THE TOP 10 PUBLISHING INSIDERS (& OUTSIDERS) TO FOLLOW ONLINE  

 

If you’re a writer, it’s important to keep your pulse on the publishing industry. But with so much information out there and so many resources, how do you keep up with everything? Let us help.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 people who are “must-follows” when it comes to getting the inside track on publishing news. We also have a bonus list at the bottom of all the Writer’s Digest editors who are online and constantly sharing great tips, advice and news on writing. If you’re looking for the best people to follow online, these lists are an excellent starting point.

—by Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer’s Digest

1. Jason Allen Ashlock

jasonashlock.tumblr.com, @jasonashlock

Jason Allen Ashlock embodies much of the optimistic entrepreneurship and experimentation in the publishing industry. He founded Movable Type Literary Group (now Movable Type Management) in spring 2009, and within five years the agency amassed a healthy roster of more than 200 authors and established a reputation for inventive and expansive multimedia management. He also helped launch The Rogue Reader, an agent-assisted publishing model, before stepping away from agenting in late 2013 to turn his focus to book packaging and creative management. He now aims to help authors, start-ups and organizations succeed outside the commercial requirements of traditional publishing.

Why follow: Ashlock offers a fresh take on publishing, often with a focus on multimedia opportunities. He blogs at his own site; sends out a monthly e-newsletter with important reads on the industry; and serves as an expert blogger for Digital Book World (digitalbookworld.com, a subsidiary of F+W Media, parent company of WD), where he covers innovation, experimentation and content strategy.

In his own words: “Stark contrasts are drawn in times of upheaval and transition, and the dominant publishing narratives have centered on Big Publishing and Indie Authors. But there’s so much in between: mid-size houses with impressive reach, small houses with fiercely loyal followings, author collectives, ad hoc indie associations, networked book studios, experiments from innumerable nontraditional publishers. Today’s author gets to choose among an array of options for building a team.”

In action: In an article detailing their experience running The Rogue Reader, Ashlock and his agent-partner Adam Chromy offer a rare lessons-learned case study of agent-assisted publishing. Read it at http://bit.ly/ashlock.

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