There’s no lack of information and news available about the ever-changing world of book publishing, is there? Yet there’s always room in the social media world for someone with a new take on things.
Whether it’s a new voice, a different way of delivering information or some combination that we’ve never seen before, there’s always room for more.
Last year The Passive Voice—a new blog about publishing—started amidst some secrecy, because the blogger chose to be anonymous.
Calling himself simply “The Passive Guy” (or “PG” for short), this blogger started strongly and just kept going. On February 26, 2011 he posted four articles based on curated content.
In this case, curating meant that he would find things he thought were interesting and use them as the basis for a blog post. In each case, Passive Guy would use a quote or a few paragraphs from the article with a link back to the original post for anyone who wants to read more.
Sometimes he would add his own commentary, sometimes not.
It turned out Passive Guy is an intellectual property attorney and soon there were lots of visitors and an amazing amount of discussion in the comments about publishing contracts, the state of the industry, ebook publishing and other subjects of interest to writers.
That first day PG linked to posts from Derek J. Canyon, Poets & Writers magazine, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and author Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
These days PG might post six, seven or eight times in a day with material from books, articles, press releases, blog posts and anything else that catches his eye. His range of sources is wide—you might find a quote from Anais Nin between blog articles—and the eclectic selection keeps it interesting.
Covering both traditional and independent publishing, The Passive Voice has amassed a large following very quickly and, in addition to the dozens of avid readers and commenters on the blog, the blog has over 23,000 followers on Twitter.
Although I haven’t seen any interviews with David, I asked him to sit down and tell readers of The Book Designer how he got started, how he produces so much content for his blog (over 3,000 posts as of today) and what he sees happening in publishing.
Here’s the interview:
Discussed in this 45:01 interview:
- How David got started blogging while an active lawyer
- Why book publishing today is like legal publishing was years ago
- The tools David uses to track and find interesting content
- How publishing contracts are evolving in the digital age
- What disruptive technology does to existing business models
- How today’s ebooks are similar to the original form of the internet
- The book that David is thinking about writing and publishing for ebook authors
- Four great things you should know about indie publishing
Here’s an audio version:
And here’s a download link for the audio MP3 file. Right click and “Save link as…” if you want to take it with you: