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Bookworms: Mediabistro Party in Los Angeles

From our friends over at GalleyCat:

Want to talk about books or make some literary friends in Los Angeles?

If you live in the Los Angeles area, we can help you answer all those questions. You should join us for our Cocktails in Los Angeles party at Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT).

Follow this link to RSVP. The party will be hosted by Write On Online‘s Debra Eckerling and GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. It is a great way to meet new friends, network with media professionals or tell this GalleyCat editor about your favorite book.

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On The Menu: Surviving The Recession As A Stingy Scoundrel

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Phil Villarreal, the author of the book, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel.

Phil described his book as a satire of all of the self-help finance advice books on the market by people like Suze Orman. “I thought I would write a book that would take things to the absolute extreme and talk about what it would be like…if you’re only goal in life was the spend as little money as possible,” he explained. “Regardless of your own dignity or morals, just really do all you can to be the biggest Old Man Potter you can be.”

Phil also gave tips for dating and raising kids on a budget, and gave advice for getting a book published. “My advice is that if I can get a book published then absolutely anyone can,” he said. “This book was soundly rejected by almost every agent and publisher in existence…You really just have to keep your head up and not let full, conclusive failure derail you.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

On The Menu: The E-Reader Rundown

mmm_2-3.gifFrom the Alex to the Skiff, today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast was all about e-readers. Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven had a run down of all the e-readers that are coming to the market soon, including a bunch that have been announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Jason and Matt were also joined by Time magazine’s Techland blogger Peter Ha, who had a dispatch from CES. After talking about what he’s seen at the trade show, Peter gave his thoughts on the future of the e-reader market.

“The e-reader market is so small and all these folks are trying to jump into it,” he said. “Realistically, how many can survive? Maybe one or two.”

Also discussed: some tips for aspiring technology writers.

For more e-reader news, check out mediabistro.com’s newest blog, eBookNewser.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

2010 Media Predictions: Year Of The Tablet?

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven offered up some predictions for the New Year for advertising and publishing, pulled from experts around the Web.

Matt said creativity would abound in 2010, as agencies start to care a little less about polished end products and more about things like viral videos. Jason said he thought the same thing would be seen in publishing, causing the larger publishing houses — which are less nimble — to suffer.

Jason also said 2010 would be the year of the tablet. “The idea that we can have something the same size as a Kindle that has a color touch-screen and can be online all the time and can do the same things that my computer can do, that makes me very excited about reading,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a tremendous boon to the industry.”

Other predictions: brands will start acting more like people (“Very attractive people,” Jason added); a big year for angels; and, as the recession continues, more saving money online, from actual financial planning at Mint.com to using the Web to save money on everything from movies to engagement rings.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

On The Menu: Mediabistro’s Holiday Gift Guide

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We hate the term “last-minute gifts,” because it makes us feel nervous about being unprepared for the rapidly approaching holiday, especially since we just started our Christmas shopping yesterday. But for those of you who still need some gift recommendations (like us) today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu is one to catch.

This morning, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven offered some gift ideas for every media loving person on you list.

Jason provided some options for publishing related gifts, like a subscription to the New York Review of Books or a copy of one of the biggest books of the year, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. Matt had some ideas for the advertising professional in your life, like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Marketing Basics in paperback. Why paperback you might ask? “Because it’s only $4.39 on Amazon.com,” Matt said.

List in for more gift ideas, as well as a discussion about the 50 biggest Twitter trending topics of 2009. You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

eBook Summit: Digital Lessons For Journalists, News Organizations

eBookSummit100x100.gifIf the title “eBook Summit” conjures up a vision of publishing industry executives, agents and writers, well, you’re not that far off. But we were also not surprised to see that there is a lot that journalists and news organizations can take away from the panels at today’s mediabistro.com eBook Summit — and not just those journalists who have written books or hope to someday. In fact, we believe e-readers will have a huge impact on the print media world — not just the publishing world — in the New Year.

We sat in on a panel this morning that featured Jennifer Stenger, who oversees licensing and business development for mobile markets for the Associated Press. She spoke about the AP’s expansion into providing its content on mobile devices and e-readers. This is a shift for the AP, she said, because the organization has traditionally just provided news content to other news organizations who then repackage it and distribute it to readers or viewers. Now, the AP can tap these users directly, so it is learning what information people want and how they want to get it. “It gives us something we’ve never had before, which is a direct connection to users,” she said.

Also surprising to the AP, she said, was that readers were willing to pay for content on their e-readers. Where traditionally information on the Internet has been given away for free, making online readers less inclined to pay for it, e-reader users were willing to shill out to get information specially curated for them.

