Er, hello--this thing on?
I'd like to thank the members of Boxing the Octopus for inviting me to join them. I'm new here, as you faithful blog readers already know. As the new guy, I'm facing a real challenge: how to fit in with such a bright, articulate, witty and established group of publishing veterans?
I wish I had the answer to that one. But I do know that I can talk about genre writing and publishing: thrillers and horror, and to some extent, science fiction, more specifically. And I can talk about marketing, since I also work in that field as a "day" job. Marketing and branding has invaded the world of publishing in a big way the past decade or so, and I think that's altered the game in ways that are both positive and negative. When you throw in the changes this business is experiencing (with much more still to come) around e-books, tablets and print on demand, well...let's just say I have some strong opinions about where I think the publishing business is headed.
But that's something for a future post or two. Right now, I just want to say hello, and I'm happy to be on board. And let me leave you with this video, as something to think about: how are our future readers going to interact with books? I'm guessing this little one may experience storytelling in a pretty different way that we did, when we were kids.
Oh, and in the interest of full disclosure: I am what you'd call an Apple fan boy. :) Just saying...