The Publishing House in the Local Weekly

As we wrapped up work on The Publishing House class, a reporter from the local Ventura County weekly visited our class. He took photographs and interviewed students. Afterward, he and I sat down and chatted for a while. The reporter is a former student of mine. He seems to be doing very well for himself.…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 7: Public Relations

by Jake Winegar I spoke with Nic de Sena on his experience with trying to get a reviewer to publish a review on their website. It begins with a one sheet, which is like a summary, or catalog description that is used for publicity reasons. The one sheet for The Pocket Guide to Divorce included…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 5: Small Press Presentations

by Georgia Mclaughlin To get a better understanding of trade publishing, Sean Carswell taught us about the different kinds of publishing houses. There are the Big 6 (most recently the Big 5), independent publishers, and vanity publishers. After going over the corporate giants and the “pay-to-play” publishers, we focused our attention on the independent houses.…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 4: A Review of Reviews

by Georgia Mclaughlin In Sean Carswell’s Publishing House course at California State University, Channel Islands, students learn about many different topics as they relate to the ever-changing publishing world. One of the topics we covered was book reviews. My first impression of a book review was that it is simply the opinions of prominent people…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 3: Oh, the Overview

by Cory Pete The book is dead… Bullshit. That Fascist propaganda has run its course. Reflecting upon my time in “The Publishing House” I can tell you now that that sycophantic polemic is an outright lie. So who spreads this lie to the readership at large? Probably Amazon, but either way it is shit. Nazis…

Behind the Scenes of the Contest 2: Social Media

by Cory Pete The Internet is full of shit. That is a given. Try looking at all the sites that lack credibility, the sites that offer penis enlargement, or the sites that will clean your Mac for free. Yeah, clean all your files right into someone else’s hard drive. The over indulgence of advertising to…