EP2 Editing & Publication Brief

This will be brief, too, as the word-count-ometer is already, I fear, in the red. This post is linked by title and tags to three others — each interviews I conducted with writers who are prolific bloggers and published authors. Two of the three are Canadian-born but based in the USA (make of that what you will), the third is straight-up American. This wasn’t a deliberate bias, it simply seems the American publishing market is much quicker on the draw with pursuing talent through new technology and I didn’t have an example of a British published book that originated in blog-land to hand.

I chose to interview Jessica Morgan, co-writer of Go Fug Yourself, and Christian Lander of Stuff White People Like because I have read the blogs on and off for a couple of years. Caitlin Kelly of Broadside posted a comment on my blog, Irresponsibility, and after exchanging emails kindly agreed to be interviewed. Each of the three has a different approach to, interest in, and aspirations regarding blogging and publishing. Taken together, the interviews provide a wide-ranging and, I trust, informative overview of an evolving niche in publishing.

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2 thoughts on “EP2 Editing & Publication Brief

  1. The best-known example of a British blog that turned into a book is Belle de Jour’s ‘The Intimate Diary of a London Call Girl,’ which is now also a successful TV series. The book is eyebrow-raising (she’s gruesomely honest) but it is also exceptionally well written and strangely moving. The author managed to keep her identity a secret for many years until famously ‘outed’ as Dr Brooke Magnanti, a research scientist.

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