It's that time of year when book people polish their crystal balls and make predictions for the year ahead. I bring you, my dear reader, my epic predictions for 2013.
For those who think that alternative routes of publishing a book are only for poor schmucks who can't get a traditional publisher, Guy Kawasaki and Tim Ferriss are legitimizing unconventional strategies and opening up a whole new world for everyone.
This is a story about two writers. Writers whose works couldn't be any more different, but whose recent forays into publishing signify a drastic sea change in the way books are acquired and published, both by independent authors and traditional publishers.
With all of the options out there to publish, it's pretty tempting to just point and click your way to a completed book. It's hard enough to compete in publishing. Put in the effort and put forth your best book. Does your book deserve anything less?
What happens when you are fortunate enough to have a book published, but when you get a 500 unit ebook order, your publisher cannot fulfill the order? Seems plausible that it could happen to a no-name author or a self-published author, but not Guy Kawasaki...
Thanks to licensing, children's publishing is growing at a rate that few areas in the industry are experiencing. Because some publishers are owned by powerful media conglomerates, children's books have broken into different media markets.
It happened just before I was to go on stage to deliver a keynote. I was so moved to tears by the prior program, that mascara dripped on my lavender b...
We don't expect most other forms of entertainment to come without a price. Most of us pay for cable or satellite TV. We pay for the Internet connections in our homes. Compared to other ways we entertain ourselves, books are not that expensive.
Textbook publishing is a sector of the industry unlike any other. New editions are published frequently, though in some cases the textbook has not been substantially edited to warrant a new release.
Publishers believe that readers are not drawn to green, so the color is greatly disfavored in cover art. You don't believe me? Turn around right now and look at your bookshelf. How many green covers do you see?
We usually keep things pretty positive here at the Riot, but after many years of life in the bookish interweb, we've identified some conversations that just keep coming back up. And we're ready to put an end to them.
I am singlehandedly going to bring back the hardback book. And where the giants of the publishing industry have so miserably failed, I will succeed by I'm following some sound business practices.
I thought long and hard after my first semester in Emerson's graduate Publishing program. My classes were interesting and my professors were incredibly experienced, but there was a hint of negativity in each article and newsletter that could not be denied.
Here are a few things I've learned since my book Plus One: A Year In The Life Of A Hollywood Nobody was published: To be a writer, you need a trust fund, a rich spouse or another source of income if you want to keep a roof over your head.
We believe that of you simply treat the customer with respect, then they will reciprocate in kind. With the help of Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow among others, we are testing this idea.
Think about a group of vigilantes who take the law into their own hands to protect -- and even avenge -- the dignity of minorities. Sounds a bit more possible than Superman, Spider-Man or the Fantastic Four, doesn't it?
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