and how we got here is skillfully summarized by John B. Thompson in Merchants of Culture. (See my first in this series here.) He covers the rise of agents, the rise of superstores, the rise of “mass-market” hardbacks, the rise of publishing conglomerates, the rise of sales to big box stores, the rise of advances, the rise of Amazon, the rise of the number of books published, the rise of ebooks.
At the same time this story also includes the demise of independent stores, the demise of superstores, the demise of literacy.Continue reading "Merchants of Culture 3: Making Available vs. Making Known"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 7:39 AM
March 29, 2011
Merchants of Culture 2: Symbolic Capital
While John Thompson’s Merchants of Culture focuses on big trade publishing in the United States and United Kingdom, it provides helpful insight into a wider range of publishing endeavors. (See my first blog in the series here.) He begins with how publishers get things done. And all publishers, regardless of size or category, accomplish their work with five key resources:Continue reading "Merchants of Culture 2: Symbolic Capital"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 7:21 AM
March 23, 2011
Merchants of Culture 1: Merchant of Candor
When reading John Thompson’s Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century, those of us who have been in publishing thirty-five or twenty-five or even fifteen years will feel like we are reading our own biography. This is history we’ve lived through and a present reality we know all too well.Continue reading "Merchants of Culture 1: Merchant of Candor"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 7:36 AM
March 15, 2011
I don't often look at stats for my blog, but the last report I got had some dramatic results. While there is a pretty steady readership for Andy Unedited, two posts (here and here) had massive readership spikes. Why? Well, not surprisingly I suppose, they were picked up by a couple very popular bloggers who pointed their readers this way. But I think there is another reason as well.Continue reading "Opinionated Me"
March 9, 2011
March 1, 2011
Is Personality Destiny?
Many writers and editors identify themselves as introverts. Consequently they often become intimidated, in some cases petrified, by the "social" requirements of writing and editing. They think they have limited resources available to them to compete in the often extroverted world of publishing. They absolve themselves from the responsibilities of championing their projects or interacting with readers. They think (or act like) personality is destiny.Continue reading "Is Personality Destiny?"