Literary Architects, LLC works with authors to combine the quality and standards of traditional publishing with the flexibility and control of self-publishing. Literary Architects' publishing professionals specialize in selecting and partnering with committed authors to produce trade-quality books, consulting with authors to plan and execute custom sales and marketing strategies, and providing authors with fulfillment and distribution of their books.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Prepping for BEA

All three of us (especially Bryan) have been busy prepping for BEA, this year in Washington DC running all this week. We're going in for meetings (and a couple of parties) on Friday and Saturday. I've been pleasantly surprised by how many people are going this year. It seems like last year a lot of people didn't make it, even though it was in NYC.

BEA is always a great chance to meet face-to-face with agents, publishers, vendors, and distributors, even some authors. Over the years, PMA has added their self-publishing "university" earlier in the week flooding the show floor with authors who've worked hard to produce their own books but often without any assistance. They get so frustrated trying to connect directly with publishers and distributors not understanding that a) they're never going to be able to get to the person they need to get to at this show, and b) their self-published book's life may be over before it's begun if the book doesn't conform to industry standard, necessary specs and include everything from barcodes to copyright page set-ups. But more power to them -- it's a tough crowd if you're to publish on your own though.

For us, we're spending a lot of time not only meeting with agents (in order to better identify and partner with them on authors who live in both the traditional publishing and self-publishing worlds) but also with our key vendors and distributors. We're working out the kinks in the system for all our books -- and we know what we're doing. I can't imagine trying to sort all this out with no knowledge of the system. (No matter what they tell you, no vendor or distributor does it all.)

We splurged on a new printed brochure and also spent the last month in a mad dash to get covers and tip sheets done for all our Fall titles. You can see our current list up on the site now.


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