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Go Fund Me!

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The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

The Book Kahuna

Authors and New Publishing Professionals Need A Hero

About two months ago I decided to take the plunge and started a Go Fund Me campaign. You might be asking yourself:  “Why does a guy who’s been working in publishing for the last 30 years need to get funding?”   The answers to this question are long and varied. Let me give you the reasons in five bullet points below:

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1.   The basis for all transactions in a business setting are through individuals that are known, liked, and trusted. I’ve looked around at the many people who are out giving advice to new authors and I decided that the playing field needed to be put more in order so that authors can deal with someone who represents the first three tenets in this point. Everyone has a story, and everyone should not be fleeced when trying to tell their story. I believe that I have products and services that could actually help authors come to a successful conclusion in a publishing realm.  As Sy Syms always said:  An Educated Consumer is Our Best Customer!

2. Having recently completed a Masters program in Publishing Science where most of my classmates were half my age, I know that there is a shortage of mentors in the publishing field. There is a shortage of people who can give direction and help with troubleshooting projects when younger staff do not have direction and focus from upper management. The economic climate has seen publishing shed many of its middle management positions to cut costs both health and salary-wise. This brain drain has resulted in a much smaller pool of older, sage mentors in the publishing workplace. I think through my experience, writings, and Digital Products I can help young and inexperienced publishing professionals make their way to “The Corner Office.”

3. I’ve given you the nuts and bolts of what my Digital Products are all about, but now I must explain why I’ve started this campaign. It takes a good amount of money to fund a startup, especially one that is consulting-based and one that is in the publishing field. The funds that I receive will be used to build a web portal that will be the transmission point of newsletters, videos, podcasts, webinars, and a full variety of informative products that will be helpful to the two audiences listed above.

4. Having worked in the publishing industry for the past 30 years I’ve seen many varied and extensive changes that have resulted in a completely different landscape then the one that I encountered when I first stepped foot in a publishing concern in 1984. With this mass amount of changes in technology and process there is a huge part of me that yearns to give back. I’ve had my ups and downs in this industry, and right now I am in a down, but there is a new day and a new dawn and I look forward to helping people excel at those things that are dreams for them, as helping them is a dream for me!

5. With your help I can build the digital infrastructure transmission portal and get my word and products out to those who could benefit from them. I’m not asking you to take a blind leap of faith on a business proposal that could be a complete boondoggle.   I want you to be in possession of some of my products so that you will be able to see the quality of what I am putting together to help authors and new publishing professionals.

Therefore, I am proposing the following:

A.  For every donation of $100, the donor will receive my PowerPoint video presentation on the digital/electronic process for manuscript through bound book that I presented at the Denver Publishing Institute at Denver University.  This video  is a 71 minute lecture.

B.  For every donation of $50, the donor will receive a PDF of my e-book:

The Digital Electronic Revolution in Book Publishing:  History, Industry Perspective (Print and E-book) and “How To” Publish Your E-book for Amazon Kindle.

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Please help if you can, even small donations will make a difference.  If you cannot donate, please feel free to pass this to your friends and contacts.

Independent Publishing is the fastest growing form of content dissemination.  I can help authors educate themselves before they jump into the fray!

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PubWest August Board Meeting: Denver Publishing Institute After-Hours

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The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

PubWest Board of Directors:  Span and Plan

Last week the PubWest Board of directors had the final meeting of the year before the conference in Santa Fe, NM in November.  Being a member of the board, I dutifully headed down to DU’s Sturm Hall where the meeting would be held.  Now, I have been on the Board of Directors for PubWest since 2009, and this meeting is always the one that I like the most.

We went through our normal business of committee reports and conference information, but after three hours the time had come to close the meeting and head to Hanson’s Bar and Grill.  Yes, this meeting is special because after the board meeting, PubWest invites all of the students at the Denver Publishing Institute to join us for “Happy Hour” so they can chat with industry veterans and network with the PubWest BOD.

Gotta Wear Shades

My initial impression is that the “State of Publishing” is in the capable hands of an up and coming generation of enthusiastic future professionals.  The students are always glad to see us and pick our brains about trends and various changes occurring within the publishing community.  I always ask the question:  “Which area of publishing are you interested in?”  The answers are always marketing, developmental editing, sales, and acquisitions.  One time I would love to hear one of the students say, “Production/Manufacturing!”  If this ever happens I will be so floored to hear this that I will be speechless for the rest of the night, and probably into the next morning.

Production:  Anyone, Anyone, Anyone…

Talking with the students is always the biggest kick for me, and I always give them the whole story about publishing with the unvarnished facts:  There will be a time when you will get laid off from your job; it will be a great learning experience for each and every one of you.  Do not fear this experience.  From this experience will come something new and greater than what preceded it.  Use the time to take stock of your own interests and needs going forward, and look at the possibilities of building your own opportunities as well.  You took the step to go through one of the best publishing programs around, now continue using your mind to advance yourself within the industry or by building your own corporate enterprise.  If you can dream it, you can achieve it!

I always ask the students to link with me on LinkedIn because I am always willing to give back.  Publishing is an industry built on mentors, and to think otherwise is misguided.  The new staff will need to learn from the veterans and be guided so that they continue to hone the skills they learned in places like the Denver Publishing Institute Summer Session, the Pace University MS in Publishing Science program (of which I am a 2012 Grad), the New York University MS in Publishing Science program and the Yale University Publishing Course.  The learning process never ends, and even grizzled veterans like me can get feedback and new directions from the interactions with the up and coming publishing minds.  There is no one person in publishing who knows it all and anyone who tries to delude you into thinking they do is not someone to learn from in the long run.

Time of Your Life

Congratulations Denver Publishing Institute 2013 Grads!  Now go out there and kick the publishing world on its head!

Publishing like it Oughta Be!  (Homage to the ’86 Mets!)



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