Given the dramatic recent upheavals in publishing—from the swift rise of electronic readers to the ever more sales-driven approach of the big New York houses—it’s imperative that writers understand what those changes mean for authors, editors, and others in their industry.
The Helen Zell Writers’ Program also wants to give our students, as well as students in other writing-heavy disciplines, the information and guidance required to best position themselves for writing careers outside academia.
The Solarium Symposium on the Business of Writing is intended to be a forum for the ongoing conversation about the publishing opportunities afforded by new technologies. Rather than resisting change, we aim to wrestle with the possibilities offered by new literature delivery methods, and to nurture creativity, both artistic and entrepreneurial, in the myriad forms in which it appears in the book world’s ecosystem.
10:00 AM: Opening Remarks
Presenter: Jeremy Peters, Director of Creative and Business Affairs for Ghostly International and Ghostly Songs
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Kindle
Presenters, Lori Tucker-Sullivan, Executive Director of the Independent Booksellers Consortium;Kodi Scheer, author of the first Kindle Single;Carla Gray, Marketing Director for the combined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Moderated by former Simon & Schuster sales rep and current owner of independent bookshop Literati Bookstore, Hilary Gustafson.
12:00 - 1:15 PM: Perspectives in Independent Publishing
Presenters, Ann VanderMeer, founder and editor of Tor.com; Matvei Yankelevich, founder and editor of Ugly Duckling Presse.
Moderated by Fritz Swanson, writer, teacher, and pressman.
1:30 - 2:45 PM: New Directions
Presenters, Barbara Epler, President of New Directions; Aaron McCollough of the University of Michigan Press
3:00 - 4:00 PM: Keynote Address
Presenter: Essayist Tom Bissell
The Solarium Symposium is co-sponsored by MLibrary and Rackham Graduation School.