Thursday, June 16, 2011

Looking at the Publishing Industry

Last night I was a guest on Dead Robots Podcast where I talked about the recent changes in the publishing industry. In particular some of the things I covered:
  • Observations from BEA (Book Expo America)
  • Amazon's recent moves into the publishing
  • The digitization of books providing for more titles to be released
  • Banning at Absolute Write
  • How author's passions work against them from a business perspective
  • Major authors approaching Ridan for publication
  • Changes in contracts due to new opportunities for authors
  • Building a platform through social networking done correctly
I love doing Podcasts as it is SO much faster than typing up blog posts. The time flew by and we only scratched the surface so they are going to have me back in two weeks. Between now and then, Dead Robots is going to be collecting questions to ask me during the next session. So if you have questions or are interested in my opinions on anything publishing related - leave a comment or send an email to: show@deadrobotssocie​ and I'll be back on June 30th to answer them.

One more announcement, for those in and around the Washington DC area, my next seminar on Marketing your Book will be held at the Arlington Public Library (short walk from the Balston Metro on the Orange line) on July 9th at 2:00 pm. I hope to see you there.


India Drummond said...

I finally got the chance to listen to the Dead Robots podcast. It was a very interesting listen, and I'll make a point to add them to my iTunes regular subscriptions.

I loved your take on platform building. It's what I've tried to do, and I have to admit, I enjoy it. I don't feel like a salesman... I'm just another chick, hanging out in her jammies, drinking coffee and surfing the web for an hour or so a day. I've made great friends and fantastic connections, and been overwhelmed with the people who want to help me by sharing, tweeting, and blogging about my books because of those connections. It's humbling!

I love your positive outlook! So many people talk about the death of publishing or indies taking on or even taking down traditional publishing, like we're at war. It's a happy, celebratory time for me as an indie author, and I appreciate the positive energy you bring to the conversation.

So thank you for putting your voice out there! Enjoyed the podcast, even though I got interupted about 294 times during the 90 minute period! =)

Robin Sullivan said...

I agree India - approaching social networking as "social" & "networking" rather than selling makes it more enjoyable for the author - and I suspect more profitable in the long run.

I agree it's not a war. Indie publishing = more bandwidth so great books that couldn't get "out there" can.

Hope you tune back in at the end of June as I'll be on it again.

Melissa Douthit said...

Thanks Robin! I'll check it out. I wish I could go to your seminar. Will you ever give one in Salt Lake?

Melissa Douthit said...

I just listened to it! I will be tuning in for your next podcast with them. That one was good.

Just on a side note. I received some interesting links from some friends on the Superstars facebook page. It is about Amazon needing to weed out the junk and spam on kdp. These are worth a read:

Anonymous said...

Just listened and found most of this quite interesting. Podcasts are great for those who can do them. Sadly, some really interesting people just freeze up in that sort of situation, which is a real shame.

Carradee said...

"I love doing Podcasts as it is SO much faster than typing up blog posts."

*scratches head* I've tried to listen to a few non-fiction podcasts, but they seem to annoy me almost as much as vlogs (which are a sure way to make me close the window).

But then, I'm a visual learner, who has "audio learning" as the one she's worst at. So I have a much harder time processing information I hear rather than read. I'd much rather read a transcript.

I'll try your podcast, but no promises I'll be able to get through it. :)

Robin Sullivan said...

Melissa - hey as I do them for free I think it might be just a bit too much to pay for travel as well ;-)

But...I'm looking into a mechanism to provide the material (along with voice over) through on-line training. It will be a while as I've got a number of projects for the authors that have to get out but I'll work on it here and there.

Robin Sullivan said...

@melissa - Yeah the kindle spam news has been talked about a lot in the last week or so. I think what will probably help to curtail this is to have a small "placement fee". For instance Create Space has $39 for its Pro Plan and I'd be fine with say a $25 listing fee for Kindles. This would stop people from putting up complete junk because at $0.99 they would have to sell 70 copies to get "in the black".

Anonymous said...

I think a placement fee might be a good idea.There is also software that will scan the text for plagiarized content, it's used a lot in universities, and I think that might have a place here too. At the very least it would highlight the texts which might need looked at more closely.

Robin Sullivan said...

Yeah clariewriteswords I was thinking the same thing about the plagerism software - As an ex-programmer I can think of a lot of ways to write this algorithm. The problem is having access to the currently published content, which Amazon does have.

What won't trying to do it manually with people. We need an automated solution to this problem - and it is important for Amazon to get it fixed - they have smart people working there so I'm sure they'll come up with something.