Do you remember the first time you saw the map montage used to show the long plane trip in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark? That’s the kind of thing that gets me excited – seeing perfect new uses for a medium. For me, transmedia is about finding those perfect uses and [...]
Lately I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the emerging field of transmedia storytelling. In short, it’s about telling stories using whatever medium is best suited and then rolling all those media into a single, kick-ass product. Authors like JC Hutchins are at the forefront of this new movement, and companies like Push Pop [...]
I originally stumbled onto this article via Penny Arcade this morning. Among my favorite sound bites: “… any kind of book distribution which provides free copies to people has always, throughout the history of publishing, eventually rebounded to the benefit of the author.” Now, the future of writing and publishing has been one of the [...]
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Kindle In talking to people at workshops and conventions, I’ve encountered a number of preconceptions regarding the publishing industry, digital content, copyright and the associated business models. I have a few strong opinions of my own and I’m curious about how people will react to [...]
The future of the publishing industry is something I put a lot of thought into. I care about this subject not only as a publisher, but as a writer and reader as well. For anyone else who cares about his subject, watch the following video. Not just the first half. Watch it all. I’ll wait.
As part of my research for our upcoming Live Your Dream book, Staying Out of the Slush Pile, I’ve been scouring the Internet for tips on writing effective queries. One of the best sites I’ve found is AgentQuery. Definitely worth checking out if you’re at that stage in your project. One of the details I [...]
Just got back from a quick trip to Calgary where Crystal and I taught a two-day conference on the craft of writing and getting published for SCBWI. Apparently that was the first conference held by the Society in Calgary and it was an honour to be part of it. We met lots of fun, enthusiastic [...]
Crystal and I will be facilitating another Book Project event through Live Your Dream Workshops. This time we’re featuring Self Publishing for Profit and Book Marketing Mixology. This will be a great chance not only to learn about all the options you have as an artist, but it also promises to be a good networking [...]
Crystal and I will be in Victoria on May 22 and 23 for another Book Project Weekend. Over two days we’ll cover all the material in our new books Live Your Dream: Self Publishing For Profit and Live Your Dream: Book Marketing Mixology. If you’re from the Victoria area and you’re interested in seeing your [...]
Crystal and I will be hosting the next Self Publishing Network meeting on April 21. If you’re interested in self publishing, the publishing industry in general, or if you want to network with some Vancouver-area authors and illustrators, this is a great opportunity. You can find more details here. Hope you can make it!