MEDIA CONNECT Interview Series: Elisha Hartwig of Mashable

The following interview with Elisha Hartwig appeared in the the latest edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter. To view our fall newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.

Elisha Hartwig is an Associate Editor at Mashable’s New York City headquarters, where she researches and writes branded content. She graduated with degrees in both English literature and Spanish literature from the University of Oregon. After graduation, she moved to Madrid for one year where she taught English and traveled extensively before moving to New York. Follow her @ElishaHartwig.

 

EHartwigMEDIA CONNECT: What book are you reading right now?
ELISHA HARTWIG: I am reading SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shteyngart

 

MC: When you’re not at the office, what do you like to do?
EH: I’m probably at home reading, running or binge-watching a new television show – although traveling is my favorite hobby.

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MEDIA CONNECT Interview Series: Jason Katzman, Editor at Skyhorse Publishing

The following interview with Rob Kirkpatrick appeared in the the latest edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter. To view our fall newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.

Jason Katzman currently works for Skyhorse Publishing, mainly on their sports (Sports Publishing) and science fiction (Night Shade Book, Talos Press) imprints, and is located in New York City. He has edited several New York Times bestsellers.

 

JasonKatzmanMEDIA CONNECT: What inspired you to want to become an editor?
JASON KATZMAN: I really didn’t know what I wanted to do until I had already graduated college. That’s when I spent all my time reading and writing. I always enjoyed helping family and friends on various projects, so felt that being able to work on the written word, use my creative intuitiveness, and help bring special projects to the masses was a role I’d do well in. Once I got my foot in the door I knew that this was my career, and I haven’t looked back since.

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MEDIA CONNECT Interview Series: Rob Kirkpatrick, Senior Editor at Thomas Dunne Books

The following interview with Rob Kirkpatrick appeared in the the latest edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter. To view our fall newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.

Rob Kirkpatrick is Senior Editor with Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, where he focuses primarily in narrative nonfiction. He has been in the book publishing industry for sixteen years and has also held senior acquisition positions with Lyons Press and Greenwood Press. Rob’s titles have made numerous bestseller lists and year-end lists and won several awards. He is also the author of his own books, including 1969: The Year Everything Changed.

 

kirkpatrickMEDIA CONNECT: What inspired you to want to become an editor?
Rob Kirkpatrick: I think I’ve wanted to be involved in publishing, in one way or another, ever since I was in elementary school. Back then, my dream job would have been to write Star Wars spinoffs like Alan Dean Foster and Brian Daley were doing at the time. I remember asking my fourth grade teacher if she knew the address to Random House.

 

MC: How has the editorial field changed during your career?
RK: The fall of Borders and the rise of ebooks have changed the industry greatly. And everything has changed since 2008, of course.

 

MC: As an acquiring editor do you look at the author’s work or platform first?
RK: Absolutely, especially as I acquire primarily nonfiction. I remember a proposal I received several years ago for a book from an author whose most recent book had sold quite modestly. I would have needed a way to position the author and his next book more effectively. The proposal neglected to mention what the author did for a living, so I inquired. The agent, an experienced one, asked me, “Why do you need to know?” That response floored me and still does. An author’s profession and platform are always relevant when trying to plan how to publish his or her book.

 

MC: What are some of the favorite books you’ve edited over the years?
RK: It’s hard to narrow your own list down, and of course a book can be among your favorites for different reasons. But several highlights include: SHRINKAGE by Bryan Bishop, THE WRECKING CREW by Kent Hartman, BIG HAIR AND PLASTIC GRASS by Dan Epstein, PRODIGAL FATHER, PAGAN SON by LT Menginie and Kerrie Droban, THE PEASANT PRINCE by Alex Storozynski, THE KENNEDY CHRONICLES by Kennedy, and STRANGE TRIBE by John Hemingway.

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Author Q&A: Founder and CEO of SCOTTeVEST Shares His Small Business Success Story In Debut Book

“You’re so full of crap,” said Mark Cuban to the equally brash Scott Jordan, CEO of SCOTTeVEST, on ABC-TV’s Shark Tank. What Scott Jordan is really full of is passion, energy, ideas, and pockets – all of which are topics in his new book, Pocket Man: The Unauthorized Autobiography of a Passionate, Personal Promoter Who Created A $50 Million Pocket Empire, just released on Amazon yesterday.

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Pocket Man takes us through not only what really happened on Shark Tank (he turned down a million-dollar offer for a portion of his company) but in real life. He made the leap to entrepreneur by following through on an idea that was ripe for its time in the year 2000 – developing clothing so people can wear or carry their electronic devices. Wearable tech.  Simple yet significant, his inventive product has yielded $50 million in revenue. INC magazine recognized his cutting-edge company to be one of the fastest-growing companies in America.

In the following Q&A, Jordan shows us what happens when one follows his passion all the way to the bank while inventing a cool, practical product that serves the needs of our technology-engaged society.

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MEDIA CONNECT Interview Series: John Duff, Senior VP and Publisher, Perigee Books

The following interview with John Duff appeared in the the latest edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter. To view our fall newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.

 

John started his career in the book business in the basement of a W.H. Smith book store in Toronto, Canada. Following stints with a number of Canadian publishers, he came to New York to become Director of Special Interest Publishing at Doubleday. In 1992 He joined G.P. Putnam’s Sons as Publisher of Perigee Books.

He also acquires and edits a range of prescriptive non-fiction titles. Amongst the highlights over the past two decades: Joanna Lund’s Healthy Exchanges series, which sold more than a million copies and gained her the unofficial title of “Queen of QVC.” He acquired the national bestsellers The Book of Useless Information and its many follow ups, Daniel Solin’s The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read and subsequent titles in this series of personal financial guides, and Goldie Hawn’s 10 Mindful Minutes. He is the long-time editor of public television’s Christina Pirello, whose books include Cooking the Whole Foods Way and the original Deluxe eBook Christina Pirello’s Wellness 1000.

