All Authors are the Same; All Authors are Different

There has (always) been a lot of attention paid to categorizing authors under a variety of adjectives: aspiring, published, self-published, bestseller, genre, literary, hack, famous, unknown, and so on. Of late, the distinction between the traditionally-published and the self-published author has been at the fore. I wrote about that particular distinction a while back… But from a marketer’s […]

Top 5 Publishing and Marketing Posts of 2013 on McCarthyDigital.com

I suspect many the digital marketer has spent some time (or much time) over the past week or two wrapping up the 2013 metrics, scratching his or head about this or that trend, data nugget, etc. I am no exception and I’ve learned a lot from 2013 — along the way and, now, from looking […]

Hype Cycles: Marketers as Coaches, Sherpas, and Therapists

In the ongoing debate of the value of “traditional publishers” in today’s digital landscape, certain activities in which publishers are engaged — very, very valuable activities — often seem to be overlooked. While the debate centers on the shift to “low cost” digital products (and the resulting move away from physical distribution and account-leverage for merchandising and […]

Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics – Poetry in Your Pocket

A secret to please keep quiet: I am not just a crass marketer or cold-eyed analyzer of publishing strategy. I am those things, or like to think I am anyway. But, truly and firstly, I love books and reading. (Shhhh…might ruin my rep.) So, this is a post written with the love of reading at […]

Some Thoughts on Amazon’s Acquisition of GoodReads

Our mentality here is to first do no harm, and make sure that if we’re going to do integrations, users genuinely find it to be a big benefit. — Russ Grandinetti, Amazon VP of Kindle Content (via PaidContent) I’ve been asked by several people what I think about Amazon’s acquisition of GoodReads. It’s funny because […]