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What We’re Talking About on #editorchat on 4/15

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Meet us at our NEW TIME *8:30-10pm EST* when we’ll talk about the following:

Last week, we kicked off a series about innovation in publishing and what it means for writers and editors. We continue this week by looking at the Dark Side. Community publishing sites such as Helium often pay writers the least and eschew editors. Maybe we’re too old, but we can’t imagine writing successfully without an editor close by.

We also wonder if well-publicized efforts to reinvent the very idea of what makes a book is good for the book publishing industry. Innovation is often good. Innovation may help save the publishing industry from itself. But is all innovation good, or even necessary?

Not long ago we posted an excerpt of a speech given by New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati at the 2009 CASE Editors’ Forum in which he expressed concerns that the business models — or lack thereof — for newer mediums (i.e., Web and mobile Internet) are threatening to kill long-form journalism. Days later, Gawker published the resignation letter of The Wall Street Journal’s Joshua Prager, in which he expressed similar concerns. Thus, we ask:

Writers: How has technology or business innovation disrupted your process? Do you write more? Less? With the same verve?

Editors: Has the Web and mobile Internet changed what you ask of your writers? Are you placing limits on them, as Prager suggests? If not, is creativity paying off in a business sense?

Community engagement may be the key to news and, perhaps, to publishing in general (i.e., look at how the Harry Potter series opened doors for community building) but where is the line drawn between writer, editor and community? is it really good for writers if community members are writing their own content?

We always hear of how innovation is driving down revenue and, therefore, pay in publishing. Is that always true, or there are success stories that we are ignoring?


Written by LydiaBreakfast

April 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm

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  1. Thanks for the update, Twitter has been weird, I agree.

    I was planning on promoting #editorchat on my blog yesterday but looks like today is just as good since we’re not having it.

    Here it is: http://tinyurl.com/ctp5jf


    April 9, 2009 at 12:25 am

  2. […] Lydia Dishman (@LydiaBreakfast) and I for #editorchat on Wednesdays, 8-9:30 pm eastern on Twitter. Click here to see what we’ll be discussing on Tax […]

  3. So on the day we’re due to talk about the Dark Side of publishing innovation, I (Tim here) read that a magazine is bragging about not paying its contributors: http://bit.ly/7LIDR

    I get that this publication is an act of philanthropy but is this really a good idea when so many other outlets are offering nothing more than exposure to writers with families to feed?

    Thanks to Rebecca McCormick (@hotspringer), Chris Guillebeau (@chrisguillebeau), and Wing Sze Tang (@wingszetang) for the find.


    April 15, 2009 at 11:40 am

  4. Great initiative, look forward to joining next week. (Just saw it for the first time tonight!)


    April 16, 2009 at 2:48 am

  5. Great topics, enlightening responses. Wish this chat did not occur at 5am my time…

    During the discussion about whether outgoing links in a blog send readers away for good or corrode community, I am reminded of the film Miracle on 34th Street.


    April 16, 2009 at 8:56 am

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