I'd love some feedback for an upcoming session I'm part of at the Muse. It's a Town Hall debate moderated by journalist Porter Anderson entitled "What Every Literary Writer Needs To Know About the Digital Disruption: A Town Hall Debate." Porter attends and covers every writing conference in this country and many abroad. He's deeply knowledgeable about the industry and where we are heading
Writing and money--they go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?
Not so much, at least not these days, when writers are cobbling together multiple part-time jobs to support themselves and their creative habit. Has it always been this way?
We're not sure, but we're certainly excited to hear what Jane Friedman has to say about the topic when she gives her Muse keynote address at 7:00pm on Saturday, May 3rd. She'll share research and stories about the history of authorship and the writer's relationship with money, going back to the days of Gutenberg ...
I always get exited when publishing innovations place more information, creative control, or financial ownership in the hands of writers. With something called "Author Control," Vook is helping writers get a handle on a host of sales data. Vook, for those of you new to the company, publishes e-books which combine text, video and links to the internet. They partner with traditional publishers, and they also offer self-publishing services. This latest product is for writers with self-published titles.
In October I traveled to Books in Browsers, a small gathering of mainly designers and developers working in the Internet publishing space. The conference was in San Francisco at the very cool Internet Archive. At this summit, I quickly learned, craft isn’t about plot or character, but line spacing, typography, and navigation; authoring is about writing code or developing programs not creating narrative. With this crowd, the frustration with eBooks stemmed from the basic, unimaginative and just plain ugly interfaces of most reading devices, rather than a nagging worry about how they’d change the world for authors and ...
Travis Alber is the co-founder and president of ReadSocial and a publishing consultant. Since 2007, she's been working with her partner Aaron Miller (a writer!) on digital projects around reading and communicating. These days, almost everything can be shared easily online. Travis doesn't think it makes any sense to leave books out. She thinks we should be reading books together online. I was dubious before I talked with her, but she makes a pretty good case for being open to the idea.