Porter Anderson is a career journalist whose venues have included three of Time Warner’s CNN networks, the Village Voice, Thought Catalog, Publishing Perspectives, The Bookseller, The FutureBook, the Dallas Times Herald, Dallas Observer, D Magazine, the Tampa Tribune, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and other media.
He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, the Frankfurt Book Fair-owned magazine focused on the international publishing scene and founded in 2009 by the German Book Office in New York City. Anderson gave a keynote address at Frankfurt’s Singapore Publishing Symposium in late 2015 and for several years has programmed events in Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Business Club and author-training programs.
Most recently, Anderson co-founded The Hot Sheet with his longtime colleague Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer’s Digest and now teaching at the University of Virginia. The Hot Sheet is the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, delivered every other Wednesday via email. With a brand promise of “no drama, no hype,” The Hot Sheet is drawing loud acclaim for its incisive analysis of industry news not hobbled by the emotionality that pervades so much of the blog world and author-forum scene today.
Anderson is also followed for his “Writing on the Ether” columns — which were originally created for JaneFriedman.com — at ThoughtCatalog.com in New York.
Thought Catalog has been ranked among the biggest 60 or 70 Web sites in the world for unique users, and a specific feed for Anderson’s columns there is available at this link for your reader.
Anderson’s regular readers at Thought Catalog are following his Music for Writers series of columns, with interviews of some of the most talented, intelligent, and important composers and performers today on the contemporary classical scene. Interviewees include John Luther Adams, Paola Prestini (also here), Michel van der Aa, Tristan Perich, Bryce Dessner, John Supko (also here), Christopher Cerrone, The Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington, Donnacha Dennehy, Andrew Norman, Kaija Saariaho, Kate Dillingham, Ville Matvejeff, Gregory W. Brown, Laura Karpman, Lisa Bielawa, Joby Talbot, Brad Lubman, Maki Namekawa, Jeffrey Zeigler, Agata Zubel, David Krakauer, The JACK Quartet’s John Pickford Richards, The Royal String Quartet’s Michal Pepol, ETHEL’s Ralph Farris, Anna Clyne, Caleb Burhans, and more.
#MusicForWriters is produced in cooperation with New York Public Radio’s 24-hour stream, Q2 Music, and you’re welcome to hear some of its output now as you read:
In special client work, Anderson is introducing to authors the Library Journal and BiblioBoard program SELF-e in 2015.
@LibrarySELF-e, as it’s handled on Twitter, gives independent authors — and traditionally published authors who have the e-rights to their backlists — a chance to submit their ebooks for presentation to their states’ libraries, and to the United States’ library system in a curated offering that assists harried librarians all but overwhelmed by new levels of digitally-enabled publishing. Anderson is proud to welcome SELF-e to his growing list of clients.
Anderson programmed the 2015 Hug the Alien events for Frankfurt Book Fair’s Business Club program at the heart of Buchmesse. In addition, he assisted in the Fair’s new conference, The Markets, which is an innovative and energetic business-born exploration of seven powerful key international markets, and he programmed a day of special events for authors in Halle Six, as well.
In the autumn of 2014, Anderson programmed the Master Class series of the Business Club offering at Frankfurt Book Fair’s Halle 4, engaging world-class speakers to bring their best observations to bear on such key-interest topics as subscriptions in the book world. He also worked again with Authoright in Frankfurt, in a special afternoon of programming for authors at BuchMesse.
In the spring of 2014, he programmed and led the BookExpo America uPublishU Author Hub, which for the first time placed a working center for entrepreneurial authors on the floor of BEA, itself. In 2015, the Hub became the Author Marketplace.
Anderson became program director with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) Digital Book 2015 Conference, which opened BookExpo America at the Javits Center in New York City. With a theme of “Putting Readers First,” Anderson’s programming fielded more than 80 speakers in some 35 sessions for an audience of more than 1,000 over two days, focusing on publishing’s bid for connection with its consumers.
