The evolving publishing landscape offers amazing opportunities to savvy authors, but in order to take advantage, today’s writers must develop a dynamic toolset that includes much more than great writing. Join Grub Street founder and Executive Director Eve Bridburg, and veteran journalist and industry observer Porter Anderson for a lively discussion of what, exactly authors need to be thinking about to expand their business and creative skills for the new publishing reality.
Recently named one of Boston’s 50 most powerful women by Boston Magazine, Eve founded Grub Street in the spring of 1997. Her goal was to create a supportive yet rigorous place to study writing beyond the halls of academia. The experiment was a success from the beginning, convincing Eve that there was a great hunger in Boston for a literary arts center where emerging and established writers could inspire and teach students at all levels of development. She recruited an incredible group of instructors, staff, and board members; developed and oversaw strategy for growing the organization, and put in place the core values that remain essential to Grub Street today.
While remaining active as a Grub Street board member, Eve joined the Boston office of The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary and Entertainment Agency in 2005. As a literary agent, she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers including Random House, HarperCollins, Penguin, Grand Central, Abrams, and St. Martins. Her titles include Donovan Campbell’s New York Times Best Seller Joker One, Blogger Matt Logelin’s New York Times Best seller Two Kisses for Maddy, Kirsten Menger-Anderson’s critically acclaimed short story collection Doctor Olaf Van Schuler’s Brain, and Len Rosen’s Edgar-nominated thriller All Cry Chaos. Eve also developed a list of expert-driven parenting, health, and spiritual titles by working closely with experts and collaborative writers in an effort to bring cutting edge thinking and research to trade audiences.
Returning to Grub Street as Executive Director in April 2010, Eve’s mission has been to expand offerings to better educate and equip writers to take full advantage of the new opportunities ushered in by the digital age and to make Grub Street as dynamic by day as it is by night. Under her leadership, Grub Street has launched new innovative programming, planned a move and expansion in downtown Boston, grown enrollment by 60%, and actively engaged board members, donors, students, and members in our mission like never before.
Eve’s work leading Grub Street was recently recognized by the National Arts Strategies when they selected her to join their Chief Executive Program, a two-year initiative designed to unleash the collective power of 100 of the top executive leaders in the cultural sector to re-imagine the potential of cultural institutions and to figure out how they can contribute to civil society in the 21st century.
Eve has presented on publishing, the future of publishing, and on what it takes to build a literary arts center at numerous national conferences, including the Whidbey Island Writers Conference, The Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Writers at Work in Utah and AWP. Before starting Grub Street, Eve attended Boston University’s Writing program on a teaching fellowship, farmed in Oregon, ran an international bookstore in Prague and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with awards for academic excellence in Philosophy and Religion from Colgate University.
Porter Anderson is a critic, journalist, producer, and consultant specializing in publishing and digital disruption of the industry. His weekly Writing on the Ether column is read Thursdays at JaneFriedman.com and Ether for Authors is seen on Tuesdays at PublishingPerspectives.com. Anderson’s Ether work can be tracked on the PublishersMarketplace.com’s Publishers Lunch Automat (the ePublishing tab). He’s also a regular, standing contributor to Writer Unboxed and to Digital Book World’s Expert Publishing Blog . As a journalist, Anderson has worked with CNN USA, CNN International, CNN.com, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas Observer, D Magazine, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and other outlets. In a diplomatic position with the United Nations (P5, Laissez-passer), Anderson was posted to the World Food Programme’s global headquarters in Rome as its Creative Advisor and Multi-Media Manager. In the design field, he has served as Executive Producer and Creative Consultant to Copenhagen’s INDEX: Design to Improve Life under the patronage of HRH Frederik, Prince of Denmark.
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