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Sifting for gold among the vast array of bloggers: Holt Uncensored

If you’re interested in the publishing business, then a little time spent reading Holt Uncensored is a worthwhile endeavor. If you’d like a few tips to begin the revision process, look no further than Holt’s Ten Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do). Holt has been publishing her online column long before the word "blog" entered the cultural conversation. She actually created a website and a semi-monthly column delivered by email, but I find the dynamic spirit of the site with its level of regular activity to now be closer to the blogging model.

Who is this Holt person? Well, she’s someone with a hefty background in publishing:

"Pat Holt began her publishing career in the New York office of Houghton Mifflin Company in 1969 and was later promoted to the Boston office, where she was named publicity manager. In the mid-1970s she was senior editor and publicity director for the San Francisco Book Company, and in 1978 she became Publishers Weekly’s first full-time Western Correspondent, where her territory ranged from the Rockies to Australia and Mexico to Alaska.

She was book editor and critic at The San Francisco Chronicle for 16 years (1982-1998) and was named a board member of The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in 1984. Her proposal that 1987 be declared "The Year of the Reader" was adopted by the Library of Congress, approved by Congress and signed by the President as Public Law 90-494 in 1986. Her second proposal, that 1989 be declared "The Year of the Young Reader," was similarly adopted

by the Library of Congress, passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in 1988. From 1986 through 1989 she formed and raised funds for the San Francisco office of The Year of the Reader, headed by full-time project director Patricia Abe, formerly of Harvard University Press.

Increasingly concerned about the plight of independent bookstores in their struggle to survive wave after wave of chain bookstores, price clubs, discounters and Internet suppliers, Pat Holt resigned from The Chronicle in 1998 to create "Holt Uncensored," an email book column launched by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Now published from the Holt Uncensored website, the column is available free for online subscribers." —About Holt Uncensored

There are many facets to the publishing industry and Holt provides an important look at the business from the viewpoint of independent booksellers. Find out how Holt Uncensored began and why. There’s an extensive archive, too. Why not plan to spend some time this month reading Holt Uncensored? I know I will.

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