My Mission with The Press

Kathryn Patterson '18
Kathryn Patterson ’18
Photo Credit: Erin Higidon, UNG Vanguard Editor

When I am posed with the question of what brought me to the University of North Georgia Press one word seems to do the trick; metamorphosis. There is something extraordinarily beautiful about the transformation of the written word, the knowledge that style and tone can impart, and the clarity that editing provides.

I feel that interning with the UNG Press will provide a unique medium where I can become more competent in shaping and guiding not only my works, but also the work of others. I hope that the Press’ drive will center on helping writers to focus on collective creativity and technique. Reshaping complex ideas will hopefully be a result of our ingenuity. My mission is to inspire our team while channeling my thoughts and ideas towards a refined piece. I look forward to shaping other’s understanding in order to break through to the music of each individual work.

My goal is to bring forth the artistry of coherence. I am determined to balance clarity and elegance through rhetorical expression, while making it my goal to thrive off the innovation and intricate strategies of form and function. This is my aim because other editors’ and authors’ precise writing styles have inspired me to follow my passion.

It is my hope that these inspirations that have brought me to The Press will carry me further through a career in writing and publication. My passion is the passion of others. What I mean is, I seek to dedicate my life’s work to truly listening and sharing the passions of others. I believe it is my calling to encourage others to share their creations. This is what encourages and enlightens my own work.

I write to teach and to learn, but most of all to inspire. I hope that my experience with The Press can provide others with insight into themselves and the brilliance of publications. I am determined to become proficient in providing a perceptive account of conviction and thought. I see this internship as an opportunity to not only further explore my passion of publication but to also find new ways to assist writers in their own journey through expression.

My hope is that we as UNG Press writers and editors will guide one another toward the very inspirations that give us our name.

This is why I’m an English major. This is why I’ve asked to intern with the Press. But most importantly, this is why I write.

 

Link-N-Blogs: December 13, 2013

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”–J. R. R. Tolkien

  1. 14 Must-have Tolkien Books: In honor of today’s release of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Huffington Post gives us this list of must-have Tolkien books.
  2. Judge Tosses Booksellers’ Suit Against Publishers, Amazon: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by independent booksellers against Amazon and the big six “that alleged a murky conspiracy to restrain trade via Amazon’s use of proprietary DRM in its Kindle e-reading platform.” Read more at Publisher’s Weekly.
  3. 10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written: This article from Flavorwire lists ten of their favorite essays on writing—How meta!
  4. 16 Profound Literary Quotes About Getting Older: This Buzzfeed article features quotes from some of your favorite authors about aging.
  5. USA Today’s Top Ten books of 2013: A list of ten books from USA Today book critics, Jocelyn McClurg and Bob Minzesheimer. What books are on your list? Hit the comments and let us know!

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”–J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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“How To: Make A Paperback Christmas Tree” at http://www.kaylaaimee.com/how-to-make-a-paperback-christmas-tree/

 

Link-N-Blogs: December 6, 2013

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”-J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  1. Nicholas Sparks Interview: Nicholas Sparks, author of The Lucky One and The Vow, talks about what it takes to make a good book!
  2.  NY Times Top 10 best books of 2013: The New York Times gives their list of their top books for this year. It includes a list of the prices and a brief summary of the book.
  3.  In Obama’s Book List, Glimpses of His Journey: Check out the president’s purchases in a bookstore in Washington on December 4 of this week.
  4.  Five Wine Books Worth Noting: This is a list of five books discussing wine and will be appealing to many wine enthusiasts.
  5.  The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books: Take a look at the Huffington Post’s 11 most surprising banned books, which includes books such as a childhood classic, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and the dictionary.

 “Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.”-Voltaire

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The Unfortunate Numbers

Disclaimer: The opinions below do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the University Press of North Georgia College. They belong solely to the author.

There are no guidelines or dos and don’ts for writing about what three hundred years of euphemisms and a whole academic/political machinery still can’t quite figure out how to face head-on. We know this: the publishing world is overwhelmingly white. Writers of color puzzle over rejection letters that say things like, “Great writing and story but I didn’t identify with the main character.”

Daniel José Older, “Another World Waits: Towards an Anti-Oppressive SFF,” Apex Magazine issue 55.

I don’t see a problem here.

No, I really don’t. It all comes down to some Pew poll numbers from a year or so back.

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See that “Mean Number of Books Read” column? Go to the rows which break it down by race:

White (non-Hispanic)                                     19

Black (non-Hispanic)                                      12

Hispanic                                                               11

So let me get this straight. Not only do whites constitute the majority of the general population, but they also read about 40% more books per person per year. What do you really expect to see?

In fact, let me do some number crunching to prove the point even more. If you take the total size of each demographic and multiply it by the number of books that group will read, you wind up with the total market size for each demographic.

White:                  78% of 314 million times 19 books per person per year:                  4.6 billion

Hispanic:              17% of 314 million times 11 books per person per year:                 590 million

Black:                    13% of 314 million times 12 books per person per year:                  490 million

All demographic numbers taken from Census.gov.

Of course these figures will wildly differ from new book sales. I’m sure an astute reader will have realized these figures lack several minorities and still total to 108%. The census figures—unlike the Pew numbers—count biracial as both races. Because the counting methods don’t match, regard the final figures as approximations.

But still, adjusted for how much interest in books these groups have, the white market is more than four times larger than the Latino and African American markets combined. That’s no approximate difference.

The problem is not the publishers, but that the minorities have cultures of non-literacy. Can they read? Almost to a one, yes. America’s literacy rate is one of the world’s highest. Unfortunately, the numbers tell us that, for these minorities, reading is not that fulfilling for them.

I actually find this conclusion more depressing than if the publishing industry were somehow biased. At least then the problem would be controllable—perhaps even fixable—but a culture of not reading? I don’t have a clue how to even start fixing that. Worse: it’s everybody’s problem. It shrinks the market for publishers, and means we will hear fewer author voices overall, never mind where they hail from.

Chancellor on UPNG Textbook

In an effort to reduce the cost of textbooks for students, the University Press of North Georgia, with the University System of Georgia, has published a new, open-source electronic history textbook that can save students nearly $100 each without sacrificing rich and fully sourced content.”–University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby

See our FREE, open-source U.S. History Textbook here

Visiting Author Rundown

The Visiting Author book signing on November 8th was a wild success, as over 80 people packed into Dahlonega Starbuck’s lounge to hear the poetry. Each of our visiting authors read several of their works, some in English, some in Spanish as Dr. Gordon E. McNeer read his translations.

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Eighty people is quite a few.

 

Benjamín Prado read from Shelter from the Storm, selecting several of the poems, including “Call my Life Bob Dylan” “Shelter from the Storm”  “Siete preguntas para Kurt Cobain/Seven Questions for Kurt Cobain,” to honor the men he views as his inspirations and guides.

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From left to right: Fernando Valverde, Andrea Cote, Dr. Gordon McNeer, and Benjamín Prado.

Fernando Valverde then took the stage and read his poems “Sueño/Dream,” “El Largo/Lake,” and “Celia” from Eyes of the Pelican.

Finally, Andrea Cote Botero read several of her poems in Poetry Facing Uncertainty:  “La Merienda/The Snack,” “Puerto Quebrado/Broken Port,” and “Desierto/Desert.”

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