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19 March 2013

Secrets of a publishing renegade


Jane pratt SXSW
It takes a tremendous amount of passion to do innovative things every day – and if there's anyone that has that passion, it's publishing legend and editor-in-chief Jane Pratt of xoJaneand xoVain (both Say Media properties). At her talk at SXSW, Jane wowed the crowd and lit up Twitter when she shared her hard-won secrets of a publishing renegade.

Among the revelations onstage were the news that Hilary Swank has optioned the rights to play Jane in a movie about her life, the magic happens outside your comfort zone, and nobody likes you (even Drew Barrymore). 

As the New York Post teased ahead of the event:

"We hear she’ll dish about how she photoshopped Ashton Kutcher’s nipples off of a cover photo, was forced to eat veal at Anna Wintour’s house during a dinner party though she was a vegetarian, and showed up to an editorial meeting on no sleep after partying all night with Jimmy Fallon and Janeane Garofalo. “I wanted to call the session ‘Secrets of a Media Renegade: How I Burned Down the Old Media Model to Do Whatever the F*ck I Want,’ but that was too long,” said Pratt.  

Yep, the always irreverent and entertaining Jane Pratt delivered all that and more. The founder of Jane and Sassy magazine revealed what went on behind the scenes as she burnt bridges, said things she shouldn’t say out loud, and built a platform for women to express  themselves honestly. Now, with xoJane.com, Jane has once again revolutioned the way media talks to women and has built one of the fastest growing online publishing brands for women in the history of the web, now complimented by xoVain, a new destination for beauty comment, tutorials and reviews, and where readers can purchase products direct from trusted beauty retailers. 

In her panel, Jane revealled why the current print model doesn’t work, the myths traditional media has been feeding you, and the outrageous anecdotes from 25 years in media. 

Her advice? "Be bold and be preposterous."


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