Posts Tagged ‘publishers’

I Don’t Do Much But I Get A Lot Done

Friday, September 20th, 2013

In many ways I don’t do much at all and yet I get a lot done. I do write my blog, my books, my pitch letters to book Schreibtisch.2publishers, and I do negotiate terms on contracts. That may seem like a lot, but in actually does not take that much time. The real work is preparing the proposals to send out, sending out the proposals, coordinating the submission process, notifying the authors when offers come in, notifying publishers that they have to respond because competing offers have come in, etc. etc. Of course for my own writing it is all me all the time, but only until the editing process starts. Then an entire team takes over and spends much more time than I ensuring that the design, the grammar and syntax and all other details are as perfect as possible.  Same goes for correcting my blog, choosing the right picture and posting. (more…)

STEVE JOBS, APPLE, AND BOOK PUBLISHING

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Sometimes meeting public figures reinforces why we so admire them, sometimes it leaves us with a patina of tarnish on our opinion of them. In the case of meeting Steve Jobs, I found both to be the case.

I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Jobs about twenty years ago. I had attended several industry conferences at which he was a presenter before I met with him individually. The meeting was short and was in the context of his desire to get authors I represented to write books about NEXT, the computer that he developed after leaving Apple (he was ousted by CEO John Sculley and the Apple board of directors). Steve was at his charming best with his charisma reeking. He had all the software developers and everyone in the private room rented after his unveiling of NEXT in symphony Hall in San Francisco excited about the potential of his newest invention. Not all the developers were convinced NEXT would be successful and it was clear Steve did not like doubters. When Steve Jobs made up his mind about something he never looked at the other side of a cause or a decision. Most of his life this blind passion and belief that he was right served him well but not always. (more…)