Student-Managed Book Publishers

Student-run presses are not a new concept. Most MFA programs for creative writing publish literary journals, which MFA students work on while in school. And many universities have student-run newspapers, such as UCSB's Daily Nexus. But not many schools have student-run book publishers. A couple weeks ago, I met an author whose book had been acquired …

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Self-publishing, the Slush Pile, and Print Books

Self-publishing may be the new slush pile. In the past, the slush pile has been the pile of unsolicited manuscripts sent by aspiring authors in hopes of being picked up by a publisher. Now, some publishers are looking to pick up books that have already proven to be successful. They offer authors bigger advances and …

Publishers Should Sell Directly

Should publishers sell directly? Many arguments are floating around about the benefits and drawbacks. Some drawbacks are that huge retailers such as Amazon have such a large share of the market, that publishers can't hope to reach nearly enough consumers through direct channels. Others argue that this line of thinking will keep the cycle with …

Digital Content: Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?

I've been really in to webinars lately. I think part of it is I've been finding a lot free webinars that discuss either various aspects of the publishing industry or entrepreneurship. (Although the webinars on metadata were not free, but I think it's important to learn and understand as much about metadata as possible). Anyway, …

The Reader Revolution: Recap of How the “Publishing Game” is Changing

BEA offered an education series, where many experts participated in panels about a wide range of topics relating to publishing. One of the most interesting panels was called "The Reader Revolution: Changing the Game for Readers, Writers, and Everyone in Between." The panel was moderated by David Wilk, and included Dennis Loy Johnson, the co-founder/Publisher …

Getting Support for Your Projects

I've been researching ways regular people like me might be able to get their projects off the ground. One of these ways is via Kickstarter. The site is a funding platform where people can post their ideas for projects--anything creative involving Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film, Food, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater--and ask …

Making Money with Mobile

Between the iPhone, the iPad, and the Android platform, mobile and tablets are on their way to becoming hugely profitable. But it's not just the apps that are making them popular. Mobile web is still an important component of mobile as a whole, and McDonald's certainly knows that. Advertising and monetizing mobile is still being …

Inside the Book World

Every once in a while I like to update my 2 readers on all the interesting stuff I'm learning about the book world. First off, I finally figured out why the book industry has the most ridiculous/backwards business model where return on sales of books are expected and planned for. It all started in the …

The Future of Publishing…We’re In It

Three interesting articles about the publishing industry caught my eye today. But first, I've found that reading and thinking critically about articles goes more smoothly with music, so I invite you to play the video below and enjoy the sweet sounds of "Stereo Love" while reading the rest of my post. (And yes, I may …