About

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!

Credits

The header image comes courtesy of Paul Hood on Flickr, and is licensed via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. All book cover images are from Indiebound.