Today we're bringing you our conversation with Susan Orlean. We called up Susan to ask her about her pile of 800 index cards, why Twitter is her favorite unproductive distraction, and the dwindling access to editorial input in the world of new media.
In Susan's words:
"It’s not hard to get your work published - it’s never been easier. You write and you press a button. That’s never been the case. This is the absolute heyday of being able to publish. But not only do those new forms not offer editorial input, I don’t know that people at newspapers get as much editing as they used to. Certainly in the book business they don’t. And that’s a problem, because anybody - no matter who they are, no matter how much experience they have - needs and benefits from an editor’s eye."
Plus, the holidays are here and with them comes the anxiety of gift giving. What should you get that special writer in your life?
Any writer in the midst of research would love the Susan Orlean-endorsed Live Scribe pen