Posts Tagged ‘Mitch Davis’

Libraries and Global Publishing

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of addressing librarians at their annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina as the Interior_view_of_Stockholm_Public_Libraryguest of Mitch Davis of Bibliolabs, Mitch is working on a number of initiatives that will enable libraries, if they choose, to become centers for self-publishing. I strongly support this concept and intend to work with Mitch to enable all one hundred thousand libraries in the United States to in effect become book publishers for their author constituents. With projections of up to one million self-published books to be released in the next two years, it is only logical that libraries participate as partners for these authors whose books are, for the most part, likely to sell fewer than one hundred copies.

One of the unique concepts Mitch and I are exploring is the ability to publish these titles as ebooks with distribution to all one hundred thousand libraries as a free or nearly free subscription service. Authors will benefit from exposure of their works to all libraries and can coordinate local promotions with their initiating co-publishing.  Local library costs for ebook self-publishing can be reduced from what existing self-publishing services are charging,  Even low cost Create Space, which Mitch founded and then sold to Amazon several years ago, would be more expensive. (more…)

Dynamic Change

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

In my role as an author, media consultant and literary agent I am often perceived as a catalyst for change. I have explorationinnovationchampioned many authors and ideas that were unknown or unexplored and that other agents and business professionals preferred to ignore. I have always been a bit of a risk taker in business; more importantly however, I thrive on the stimulation from exploring the unknown and taking on early-stage ideas and helping them to manifest.

There is some irony in that in my personal life I am change adverse. I like my routines and am content with following a set schedule for combining regular tennis, beach walks, golf and dining experiences with a basic core group of friends. When I find a restaurant I like I go there often, eschewing opportunities to try new dining experiences. I am even that way with golf courses, preferring my regular courses rather than going far afield.  Even the food I prepare at home is quite predictable, only differing based on seasonality or daily and monthly specials from my wonderful Deli at Seaside Market. Yes, in my personal life I am somewhat predictable. (more…)