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Last week was O’Reilly’s Tools of Change Conference (Maria Popova of Brain Pickings and Evan Williams of Twitter, yeah @ev, gave talks, we’re sure those would have been fun), and coming up this week will be the TED conference. In March SXSWi will be right down the street from us here in Austin, TX (we’re headquartered in Houston for those of you who don’t know). These are some of the biggest tech industry events, and we’ve got a list of a whole lot more that pertain to both publishing and technology. The lines of literature and technology are blurring and converging so fast, and we at Kbuuk understand that. We are a literature and technology company, we’re passionate about both, and we’re trying to create tools and services to solve the problems of the modern independent author.
While conferences are a great place to meet industry professionals, network, and get your name into the community, they can become a costly undertaking. If your a self-publishing author or small publisher, and you don’t have all of that money (these conferences cost in the $1000s to attend, but thankfully much of their content can be obtained online via streaming or afterwards for free). However if you’re still looking for answers on this tricky business of publishing, you’ve come to the right place.
We asked Christina to peruse some of the topics being discussed at TOCCON because we knew these are the very same issues we’re tackling at here at Kbuuk. One of the topics we decided on was “Service Changes Everything,” delivered by Søren Peter Sørensen of Systime, a Dutch company, and the following was her unique response to the topic.
Q and A and How You’re Going to Buy Me a Chandelier
Did anybody go to the Tools of Change for Publishing conference? Yeah, me neither. But listen, you don’t even have to go! Allow me to answer all of your publishing questions in one sitting, dear Kbuukers. Then, kindly send me the cash you would’ve spent on that conference because I’m shopping for a new chandelier.
First, allow me to present you with the answer to every question the audience is going to pose at the conference: Kbuuk’s Publishing App Store. So you can all put your hands down now.
Q: How does the role of the author change in service publishing?
A: You get to stop acting like a dang fool badgering your mailman every day about whether or not he’s delivering a rejection letter to your box. Instead, publish your work, and use all Kbuuk’s handy tools to make it cooler.
Q: So what is the author responsible for?
A: How about just writing the books? I’m thinking authors should focus on writing, not begging. Writing. And you know what Kbuuk will do, do ya? Everything else. You want Kbuuk to design an in-your-face cover for the book you’ve written? Done. Don’t want to fool with a tape recorder and microphone? Kbuuk can create an audio book for you. Need help pushing that novel out to the masses. On it.
Q: What can the publisher do to help out authors?
A: Provide clever means to enhance your readership. Like this one, where Kbuuk supplies you with your very own QR code that will link to your book, your author profile page, or anything else you’d like. Then slap that bad boy onto a postcard, and you’ve got yet another way to share your words with the world.
Alright, readers. You start perusing the app store, and I’m off to pick out my chandelier.