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On The Menu: FishbowlNY Editor Says Goodbye

mmm_2-3.gifToday is my last day as FishbowlNY editor, and I was lucky enough to be welcomed on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast one last time.

Jason Boog of GalleyCat, AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven and I could talk forever, but this morning we stuck to just over 15 minutes of conversation about where I’m heading next, Hachette Book Group’s current dispute with Amazon and the Superbowl.

Listen in to hear about the new project I’ll be working on starting next week, and our opinions about CBS’s decision not to run the now-infamous commercial for homosexual dating site Mancrunch.com.

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

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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.

‘Lost’ Fan? Don’t Miss Today’s Menu

mmm_2-3.gifIf you are a fan of the addictive ABC drama “Lost,” you’ll want to listen to today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast. Gearing up for next month’s Season 6 premiere of “Lost,” hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Nikki Stafford, who has written five unofficial guides to the show.

Nikki ran through the possible scenarios that could occur in the coming season but, of course, only came up with more questions. But ultimately, she manages to stay positive about the challenging show. “If you stick with it, you are so rewarded by the end…of ‘Lost,’” she said.

“Unlike ‘The Sopranos,’ I don’t think they’re going to leave us hanging,” Nikki said about the creators of “Lost.” “I believe they know where they’re going and its going to be a satisfying conclusion.”

Read more from Nikki at her blog, Nik at Nite.

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

FishbowlNY Editor On AOL, Leno and Conan On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gifOn today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst got the ball rolling on this Tuesday with a discussion on this week’s massive layoffs at AOL. Amanda talked with hosts Jason Boog from GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven about what the future of AOL might look like.

The group would also have been remiss if it didn’t talk about the biggest media story of the week: the Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien late night shake-up at NBC. After revealing what she thought Conan should do, Amanda went on to offer up some predictions for the magazine and newspaper industry in 2010, which included a focus on e-readers and tablets, citizen journalism and non-profit journalism organizations.

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.

What’s Your Biggest Media Moment Of The ’00s?

mmm_2-3.gifYesterday, on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, I had a chance to reflect on the most influential moment for me in the past decade — and one that has affected my career in the media. Menu hosts Jason Boog, the editor of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven also weighed in on what they considered to be the biggest moments of the past ten years.

For me, the seminal moment of the decade was September 11. I was a freshman in college at the time, a week into studying Communications 101 at Boston University. The planes hit the World Trade Towers as I was getting ready to go to that very class that morning. When the next class rolled around two days later, my professor — also the dean of the communications school — put a picture of someone diving off one of the WTC buildings up in front of the class and asked us if we, the future of the media, would have published or broadcast the photo. My reaction to the photo, and my own personal answer to that question, have shaped my view of the media and my job ever since. Having looked upon that photo countless times throughout my first semester in college, I have yet to see it ever again.

Jason also picked a moment in the past ten years that has deeply affected me and so many others in this field — the toppling economy and the massive layoffs in the media industry that have followed. “It’s a rough environment to work in and I think it shakes us,” he explained. “And I think we are going to be a tougher generation for it.”

Matt said the biggest moment for him this decade was “the return of the American war machine.” “Just the change of the American culture globally has been very interesting to watch, and I really hope people get back to the place where they love us again, instead of hate us,” he added.

Now I’d like to crowdsource a little bit. What were the biggest moments for you in the ’00s? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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.

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.

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