DIGITAL 101 – Today’s post is the first in a series of reflections I had after attending a recent book event. Namely, Litquake’s digital publishing conference, digi.lit, which took place in San Francisco on June 21, 2014. The byline of this panel was as follows: Is digital publishing the best option for me? Specific platforms were mentioned by panelists such as Jukepop, Createspace, Smashwords, Ingram Spark and Kickstarter. There was a discussion about the varied types of publication including self-publish, eBooks, hybrid publication, hard covers, legacy-publish, paperbacks, and POD (print on demand). They talked about how they needed to function as their own agent, cover designers, publicists, editors, interns, tweeters, bloggers and reviewers. The panelists essentially agreed on the fact (?) that nobody knows how to market a book in today’s new digital age.
The following conference sessions will be covered in this series of blog posts.
1. Digital 101: Is Digital publishing the best option for me?
2. Do you read me? Author Branding and Marketing
3. Building a Book
4. The Changing Ways we Read