I’ll admit this is blowing my own horn a little, but today I was alerted to an article on The Independent Publishing Magazine listing “The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following.” After a bit of puzzlement—are the Shakers even still around, and didn’t they make furniture rather than publish?—I noticed that our very own Paul St. John Mackintosh comes in at number one on the list. (And they happen to mention a certain other TeleRead writer in the comments after that…) Another TeleRead-related writer, Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, came in at #7.
While posting about it could, thus, be considered a bit of ego-stroking, I do have to note that the other eleven names on the list are all people worthy of following and reading—yes, even Mike Shatzkin, traditional publishing’s poster boy (whose selection was a bit controversial in the discussion on The Passive Voice (who came in at #4 himself)). I follow most of them already, and I think I’m going to be adding the rest to my own Feedly list soon. Anyone else interested in keeping a finger on the pulse of the publishing industry could do a lot worse than to do the same.
Of course, not everyone will agree with all the choices, but that’s the way these lists work. Saying nothing about people who were unjustly left off (I’d personally suggest Dan Meadows for inclusion on such a list, myself), I can at least affirm that all the people who are there are definitely worth reading.