Beyond the cover. Between the lines.
Print Run is a podcast created and hosted by Laura Zats and Erik Hane. Its aim is simple: to have the conversations surrounding the book and writing industries that too often are glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness.
We’re book people, and we want to examine the questions that lie at the heart of that life: why do books, specifically, matter? In a digital world, what cultural ground does book publishing still occupy?
Whether it’s trends in the queries from writers that hit our inboxes or the social ramifications of an industry that pays so little being based in Manhattan, we’re here for it. Probably to laugh at it and call it names, but here for it nonetheless.
Print Run is the happy-hour conversation after a long day at a catalog launch; it’s the bottle of wine you drink most of on a Tuesday when the manuscripts are no good. We’re for writers, for publishers, for anyone who’s opened a book and wanted to know—really know—what goes into getting the damn thing made.
Join us. We’ll talk about the worst sex scene we’ve ever read and wonder aloud about how millennials will affect the books of the future. We’ll figure out why Jonathan Franzen wants to replace your child with a penguin and whether or not that penguin will be buying hardcovers when he grows up.
Laura Zats has been in the publishing industry since 2011, where she started in editorial. Currently, she works as a literary agent in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she specializes in children's fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and romance. She also serves as the vice president of a Minneapolis-based partner publisher and is serving her third term on the Minnesota Book Publishers' Table, a nonprofit that provides ongoing education to people in the industry. Laura teaches classes on writing and publishing at conferences around the country. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, tabletop RPGs, kissing pit bulls, and accidentally infuriating Erik.
Erik Hane is a literary agent, freelance editor, and writer based in Minneapolis. Before moving to the Midwest, he served as an acquisitions editor at The Overlook Press and an assistant editor at Oxford University Press. His fiction can be found in places like Mount Hope and The Fat City Review. He writes a weekly piece for Rain Taxi Review of Books and periodically teaches courses at The Loft Literary Center. Erik talks aloud while he reads queries and continually struggles with passing level one of obedience school with his adolescent puppy.
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