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August 12, 2008

Think about content

Another of my letters for the BAIPA News [August 2008]

Many think we in the book world are an endangered species. That in the brave new world there will be no books. It reminds me of radio in the 50s when television hit the country. It was going to be the end of radio. Oh my gosh, with pictures on TV who would want to just listen to a radio. And radio did suffer. Their audience declined, the industry moaned and groaned. And today with satellite radio and the Internet and podcasts and rss feeds, radio (audio programs) is thriving. That’s what happening to publishing.

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July 12, 2008

Finding the right energy

Another letter for the BAIPA News [July 2008]

Being an author and a publisher can pull at us in different ways – and being small, independent publishers means that there are dozens of tasks we need to complete on a regular basis. Some days I get up gung-ho and step right into the external tasks on my plate – calling people, making connections, negotiating, asking for help. And some days I turn off my phone and write or read. I used to fight this. I used to push myself to make those calls or I’d get angry with myself if I couldn’t sit down and read a manuscript or write.

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May 10, 2008

Beyond the money. Living in the book world.

I have been writing articles for the BAIPA News — and thought I’d post some of them here. I hope they are helpful to you. [May 2008]

I have been working on projects recently where I’m dealing with the business realities of publishing – how to make enough money to pay for all the things needed to build the books and generate the sales. At times it seems difficult, if not impossible, to make it all work, especially because I personally don’t like selling and don’t want to be doing the things it often takes to sell a lot of books. I like writing books. I like designing books. I like managing book projects. I like helping others with their books. That’s where my heart lies.
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July 3, 2007

TOC conference – afterthoughts

I went to the TOC (Tools of Change) conference in San Jose a week or so ago. It was all about publishing and how it’s changing. And about the tools others are using to move this industry into the 21st century.

It was a great conference. It was a mix of novice sessions and advanced. Since I’ve been online since, yikes!, 1985, and I built my own early sites in Notepad, some of the basic electronic / web stuff I already knew. But, there was plenty I didn’t. In addition, I met a lot of people, which was really the highlight of the conference. Who came, and who didn’t was really interesting.

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June 11, 2007

Tools of Change conference

Hope to meet up with you at the Tools of Change Conference put on by O’Reilly Media. I’m looking forward to hearing about all the changes happening in the publishing world. I’m sure I’ll be exhausted when I come home, but they have some great speakers lined up: Chris Anderson, Tim O’Reilly, John Ingram.

I love books and writing and publishing — at least the book world. And now I’m gonna sit and absorb what others have to say aboaut what’s happening. It’s an exciting time and O’Reilly are certainly qualified to put on a conference like this. I heard that at BEA much of the conversaton was about technology and how the book world is changing.

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May 17, 2007

The changing face of publishing

We all know publishing is changing. From Craig’s List to The Wall Street Journal to print on demand, technology has changed and is continuing to change how we publish books, magazines, content. How do we know what is going to last and what is a fad? How do we know when to invest and when to stand and watch? How do we know who knows what they are talking about?

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May 12, 2006

How to produce your own book workshop May 24th

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Want to produce your own book? Discover ways to do this yourself — whether it’s a memoir, an art book, a companion guide, or your own book of poetry. Find out what’s involved, and where to go, online, for help. Learn how the publishing business is changing. This class will cover the basic, minimal processes involved: how to create your manuscript, the pdf, where to get it printed and a brief review of the services available.

I am giving my workshop on producing your own book on May 24, 2006 from 6-8pm at the SBA here in San Francisco (455 Market Street, 6th Floor.) Come if you can. It’s free.

Go to this event at the SBA site: How to Produce a Book for more information.

April 20, 2006

How to produce your own book workshop May 24, 2006

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Want to produce your own book? Discover ways to do this yourself — whether it’s a memoir, an art book, a companion guide, or your own book of poetry. Find out what’s involved, and where to go, online, for help. Learn how the publishing business is changing. This class will cover the basic, minimal processes involved: how to create your manuscript, the pdf, where to get it printed and a brief review of the services available.

I am giving my workshop on producing your own book on May 24, 2006 from 6-8pm at the SBA here in San Francisco (455 Market Street, 6th Floor.) Come if you can. It’s free.

Go to this event at the SBA site: How to Produce a Book for more information.

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