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Posts Tagged ‘Roy Sekoff’

Cubes: VIP Tour of AOL and The Huffington Post

Combine tasty treats, sleek design, and the now famous ‘Sitting Cameramen of Astor Place’ and you get the latest episode of “Cubes.”

In this episode of Cubes, the MediabistroTV crew is invited into the New York Headquarters of AOL and The Huffington Post. Hosted by the founding editor of The Huffington Post and president of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff, the crew visits the cavernous Huffington Post newsroom where hundreds of writers sit keyboard to keyboard under the watchful gaze of Arianna Huffington herself who plays the always gracious hostess by offering up some tasty Greek Christmas cookies. After burning through the sugar high, the guys mingle with the ghosts of journalism past in the HuffPost Live newsroom where live news is served up eight hours a day by tables of writers, producers and editors who always know what time it is in Funkytown.

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The Art of the Book Review

The Art of the Book ReviewStarting August 4, learn how to get paid to write reviews that will influence the publishing landscape! Taught by a Publishers Weekly book critic, you'll learn how to recommend a book to its audience, write reviews of varying lengths, tailor a review to a specific publication and more! You'll leave this course with two original reviews and a list of paying markets for book reviews. Register now! 

What Should Writers Blog About?

wc09 copy.jpgAspiring authors around the country know they should be blogging and Twitter-ing, but many of them don’t know what to blog about. At the New York Round Table Writers’ Conference on Friday, a panel of professional web writers debated this tough topic.

Roy Sekoff, the founding editor of The Huffington Post, told attendees: “If you can blog about the thing you are writing about [in your book], even tangentially, that’s interesting.” The editor noted that a playwright called him last week, asking to write about the newly released torture memos–partly to promote his new play about torture, partly to blog his thoughts about the breaking news.

mediabistro.com managing editor Rebecca Fox suggested authors create Twitter accounts for fictional characters–blogging in character as they write the novel. Guy LeCharles Gonzalez from Spindle Magazine recommended that aspiring authors and bloggers follow one writer’s example: “Neil Gaiman is not pushing his new book, he’s blogging about things that interest him.”