Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations
Jane Friedman's new book is part publishing world science fiction, part 21st century book fugue and part author-agent-publisher slapstick! Released on April Fool's Day, it delivers the wisdom that only laughter can conjure...
- I make no secret of my admiration for publishing guru Jane Friedman who I was fortunate enough to meet at the 2011 Writer's Digest Conference. Nor will I keep it a secret that her just-published book, The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations, just be on ever writer's, reader's, editor's, agent's and publisher's bedside table. Or Kindle. Or iPad, etc...
- In a sense, the topic of Friedman's new book is the same topic that she was presenting at the conference. But, unlike the practical tools and publishing world analysis she was dishing up to conference goers, The Future of Publishing is a baker's dozen of hypothetical "tomorrows" for the publishing industry plus a less-hyperbolic-more-realistic snapshot of what we should all expect to see over the next few decades. But before plunging into Friedman's enigma, it's worth returning briefly to her main presentation at the Writer's Digest Conference.
- Trust me, I'm not exaggerating, nor am I alone. The Jane Friedman tribe is vast and diverse.
- With laurels and garlands deservedly heaped upon Friedman in general, it's now time to celebrate her latest accomplishment, The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations.
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