Ron Yates' Blog

Elegy to Tribune Tower, an Archaic Newsroom, and a City Editor “Extraordinaire”

June 16, 2018

Last week, the Chicago Tribune moved or should I say, vacated, the iconic Gothic landmark at 435 N. Michigan Avenue, known since 1925 as “Tribune Tower.”

I am one of an ever-dwindling cadre of former Chicago Tribune reporters, photographers, and editors who actually toiled in the “old” Tribune newsroom. I joined the paper in 1969 right out (more…)

Indie Book Sales Up; Traditionally Published Books Down

September 16, 2015

Something very significant is happening in the publishing world, and it may be the best thing that has ever happened to authors–especially those who choose to self-publish rather than run the rat race that is traditional publishing.

In the 18 months between February 2014 and September 2015, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), whose 1200 members include (more…)