What Can Digital Publishers Learn from Traditional Publishing’s Long Lead Times?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature article, Margot Atwell of Beaufort Books discusses what it takes to crash a title. Too often in these digital days, impatience is the norm. Digital publishing enables almost instantaneous publication and has made speed-to-market a priority for many, particularly DIY publishers, who are anxious to get their work in front of readers as soon …

Re-inventing Book Marketing

In Digital, Resources by Guest Contributor

• Dave Weich, founder of Sheepscot Creative and former director of marketing and development for Powell’s Books, argues that in today’s publishing environment, book marketing remains something of a “crapshoot.” • Weich argues the opportunities go well beyond the general trade consumer. Editorial by Dave Weich In the next ten years, book marketing will radically reinvent itself. Nowhere will the …

How Much Money Have You Spent on Book Marketing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Dave Weich argues that book marketing needs to change with the times. It’s no longer nor has it ever really been a case of “If you publish it, they will come.” Today, as Weich points out, the cost of producing professional level book marketing materials has fallen dramatically, placing them well within the …

Do Publishing Stunts Sell Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how Chilean artist collective Casagrande, along with Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, dropped 100,000 poems over Berlin as a protest against war and a statement in favor of forgiveness. This was a case of “literature as protest,” but more often than not, publishing stunts are being used to promote specific titles. Yesterday came the news …

The Ideavirus: Seth Godin as a Microcosm of Publishing’s Flux

In English Language by Mike Springer

• Following Seth Godin’s decision last week to leave traditional publishing behind, several questions have been raised. Is he really making a radical change? Or is this simply another smart marketing play? • Godin’s very public defection is just one more example of how publishing is in flux. He may be the exception to the rule, but his example sets a precedent for others to …

Is Seth Godin a Visionary or an Exception?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at Seth Godin’s recent decision to leave traditional publishing behind and go it alone. But the question remains: Is he a visionary making a bold step into the uncertain future? Or is he an exception, an already bestselling writer and marketing expert  for whom forgoing traditional models is merely the evolution of his …

PP Weekly Poll: Does Your Company Have a Social Media Policy?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Last week’s poll got us thinking about how publishing companies promote their products and their brands, and while social media is not one of the top ways our readers say they market their books, it is still an important channel for reaching readers and others in the publishing industry. But like most emerging channels, corporate use of …

Oldies But Goodies: Analog Marketing is Still the Winner

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Last week, we asked PP readers which book marketing techniques they found most effective. Is is a surprise that analog marketing took first, second and third place in our list? Despite all the hype about social media marketing, author blogs, and book trailers, it seems that publishing folks stick to the tried-and-true. Reviews in national publications took …

Is the Lack of Interest in Translations a Global Problem?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial Chad Post makes a compelling argument for the utility of publishing both translations with the potential to be blockbuster bestsellers and those that cater to a more niche audience. Post is writing primarily with American readers in mind, with the understanding being that US publishers are largely reticent to publish translated works due to …