Saturday, August 14, 2010

What Topic Would You Choose?

SXSW (pronounced South By Southwest) is a huge event that takes place in Austin, Texas, each year. It covers multiple areas: Interactive, Film and Music. In 2011, it will take place March 11- 20.

Even if you can’t come to the events, you can have input on what is covered by the publishing panel. MediaBistro has an article where you can read about some of the topics being considered and then vote on your favorites. Each topic is described in the article, but I’ll give you the list of the first 15 out of 30 questions:
1. "Why Authors Should Think Like Indie Bands"
2. "Futureproof Publishing: Interactivity, Magazines, Journalism and Augmented Reality"
3. "The Independent eBook Revolution: Is Big Publishing Dying?"
4. "Indie Publishing: New Technologies & Crowdsourcing Thematic Content"
5. "The Magazine Formerly Known As 48 Hour"
6. "+5 Sword of ePublishing: Lessons from Tabletop RPGs"
7. "Imagining a Nimble World: Challenging the Publishing Industry"
8. "Fahrenheit 452: Will Self Publishing Overtake Traditional Publishing?"
9. "Write a Book? Surely You Can't Be Serious!"
10. "The Truth About Landing the Book Publishing Deal"
11. "So You Wanna Write A Tech Book"
12. "Author 2.0: Taking Control of Your Marketing Platform"
13. "21st Century Publishing Models: Turning Tradition Upside-Down"
14. "Reinventing the Magazine Experience for the Digital Era"
15. "Publishers Need Advertising: Is Mobile the Answer?"
You can link over and read the descriptions and see what you think. Just knowing the topics, does any particular one stand out as one you’d want to hear or participate in?


  1. Some interesting topics. I'm scratching my head at a few, but others could lead to pretty good discussion - "The Independent eBook Revolution: Is Big Publishing Dying?" for example.

  2. The first one stood out. Last weekend I went to BlogHer, and a panel that discussed trends in publishing said something similar. They talked about thinking outside the box to get your book out there, like doing signings at places other than bookstores.

  3. Many cool topics. Number 9 and 11 are my favorites >:)

    I should by any chance happen to be in Austin in March next year, I'll come by. Very unlikely, but who knows where the wind blows?

    Cold As Heaven

  4. If you really like a topic or two, go vote for them. (The list of the next 15 topics may be out today, or soon.) Even if you can't come to the 2011 SXSW, there will most likely be a wrap-up of the discussions afterward.

  5. Nine and ten work for me...

  6. Cool that we can vote for these. I like #2 best. The others seem rehashed, or maybe they just need to be updated every year.

    I remember you writing about this conference this year.


  7. All good topics. I think I would vote for #3. Big publishing in its current state is on its way out.

  8. Jean, I keep thinking big publishing will reinvent themselves. I think they're moving that direction, but like any huge entity, they're slow, perhaps too slow.

  9. #1 - Why authors should think like indie bands.

    When I started to promote indie publishing way back when, this is the comparison I used. Indie music fought through and became reputable without assistance from the big guys, and now it's our turn.

  10. Interesting...#1 and #12 caught my eye. Have to link over.


    Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

  11. I think I would like 1,3 and 4. I'm not sure anyone can predict where publishing is going because the business can't keep up with available technology. It's exciting and a little bit sad to see some things go away.

  12. Things seem to be changing faster and faster today. It seemed to kick up with computers, and now it's racing fast, just where it'll end up, I don't know.

  13. I was drawn to #1 and #8 but #9 made me laugh.

  14. Number 9's title is cute, isn't it?

  15. Ooo, #3!! Let the big boys go DOWN!

  16. There are several that would be quite interesting, but "Write a Book? Surely you can't be serious" could touch upon many of the issues posed by the other topics.

    Tossing It Out

  17. Well, I'm a big believer in crowdsourcing, so I'd have to vote for that one. In fact, I'll go do that right now.


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