DBW Insights: Susan Orlean, Author of Rin Tin Tin: the Life and the Legend, Part 2

By Rich Fahle, Founder, Astral Road Media | @richfahle

In this exclusive interview with Susan Orlean, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the just published Rin Tin Tin: the Life and the Legend, discusses short form non-fiction, curation, and author flexibility.

From the interview:

I think all of these new forums, such as the Atavist, Byliner, Kindle Singles, I think it is really exciting. It opens up a chance for a lot of non-fiction that, because magazines have to count their pages and sell ads to buy pages, there is a natural limit to the length and shape of stories will be published. When you’re publishing digitally, and length is no longer an issue, it gives a new kind of freedom. It also allows writers to essentially follow ideas that they want on their own, to control the whole process more. Not to bypass magazines, because I love magazines, but magazines have their own agenda. You have a story that you’re dying to write, it doesn’t just fit necessarily in the agenda of those magazines, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You do it, you publish it through one of these new media, where there’s a freedom that is just not going to be there otherwise, and you rise and fall on your own sword, which is going to be a little scary.

A joint production of Digital Book World and Astral Road Media: http://www.astralroad.com/. Founded by Rich Fahle, Astral Road Media is a full-service digital media agency, providing content strategy, design, video production, and other creative forms of social outreach for authors and content creators of all types.


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