About Porter Anderson

@Porter_Anderson, BA, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in publishing. Anderson is The Bookseller's Associate Editor for The FutureBook in London, a sister site focused on developments in digital publishing. He is also a featured writer with Thought Catalog in New York, writing on publishing and on #MusicForWriters in association with Q2 Music. In 2015, Anderson has programmed the IDPF Digital Book Conference that opened BookExpo America (BEA) and is programming the First Word event at the Novelists Inc. (NINC) conference later in the year. And he is working with the Frankfurt Book Fair on special programming for its new Business Club suite of events and facilities, now in its second year, 13-16 October, in the 2015 Buchmesse. More on his consultancy, which includes Library Journal's and BiblioBoard's SELF-e among its clients in 2015: PorterAndersonMedia.com | Google+

Recent Posts by this author:

  • In Our CyberVillage: So Much Anger
  • Trade Shows, Authors, and Expectations
  • The Dreaded Training Debate: What If It Can’t Be Taught?
  • Sponsorship At Writers’ Conferences: A Question of Awareness
  • ‘Take Charge of Your Own Book': Writing a Personal God
  • If the ‘Elastic Mind’ Snaps: A Lenten Lullaby
  • So Shall You Reap? Success and ‘Investment’ at #DBW15
  • When ‘There Are No Words,’ I Can’t Even
  • The Gate We Should Have Kept: And Was Mystique That Bad?
  • Protected: UnCon: When to Listen and What to Hear / On Criticism
  • Between a Blog and a Hard News Cycle
  • “Visionaries on the Decks”: Storytelling

  • In Our CyberVillage: So Much Anger

    Calling Them Out IRL, in real life, if you were mad at someone for something, would you walk into the village square, face the buildings, and start yelling that person’s name and your complaints about them? You’d be calling them out, physically, demanding that they change their ways and accusing them of wrongdoing in front […]

    Trade Shows, Authors, and Expectations

    What If We’re Asking Too Much of Our Book Fairs? When our good colleague Jael McHenry wrote What You Would Have Learned at BEA earlier this month, she did a fine job of listing some of the common views and assumptions among many writers about the industry’s major trade shows. Excerpting here: If you’re an aspiring […]

    The Dreaded Training Debate: What If It Can’t Be Taught?

    No, this is not about talent vs. skill. Let’s just set that aside for today, shall we? There’s no need to engage the ineffable this time. “Like toadstools,” one seasoned observer called it in a note to me recently — this sudden proliferation of “author services,” especially the ones there to teach you, instruct you, […]

    Sponsorship At Writers’ Conferences: A Question of Awareness

    ‘People Are Trying To Make Money From You’ At The Bookseller this week, author Isabel Losada is blogging for us about her experiences as a writer here at London Book Fair. Not surprisingly, much of her focus is on the Author HQ program(me) with which London has led the way in attracting and welcoming authors […]

    ‘Take Charge of Your Own Book': Writing a Personal God

    ‘One of those guys who refused to enter temples’ Bear with me, I want to quote an author to you at a little length: My books are historicals. They’re set in the India of 4,000 years ago…My books are based on a premise that Lord Shiva was a real historical man, who lived 4,000 years […]

    If the ‘Elastic Mind’ Snaps: A Lenten Lullaby

        This will be my last post until Monday, April 13,2015. No, not me.  (You wish.) No, that’s a colleague, the memoirist Kathy Pooler. She’s a good, cold-weather Catholic, mind you, so Lent means a lot more to her than it does to troppo Protestants like me. Following a retreat with some author-colleagues, Pooler has […]

    So Shall You Reap? Success and ‘Investment’ at #DBW15

    Shot Out of a Cannon I’m told that there are people who find the holidays restful. I have yet to meet one of these extraordinary creatures, but I think they would find holding the publishing industry’s first grand-slam conference of the year in the second week of January to be a dandy thing. Bright-tailed and […]

    When ‘There Are No Words,’ I Can’t Even

    ‘What This Loss of a Language Means’ “I can’t even.” You know the phrase, right? Another day, another pop-media whine. “I can’t even” is credited to the bloggrs of Tumblr, who apparently can’t even find it in their hearts to give us an “e” before an “r.” Call me Portr. I am so hip that […]

    The Gate We Should Have Kept: And Was Mystique That Bad?

      One of the most perceptive regulars in #FutureChat, The FutureBook digital publishing community’s weekly live discussion, is Carla Douglas of BeyondPaperEditing.com in Kingston, Ontario. And in a recent doing of the discussion, Douglas pointed out that writing, while once among the most isolated and solitary of careers has been made one of the most social by […]

    Between a Blog and a Hard News Cycle

    How Do You Know If You Can Say No to NaNo? The Internet has mutated reasonable people into wannabe writers…We are blind to the harsh truth-light-radiating facts such as ‘half of self-published authors earn less than $500’, facts written about in newspapers by professional writers. That’s Tom Mitchell (@tommycm on Twitter) writing an essay at […]

    “Visionaries on the Decks”: Storytelling

      “To Declare Your Story’s Intent” There are things important to you. You hurt. You know stuff. I don’t. You see things that I cannot…You have everything you need, including the courage to declare your story’s intent. — Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction Not for nothing am I looking forward to the November 3-7 […]