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The Vitality of Small Presses


Posted by Shayna Take on November 22, 2017

Not only are independent publishers critical players in the publishing ecosystem, but they’re thriving in spite of those who challenge their necessity. Even though President Trump threatened a small press lifeline by declaring he would get rid of the NEA and the NHA, the House of Representatives approved a spending bill to continue providing funds


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Remembering Scholastic Book Fairs: A Roald Dahl Appreciation


Posted by Maina Chen on November 15, 2017

When I was younger, in elementary schools across the country, visits from the Scholastic Book Fairs were magical days to budding bibliophiles and students; any kid with a love of books was encouraged to sweep one off the metal shelves or to scribble on their book order forms about their newest finds. Without a doubt,


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Ian Frisch Talks Magic and Publishing


Posted by Kiera Hufford on October 18, 2017

Professional Writing ’09 graduate Ian Frisch recently landed a book deal for his nonfiction novel about the underground world of magic. He will be visiting Champlain for a Q&A from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on October 26 in CCM 221 to discuss his book and the publishing process.   “In 2015, I was researching


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The Art of Feedback and Disagreeing with Neil Gaiman


Posted by Grace Safford on October 11, 2017

There are two things writers arguably love just as much as writing: talking about writing and looking for writing advice from famous authors. My roommate and I are both Professional Writing majors, and we just bought copies of Stephen King’s On Writing, fully intending to read the book from cover to cover.   Of course,


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Edmunds Poetry Slam


Posted by Meg Kelting on October 4, 2017

Poetry slams can be nerve-racking to the unprepared, but as two second grade classes from Edmunds Elementary School filled Aiken Hall’s Morgan Room on June 8, 2017, it was clear none of them were ill-prepared. The slammers not only memorized original and established works, they came with posters detailing their creative process as well as


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Banned Books: Sensations Over Censorship


Posted by Charlotte Williams on September 27, 2017

Harry Potter, Of Mice and Men, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. What do they all have in common? It’s not that they have film adaptions or lead with male protagonists. It’s not even their underlying themes of death and inner demons. No, these influential novels have all been classified as three of the


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Jump-Starting a Career in Book Marketing


Posted by Maggie Bean on September 13, 2017

I took my first deep dive in publishing last summer as an editorial management intern with a corporate academic publisher. Ironically, I didn’t sit with the editorial staff; my cubicle was nestled in with the marketing people. Yes, academic journal marketing is different from book marketing, but after talking with the marketing employees and observing them


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Are Sensitivity Readers Valuable to the Publishing Process?


Posted by Charlotte Williams on August 30, 2017

Have you ever heard of sensitivity readers? I hadn’t until a few months ago when I was stumbling around on the internet and came across a few articles discussing their relevancy. Sensitivity readers are what they sound like: people who are paid to read a novel and flag content that is offensive or inaccurately portrays


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The Debate Over Paid vs. Unpaid Internships


Posted by Emma Reed on August 16, 2017

The debate over paid versus unpaid internships has been raging for many years now. It might seem obvious; you are doing work and using your time for the advancement of a company. You should be compensated in some manner. But what is the correct form of compensation? College credit? Money? Nothing at all save the


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Artificial Intelligence Joins the Publishing World


Posted by Ashley Dible on August 2, 2017

At its core, artificial intelligence (AI) is all about collecting and analyzing data, similar to what we like to think of as the function of our human intelligence. AI has been dismissed as the content of science fiction for a long time, but lately it has been seeping deeper into our lives—and deeper into the