Today I have a solo show on what I learned at London Book Fair (LBF), including the challenges that authors are facing, and what they are doing about it. Plus, my thoughts on Blockchain for Books and monetizing mobile reading apps.
In the intro, I mention the additional report on LBF that noted a drop in debut deals for fiction and an increase in non-fiction deals, also reported by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman in The Hot Sheet this week. Plus, I give an update on my editing for How to Write Non-Fiction, available for pre-order now.
In futurist news, Google unveils Talk to Books, which uses “semantic search,” drawing on the ability of the tool’s AI to understand natural human language, as well as Semantris, a word association game. Both technologies aim to test and improve the underlying software. Plus, Knowhere introduces an AI that “aggregates news from hundreds of sources and create three versions of each story: one skewed to the left, one skewed to the right, and one that’s meant to be impartial.” The beginning of the AI author voice?
This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors.
Joanna Penn is an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn and also writes non-fiction for authors. She’s an award-winning entrepreneur, podcaster, and YouTuber. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com has been voted in the Top 100 sites for writers by Writer's Digest.
- Your art is everything. Your art is nothing. Why the Book Fair gives an insight into the publishing industry and our place within it.
- The continued challenge of visibility, and how some authors are facing it
- Is this the end of co-opetition?
- Developing multiple streams of income
- Who to trust? The importance of personal relationships – and checking the Alliance of Independent Authors Watchdog listing
- Mobile storytelling and how authors are getting paid for it
- Blockchain for Books, a report on the launch by The Alliance of Independent Authors
- How to make the most of London Book Fair, or any of the other Fairs, if you want to attend as an author
You can find London Book Fair here, check the hashtag #LBF18 or #LBF2018 if you want to see tweets and pics about it. Some of my pictures are included in the text below.