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The end of summer is finally in sight! Between a trip to Aspen for a wedding and a mini-vacation to Ireland, my July was exceptionally hectic. Thankfully, the first hints of cooler weather are on the breeze and that means it's time to settle back down. I'm looking forward to returning to my roots  hard work and good stories. If you have any book recommendations to ease me back in, send them my way.

And speaking of roots, If you've been with me since the beginning, you probably know that LTS Editorial has changed shape a few times over the years and the place we're in today looks a lot different from where we started. I was recently featured in a wonderful article written by a good friend of mine that gives a behind-the-scenes look at how my company and I have grown from a boutique editorial service to a multifaceted publishing outfit. I'll say that a great deal of that growth was inspired by seeing how what I had to offer stacked up to what clients actually needed, and being able to adapt my company to meet those needs has been such a worthwhile journey. Check it out if you're interested, let me know what you think, and read on for the latest news in the world of publishing.
Sensitivity Readers! What Are They Good For? (A Lot.)

This thinkpiece made me...think. For a quick recap: “sensitivity readers are people from marginalized backgrounds who vet manuscripts to ensure that their representation of underrepresented groups is both accurate and respectful.” The author argues against the idea that sensitivity readers are tools for censorship, saying that “Sensitivity readers are helping [him] learn to be more intentional with [his] privilege.” While I don’t necessarily disagree, after reading I was left wondering: what impact does a literary work’s correctness have on its value? And given the significance subjectivity has to art, can we say that there is a right way for an artist to interpret their experience with a person or culture? Curious to hear some fresh perspectives on this one.

One in Five Book Biz Women Surveyed Reports Sexual Harassment

Mildly depressing but not totally surprising news: 22% of women who responded to PW’s most recent salary and jobs survey have experienced sexual harassment, with the majority of that harassment having occurred in the workplace. We have recently seen pushback against harassment from the industry in the form of boycotts and canceled book deals a step in the right direction that couldn't come soon enough.

Indie Booksellers Look to Register Voters

This is badass: In an effort to empower and engage, several independent booksellers across the country have started in-store voter registration drives. I think this is a brilliant example of civic responsibility in action, and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the arts at large under fire from the current administration. It’s so exciting to see the literary community playing a role in giving a voice to the people above and beyond what we’ve come to expect.
Goodreads and the Crushing Weight of Literary FOMO

The particular strain of literary FOMO I’m afflicted with may not stem directly from Goodreads, but as someone pretty deeply entangled in the world of books, I can absolutely relate. It can be so hard sometimes to not feel like I’m missing out on the Next Big Thing™ when it’s a huge part of my job to know all about what’s hot in publishing right now, and I’m only just getting around to reading that book that came out in January of last year. Thankfully, like the author of this piece, I’ve learned that it’s a lot healthier to confront this FOMO instead of repressing it. I just try to remember that books tend to have a longevity that events and occasions you might miss out on don’t. In a way, literary FOMO is irrational if what you’re really worried about missing out on is stories; they aren’t going anywhere any time soon, and they’ll be ready and waiting for you when you have the time.

The world's most beautiful libraries – in pictures

This is such a fascinating photo essay. Each of the featured libraries is stunning and interesting in its own right, but I think the larger point here is a meditation on how not just literature, but literary places, can function as art. Too bad none of these libraries are in the states  it would absolutely be worth the road trip. See also: How Publishing’s Floral-Print Trend Came to Rule the World’s Bookshelves This article looks a little deeper into how and why lush, vibrant blooms have become the new standard for book covers, and the author offers some food for thought on how literature-adjacent items can impact the experience of the literature itself.
Many congratulations to Jack Harrell for publishing his fourth (!) book, Caldera Ridge, a novel about how we grapple with questions of destiny and how much control we ultimately have over the path our lives take. I was lucky enough to edit Caldera Ridge when it was still in its early stages, and it gave me the unique opportunity to edit a book written for a Mormon audience (a first for this NY editor!). 

Help me congratulate Jack, and be sure to check out Caldera Ridge on Amazon and at most major retailers.
  • Slice Literary Writers’ ConferenceSeptember 8-9, Brooklyn, NY
    • This two-day literary conference invites “leading professionals to offer trade secrets about how they transform a great story into a bestselling book.” The workshops and panels offered touch on both the craft and the business of writing, aiming to help writers launch their professional careers as creatives. Bonus: scholarships are available for undergrad and graduate students.
  • Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, September 13-16, Seattle, WA
    • This conference offers something for writers of every caliber, including sessions on screenwriting and editing. Also, R.L. Stine is this year's keynote speaker, which is probably a huge draw for anyone who loved Goosebumps as much as I did when I was a kid.
  • Researching and Crafting a Compelling Biography, Sep 21, 2018, Santa Fe, CA
    • When written well, biographies can be some of the most compelling books. The workshop is hosted by bestselling author and biographer James McGrath Morris and will outline how to conduct research and craft it into a story. 
  • Steel Pen Annual Writers' Conference, Oct 27, 2018, Fair Oak Farms, IN
    • This conference is your chance to learn not only from experts but from your fellow writers. Workshops are intended to be engaging and stimulate conversation between peers. The conference is open to writers of all levels as well. The keynote speech will be given by fiction author Michael Poore.
  • Atlanta Writers Conference, November 2-3, Atlanta, GA
    • In its eighteenth year, the Atlanta Writers Conference is one of the most popular conferences the Southeast has to offer. A big selling point? AWC's website says that every year, some attendees are offered contracts based on the materials they bring in for review.
  • BookBaby Independent Authors ConferenceNovember 2-4, Philadelphia, PA
    • BookBaby’s first ever Independent Authors Conference was just last year and drew a crowd of over 400 for a weekend of panels and workshops geared toward equipping independent authors with the knowledge and “practical skills they need to publish and market their books and manage careers as independent authors.” This year the event is hoping for even bigger and better and has tapped Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn to be the 2018 keynote speaker.
  • LWC}NYC - 2018 Conference, December 6-7, Manhattan, NYC
    • The Literary Writers Conference}New York City brands itself as "the conference for the serious writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry." You'll have two days to rub shoulders with agents from top literary agencies, workshop your elevator pitch and delivery, and whip your query letter into the best shape of its life.
  • Publishers Weekly's Fall 2018 Adult Announcements
    • Looking for something to look forward to? Check out PW's collection of shortlists for this fall's adult releases.
Disclaimer: This listing is for informative purposes only and does not function as an endorsement. 
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