I'm heading to Tools of Change in Publishing today, and will be tweeting the hell out of the conference (#toccon). Today, the Author ( R)evolution Day is being livestreamed. You can read more about it here:
To paraphrase Todd Sattersten, “Every Author is an Entrepreneur” so we all need to start thinking like one. The publishing shift we see coming has most authors picking their publisher, not the other way around.
In order to be well-equipped for this new environment, we think authors and content creators need as much training in business and publishing expertise as they do in writing. They need to understand deep structural issues like the way data flows around the industry, new modes of discovery, new thinking about consumer behavior, how to read the numbers, the potential of new technology, and how to build an effective team around themselves so they can run their businesses.
I'll be writing up my impressions of ToC as usual. You can watch the keynotes on Wednesday and Thursday online as well at http://www.toccon.com/live.
The keynote I'm most looking forward to is Barbara Genco's presentation Wednesday afternoon at 2:25pm ET. She'll be sharing information from the Library Journal library patron research project.
Mmm. Delicious data about readers.
That is so completely awesome in many, layered and fascinating ways.
I am sorry that I didn't correctly note the source of the following link, but whoever it is, you're grade-A awesome.
Suppose you bought a penis cake pan, because who doesn't want to eat a sponge cake weiner, right? What do you do with the pan once the bachelorette party is done?
Penis Pans is here to help, with cake designs from the “No, that still looks like a dong,” to “Hey, nice lighthouse!”
To whomever sent me the link – thank you!
Via Janice and the NY Daily News book blog: author Jo Baker is working on a book titled “Longbourn,” retelling Pride and Prejudice from the servants' viewpoint.
This could either be interesting or horribly, horribly not.
There are two lessons to be learned from the hoopla surrounding this cover:
1. Do not fuck with beloved literature, especially about redheads from PEI.
The CBC community page outlining the outrage is great – and polite – fun. They rounded up a bunch of Twitter reactions, including the production company that created the original television series based on the books (which I think I've seen 60+ times).
The cover has since been changed to a lot of ugly green letters, but please note, it could be worse.
Thank you to Meghan for the CBC link.
“What are you doing? Why didn't you get any work done today?”
“Oh, I was reading the original manuscript of Beowulf online.”