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Update

January 30, 2009

My new laptop came in today – it’s a Macbook and it’s beautiful…..

So the goal this weekend will be to catch up and finish some of the promised posts…

Update

December 2, 2008

Hey all – I just wanted everyone to know that if i post a little sporadically over the next week or two, I promise I’ll be back. It’s just finals week at Grad School and my roommate has yet to get our internet hooked up at our new apartment. I promise once finals are over I’ll be back with a vengeance. I need to finish my “Some Cheese for that Whine…” series, including another post (or a few more) on the book industry, one on newspapers and one or two on magazines.

Thanks for hanging with me.

B2B Publishing

June 26, 2008

As I finish my first month working for a business to business magazine, I have some reflections to share.

First, for anyone who doesn’t know a business to business magazine is a magazine on the industry (in this case the pet industry) for other professionals. Pet Business is a magazine that is written for mom & pop pet stores – small independently owned stores. Our advertisers are manufacturers who sell products to the stores, so that the stores can sell them to the consumer. So the majority of our editorial falls into two categories: how to sell that merchandise to the consumer more effectively, and how to choose manufacturers more effectively.

As my first job in publishing, I expected to suddenly be overwhelmed with how much I didn’t know. That actually hasn’t happened too much. Most of the things I’ve found I know a reasonable amount about, and the things I don’t generally can be excused because they involve knowing the company well and knowing what we, specifically, do – which I will learn as I work here for extended periods of time.

Overall, things have gone fairly well. My first article will be published in the August issue (shipping end of July) and my first feature should go into the Grooming Supplement that is being included with the September issue. I’m looking forward to my first trade shows (Pet Fashion week in NYC end of August and Las Vegas in September).

After the September issue comes out I am going to start working on freelancing again. I have several ideas, and articles I was working on during the school year, and I need to start actively freelancing. So expect posts on that in the near future as I begin writing query emails.

Update

June 21, 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve posted; sorry for those of you who check up on the site regularly. I had a lot of major life changes going on – first I went to Europe for the first time ever. Then I came home, got my first real job, and moved into a new apartment … I’ve finally just about settled in so I should start posting regularly again.

Europe was amazing. We started in London, and spent a couple days seeing the sites. I need to go back so that I can spend more time at the Tower of London, because by the time we got there there were no more guided tours and we only had an hour to look around (it’s recommended you spend at least 3). Then we went to Paris and that was pretty cool. I went up in the Eifle tower. Did you know you can repel off of the Eifel tower? You can, and if I ever go back that’s what I want to do. After a day and a half in France we went to Italy – all over in Italy. Rome, Florence, Assisi, Sorento/Capri… it was a lot of fun and Italy is beautiful. It was deffinitely my favorite. I could have spent forever in the museum where they have the David.

Now for the new apartment – I’m living with one of my ex-co-workers from Outback in Mount Vernon, NY. Nice place. Second floor apartment; I’m only here until November though unless I want to take on the lease (and I think I want a place where I can have animals so i dont think im going to).

Finally, the job. I had gone on a first interview with this company the wednesday before I graduated from Manhattanville. They called me back in for a second interview that same week (Fri) because they knew I was going to Europe. When I got back (2 weeks later – they had waited for me to come back before making a decision) I went in for a third interview with them. And now I have the job. I work for MacFadden Communications Group, a business to business (b2b) magazine company as an assistant editor on their pet magazines. So I’m the assistant editor for Pet Business, The Pet Elite, Grooming Business, and The Pet Aisle. In case you don’t know what a b2b magazine is, it’s for people within that industry – for example Pet Business is written for Pet Store owners – not big chains but Mom and Pop pet stores, people with one or two stores.

So that’s an update and my excuse for not being on here lately. But I’m back … and I should resume posting regularly this week. So check up again end of the week and I’ll have more news for you.

I try not to get political but….

April 25, 2008

I know this isn’t a political blog, but I wrote an op-ed piece for my Journalism class and thought I’d post it up here and see if it got any reactions.

Hilary Clinton took shots at Barak Obama for his comments at a closed San Francisco fundraiser, where he said he couldn’t blame small town, economically distressed voters who “cling to” guns and religion, then went out and tried to show her sympathies for those controversial subjects herself.

On Saturday, Clinton shared childhood memories of shooting lessons her father gave her, and said at the Compassion forum that since she was a child, she’s felt the “enveloping” love of God and that, on many occasions, she’s felt the Holy Spirit has been with her as she took her “journey.” So while criticizing Obama for assertions that working class Americans turn to guns and religion, she then assumes that his statement is true when trying to appeal to those same working class Americans, by trying to show that she likes guns and religion.

Then, to top it off, after branding Obama an elitist, she stops at a local bar to down a shot of whiskey, hoist a beer and eat a slice of pizza – again to show how similar to hard working Americans she is. Does she really think voters will believe this is an everyday event for her? Hilary, after a lengthy debate about what she should take a shot of, went with Canadian Crown Royal. She does it so often she didn’t even know what she liked to have.

Who is really the elitist: The candidate who makes the statement about the people, or the candidate who thinks that taking those stereotyped views and appealing to them will make her more likable?

When we view Obama’s comments in context, as reported by the Huffington Post, he was actually talking about how small town voters have slipped through the cracks.

He said that “they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not,” Obama reportedly continued. “It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

He was trying to say that he recognized there was a problem in these small towns and that he wanted to make things better for them. Hilary, by mocking his comments but trying to appeal to the same sentiments he is recognizing, seems to be saying it’s all going fine for these people – hey she’s just like them and it seems she’s doing well enough…

Finally, as Jon Stewart on the Daily Show said, what’s wrong with an elitist president? Shouldn’t the president be smarter then most Americans? If a candidate doesn’t think they know better then the rest of us, what are they doing running?

Americans have had an average Joe in the White House for too long. Bush is definitely not “elite” (though he may think himself to be). Don’t we want a change?