Articles by Emily St. John Mandel

June 23, 2010

When Good Things Happen to Bad People 0

When Good Things Happen to Bad People: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. On one of our favorite industry blogs, The Rejectionist weighs in on one of publishing’s perennial problems: what to do when someone really foul ends up being way more successful than you are.

June 23, 2010

Laura Miller on Self-Publishing 0

In Salon, Laura Miller discusses the brave new world of self-publishing: “You’ve either experienced slush or you haven’t, and the difference is not trivial.”

June 23, 2010

The City & The City & The City 13

I read China Miéville’s The City & The City recently. I’ve been thinking lately about the ways in which our cities are layered, the way different versions of a given city exist as shadows of one another, and coming across a story wherein the layering was so explicit delighted me.

June 4, 2010

A digressive and beautifully written announcement. 0

“Maybe everything is an organized mess at high speed”: in one of the more deeply buried leads in history, Brad Listi announces The Nervous Breakdown‘s new publishing imprint. And yes, I could just send you to the official press release, but I loved this piece.

June 3, 2010

Book ownership and education 0

In Salon, Laura Miller discusses two new studies showing a correlation between the number of books in a child’s household and the level of education that child’s likely to attain: “Children with as few as 25 books in the family household completed on average two more years of schooling than children raised in homes without […]

May 31, 2010

Melissa Klug and the Permanence Matters Initiative 14

“I truly believe that we are at a critical crossroads in publishing. As the attention, bandwidth and energy of publishing turns to e-books, we are concerned that what is currently a trend toward lesser quality print versions of books will then become a landslide.”

May 19, 2010

J.E. Fishman on The New York Times 1

On The Nervous Breakdown this week, J.E. Fishman considers the book review practices of The New York Times: “My view is very much eastern, very much old school, where a book review from the Times was the only sure sign that an author had arrived.  But maybe it’s time to rethink that, and this rethinking […]

May 19, 2010

Staff Pick: Emma Straub’s Fly-Over state 3

I have a well-documented weakness for indie publishers, and Fly-Over State was published by one of the indiest entities I’ve ever come across.

May 18, 2010

Just because you can self-publish doesn’t mean you should. 0

Will the new technologies ruin talented writers? Jason Pinter examines the perils of straight-to-ebook self-publishing.

May 16, 2010

Spiegel & Grau turns to indies for help 1

Shaken by scathing reviews from The New York Times and The Washington Post, Yann Martel‘s publisher turns to independent bookstores for help.