The Publishing Pie: An Author's View

Margaret Atwood (Author)
Keynote Metropolitan East
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“Publishing” originally meant simply to make public. That meaning, and the
processes and technologies by which “publishing” has taken place, has
changed radically over the years, and is in the process of changing yet
again. The pie— the author and work, and the packaging and sale of the
latter —has been divided up in various ways through the years, with bigger
and smaller pieces for accordingly. We are now in the midst of the largest
publishing changes and challenges since Gutenberg. How will they affect the
author? What tools are newly available to him/her? One author’s view, illustrated
with her own drawings.

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Margaret Atwood

Author

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood’s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.

Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

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Howard Cornett
02/15/2011 10:18am EST

Wonderfully dry wit. Excellent perspective and questions!

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