My name is Liz Agresta, and this is Shelf Absorbed, a book review/publishing news blog.
A little about me
I’m a second-year graduate student in the Emerson College Publishing & Writing M.A. program, from which I will graduate in May 2016. I’ve taken general courses in book, magazine, and e-publishing, and electives in computer applications for print publishing, book production and design, children’s publishing, copyediting, and book sales and marketing. I work at the MIT Press as a manuscript workflow assistant, where I help shepherd manuscripts through the publishing process and do a lot of proofreading. You can view my portfolio here, or follow me on Twitter, if you like!
A little about the site
I started this blog as part of a project for the electronic publishing overview course at Emerson. By reviewing books I already own, I hope to whittle down the massive number of unread books on my shelves. Plus, I feel like I haven’t been thinking as critically about what I read as I should, and writing about what I read should help to alleviate some of that guilt. You should expect thorough discussion of the plot of any book I write about here—beware of spoilers! Some profanity may be used for emphasis as well.
I also publish a weekly digest of publishing news that would be interesting to people outside the trade. I think publishing news is really exciting, but a lot of the news is trade-specific; that is, most of it comes out in newsletters created for industry workers and booksellers, and is largely about numbers and personnel changes. So I think that keeping my ear to the ground and sharing the useful bits of that news with people who love books or are interested in pursuing publishing as a career (or publication, I guess) is good for everyone (me included—gotta keep up with what’s happening in the biz). Plus, there are lots of publishing events held in Boston and New York, so any time I attend one of those, you can expect to see something about it here!