London Book Fair to PubSmart: Are Publishers & Authors Getting Closer?

The non-aligned author corps these days is replete with people whose idea of value in literature seems to revolve around what Dan Holloway terms “the wild, the brilliant, the flamboyant, and the flawed.” And some of these folk seem determined to reject any chance that such edifying material might find its way to market through… Read More

At London Book Fair: Mind the Digital Gap

Publishing can no longer hope to come out the other end of the digital chute by simply creating more digital interpretations of print traditions. The time has arrived when what’s really being called for is digital origination, leveraging the power of digital to move this industry’s grasp of Hugh Howey’s story and Jonny Geller’s “individual experiences” down the road toward the new context imagined by the conference’s title. Read More

As London Book Fair Looms: Debates Natural and Not

It can almost seem you’re hearing people talk about different industries…as if our own debates inside the industry! the industry! were the point…as if digital weren’t bigger than publishing…as if what’s at stake here were really only a glowing plastic e-reader vs. a gorgeous hardcover print book. Read More

"Shouting With Taste" – 15 Reasons Authors Love This Agent

Literary agent Jonny Geller is known for making the kind of noise that many publishers in a digital-whipped industry like book-mongering, actually, would rather not hear. So at the London Book Fair he’ll be getting big smiles, as usual — from authors. Read More