Anderson spoke in March 2015 at Milan’s IfBookThen conference (#IBT15), and at the IndieReCon event that followed London Book Fair with the Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi). He covered Klopotek’s Publishers Forum programmed by Ruediger Wischenbart in Berlin for April. He covered the Publishing for Digital Minds conference at London Book Fair (LBF) as a Media Partner with LBF. And he spoke extensively at the Grub Street conference, The Muse and the Marketplace in Boston in May.
- PubSense Summit in Charleston,
- Writer’s Digest in New York City, and, capping the year, and
- The FutureBook in London, in its fifth annual outing.
Anderson also conceptualized and programmed the inaugural staging of The Bookseller’s Author Day, as the kickoff event in FutureBook Week, 2015.
You can keep abreast of various conference appearances and events on this page and sign up for Porter Alerts! (on this page, upper right) and be notified by email about upcoming coverage.
Anderson’s work in newspapers, magazines, network television, and online network news have included the roles of critic, reporter, editor, managing editor, news anchor, content coordinator and senior producer.
Anderson gave a keynote address to The Next Chapter conference in Stockholm in May 2014 at the invitation of Publit’s Jonas Lennermo, and led a special onstage live interview with Anna Rafferty, former Penguin Digital Director there. He has written up a particularly powerful address there by publishing entrepreneur Richard Nash.
There is an article here produced from Milan’s IfBookThen programme in March 2015, a high point of the conference year.
In many cases, Anderson’s presentations at conferences are live onstage interviews with newsmakers. These have included Hugh Howey, Emily St. John Mandel, Shanna Swendson, and Josh Malerman.
His Public Presentation for Authors boot camp was debuted in April 2013 at Writer’s Digest Conference East and repeated at Writer’s Digest Conference West. The event, running three hours, brings participants up to the microphone with their own text to read and gain immediate feedback and coaching. Covering not only live-event presentation (readings) but also television, radio, and online presence, the course offers professional training to newcomers to the literary field whose experience of public appearance and performance may be limited.
Anderson is regularly flown to publishing conferences and trade shows by organizers who hire him to “live-tweet” sessions of their events, taking each session from its beginning to end with fully explicated quotes from panelists and a comprehensive delivery of the discussion’s arc. This provides a chance for public engagement — both by event attendees and by others around the world — in a real-time format of cogent interaction and global visibility for the event.
A Fellow with the National Critics Institute, Anderson has professionally reviewed books, theater, dance, music, and visual arts for several mainstream media for three decades. Most recently his reviews of literary fiction were read at the Reader Unboxed site.
Anderson accepted a United Nations P5 diplomatic posting (with laissez-passer) to Rome as Creative Advisor and Multi-Media Manager to the UN’s World Food Programme. And he was Creative Consultant and Executive Producer to INDEX: Design to Improve Life, the Danish government’s awards program for international humanitarian design in Copenhagen under the royal patronage of HRH Frederik, Prince of Denmark.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Anderson worked as an Equity actor and as an account executive with Siegerman Associates, Inc., in public relations and advertising. His play script, Bernard Shaw: Weeding the Garden, was based on the religious writings of George Bernard Shaw. It was entered into the permanent Shaw Archives by Dan Laurence. Anderson was granted a limited-time performance license for the piece by the Shaw Estate via the Society of Authors in London.
Anderson holds a BA (William and Mary), an MA (University of Michigan), and an MFA (Florida State University Asolo Conservatory). He has done special readings in the psychology of the arts at the University of Bath, England.
He is a member of the American Men’s Studies Association, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the American Theatre Critics Association (former executive committee member) and the International Association of Theatre Critics (former vice president).
Anderson is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, and now is based in Tampa, on the Gulf Coast of Florida. He is a longtime supporter of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). As part of his interest in the potential impact of serious music and writing on each other, he has made the first challenge grant to listeners of Q2 Music, the 24/7 live-streaming contemporary classical Internet service of New York Public Radio flagship WNYC/WQXR.