Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

There’s something about the stance of writers in the publishing community right now that isn’t quite what it should be. I don’t have to get too specific in describing this. It’s never more evident than at this time of year when two of our biggest conferences are choreographed to pass in the night. Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

Your hot seat awaits at the Writer’s Digest Conference and Digital Book World Conference in New York. Not since Margaret Mitchell fanned those other flames has the industry gathered in so superheated a salon of controversies for the kickoff of its annual ConfabWorld season. Can’t be there? No problem. Keep these hashtags handy: #wdc12 and #dbw12. We’ll be sure some smoke gets in your eyes. Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

Today, it wouldn’t hurt our con­gre­ga­tion of pub­lish­ing to catch a church-window reflec­tion of how we look engag­ing in one industry-wide panic after the next. Our ener­getic knees-up exer­cises of fever­ish fel­low­ship seem so fre­quent nowa­days that we might as well sched­ule them. Plus: Why “The Joy of Books” is joyless cuteness. Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

In chatting with some year-enders as we watched that ball ex machina descend in Times Square to haul us all out of the mess that was 2011, it became clear that many authors today see the digitization of things as just such a handy lift, a chariot swinging low to carry us home (where the readers are) — to deliver everyone from the gatekeeping Eumenides of old publishing and into the stage-center jig-fest of DIY abandon. Mickey Rooney, that ancient thespian, called this “let’s put on a show!” Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

Dan Blank of We Grow Media and I are planning a series of informational pre-confab pieces for you starting January 9, 2012. And I’ll be tweet-storming the dramatic recitations and balletic debates, barre the door, at the major publishing conferences of the season. DISCOUNT: Use code WDCTWEET to get $50 off your Writer’s Digest Conference full registration — and hurry. It starts on January 20 in New York City. Read More