Monday, January 12, 2009

Does Publishing Need Genealogists?

Sharon Sergeant posted a note on the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) mailing list today that asks that question - but it was asked in a national publishers magazine recently. She notes that:

"...the article should introduce a broad spectrum of potential clients to the utility of modern genealogy.

"Does Publishing Need Genealogists?http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6628125.html

"In 2008, the magazine's circulation was 25,000. In 2004, the breakdown of those 25,000 readers was given as 6000 publishers; 5500 public libraries and public library systems; 3800 booksellers; 1600 authors and writers; 1500 college and university libraries; 950 print, film and broad media; and 750 literary and rights agents, among others."

Sharon has also posted a note on Facebook (the URL may not work for non-Facebookers) titled From Bunk to Bunko Squad: The Sleuthing News peg you can use. The lead paragraphs are:

"It was just a year and a half ago that Smithsonian Magazine had 'Genealogy is Bunk' emblazoned on it's cover.

"Today genealogy sleuthing is a Bunko Squad for publishing frauds."

Read the entire article if you can. Perhaps Sharon will post it to the APG list so everyone can read it. Sharon has excellent ideas about using forensic genealogy research examples in the mass media to gain positive coverage and more respect for genealogy and researchers.

1 comment:

TamuraJones said...

Colleen Fitzpatrick is on twitter now

http://twitter.com/CFitzp

- Tamura