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eBook Summit Dispatches

ebooksummit23.jpgToday is Mediabistro’s eBook Summit, a day-long conference featuring digital publishing pioneers, application creators, literary agents, editors, and digital strategists from major publishers. eBookNewser has published dispatches all day long. Here are some highlights of that coverage.

During a literary agent panel Howard Morhaim Literary agent Kate McKean had this advice: “The number one thing I see not happening in pitches is not telling me about your book,” she said. She also reminds writers who are pitching, to “remember that you are talking to a person,” she said. “You should also be a person when you do that.”

During a presentation about author tools, journalist Adam Penenberg shared some thoughts about the evolving role of editors: “Penenberg also said that the roles in publishing are changing these days. He said that while in the 1980s editors were focused on finding great talent, today their job is to think about marketing and selling books. From Penenberg’s perspective, agents are now tasked with discovering good talent.”

You can also check out these posts: Brendan Cahill on building author relationships online and our directory of eBook Summit speakers.

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