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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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A People's Guide to Publishing Microcosm Publishing

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 11 Ratings

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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Thank you for watching the People's Guide to Publishing vlogcast!
Get the book: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catal...
Get the workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catal...
More from Microcosm: http://microcosmpublishing.com
More by Joe Biel: http://joebiel.net
More by Elly Blue: http://takingthelane.com
Subscribe to our monthly email newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/0...
Find us on social media
Facebook: http://facebook.com/microcosmpublishing
Twitter: http://twitter.com/microcosmmm
Instagram: http://instagram.com/microcosm_pub
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    Why Have I Never Heard of that Publisher?

    Why Have I Never Heard of that Publisher?

    One of the most confusing aspects of publishing is the branding. With hundreds of thousands of active publishing companies in the world, we constantly run into confusion about who is big, who is small, who is independent, who is corporately controlled, and why you have never even heard of this publisher before. Largely, this is because branding is done to the industry, rather than to the public. This week on the pod, we take that apart and put it back together!

    • 7 min
    What do you do if publisher pays you but doesn't release the book?

    What do you do if publisher pays you but doesn't release the book?

    Here is a a funny reader question that happens sometimes: your publisher pays you an advance but then cancels your book. Why? What do you do? What can you do? What should you do? 

    • 8 min
    How Will Publishing Change in the Next Five Years?

    How Will Publishing Change in the Next Five Years?

    Reader question this week is asking us to predict how the changes we've seen over the past year will take hold over the next five years and what that will mean for publishers. How should publishers prepare for this? How should publishers pivot? What can we do to set ourselves up for success?

    • 11 min
    Why do publishers make shirts, buttons, stickers, and the like?

    Why do publishers make shirts, buttons, stickers, and the like?

    Why do publishers make stickers, magnets, shirts, patches, buttons, and the like? What is gained? Where does this get you? This week on the pod, we jabber on about how we have leveraged these items to get our books into new and unlikely places! 

    • 10 min
    How do I sell translations, foreign rights, and audio of my book?

    How do I sell translations, foreign rights, and audio of my book?

    For many publishers, the bulk of income can come from licensing deals: the same book translated to Japanese, as an audiobook, or even a videogame or interactive version. An 80% share in Dark Horse Comics was sold to a videogame developer, for example. This week we look at these deals, how to do them, and why they are so important.

    • 11 min
    What forms your publishing point of view?

    What forms your publishing point of view?

    Generally unbeknownst to each us, we have a set of experiences that form how we see the world. These experiences form what we see as acceptable, unacceptable, normal, and marginal thoughts, ideas, values, and actions. For example, one person only wears Armani suits while another only wears second hand clothes. This point of view accepts our publishing, as it informs what kind of books appear interesting or relevant to us. 

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Bmurlas ,

Best podcast on publishing period.

Better than IBPA. Better than Publisher’s Weekly. Listen (and enjoy) Joe and Ellie right now.

blastbeatfan ,

awesome podcast

lots of great information on publishing

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