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On The Menu: Writing A Travelogue That’s More With Help From Google Earth


Author John Higham, a writer who used Google Earth as a tool to help write his book, joined this morning’s Morning Media Menu podcast, to discuss his one-year quest traveling to 28 countries. Higham explained to hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven how he and his wife quit their jobs, took their two kids out of school, and traveled around the world for 52 weeks, and how his book, 360 Degrees Longitude, developed out of their explorations.

The trip that Higham set out on was something he had been planning for years with his wife, although the trip wss still filled with unplanned surprises that are peppered throughout his book.

“When I sat down to write my book, I wanted it to be more than a travelogue,” Higham said. “It’s more a memoir than a travelogue. But more than that, I wanted the reader to see the story come off the page and allow them to step into it.” After geotagging his photos using Google Earth throughout his trip, Higham decided to use that information as a backdrop for his book. The book frequently mentions links to the its Web site, inviting readers to put down the book and visit the site to “participate” in the trip and view photos.

Read more about 360 Degree Longitude and buy the book here.

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On The Menu: Examining E-Mail With John Freeman


The newly named editor of Granta magazine, John Freeman, joined today’s Morning Media Menu podcast, to talk to hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven about his new book, The Tyranny of E-mail.

“I found [e-mail] was just getting in the way of pretty much everything in my life,” Freeman said. “I couldn’t read if I was attached to the computer, it was changing my emotional make up, and it just felt like it was time to step back and have a considered look at what just happened in the last 10 years with e-mail and how it’s reorganized our days and our lives.”

But the book Freeman ended up writing was not just about e-mail and how much there is to deal with every day, but about the history of mail and “information overload,” which started with the telegram, he said.

Also discussed: e-books and the future of publishing.

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On The Menu: Taking Up The Mantle Of A Beloved Fantasy Series


Today on the Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson.

Sanderson has been given the enormous task of completing the late Robert Jordan‘s lengthy Wheel of Time book series, which is based on the idea about what it would be like to be told that you are the one who will save the world.

Jordan, who died in 2007, left behind a copious amount of notes and asked his wife to find someone to replace him and finish his series. She picked Sanderson, who decided to take Jordan’s remaining notes and create a trilogy to round out the series. His first book in the series, The Gathering Storm, will be out later this month.

Sanderson said he decided to take Jordan’ notes and create a “trilogy that brings us up to this final conclusion,” he said. “[Jordan] wrote the very last scene of this series before he passed away, and I’m just trying to get there to give the readers what they’ve been waiting for.”

He also discussed how he approached taking up where Jordan left off. “I couldn’t try to imitate Robert Jordan’s style,” Sanderson said. “I felt that if I did that it would stray into parody. And rather than focusing on the story and the characters I would focus on, is this word right, is this a word he would use. I felt I would never get beyond a single chapter if I spent all my time trying to analyze that. In the end I have my own distinctive style for Wheel of Time…In the end there is this weird hybrid that is going one, which I think works pretty darn well. It’s my own voice adapted to the Wheel of Time’s style, rather than my voice imitating Robert Jordan’s style.”

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Speedy Publishing On The Menu


Today’s media- Morning Media Menu podcast focused on the biggest news in publishing today: Sarah Palin‘s upcoming memoir and Tina Brown‘s new book imprint.

Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven discussed former Vice Presidential candidate Palin’s upcoming book Going Rouge, whose publication date was just moved up to November.

They also talked about Brown’s announcement about her joint venture with Perseus Books, Beast Books, which will give writers for her online publication The Daily Beast one to three months to churn out books that will first be put into an e-book format and then published in hard copy. What will this fast turn around mean for the publishing industry? Jason admitted that sometimes the industry’s vast infrastructure can quickly turn around books in the face of an important news event, like Michael Jackson‘s death, but Brown’s format is bound to cause a dust up among traditional publishing companies.

Also discussed: New “Saturday Night Live” actress Jenny Slate‘s f-bomb screw up.

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A Bedeviled Friday On The Menu


Today on the media- Morning Media Menu podcast, host Jason Boog of GalleyCat and special guest host Joe Ciarallo from PRNewser welcomed author Shani Petroff, who has penned the four-book Bedeviled series about a teenage girl whose father is the devil.

“[My books are] supernatural for the younger sister,” Petroff said, noting that girls that are not quite old enough for Stephenie Meyers‘ Twilight series are the ideal audience for her Bedeviled series.

Petroff also spoke about some of the challenges facing the publishing industry and some of the publicity she’s been doing for her series. She also offered some advice for writers looking to get published.

“Stick with it,” she said. “For me, Bedeviled was not the first thing I wrote but it is the first thing that got published, and I’m really excited about it. But if I had given up after the first thing I wrote, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. So I think the first thing is just believing in your stuff and following through and keeping at it.”

Also discussed: today’s big media headlines, including Twitter’s $100 million in venture capital funding and the growth of paid iPhone apps.

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Christiane Amanpour|THR, Variety Plan Changes|GalleyCat Correctly Predicts Oprah’s Book Club Selection|WSJ Reveals Pricey Mobile App Pay Structure|Diller Will Use Cash To Reinvest

TVNewser: CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour celebrated the launch of her new show “Amanpour” at Michael’s yesterday, and chatted with Kevin Allocca. Says Kevin: “After the interview, Amanpour remarked, ‘That’s the tiniest lens I’ve every looked into.’”

