#FutureChat recap: Traditional or independent, publishing teamwork counts

Image - Shutterstock: Won Tsu Shi
Image – Shutterstock: Won Tsu Shi

Each Friday at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, join us for a conversation on Twitter, hashtagged #FutureChat.

When we asked The FutureBook readership to talk to us Friday in our #FutureChat Twitter conversation about who we hear from in publishing — and who we don’t — they rose to the occasion readily.

Taking a cue from my conversation at the FutureBook Hack with Pan Macmillan’s Sara Lloyd, as well as from The Bookseller lead editorial Friday, Voice recognition by Philip Jones, we went in looking for “how, in the current dialogs of the industry! the industry! we so rarely seem to hear from traditionally published authors, in particular.”

The independent world has been tirelessly articulate in letting us know what it wants and intends, of course, and this is typical and understandable for the “insurgency” in any push for new presence and position.

But when was the last time you heard a traditionally publishing author step forward to praise that route to publication?

Well, we had the good fortune on Friday to hear from just such an author.

Originally from British Columbia, Emily St. John Mandel is the author of books including Last Night in Montreal (from Unbridled Books), The Lola Quartet (Unbridled Books), and — coming September 9 — Station Eleven (Knopf). Mandel took care to tell us, “I think it’s possible to have good or terrible experiences with either trad or self publishing.”

By Porter Ander­son | @Porter_Anderson

The FutureBook: #FutureChat recap: Traditional or independent, publishing teamwork counts

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