Joe Biel is the founder and CEO of Microcosm, a 25-year-old midlist publishing and distribution company that has sold millions of books. Elly Blue is the editorial and marketing director at Microcosm. Joe is also the author of A People’s Guide to Publishing, which distills what they’ve learned over the past 25 years in 416 pages. Together, they distill this knowledge for other publishers and people who simply want to understand the publishing industry.
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What does a publisher do when the first draft is bad?
There's a common belief among both writers and publishers that books are written by authors and editors are more like a delivery mechanism before the book arrives at the printer. The reality is that most books receive as much contribution from editors as they do from the author. This week we tackle how that process happens and why it's so important not to let an author bulldoze their editor.
Did Audio Downloads Kill Ebooks?
In 2011, the publishing industry was poised for ebooks to kill print. This week on the pod, we talk about why the opposite happened and how an unexpected format launched a tremendous comeback and claimed ebooks' rightful market share.
What happened with audiobooks in 2020?
This week on the pod we review the Audio Publishers Association numbers about growing trends in audiobook listening. What do they tell us? What does it mean? How does it impact future plans to publish a title in audio?
What is notable about Kathi Berens' and Rachel Noorda's Book Study?
Two PSU professors conducted extensive scientific surveying about people's book reading habits. This week on the pod, we walk you through some of what we find interesting and notable about the results.
How do I publish my graphic novel?
Last week we answered how to pitch your book and this week we received a similar, though different question. Graphic novels are a bit of a puzzle with lots of moving pieces. We tackle the mysterious process of seeing these ideas onto paper!
How do I pitch my book?
One of the most common weekly questions that we receive, we take a different approach than most in answering the perilous journey towards showing someone the value of your work—whether that's an agency, publisher, reader, licensor, or future date! It all boils down to a few basic approaches.
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lots of great information on publishing