Simon & Schuster Debuts Book Site, 250 Words

Simon and SchusterThis is cool. Simon & Schuster has introduced a new site called 250 Words that covers business books. I know my author friends will be checking in regularly.

The site publishes original essays by authors, as well as interviews, reviews and commentary about the publishing business. And to make it all-inclusive, they also feature stories and interviews with authors across the industry, not just those published by Simon & Schuster.

The centerpiece of 250 Words is a daily, original essay also available as a daily email subscription. The essay will be no longer than 250 words on ideas distilled from books. That sounds like my speed, since I have no time to read anything more than 250 words!

The essay today is called “When Silence Amazes,” written by Sam McNerney. In his latest book, “To Sell Is Human,” Dan Pink writes about how during discussions, most people focus on what they are about to say instead of paying attention to the speaker. To sharpen his ears, Pink participated in an clever but cringeworthy listening exercise. Read more here.

The pieces are intended to excavate useful anecdotes and interesting ideas from books that cover all aspects of the business world, including leadership, management, careers, finance, marketing, investing, innovation, economics, technology and psychology.”

I’m not sure what the pay is — or if they pay — but select articles from the site will also be featured on



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