The Digital Book World conference is over and attendees are digesting the big issues.
Their comments and ongoing discussions about where publishing is heading in 2013 range from ‘we are over the worst of the transition...things are settling down’...to Batten down the hatches... this ride is only just beginning!
It does behoove* the author to keep an eye on what is happening in the wider world.
First up for comment...this from inside the conference, What Authors Want.... It seems that a third of authors want to self publish their next book...
Porter Anderson dives into Ether for Authors looking at the big issues from DBW
including What authors want...Hugh Howey...and Hybrid** is your new model.
More authors are being offered Wool like deals! News filtering through Twitter today. (oh joy...maybe this will be the big happy news for authors this year.)
To take advantage of publishing's current state of flux...authors are thinking Hybrid is the way to go. (A mix of Traditional and Self/Indie publishing.)
Dean Wesley Smith has been saying it all along...Dean wraps up a series of blog posts looking at crunching the numbers of the new Hybrid world and how you should approach the business of writing. As always check out the 97 comments!!
The next big talking point was Why online book discovery is broken and how to fix it...This article from PaidContent has many people quoting, dissing, upholding...but no one is ignoring it. I have been seeing it quoted all over the publishing blogosphere along with Brett Sandusky’s Elephants In The Room post that I linked to last week. Lots of other juicy posts in last week's blog are still being chewed over.
Also being hotly discussed...the Tools of Change conference coming up and a keynote issue Piracy, Does It Really Harm The Author?
Publishing Perspectives has 5 Trends to watch for in trade publishing...
Roberto Calas has an in depth look at how to work/write/live Kindle Serials on Lyndsay Buroker’s blog...Boy oh Boy...this is a post that will have your head spinning...but incredible A++ for effort! Dickens followed this model of publishing...(I think he may have been a hybrid...) so maybe we're just going back to the good old days of 200 years ago...
Agent Sarah La Polla has a look at Literary vs Commercial and the reasons for figuring out where your MS lies.
Alan Rinzler takes a look at Character...when you walk in their shoes you write with authenticity.
If you are in the synopsis business...check out this great how to do it...one of the best I have seen.
Maximising the potential of your Facebook Author Page...some very interesting strategies here.
Catherine Ryan Howard looks at Book Distribution and how she has made an important discovery...Hybrids take note!
Two posts that rocked me today...You can decide whether I was Buoyed up*** or Aghast****
The numbers proving that print still matters in discovering books
and The New Yorker on Slicing and Dicing The Content of Books...The new model of discoverability....coming soon to a Search Engine near you.
Oh and if you want a nifty little post to bookmark...try this one 5 other online dictionaries...***** effort!
*To be necessary or proper for: It behooves you at least to try.
**Something of mixed origin or composition.
***become more cheerful
****Struck by shock, terror, or amazement.
Pic: This is a Hybrid Plumeria...Isn’t it beautiful. Image courtsey of