Monday, July 16, 2012
Susan Orlean on writers and publishing
I just listened to MediaBistro's Jason Boog interview best selling author Susan Orlean about nonfiction writing and her new book Rin Tin Tin. Orlean had some great quotes about writing, and some generous tips for nonfiction writers. When I get access to the recording of the interview I will post some of the quotes.
In response to a question about the future of publishing Orlean said something really important. Her response went something like this (severely paraphrased)...
The publishing world is going to change. What it will look like in five years is (unknown) but there will always be (a hunger for) stories.
I am a writer. What goes on in the publishing world is not my business. (Our job as writers) is to find (and write) stories.
Stories are the only thing that will endure, and the only thing (that a reader can't Google.) There will always be a hunger for them. If the New Yorker disappears tomorrow, something else will appear (to publish stories.) (Whether they are published in a paper or ebook format is irrelevant.)
Orlean's latest book is Rin Tin Tin.