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The Gatekeepers Post Launches A New Social Media Book Publishing Community

Houston, TX, March13, 2011 - Author and media personality, Jeff Rivera, recently announced the launch of The Gatekeepers Post, a new on-line social media community intended to make a significant impact on the conversation of book publishing. A steady stream of book-centric reviews, headlining news, articles and op-ed piece will be incorporated within the outlet along with forthcoming special events, such as virtual panel discussions and on-line conferences.

The growth in eBooks that has caused a decline in print book sales and the resulting rapid closing of independent bookstores, together with the boom in young adult fiction, has thrown the world of book publishing into a flux that few could have anticipated even five years ago.

Industry outlets have struggled to keep pace with the new developments in publishing, but the changes have come about so rapidly they have been unable to keep up. The industry and the public's insatiable appetite for fresh news on these rapid changes have only increased.

The Gatekeepers Post hopes to satisfy that appetite. Described as a cross between The Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly, the outlet features some of the most important and respected voices in book publishing today.

Joined by an editorial advisory board that includes industry heavyweights such as print and on-line magazine editor Neal Boulton, TechSavvy high-tech consulting CEO Scott Steinberg, NY Times bestselling author and publisher Zane, Planned TV Arts' Rick Frishman, editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives Ed Nawotka, Smashwords' Mark Coker, Thomas Dunne Books’ Brendan Deneen, eReads.com publisher and veteran literary agent Richard Curtis, editor-in-chief of Gawker.tv Richard Blakeley, former Writers Digest Books editor-at-large Jane Friedman, Authorpreneur Joe Konrath, and Hachette's director of multicultural publicity Linda Duggins. The new outlet also features Gatekeepers’ bloggers that were personally handpicked by site founder and editor-in-chief, Jeff Rivera.

"The support from the industry has been overwhelming," says Rivera, "I'm proud of the high caliber of Gatekeepers and guest bloggers who will be joining us." Veteran agents, major editors, librarians, publishers, publicists, and authors, such as NY Times bestseller Alisa Valdes Rodriguez, will be lending their voices to the community as well. Also joining the site are book publishing greats such as Andrea Barzvi of ICM, Keith Ogorek of Author Solutions, Harvey Klinger of the Harvey Klinger Agency, Bill Gladstone of Waterside Productions, Glenn Yeffeth of BenBella Books, Steve Wilson, CEO of Fast Pencil, and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of Gotham Group.

Gatekeepers’ is already causing quite a buzz with their Discovery Writing Awards; a contest for YA authors that they are hosting on Wattpad.com. The first fifty pages of a YA novel must be posted into Wattpad by March 30th and will be judged by a highly respected team from the industry with a cash prize to the winner. All rules and conditions of this contest can be found at: http://www.gatekeeperspost.com/uncategorized/wattpad-presents-the-gatekeepers-discovery-writing-awards/.

The Gatekeepers Post was officially launched on February 1, 2011.

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