Author Archives: Lorraine Shanley

Parsing the BEA Buzz Panels

For many who attend BEA, the Editor’s Buzz Panel is a highlight.  But, depending on whom you ask, that means Adult, Middle Grade, or Young Adult.  (For those who haven’t done so, many book samples, including some buzz panel books, are available for download from Publishers Marketplace. What are the differences between the three panels? …Continue Reading

Literary Partay: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

The 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival took place March 25-29, with a banner roster of attendees and speakers, including John Waters, Roy Blount Jr., Rick Bragg, Joe Kanon and John Patrick Shanley.  (Laura Lippman missed this year, as she was sick.) One of the festival’s literary lions was John Lahr, whose biography of…Continue Reading

Nielsen’s Children’s Book Summit

Nielsen’s first Children’s Book Summit took place at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium on December 12, and attendees claimed it a great success.  The emphasis, not surprisingly, was on media consumption data, but unlike in the past, when Nielsen kept its tracking of media very discrete, this conference brought together information on how children – and parents with children –…Continue Reading

The Virtual Museum Visitor: The 16th National Museum Publishing Seminar

The 16th National Museum Publishing Seminar took place June 12-14 in Boston.  A biannual conference, it attracted a broad group of about 200 museum publishers, from the smallest college museum or UK art book publisher, to the Met, Getty, and Yale University Press.  Yale’s John Donatich was the keynote speaker on Saturday and gave a rousing talk on “Why Books Still Matter.” With two…Continue Reading

Let’s Get Digital: Notes from Digital Minds 2014

Digital Minds, the conference that kicks off the London Book Fair, took place at the QEII Centre on April 7 with a large audience on hand and some lively speakers to inform and entertain it.  Authors Anthony Horowitz and Richard Wiseman talked about their respective approach to writing, publishing, and their audience, with the latter…Continue Reading

As the World Turns: Discussing Global Change at Publishers Launch Frankfurt 2013

Publishers Launch Frankfurt had a banner lineup, including HarperCollins‘ Charlie Redmayne, Osprey‘s  Rebecca Smart, Amazon‘s Russ Grandinetti, Wattpad‘s Alan Lau, and Goodreads‘ Otis Chandler, among others. The theme of the day was how different companies and countries are managing global change. In the morning, Russ Grandinetti from Amazon shared data about its worldwide ebook and…Continue Reading

AAP Annual Meeting: Fighting for Common Ground

At the annual Association of American Publishers meeting in New York on February 28, the topic was “Innovative Solutions for Historic Challenges,” and those ranged from education to the current congressional impasse, to copyright.  Education critic and NYU professor Diane Ravitch was on hand to address the first, Senator Olympia Snowe discussed the second, and…Continue Reading

The Art Book Biz is Booming. Just Ask These Publishers.

The topic at a recent American Book Producer Association (ABPA)’s  brown bag lunch panel – open to nonmembers for $20 – was art books, and three publishers spoke to the assembled group of packagers about what is working, where it’s selling, and what projects they‘re looking for.  Thames & Hudson’s President/Publisher Will Balliett, National Geographic’s…Continue Reading

Copyright and Technology 2012: Keeping the Pirates at Bay

With a keynote by Robert Levine, journalist and author of Free Ride, about how the proponents of consumer access to free content are often those who use that content to sell advertising, this year’s  Copyright and Technology New York conference began.  A few in the audience were from book publishing – MIT’s Bill Trippe moderated…Continue Reading

The Chattering Classes Transformed to Tweeting Tribes

With this post, PublishingTrends.com continues its regular column in which it reviews, explicates and excerpts books that we think will resonate with people in the business of publishing and media.  **** The Tao of Twitter by Mark Schaefer  (McGraw-Hill) is coming out on August 3rd, and in the year since the first edition was published, much has changed.  More people and businesses…Continue Reading