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Porter Anderson

About Porter Anderson

Porter Anderson is a journalist, critic, speaker, and consultant, whose weekly Writing on the Ether column on publishing is read at on Thursdays. His Ether for Authors, the second in the Ether franchise, is read on Mondays at Anderson is also a regular contributor with Writer Unboxed and produces live social-media coverage of publishing conventions. His Porter Anderson Media is a media partner with the London Book Fair. In 30 years' time, he has worked with CNN USA, CNN International,, Live, The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and other media outlets. He also has filled a P-5 diplomatic post for the United Nations -- an assignment to Rome for the World Food Programme -- and he has worked in Copenhagen as executive producer with INDEX: Design to Improve Life, the Danish government's program in humanitarian design under the patronage of HRH Frederik, Prince of Denmark. Anderson holds a BA from William and Mary, an MA from the University of Michigan , and an MFA from Florida State. He has done special readings at the University of Bath (UK) and is a Fellow with the National Critics Institute. He is based in Tampa. Visit him at

Authors Among Us: The Problem Writ Larger

  The London-based literary agent Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown on Friday posted An Agent’s Manifesto at TheBookseller site in the UK. From his post: We publishing professionals are the ones who bear the risk—agents with time; publishers with investment; retailers with space. Authors risk only their whole life, self-esteem and...

Open Sorcery: Letting the Authors In

  Yes, another journalist in your face. And I’ve been making a lot of noise lately about the relationship of authors to what I call the “publishing core.” The core is the business. The publishing companies and their satellites — those agents, editors, designers, developers, and Pret a Manger servers whose...