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Metro Boston Publishers Meeting last Saturday

09 Jul 2017 9:56 PM | Glenn Koenig (Administrator)

There were just four of us at the meeting Saturday morning (July 8, 2017 - 94 Pleasant St., Arlington, MA), but we started (almost) on time and had a good time sharing information about publishing. Apparently, some people showed up yesterday because of an error here on the IPNE web page (which gave the date as July 7th), so I guess we might have had more otherwise.

In the photo, Vicki and I are not shown (I was behind the camera to take the photo and Vicki arrived just after it was taken).  Although the screen shows my web site, we reviewed a number of other sites, such as the Espresso Book Machine at the Harvard Book Store, how to use web site builders (Weebly for example, although we discussed WordPress also), how to reserve a domain name and use it in setting up your own web site, what a QR code is and how to read one (it turns out it's extremely simple, just download the free app "QR Reader" and click on it!).

We also covered how to work with book designers and editors using what I have to come to call the ‘a la carte’ publishing method (i.e. you as author do what you want to do yourself, then contract out to others for the things you can’t do or don’t have time to do).  I like that better than the term ’self publishing’ because it gives a better idea of what we really do.  The old "major publisher" way is kind of like a six course meal delivered to your table, all preset (Random House, Penguin, Simon & Shuster, etc.).  Our method is to pick & choose the services you need from various professionals, as you see fit.  Like a buffet table.  That's why IPNE is so valuable - you can find references to some of them here on this site.

I brought some draft copies of my book, a man wearing a dress, and Glenna brought a copy of her book book design made simple.  I showed how my book is posted as ‘for sale’ by two vendors on Amazon, even though it’s not really for sale until September 14th!  It even says there’s a ‘used’ copy for sale.  How could that be?  Shenanigans is all it is.  The folks at Ingram Spark assure me that only the cover and meta-data went out to Amazon, so nobody can actually publish my book without my authorization.

We had so much to talk about, we ran a little past noon!  All hands pitched in to put away and clean up.  Thanks to Vicki for bringing sumptuous snacks!

So, until next time, ...

This report by Glenn Koenig, of Message Rain (his own publishing outfit in Arlington, Mass.)





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