One of the most powerful experiences I had at FandomFest (beside the heat!) was a talk called “The Role of Publishers in a Post-Paper World”.
1. Here was a publisher willing to take the time to point out exactly why they deserved their percentage, and show the results of it.
2. I needed to start stepping up my game.
If you’ve noticed the line I’ve been drawing between publishing services and being a publisher lately, it’s largely thanks to Ms. Dixon. She did a great job articulating much of what I’ve been saying since then.
Luckily, she’s done a few interviews that largely mirror the conversation that we had in Louisville. While I’ve not worked with her, she openly and transparently answers questions I rarely hear the Big 6 (or even small presses) even acknowledge.1
Again, following my credo that publishing is like investing, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. That said, I firmly believe that publishers (and those providing publishing services) must show how they add value just like she has.
1 This isn’t to say I agree with all of her answers; for example, I disagree with her on DRM. But she treats the issue with respect and fairness, even if she doesn’t agree with me.