How Book Publishing Has Changed and What it Means for You [Podcast S02E07]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the changing world of book publishing. If you are an author—or an aspiring author—this episode is for you.

I am always surprised by how many people have either written or want to write a book. According to my last reader survey, 65 percent of my audience fits into this category.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why publishers reject book proposals (and how you can use this to your advantage).

  • Why industry consolidation and competition is a good thing.

  • How digital publishing has opened up unprecedented opportunities for authors, publishers, and readers around the world. It doesn’t represent the end of publishing but the beginning.

  • Why people are reading more than ever before.

  • How personal platforms are giving today’s authors the ability to leverage their influence and and control their future.

  • How self-publishing no longer has the stigma it once had and why it’s a totally legitimate option for today’s authors.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What would publishing a book make possible for you?

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If you want to listen to more episodes, you will find all thirteen audio episodes of Season 2 here. I release the video episodes weekly, as they are not yet available for batch listening. If you are looking for previous episodes, you can find Season 0 here and Season 1 here.

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