“It was kind of a surprise to us that they wanted to charge [for e-reader content], because news on the Web is free and no one wants to pay for the news anymore,” Stenger said. “And not only did they want to charge, they wanted to charge per category of news. We thought this would never work, no one would ever want to pay. But on the contrary, people are willing to pay for what they want, and most of what they are paying for is convenience.”

For more coverage of today’s conference, head over to our sister blogs, eBookNewser and GalleyCat.

On The Menu: A Literary Agent For The Digital Age

mmm_2-3.gif“E-Readers are going to be one of the major, hot holiday items,” AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven said this morning while introducing the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast. “And publishing right now is going through a whole lot.”

With that in mind, Matt and co-host Jason Boog of GalleyCat welcomed literary agent Karen Gantz to the Menu today. They spoke to Gantz and her business partner Dr. Joyce Starr about how their work has evolved in the digital age. Broadly, the shift towards digital projects has led Karen and Joyce to take on fewer clients and offer more tailored coaching to writers.

But, they have still managed to attract big-name authors, like Alec Baldwin, who wrote a book about divorce and family court law, A Promise To Ourselves, last year. “Every publisher wanted him to do a tell-all kind of book about his ex-wife, and he would have gotten major, major six figure numbers for that book,” Karen said. “But he’s a very loyal and honorable kind of person and he really wants to change society. That is one of his goals.”

Although it was easy to get Baldwin a book deal, he was a special case, Karen said. Today, it’s much harder for authors to get deals than it was even five years ago. But Karen works with her clients to help create a project that will be attractive to publishers. “We do much more coaching than ever before,” she said. “And giving people ideas about how to present their ideas.”

Also discussed: why working with a small literary agency like Karen’s can work to an author’s advantage; the ways contracts are changing in the industry; the benefits of working with an agency and how to find one to represent you.

You can learn more about Karen and Joyce and their work here and here.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

On The Menu: Introducing eBookNewser

ebn.pngEven now with 13 blogs in on its roster, it’s not every day that mediabistro.com announces a new blog launch. But today, Morning Media Menu podcast host Jason Boog, the editor of mediabistro.com’s publishing blog GalleyCat, had some big news: the launch of the site’s latest blog, eBookNewser, which he will be overseeing as managing editor.

This morning, Jason and his co-host, AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven, welcomed eBookNewser’s editor Craig Morgan Teicher to the podcast, to help introduce the blog to the world.

Morgan said the blog will be following all the latest digital reading devices, like the Kindle and the Nook, the latest digital publishing applications, and the Google book settlement and all the repercussions the will derive from that. Today’s biggest news is that Barnes & Noble is debuting demos of its Nook device in stores starting today, although no actual devices will be available for sale.

The blog’s launch comes in advance of mediabistro’s conference next week, the eBook Summit on December 15 and 16. For more on the summit and eBooks, head to eBookNewser.com.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

FishbowlNY Editor On The Menu: Layoffs, Glenn Beck and Election Night

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FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst joined the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast this morning, where she and hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven talked about the media layoffs and other big industry news.

Of course, Amanda wanted to talk about news of layoffs at Time Inc. and Forbes over the past two weeks. It’s the same layoff story we heard last year, as companies from all industries plan for next year and cut waste in the fourth quarter, she said. Still, it makes for a pretty uncertain work environment for those across the industry.

Jason wanted to talk about Glenn Beck and his effect on the best-seller list. Seems that every thriller that Beck mentions on his show becomes a best seller, Jason explained. “It’s such a big thing for publishers,” he said. “They are looking for options. Book reviews are closing right and left, and the idea that this Conservative talk show host has become the go-to place for thrillers is really kind of amazing.”

Also discussed: Twitter vs. cable news on election night.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Donating Books To Soldiers Overseas: Operation Warrior Library Founder On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gifIt’s November, and the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast is getting into the holiday spirit already with guest Paul Malmont, a novelist and founder of Operation Warrior Library, a literary supply chain sending free books to American soldiers overseas.

Malmont chatted with hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven about Operation Warrior Library:

“It’s a real non-political way for us to just help out,” he said. “No matter how any of us feel about the war, we’re all trying to help soldiers who are friends and neighbors get through the day over there. And these books go right there and they get passed around for weeks and months on end from one person to another so they stay in circulation and they help pass the time.”

Recently, Operation Warrior Library learned that audiobooks were in demand. The foundation contacted GalleyCat, whose readers helped collect 1,500 audiobooks to send overseas. Up next: Operation Warrior Library for Kids.

Learn more about the Warrior Library here.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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