Earlier this fall, Victor Navasky and Evan Cornog produced a volume of essays written by editors, writers, art directors and other about the “art” of putting together magazines: The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry. It sounds great.
From their book description: “In this entertaining anthology, editors, writers, art directors, and publishers from such magazines as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Elle, and Harperâ€™s draw on their varied, colorful experiences to explore a range of issues concerning their profession. Combining anecdotes with expert analysis, these leading industry insiders speak on writing and editing articles, developing great talent, effectively incorporating art and design, and the critical relationship between advertising dollars and content. They emphasize the importance of fact checking and copyediting; share insight into managing the interests (and potential conflicts) of various departments; explain how to parlay an entry-level position into a masthead title; and weigh the increasing influence of business interests on editorial decisions.”