How can you give your books away and still make money? Listen in as Seth Godin, Bestselling author, blogger, and publishing visionary, explains the concept of marginal costs and how you can profit from paid sponsorships.
Jeff Kleinman, the founder of Folio Literary Management, describes the value of finding the right agent rather than finding just any agent. He describes how important it is that you and the agent match up around work styles, expectations, and response time needs. Jeff reminds us to consider the agent's reputation and he also discusses the need for formal agreements, clarity on how funds are managed, and definition of what rights they can sell. He also describes some of the pros and cons of picking the right size agency for your needs. This is an excellent interview that outlines a number of considerations sure to help you find the right agent for you.
As publisher and Wannabe Press founder, Russell Nohelty, explains, great content isn't enough in the very competitive environment of crowdfunding a book. To ensure a successful event, authors should follow these steps: 1) Spend time building a relevant audience before launching the event, 2) Plan your budget wisely so that you are not executing at a loss, 3) Don't shy away from marketing - it's important that you are reaching your audience through other means.
Initiated by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings project was originally picked up for production into three movies by a studio that later demanded it be rewritten into just one movie, due to budget concerns. This disagreement led to the material being pitched to New Line Cinema as two separate films, but New Line realized the need for multiple films and required that the material be three films, as Peter Jackson initially intended. Author and former assistant at New Line Cinema Jennifer Brody explains that authenticity, casting and shooting location were critical in producing these award-winning films.