Designing Your Career in Publishing

dbw, digital book world conference, design thinkingAuthors and publishers have been working in an environment of constant change for the last several years. New tools and technologies keep popping up. New sales options and strategies arise. Data has become important even to those without backgrounds in statistics.

There’s always something new to learn, and many people have found themselves taking on new roles, even new careers, in order to achieve success or just stay afloat.

Because publishing has become such a volatile industry, with publishing professionals often struggling to figure out the next steps for their lives and careers, the organizers of Digital Book World 2017 invited Bill Burnett, co-author of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, to speak to the attendees.

Burnett offered the audience of authors and publishing professionals a list of five mindsets that, when reframed, have the power to help people design a satisfying career and life—even in the ever-changing profession of book publishing.

Much more.

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‘New York Times’ Cuts a Range of Bestseller Lists (PW)
The New York Times has eliminated a number of bestsellers lists, although the exact number could not be confirmed Thursday morning. Cutting the various lists is part of an overall plan by the paper to revamp its coverage of publishing.

Japanese Tsutaya Opens Its First Book Cafe in Taiwan (Pub Perspectives)
Allowing drinks among the bookshelves, Japanese book retail chain Tsutaya’s concept is meant to extend the amount of time visitors spend at the store.

Snapchat: A Summary Report for Publishers (BookMachine)
Stories are a really good way of updating our users with new news and updates and the recent addition of an auto-play function means that when they are checking their friends’ everything plays through. This is a delicate balance of making sure the snap is relevant and frequent (but not too frequent).

Scribd Adds More Magazines (PW)
Scribd, the online reading subscription service, is expanding its magazine category with the addition of seven new titles, among them The Atlantic, Fast Company and Mother Jones.

ABA Added 87 New Member Stores in 2016 (PW)
In 2016, 87 new independent bookstores opened and joined the American Booksellers Association. The new stores were spread across 32 states and the District of Columbia, and of the new openings, 21 were branches or satellites of existing businesses, according to the organization.

2 thoughts on “Designing Your Career in Publishing

  1. Duke Vukadinovic

    I think that the first thing aspiring publishers need to learn about the publishing industry is the difference between trade versus academic. This is the split from which all other topics emerge, so, to start, they’ll want to figure whether they’re most interested in trade or academic.

  2. Vashishtha Kapoor

    Hi Daniel
    I firmly believe that a career in publishing is a nice choice. However, I like the attitude of self-publishing.
    I have got to write, craft and publish and I can easily secure my career through online publishing.



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