Rachel Aydt

Freelance Writer and Editor/ Assistant Professor at the New School University

I write for publications across many different niches, mainly arts and culture, parenting, and lifestyle. I also teach writing at The New School University in New York City. Contributing editor at Publishing Perspectives. MFA Candidate at Sarah Lawrence College (Creative Nonfiction).

Portfolio

On Parenting...

How to Handle Your Child's First Crush
My 6-year-old son, Jamie, came home from school talking about something new that had happened in his circle of friends. He'd caught a glimpse of Miro kissing Stephanie on the...
A Smart Fire Safety Plan
For nearly a decade, my husband, 9-year-old son, and I have lived on the top floor of a five-story apartment building in Manhattan. However, until I recently chaperoned a field...
Tips to Find a Balance Between Refined and Unrefined Sugar
A local nutritionist shares tips to getting your child to make healthier food choices and limit the amount of sugar in their diets and discusses refined sugar versus unrefined...
The Know-It-All Phase
Maybe your child's favorite refrain on the playground is, "That's not how you kick the ball; do it like this!" Or, maybe he's entered a new phase where he likes to challenge...
A Lesson on Teaching Tolerance to Adults
Plenty has been written about teaching children to be more tolerant of their peers with special needs, but what about reaching unsympathetic adults? How to handle those...

On Bookstores and Writers...

Where Fashion Meets Books
Fashion brand Club Monaco has enlisted The Strand bookstore to decorate its flagship store with books, creating a store-within-a-store. By Rachel Aydt Walk down Fifth Avenue in...
On Not Changing With the Times: How Manhattan's Three Lives & Co. Bookstore Endures
Three Lives & Co. Booksellers in New York City has managed to survive increasing economic pressure that has forced the closing of numerous other bookstores. Three Lives'...
Dropping by the Almost Corner Bookshop in Rome's Trastevere
By Rachel Aydt New York writer Rachel Aydt is traveling through Europe this summer, and has been filing occasional posts on her bookish adventures. Today, she visits an...
A Visit to Paris's Famous Graves and Tea and Tattered Pages
Rachel Aydt PARIS: On a bright and sunny Wednesday, we set out to see the catacombs- I should have guessed we wouldn't be the only tourists heading over to Montparnasse for a...
A Summer Sojourn at Paris' Shakespeare and Company
By Rachel Aydt PARIS: I've gotten to the point during a long summer apartment swap in Paris where the Lonely Planet France and Paris books aren't going to cut muster for much...
Case Closed: NYC's Partners & Crime Bookstore Bids Adieu
By Rachel Aydt It's just getting harder and harder to buy a print book in Manhattan, America's publishing capital. Following on today's feature story about bookstores looking to...
Old World, High Style: A Visit to Paris' Librairie Galignani, Est. 1801, Publishers Since 1520
Paris' venerable Librairie Galignani lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. * Despite its age - the store was founded in 1801, but...
So Many "Friends," So Little Friendship: Authors Discuss Mingling Social Media, Self-Promotion...
Today, authors are compelled to constantly self-promote, but the practice isn't always pleasant or appropriate. * What happens when the intimacy of the typically quiet writer's...
The Second Book Conundrum: Selling It, Writing It, Publishing It
By Rachel Aydt * Some people think that there's a "second book jinx." Is it real? * Writers, editors and publicists explain the challenges facing those who want to publish a...
Bookstores From NYC to Santorini Crowdsource Cash to Survive
St. Mark's in New York City and Atlantis Books in Greece are just two stores that turned to the internet for financial salvation. By Rachel Aydt Late last month, St. Mark's...
Bye, Bye Jan Berenstain, Soother of Parent's Souls
Jan Berenstain's 300 books have sold more than 200 million copies and soothed just as many souls. By Rachel Aydt Jan Berenstain, who with her husband Stan created the Berenstain...
Graphic, Novel: Cuba: My Revolution Brings the Harsh Reality of Castro's Revolution to Comics
Cuba by Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel, offers a unique view of Castro's Revolutionary-era Cuba from the point-of-view of one of its dissident artists. * Haspiel offers a...
10 Tips to Promote a Book When the Author is MIA...or Dead
At BEA, veteran publicists offered various strategies and tips for promoting books with no clear author or the the author is not available or even dead. By Rachel Aydt What do...

On the Publishing Industry...

#TwtrBkPty: How Twitter is Helping Publishers Reach 100,000 Readers 140 Characters at a Time
By Rachel Aydt Like gallery openings, one might stumble into a neighborhood bookstore only to find a casual book release party. Maybe there's a few cheap bottles of Chilean red,...
As BookExpo America Opens, Industry Concerns Remain Largely Unchanged
By Rachel Aydt Yesterday's opening Keynote Panel at BookExpo America 2013, "The Future of the Book," once again set the tone for this year's book fair.
Is Working in China Worth the Effort? Two Publishers Say "Yes"
By Rachel Aydt What's black and white and read all over? Apparently, it's English content in China - not English books translated into Chinese, but rather the English books...
Publishing Backlist: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
"Begin to think of your backlist as a series of fragments that can be repurposed," says Randy Petway, COO of Publishing Technology. By Rachel Aydt Last Thursday at Publishing...
Best Books for Middle-Grade Readers? 5 Recommended Titles from BEA
By Rachel Aydt Last week at BookExpo America, editors from five different publishing houses were walking on air over their upcoming buzz-worthy Middle Grade titles. I expected...
Read Complex STM Books on the Kindle? Not Possible? Not So
By Rachel Aydt You're reading an ebook on your device, whichever one it may be, but the font size is a bit small. You bump it from 10-point type to 12-point, the text reflows...
Digital Publishing Down Under: Really Blue Books and Xoum
Digital publishing startups are sprouting up in Australia, where they may be late to the game but still see a wealth of opportunity in their (spacious) backyard. By Rachel Aydt...
Oprah 2.0: Book Club Marries Magazine, TV and Digital
By Rachel Aydt Reading the original Oprah Book Club list is like throwing yourself into a dizzying cultural time machine. From Charles Dickens to Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Toni...
9 Tips from BEA's Twitter for Publishing Master Class
By Rachel Aydt Cindy Ratzlaff, @BrandYou, is on a lot of Twitter lists, including Forbes' "30 best women entrepreneurs to follow." "I've booked six figure clients and been in...

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