Publishing During a Pandemic: The Best Laid Plans . . .
You may have seen this in my previous posts: I thought I’d add a teaser to my JackBoston blogs and let you know what would be coming in the weeks ahead. Great idea, right? But it flopped on the first go-around. Why? The content wasn’t ready for my review.
The plan was to write about the Independent Publishers of New England Ninth Annual Conference, which was held on Zoom November 6th and 7th. It was IPNE’s first online conference and we had a slate of very interesting speakers over the two days. I planned to write a set of reviews about most, if not all, of the presentations.
Over a hundred people attended our free conference. Our speakers all showed up on time (except for one who came down with COVID-19, but is now OK) and did a great job. We had so many speakers that we had to create two tracks, so in some cases I didn’t get a chance to attend every session. It went like this:
“Publishing During a Pandemic” is the theme of the 2020 Conference, presented for you on Zoom over two days, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7. There’s no charge to attend and you don’t need to be a publisher, published author, an IPNE member, or even a New Englander to join the virtual crowd. You can drop in for any of the live sessions you choose.
Whether you are interested in self-publishing, independent or hybrid publishing, or traditional publishing, you will find answers at our conference. Our experienced professionals will be presenting hour-long workshops on such topics as:
publicity and marketing * podcasting * book cover design * metadata * ISBN * the book launch * distribution * interviewing * Amazon * print on demand * bookstores * ebooks.
The workshops begin on Friday afternoon, November 6th, and are capped Saturday afternoon, November 7th, by our 7th Annual Book Awards. The full schedule is on our website.
At the 9th Annual IPNE Publishers & Writers Conference, you’ll be able to listen to and ask questions of speakers like keynoters Angela Bole (CEO, IBPA) and Carol Gino (author of Me & Mario Puzo), and many other experts who have been there, done that, and are eager to share their expertise to help you flatten your learning curve.
Not being able to attend them all didn’t pose a problem, thought I, as I’d have access to the Zoom videos. So I waited a day or so for them to show up on the website, but they didn’t. Then I started getting messages from people I had invited asking about them, as everyone of course wanted their own video. A week went by. I asked about it again and got bounced around, but eventually learned no one had done a thing with the Zooms. And in fact, there weren’t individual videos; Zoom had recorded each day completely and continuously. They would have to be edited into individual presentations.
So I’ve gotten two of my talented colleagues to get started on the video editing. My hope is to share several of the more interesting presentations with you, dear JackBoston reader, as soon as they’re finished. For they will be. Because hope springs eternal, as does determination.
In the meantime . . . for this week, see the bonus post at the usual time tomorrow.
This week: on My Brain on Grape-Nuts, a Double Header: “The Kilometer Zero Proust Questionnaire”
Next week on the Saturday Book Review: Gone Viral, a novel by J.A. Knight