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Never under estimate the power of a book to build a reputation

There is a lot of chatter right now about the changing economics of publishing.  Certainly, that is an important topic. However, there is also a growing recognition that a book is still a powerful way for a person to advance a cause or a career or both. A recent post on London recognizes this growing trend.  Journalist Mark Tutton writes

Getting your name into print is a great way to show off your professional know how and, some say, to make yourself stand out from the workplace competition

You can read the full article titled, Why just being good at your job is not enough, by clicking here.

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Jane Friedman visited ASI. Here’s what she saw

Last month, I met Jane Friedman from Writer’s Digest at the San Francisco Writer’s conference. Here’s some detail on Jane taken from her blog bio.

I am the publisher and editorial director of the Writer’s Digest community at F+W Media in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I oversee Writer’s Digest magazine, Writer’s Digest Books, and the Writer’s Market series—as well as related online media, education, events, and competitions. I function as strategic leader for the business, and am on a passionate mission to develop the best content and experiences for writers from all walks of life.

Among her many duties Jane writes a blog titled No Rules. Following a visit to ASI on Monday, she made posted her perspective on a number of topics related to writer’s and publishing that I think you will find helpful. I also loved the title of her post:  Author Solutions is Not Evil 3 Things I Learned. Enjoy.

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Tech crunch has some crisp comments

Last week, the Web site, Techcrunch, posted the press release announcing Author Solutions distribution deal with Barnes and Noble to offer ASI published books on the Nook.

ASI published books are now available on the Nook

The release drew a number of interesting comments. I have pulled a couple I thought provided some interesting insights regarding the changes taking place right now in publishing.

People in the news business didn’t take bloggers seriously, didn’t take the web seriously and are getting killed. Once there are distribution channels for authors to circumvent book publishers, especially for what you disparaging refer to as vanity authors but are, in effect, the publisher’s equivalent of bloggers, there are ways of authors to sell their books in the new mediums being released. And many of us are using the books as ways to attract clients and business and the additional money is a nice bonus.

This is great for everyone in the long run. Yes, they may be smaller vanity presses now, but they are the early adopters. Just like the music/tv biz, the large houses need someone to prove the model to them.

The other key benefit here is a standardized book format being enforced by the ereader platform/nook/kindle. Books will have to conform to specific formatting requirements to get on the readers. A single publishing standard could be a big help in searching for books and research.

Everyone is an expert in something…