Twitter on publishing
On 13 June I began a mini-series of posts about the coverage of the publishing industry on Twitter. The first post featured Twitter accounts dealing with writing and authorship. The second (30 June) featured accounts dealing with language and editing. This one deals with publishing itself.
At any one time I follow on Twitter dozens of accounts dealing with publishing, many from publishing companies. Frankly, many of them are dull: many corporations, especially the big ones, haven’t really ‘got’ Twitter – they use it as an old-style, uni-directional, ‘push’ medium. Rather than respond to others’ interests, they merely inform, inform, inform. About what? products, products, products. Only their own, of course. Very narrow, very boring.
Fortunately, there are some exceptions. Here, in no particular order, are my top three.
@jaynedmarks belongs to Jayne Marks, who is based in California. Her tweets deal with journal publishing and related issues such as library markets, STM, technical developments. Plenty of crunchy information.
@nishadoshi: Nisha Doshi is an editor at Cambridge University Press, who has been a little quiet of late (I hope she’s OK!). Usually, though, her tweets are full of useful links to information on current developments in the industry, especially on the technical side. I’ve found following Ms Doshi a good way of keeping up to date.
@agatamontoya: Agata Mrva-Montoya is an editor at Sydney University Press. Her tweets are wide-ranging – I see those I’ve stored in my ‘favourites’ list cover such matters as editing, bookselling, and social media. @agatamontoya is particularly helpful in providing links to interesting lists.
Accounts featured in the series to date are listed on the Publishing online page above. Next in the series: the supply chain.