Traditional Publishing moves slow… but technical innovation happens at breakneck speeds. Although they don’t have deep pockets, start-ups have an easier time innovating, iterating, and evaluating what works in the marketplace. Learn about what some of today’s start-ups are working on. Hear things they’ve learned about the marketplace and where to take it. And get some tips on how they plan to inject some of their disruptive ideas into the big houses.
Includes representatives from Discovereads, BookGlutton, Electric Literature and more.
Aaron Miller is a writer and entrepreneur with twelve years of experience working with the Web as a publishing medium. He has been writer, designer, developer and publisher at various stages of his career, and has spent the last four years deeply involved in developing new reading technology. He holds a Master’s Degree in Interactive Multimedia and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC-Irvine.
Travis is a consultant, startup owner and product manager interested in projects that combine technology and publishing, her focus is on reading systems, social features and user experience. She is the co-founder of two NYC startups: ReadSocial, which allows publishers to embed reading groups inside books, crossing content silos between different formats and systems (more at http://www.ReadSocial.net); and BookGlutton, an early web-based reader and catalog with in-book chat and shared notes. She led the work to reinvent NetGalley’s product in 2012, and has worked with Audible, Electric Literature, Flat World Knowledge, Fortnight Journal and Bibliocommons. Prior to founding BookGlutton, Travis was a creative director at JLOOP and an art production manager at Cisco Systems. She has over 10 years experience, and has worked in web design, advertising, online training and education. Her client history includes: The 911 Museum, Sprint, Playstation, Wells Fargo, Macys, Midway Games and Dodge. In addition, Travis has been recognized by Drunken Boat, The Webby Awards, The Flash Forward Film Festival, and the Electronic Literature Organization. She has a Masters Degree in Interactive Multimedia.
Kyusik is the CEO and co-founder of Discovereads.com. Discovereads is a book social network that learns your personal tastes and provides you with the best book recommendations on the web. We’re passionate about connecting readers with books and authors that match their diverse tastes.
Prior to founding Discovereads, Kyusik was one of the first employees at Zillow.com, where he initiated work on the Zestimate (home valuation system) and managed advertising products. Prior to that, he worked at Expedia.com. Kyusik has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from NYU and a BS in Math and Computer Science from Yale.
Jürgen Fauth is a writer, film critic, and the founder of Fictionaut, an innovative literary community that is quickly becoming a hub for online fiction and has already attracted some of the Internet’s most talented writers. Jürgen received a doctorate from the Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied with Frederick Barthelme and Mary Robison. His short stories have been published in a number of journals including Chiron Review, La Petite Zine, and Berkeley Review, and he was a longtime associate editor for fiction at Mississippi Review. A native of Wiesbaden, Germany, he now lives in Astoria, New York, with his wife, the writer Marcy Dermansky (Bad Marie) and their daughter Nina.
Scott Lindenbaum is the Co-Founder and Editor of Electric Literature, a new publisher dedicated to using electronic media and innovative distribution to keep literature a vital part of popular culture. For almost ten years Scott was a half-pipe snowboard competitor who rode for Burton Snowboards. It was only after a near-fatal collision with a birch tree in 2001 that reading, writing, and editing became central in his life.
Electric Literature’s self-titled short story anthology has published new fiction by Pulitzer Prizewinner Michael Cunningham, MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners Colson Whitehead and Lydia Davis, and literary heavyweights Rick Moody, Jim Shepard, and Aimee Bender, Joy Williams, and Javier Marias among others. Electric Literature was the first short story magazine to publish to the iPhone and the iPad, the first to create a YouTube channel featuring cross-genre collaborations between writers, filmmakers, musicians and animators, and the first to micro-serialize a short story over Twitter (“Some Contemporary Characters” by Rick Moody), a move that helped net them over 150,000 Twitter followers (@ElectricLit), more than any other publisher in the world. Their digital and print-on-demand publishing model allows them to avoid large printing bills and use that money to pay writers $1,000 per story.
Electric Literature has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, Publishers Weekly, O Magazine, Interview, Paper, BOMB, and the PBS NewsHour among others.
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