In this occasional Schmarder University series, "Our Business Is Fun," we'll meet an assortment of outdoor recreation industry leaders, learn about how their businesses serve the industry and its consumers, and talk trends in outdoor recreation.
I know from personal experience that writing books makes you particularly opinionated about the publishing industry, but Brad Feld is actually doing something about it. I sat down with him to talk about BookShout.
This isn't "post-industrial publishing," this is the dawn of "beyond category" publishing. Andrew Sullivan's work is a great example. Content and living beyond the category compelled him to reach farther.
Maybe the Mayans had the American publishing industry in mind when their calendar conked out. If you thought 2012 was a bad year for traditional book publishing, and it was, you'll be nostalgic for it by the end of 2013.
I keep meeting authors who rave about their agents as if they were combinations of the Buddha and Captain America. My own experience with agents has been anything but positive, and the first agent who took me on was a paragon of imperfection.
Do you blog for The Huffington Post? WebMD? Have key media appearances in print, radio and/or TV? Better a few power-packed sentences than pages that put editors and agents to sleep -- or worse, that they don't bother reading at all.
The Atria Mystery Bus tour took off April 12th. I think that what made the strongest impression on me was much we all love books. The authors on the tour. The amazing booksellers who hosted us. And the readers who came out to see us.
Begging for blurbs is one of the more misery-producing aspects of being published. It can leave us desperate and depressed. It's humiliating to have to grovel for blurbs, rather than have your publisher secure them for you.
In between losing 10 lbs, quitting smoking, and being more outgoing this new year, pick up some local flare for your iPad and take some time to explore these publications that capture the zeitgeist of this clever city.