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LA Times Debates Publishing

The LA Times held a panel this past week on the issue of publishing.

The panel, moderated by the Times book editor David Ullin, included former PW editor-in-chief, publishing consultant and author of So Many Books, So Little Time Sara Nelson; Richard Nash, former head of Soft Skull Press; Otis Chandler, founder of the Goodreads Web site and Patrick Brown, Vroman’s Books’ webmaster and blogger engaging in a sometimes adversarial conversation about the profound changes that challenge the core of book publishing, how writers and readers connect, and how books are bought and sold.

The panelists discussed the meaning of gatekeepers, supply chain issues, and technology. The small summary is worth a read.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Mel
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 12:48:33

    I’m getting an error for the link.

  2. Jane
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 12:57:10

    @Mel I changed it. I hope it works now.

  3. Kalen Hughes
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 14:18:30

    We simply publish too many books. We need more midlist novels and less of the celebrity books that challenge the bottomline of publishing conglomerates.


  4. J L Wilson
    May 01, 2009 @ 05:00:28

    Once again: thanks for posting this industry news. I find myself coming to your site (and a few others) for the information I need about the ever-changing pub industry.

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