Recent publications and acquisitions include Art Markman’s Smart Change, Brian Martin’s Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence, and the Truths to Set You Free, Ron Friedman’s The Best Place to Work, and Swoosie Kurtz’s memoir, Part Swan, Part Goose.

 

JohnDuffMEDIA CONNECT: What inspired you to want to become an editor?
JOHN DUFF: I more or less backed into it — starting out in publicity in a number of small publishers, picking up rights work along the way that eventually led to producing and selling illustrated co-editions with international partners, which then brought me to NY to take on the “special interest” publishing group at Doubleday. I never really thought of myself as an “editor” but took on this role along the way.

MC: How has the editorial field changed during your career?
JD: Key difference is the emphasis on the editor’s role as “brand manager” for each other. The editing process is relatively unchanged (except for the technical aspects as everyone moves to electronic editing and, somewhat reluctantly, away from pen and pencil). But no editor’s work ends here since each is involved with every aspect of the publication — production, marketing, publicity, etc. Beginning at the time of acquisition, editors now have to consider not only the quality of the work but all the market factors that will go into its success. (See next question)

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MEDIA CONNECT Interview Series: Ami Greko of Goodreads

The following interview with Ami Greko appeared in the premier edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter. To view our summer newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.

Ami is also founder of Book Camp NYC.

 

AmiGrekoMC:  What book are you reading right now?

AG:  I always like to read books of authors I think I might run into at BEA, so I’ve just finished the stunning, gorgeous Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, and the hilarious Thrown, which is a nonfiction book about MMA fighters written by former philosophy PhD Kerry Howley. Both worth queuing up for galleys!

 

MC:  What is one of the best success stories you’ve experienced working with a publicist?

AG:  I work with amazing publicists from so many different areas of publishing! The biggest successes always come from people who are extremely enthusiastic about a title and are willing to keep trying to find a good angle for the author on Goodreads.

 

MC:  What’s your preferred lead time? Will you consider older, but timely titles?

AG:  I love hearing about older titles! Goodreads is a community of readers, so they are less concerned about things like publication date and more concerned with “is this a book I will enjoy?” Definitely think of Goodreads for paperback publication as well.

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MEDIA CONNECT Interview Series: Terry Gross

The following interview with Terry Gross appeared in the premier edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter, and was reprinted with permission by Tami Keaveny for C-VILLE Weekly.

To view our summer newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.

 

TerryGross‘From WHYY in Philadelphia, I’m Terry Gross with ‘Fresh Air.’”

Every NPR junkie knows this intro, and the anticipatory thrill as the warm, steady voice of Terry Gross floats through the radio speakers to set up the backstory of “Fresh Air’s” current interview guest.

For almost 40 years, Gross has been conducting compelling, substantive interviews with personalities in the arts and media. Her genuine interest, intelligent curiosity, and thorough research puts her guests at ease, and has turned her into a cultural icon and an unsuspecting tastemaker who is often revered by her subjects.

C-VILLE Weekly spoke to Gross in a phone conversation about her supposed gay agenda, the choice to remain childless, and her dream version of a musical supergroup.

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MEDIA CONNECT Interview Series: Rachel Fershleiser from Tumblr

The following interview with Rachel Fershleiser appeared in the premier edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter. To view our summer newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.

 

RachelFMC:  What book are you reading right now?

RF:  “Love Me Back” by Merritt Tierce. It’s not out til September, but I heard her read at the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 event and I was blown away. I love books about interesting women making potentially bad decisions while they’re figuring themselves out.

 

MC:  When you’re not at the office, what do you like to do?

RF:  I like to cook (especially soup), grow illegal tomatoes on my fire escape, and take long walks around New York.

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MEDIA CONNECT’s Halloween Roundup: 6 Spooky Reads for October

To help you celebrate the spookiest time of the year, we’re sharing our favorite literary works, from classics to new titles, so you can get in every second of terror this Halloween!

 

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 The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.

“As one who goes running in terror at the random bump in the night, horror is really not my genre, but I can say that I have always gotten the creepy crawlies from Edgar Allan Poe. His Gothic tales and poems are so atmospheric and the language stays with you long after you’ve finished reading the piece.”

From The Raven:

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!

 -Kristin Clifford, Partner/Director of MC Satellite

 

The Tell-Tale Heart, also by Edgar Allan Poe.

 ”Even though he’s already appeared on this list, I think Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart deserves a mention in its own right. The first time I read it I was baffled by how I could be so terrified in such few pages. One of Poe’s most famous short stories, The Tell-Tale Heart, features an unreliable first-person narrator who recounts, in vivid detail, the murder he committed late at night of an unnamed old man. My first encounter with the story came in middle school. We watched the cartoon version of the story while the prose was read aloud in the background. I’m not sure what was more terrifying – seeing the filmy “vulture-eye” of the old man or reading about it. I can still see it so clearly in my mind, and I can still hear the relentless beating of the heart itself.”

-Anna Patrick, Digital Publicist

 

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MEDIA CONNECT Interview Series: Leigh Newman From Oprah.com

The following interview with Leigh Newman appeared in the premier edition of the MEDIA CONNECT newsletter. To view our summer newsletter or to subscribe for future editions, click here.

 

Leigh NewmanMEDIA CONNECT:  What book are you reading right now?

Leigh Newman: Amy Bloom’s novel and “Inside the Box.”

 

MC:  When you’re not at the office, what do you like to do?

LN: Write books, ski, play with kids, cook, travel, SLEEP.

 

MC:   What’s your biggest pet peeve when working with publicists?

LN: Just would love one contact per house.

 

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