#Embedded with Jeff Selingo

Sep 11, 04:01 AM

Not everybody wants an author hanging around their office all day.

Our guest is a best-selling education writer Jeff Selingo, already an expert on college and higher education who took that one step further for his latest: Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Jeff managed to embed himself in three admissions offices to write this book, a feat that will boggle the mind of anyone familiar with the industry (and it is an industry, make no mistake).

We talk pitching and selling the book, lining up the admissions offices and then dancing the delicate dance of writing honestly about people and places that have opened themselves up to your critical gaze, finding students to become part of your story and balancing the stories you tell—plus all the minutia of getting those stories, from consent forms to pseudonyms to not changing the outcomes by becoming part of the story. 

#AmReading

Jeff: The Dry by Jane Harper

Jess: The Woods and Missing You, Harlan Coben

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

KJ: Life Is In the Transitions by Bruce Feiler


Find Jeff at:

His Website: www.jeffselingo.com

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