On Monday 13th January 2014, we did a 3-hour workshop on “Finding and Building an Audience: On Discovery and Discoverability” attended by over 100 publishing folks in New York City.
Based on numerous requests, we’ve decided to post the slides for each of the 6 segments here:
Discovery & Discoverability – Finding and Building an Audience
Enjoy and feel free to ask questions!
Tricked by two men offering him a job as a musician in New York State in 1841, Solomon Northup was drugged and kidnapped. His life in jeopardy, he was forced to assume a new name and fake past. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague ship, he was initially sold to a cotton planter. In the twelve years that follow he is sold to many different owners who treat him with varying levels of savagery; forced labour, scant food and numerous beatings are his regular fare. Against all odds, Northup eventually succeeds in contacting a sympathetic party and manages to get word to his family. The ensuing rescue and legal cases are no less shocking and intriguing than the rest of the tale. Northup’s meticulous first-hand recordings of slave life provide a true-life testament to tremendous courage and tenacity in the face of unfathomable injustice. A film based on the book featuring Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch is spremiering soon.
Luc Bonet, brought up by a wealthy Jewish family in the foothills of the French Alps, finds his life shattered by the brutality of Nazi soldiers. Leaving his abandoned lavender fields behind, Luc joins the French Resistance in a quest for revenge.
Lisette Forestier is on a mission: to work her way into the heart of a senior German officer, and to infiltrate the very masterminds of the Gestapo. But can she balance the line between love and lies?
The one thing Luc and Lisette hadn’t counted on was meeting each other.Who, if anyone, can be trusted - and will their own emotions become the greatest betrayers of all?
My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. If you dowlaod and read this book, I will tell you a tale of witches, romance and much more…
We don’t this very often, but today we put out a press release for tomorrow’s #digipubxmas organized by Michael Kowalski and the folks at GetContentment:
Jellybooks launches discovery “Book Widgets” for authors, agents and publishers at Digital Publishing Xmas Fair
Book discovery start-up announces deals with Faber Factory & Unbound
Jellybooks is launching Book Widgets, a free tool to help authors, agents and publishers improve the online visibility of their books at the Digital Publishing Xmas Fair in Shoreditch Town Hall on 11 December.
Designed to provide authors and publishers with a solution to the ‘discovery problem’ that vexes the book publishing industry, Jellybooks’ Book Widgets improve product visibility by making it easy to download and share book samples across social media. They work like ‘tweet’ or ‘like’ buttons and enable the reader to download the first 10% of the featured book, or share the DRM-free sample with friends via email, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.
Jellybooks samples can be downloaded to any smartphone, tablet or ereader and using the integrated “Send to Kindle” feature can also be sent to a reader’s Kindle account for reading on Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle apps on tablets and smartphones. Readmill users can also make use of the “Send to Readmill” feature and add the sample to their Readmill library.
Jellybooks already hosts samples of over30,000 titles from 150+ publishers, including major British independents such as Faber & Faber, Atlantic Books, Constable & Robinson, Mills & Boon and Profile Books. This programme has in part been enabled by a partnership between Jellybooks and Faber Factory, the eBook distribution platform formed by Faber & Faber and Constellation.
Simon Blacklock, Director of Faber Factory said: “Jellybooks’ Book Widgets are an increasingly attractive proposition to publishers who are looking for a quick, easy and attractive way to encourage sampling and sharing of their content across online and social media. We’ve seen significant interest to date and anticipate that this can only grow as the possibilities offered by Book Widgets are opened up to more publishers.”
Among these new publishers entering into partnerships with Jellybooks is Unbound, which will work with the company on developing tools for the authors using its new crowd-funding platform. The Jellybooks Book Widgets are the first feature in a set of ‘Tools for Authors’ that will be launched in January and will be available to all Unbound authors.
Access to the Jellybooks Book Widgets code is free, but limited to Jellybooks ‘PRO’ users. PRO membership in the scheme is available by invitation only. Publishers and authors interested in participating can apply directly to Jellybooks for memberships, or request an invitation from existing PRO users or participating publishers.
Andrew Rhomberg, founder of Jellybooks concluded: “Before publishers and authors can crack the industry’s ‘discovery’ problem, they first need to solve its visibility problem. Unlike music and video, book content has until now been remarkably difficult to sample and share online and across social media, because existing book samples have been crippled with digital rights management and locked into “silos”. Jellybooks’ Book Widgets addresses that problem with a simple cloud-based solution that leverages the Jellybooks.com platform and makes it possible for anyone who can put a ‘like’ or ‘tweet’ button on a web page to execute a sophisticated content sampling programme. Book Widgets are just the first step in a set of powerful Tools for Authors we’ll be launching next year that will put the power of social promotion firmly into the hands of authors, agents and publishers.
To find out more about how to become a PRO users and make use of widgets, we have this help page:
Neuroscientist Dr Yvonne Churcher has problems in the world beyond her lab. One of her students, James, a dangerously attractive animal rights campaigner, has set out to challenge her certainties about how the brain works. His brilliant, unstable friend, Gareth, is obsessed with the biochemical basis of memory. When Gareth tries to persuade Yvonne to get involved with a plan to stimulate memory artificially, it sets off a chain of events involving unscrupulous biotech companies, stolen brain-mapping data and a strange brand of eco-terrorism. Set in a near-future world of experimental brain research, A Box of Birds combines the pace of a literary thriller with a darkly intense love story.
In the spring of 1628, young Bess Hawksmith watches her mother’s body swing limp from the Hanging Tree. She knows that only one man can save her from the same fate - Gideon Masters, the Warlock. She knows, too, that his help comes at a steep price. In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch. But Gideon is hunting her still. He will stop at nothing, determined even after centuries to claim her soul. And now, Bess is not fighting to save herself alone: now, she must protect the girl she has grown to love like a daughter. The ebook The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston (ISBN 9781472103703) was published by Constable & Robinson.
Through his words and actions, Nelson Mandela has been embraced worldwide as our leading symbol of courage, hope and reconciliation.
In the Words of Nelson Mandela is a unique collection of quotations from one of the most admired men on the planet. His thoughts on subjects as diverse as humanity, friendship, oppression and freedom provide valuable insights into the man and all he stands for. By turns moving, revealing, humourous and wise, this book eloquently conveys his warmth and dignity, and his words are certain to inspire and give strength to all who read them.
On freedom: ‘To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the lives of others’
On boxing:’My greatest regret in life is that I never became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world’
On self-respect: ‘If you are in harmony with yourself, you may meet a lion without fear, because he respects anyone with self-confidence’
The ebook In the Words of Nelson Mandela by Jennifer Crwys-Williams (ISBN 9781847659996) was published by Profile Books.