September. The familiar rhythm of the season. Strictly and X Factor back on the TV. Jamie Oliver at number 1 on Amazon. Mike Shatzkin talking about his dad in his blog. And publishers telling me they are open to new models.
Really? I was involved in a discussion panel on this topic some weeks back at a Byte the Book event. And though it did prove to be fun and lively and opinionated, it didn’t really address new models. New ideas maybe, but not new models as such.
As a publisher I remember working with a brilliant ex-music business contract’s commercial director who tried to break new contractual ground with the agents of some established clients, which resulted in a positively deafening silence. Maybe it has all changed and this time it will be different. And new models will mean just that. But any new model can’t be to every stakeholder’s benefit. Which means a lot of talk and very little action.
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