Posts Tagged ‘South Carolina’

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…)

Trick or Treat

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Last Thursday was Halloween. For my treat I took half the day off and drove up to Bel Aire country club to play a round of SONY DSCgolf with my good friends Adam Hall and Michael Palmer. The course was practically empty. We never saw any other golfers in front or behind us the entire afternoon. The day was as close to perfect as it could be, pure sunshine, mid seventies, gentle breezes. Bel aire is one of the best groomed golf courses in the world. The membership includes many A list celebrities and high level athletes not just from the world of golf but other sports such as the tennis great Pete Sampras. It is always a treat to play this course and hard not to feel a little bit special when you do. The course requires all players to walk and use caddies so the experience is much closer to old school golf and of course no cell phones or electronic devices allowed. Really forces you to be in nature and amazingly though the course is in Bel Aire with views of Los Angeles from the clubhouse when you are actually on the course you see only a few homes and the beautiful trees and flowers with no indication whatsoever that you are in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world. Yes, Bel Aire, a real treat.

So what was the trick? In part the trick was getting there. Fortunately Gayle decided she would visit with her son and decided to make the trip with me. This allowed us to use the diamond lane which is restricted to cars with two or more occupants. Good thing. Without Gayle joining me the trip would have taken more than two hours and I might have missed our starting time for golf. But the real trick was on my return to San Diego around nine pm when I stopped at the home of my son Cyrus. Cyrus is a very creative young man. He is in charge of conversion of 2D films to 3D and loves to tinker. When I arrived at his home he had rigged up ghosts and goblins in the tree in front of his house. When ringing the doorbell the goblins descended and even knowing they were there beforehand gave Gayle and I quite a trick.

Another part of the trick was having two hundred emails waiting for me when I returned that evening. I am getting ready for appearances at multiple conferences throughout the world in the next two weeks and with radio shows to promote The Power of Twelve and the release of several major titles through our agency ranging this month from Thom Hartmann’s The Crash of 2016 to Master and Dr. Sha’s Soul Healing Miracles, to Neale Donald Walsch’s What God Said and Greg Reid and the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s Stickability I am busier than ever. The trick when taking a day off is to balance the missed connections with clients and other obligations in such a way that I am not overwhelmed from my ‘day off.”

This coming Wednesday I am speaking at a conference in South Carolina for six hundred librarians on how regional libraries can become publishing centers for their communities. The technology is available now and this is a logical progression for libraries to ensure that they remain important cultural hubs for their communities. The conference organizer is a friend of mine who created what is now the Amazon owned company CreateSpace. I am not sure why but Mitch thought I should be the keynote speaker. I am looking forward to speaking but it will require some tricks up my sleeve to ensure I put on a show that is relevant for this audience of librarians which is slightly outside my comfort zone of authors and publishers.

From South Carolina I will be flying via new York to Berlin, Germany where I will be speaking on opportunities for German authors to become global authors. Along with conference organizer Michael Goerden Waterfront Digital Press has just launched the first ever german language ebook company based in the United States. The first novel to be translated to German to test the concept? You guessed it, the german translation of The Power of Twelve. Quite a treat.