What Do We Really Want From Books?

And what do we, the book-buying public, want?┬áCheaper prices, as ever, but we’re also all expecting books to move beyond dead text and into something┬ámuch more dynamic, something loaded with rich media, something that makes use of the color and graphics of our tablet screens, and perhaps the social networking powers they also sport asRead the Rest…

Seth Godin, System 1 Thinking, and Self-Publishing Smoke Blowing

Every so often someone (most recently Seth Godin) will regurgitate the list of luminaries who originally self-published, such as: Emily Dickinson Ezra Pound Edgar Rice Burroughs Virginia Woolf The implication being that today’s self-published authors have something in common with these Greats. That’s as spurious an argument as suggesting I’m like a world class athleteRead the Rest…

Olivier Blanchard on Commercial vs Self-Publishing: #2

Here is the second of my three-part interview with the delightful Olivier Blanchard, author of Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization (Que, 2011). Liz: What were your reasons for going with a commercial publisher for this book (in this case, an imprint of Pearson Education), rather than publishing itRead the Rest…

“Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width”*

It had taken me just a few hours and cost a weekend’s wages at the grocery store where I worked. At age 16 I was now a published author of several execrable (I’ll check next time I visit my mother — she still has a copy of the book!), angst-ridden teenage poems. Feeling magnanimous (moreRead the Rest…