FishbowlLA/Folio: Nikki Finke reports that The Hollywood Reporter will be going online only next year, while another entertainment trade Variety will be erecting pay walls. But Folio reports that THR owner Nielsen Business Media says it has no plans to shut down the trade pub’s print edition.

GalleyCat: Back in August, GalleyCat senior editor Ron Hogan correctly predicted that Oprah Winfrey‘s next book club selection would be Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan. The Washington Post made it official this afternoon, citing unintentionally leaked info. Winfrey is set to announce her book club choice during her show tomorrow.

Ad Age: The Wall Street Journal has announced plans to start charging for its mobile app available on iPhones and Blackberrys, and the cost is surprisingly high. Readers that don’t subscribe to the WSJ either in print or online will have to pay $2 per week for the app — or $104 a year. Subscribers to either medium will only be charged $1 a year and those who subscribe to both will get mobile access for free.

Bloomberg: IAC CEO Barry Diller says he will use his cash to repurchase stock, not invest in other companies like NBC Universal.

Investigative Journalism And Nonfiction Books: On The Menu With Author Ethan Brown


Today on the Morning Media Menu podcast, journalist and author Ethan Brown joined host Jason Boog of GalleyCat and special co-host PRNewser‘s Joe Ciarallo to discus his nonfiction tome “Shake the Devil Off.”

As Ethan explained, the book focuses on a gruesome murder-suicide involving an Iraq war veteran in New Orleans. The author of three books, Ethan talked about his transition from magazine writer and freelancer to author. “The driving force behind working on my first book was my frustration with the post-9/11 recession in the media world,” he said. “I’ve been in the book world primarily since 2003 with some freelancing, but not much.”

Ethan’s book also uncovers the failure of the veteran’s services in the U.S. and the affect of PTSD on veterans, and he talked about the coverage of these things in the media. Ethan also discussed his feelings about the public’s current interest in fiction and fantasy over investigative reporting and nonfiction like his work. “I do think from reviewers there is a tendency to keep the superstars that have been there for awhile there,” he said.

You can find out more about Ethan at

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Today’s Coverage Of Ted Kennedy’s Death

dailynews826.jpgSenator Edward M. Kennedy died late last night at age 77 after a battle with brain cancer. Although his death came at a late hour, many newspapers were able to quickly shift gears and get photos and stories of Kennedy up on their front pages.

One front page noticeably devoid of Kennedy tributes, however, was The New York Times. But what the Grey Lady lacked in on-paper obituaries it made up for on its Web site. The paper’s home page prominently features the legendary senator and the “Today’s Paper” page features Kennedy’s obituary as the top story of the day, even though it wasn’t on the actual front page of the paper. nypost826.jpg The Times‘ Caucus blog is also in the memorial spirit, highlighting excerpts from Kennedy’s speeches.

usatoday826.jpgMeanwhile, our colleagues at TVNewser have a report on how the networks and cable news channels covered the news of Kennedy’s death when it broke last night, as well as coverage of President Barack Obama‘s statement this morning about Kennedy. And GalleyCat reports that Kennedy’s upcoming memoir, “True Compass,” is being pushed up to mid-September.

AgencySpy also notes that Kennedy died exactly one year after his historic speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, given shortly after he underwent brain surgery.

Kennedy’s speech from last year can be seen after the jump

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WebNewser: has acquired hyperlocal Web site EveryBlock which provides news and information “down to the neighborhood level” in 15 cities.

New York Times: The Financial Times is relishing its pay-for-content model, now launching a plan to accept micropayments for individual articles as an alternative for readers who don’t want to pay for a whole subscription.

Mediaweek: Starting this fall, Gourmet magazine is adding another new foodie television show to the schedule. The public television show, “Adventures with Ruth,” will be hosted by Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl and will debut October 17.

Washington Post: Howard Kurtz says Dan Rather is wrong: a presidential commission is not necessary to save the media. “I’d rather avoid the political bloviating that would permeate any conference orchestrated by the White House,” Kurtz said. “Journalists got themselves into this mess by clinging to the past as technology threatened to pass them by. They’ll have to get themselves out of it without any assistance from the Oval Office.”

Video: Jeff Rivera, a GalleyCat and Huffington Post contributor, interviewed “Dancing With The Stars” pro Karina Smirnoff about her new Broadway ballroom dance show and her new New York City digs.

Punk Rock Friday On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the media- Morning Media Menu podcast, host Jason Boog of GalleyCat and special guest host FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst welcomed author Nicholas Rombes to discuss the day’s top media headlines and Rombes’ recent projects.

The first topic on the docket was whether newspapers will be missed once they are — inevitably — gone. Amanda suggested that our children and grandchildren may never know what it’s like to hear the thump of a newspaper hitting their stoop. Nick agreed. “But I’ll miss that tactility,” he said.

The next topic for discussion was the Associated Press‘ decision to track the use of their content online and the ramifications it would have on the Web publishing community. Nick said he didn’t know how the AP’s plan would work but said he was eager to see how it played out.

Lastly, Nick got a chance to talk about his latest project, a book about punk rock called “Cultural Dictionary of Punk.” Nick said he wrote the book to fill in the gaps in past coverage of punk rock, and offers up his title as one that can be read cover to cover or picked up and used as a reference book like an encyclopedia. He also discussed a mysterious contributor to the book, Ephraim P. Noble, and how he convinced his publishers to allow the dissenting voice to stay in his publication. Read more about Nick, Ephraim and the book at Nick’s blog.

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