A series of live dispatches by if:book's own Meg Vann from the O'Reilly Tools of Change Publishing Conference in New York City. Cory Doctorow is about to kickoff the Author (R)evolution Day (#ARDay) at O'Reilly's Tools Of Change for Publishing (TOC) conference. I am front and centre, and will live blog some notes throughout the day.
Yes, I'm pretty damn excited.
I am bunkered in midtown New York for the next three days of TOC. I have a cream cheese bagel, a really big, really bad cup of coffee, and a laptop. Let;s do this!
Contrary to Gil Scott Heron's awesome song, the (R)evolution will, in fact, be televised - you can live stream the day.
So I won't cover everything – I'll just share a few useful links and interesting resources that I hear about, and if the coffee kicks in I may recover enough from jetlag to add some thoughts about how TOC from the perspective of Australian writers.
And we're off!
Joe Wikert up first: he says the pendulum of power has shifted towards authors, and that publishers need to articulate what they can offer authors, especially if authors already have a strong platform.
Kristen McLean of Bookigee (who helped Kat Meyer program the ARDay) steps up to announce that hybrid authors now out-perform and out-earn their traditionally published and self-published peers. They are sophisticated, have a knowledge of publishing, are entrepreneurial, and keen to work with the new publishing ecology.
Cory has started! I'm going to tweet a photo - I'm on @meg_vann and the hashtags are #toccon and #ARDay