250 Words extols the best business writing for savvy readers. The main component of the site is a daily, digestible morsel–250 words long–that usually features a business book (new and classic titles) from all publishers. The emphasis is on wisdom and practical advice, and though each post only takes a few minutes to read, we hope that they will inspire our readers to think about the world differently. Our goal is to become a hub for intelligent business thinking, with a focus on books. You can see a collection of our 250 word essays here. If you sign up for our daily email, you’ll receive a 250 essay every morning Monday-Friday.
250 Words also publishes interviews with leading business thinkers and authors and curates book lists. The Novel Advice column publishes short essays on various business topics by novelists and non-fiction writers. What to Read Next provides book recommendations and our Video section offers smart video content. The “Opinion” column is reserved for special guest commentary. These addition columns are not featured in our daily email.
For more information email Info@250words.com. We welcome suggestions, comments and pitches. If you’d like to pitch a 250 word essay, please remember that the essay must mention a business book.
Executive Editor: Sam McNerney (Sam@250words.com)
Sam McNerney is a writer with a focus on business, cognitive psychology and philosophy. Career highlights include two articles featured on the homepage of ScientificAmerican.com and a 2,000 word feature for BBC Focus. Before 250 Words Sam maintained WhyWeReason.com and blogged for BigThink.com. Sam graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he majored in Philosophy. He is originally from Edina, Minnesota.
Managing Editor: Nicholas Greene (Nick@250Words.com)
Nick Greene is an editor, designer, and cactus gardener. He’s spent three years at Simon & Schuster working mainly with writers of nonfiction books on the arts. While studying creative writing at Brown University, he interned at McSweeney’s and The Believer in San Francisco. He grew up in Detroit and lives in Brooklyn.
Senior Editor: Pronoy Sarkar (Pronoy@250words.com)
Pronoy Sarkar is the Marketing Coordinator at Simon & Schuster. After graduating from Duke University, he worked for a time as a business analyst for a boutique small business consulting firm. He enjoys literary fiction, literature in translation, narrative non-fiction, and experimental fiction. His expectation of all good works of fiction and non-fiction is that a definite mind be behind the effort. However grand or particular your interests, they should always be dealt with seriously. Writers interested in pitching original contributions to “Novel Advice” should query me at Pronoy@250words.com.
Editorial Director: Ben Loehnen
Ben Loehnen, Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster, acquires nonfiction across a range of subjects, including business, psychology, science, nature, religion, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. He has edited books in positions at Hyperion, Random House, and HarperCollins, and has edited a long list of writers, including Bruce Barcott, Bruce Bartlett, Tim Brown, Jean Chatzky, Ross Douthat, Justin Fox, David and Tom Gardner, Chip and Dan Heath, Paul Ingrassia, A.J. Jacobs, Eamon Javers, Jeff Jarvis, Ken Jennings, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Jim Rogers, Christopher Ryan, Michael Schuman, Stephen Tobolowsky, Matthew Yglesias, and John Zogby. A graduate of Harvard College, he lives in Manhattan.
Associate Publisher: Suzanne Donahue
Suzanne Donahue, Vice President and Associate Publisher, began her career at Simon & Schuster in 1987 in the trade paperback group before moving to Managing Editorial where she ultimately became Executive Managing Editor. Suzanne then joined the Free Press imprint in 1997 where she oversaw all aspects of growing the Free Press publishing program and helped to build, nurture, and brand their authors. She moved to her current position at Simon & Schuster in 2012.