National Press Club

Beyond the Book 2

November 7, 2002

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Run time: 60 minutes

Moderated by Mr. Kenneally, the panelists discussed the business of book publishing in America, describing what goes on behind the scenes between authors and the publishing houses that produce their work. Topics included the marketing of authors, large versus small publishing houses, writing book proposals, negotiating contracts, and gaining exposure through magazine writing. In addition, Mr. Colby presented the conclusions of a recently released National Writers Union survey about the relationship between authors and publishers. He talked about the challenges facing authors in an age of growing media conglomeration. The panelists responded to audience members' questions. Hise is the author of Pilot Error: The Anatomy of an Airplane Crash.