One word: Fabio
On the publishing side of business, communicative relationships can determine the success of book sales, the continuing care for an author, future partnering decisions, and much more. Nurturing the relationship that is forged between author and editor, publisher and reviewer, and so forth is important as these forces are what can help you, not just in the moment, but in the future as well.
Make the effort to form relationships with people you can trust who will challenge you. The gain is well worth the effort.
Beep-beep-beep, tap-tap, tap-tap—the typing and printing sounds echo in a small office that looks like a paper cave. A man in a medical-doctor-like white robe devotes himself to his work. He moves to a room equipped with a large industrial printing machine and checks paper came from it. Then he crams a pile of book samples in a suitcase and leaves the office for a trip to New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Qatar to meet his clients.
I got married one week before I started Ooligan’s graduate program. Needless to say, the reveling in my bridal bliss was cut short when I started to juggle work and school and a new—gasp!—husband. A couple weeks ago we celebrated our first six months, and I realized that I have made these past six months […]
In my time working at Ooligan Press, I have quickly learned that publishing is, first and foremost, a business. For all of the high-minded idealism that so many folks bring to books (whether reading, writing, or publishing them), it’s still a reality that you have to sell books to keep publishing them. There’s something else […]