This week, I’m flying solo in our introduction for the podcast as Vanessa continues her writers’ retreat in Italy. At the time of this recording it was pre-NaNoWriMo time and I want to know who is thinking of joining in on National Novel Writing Month this year? Share your NaNoWriMo plans by reaching out to us via Twitter @kimberleyfoster and @v_carnevale
Our special guest for this week’s episode is Joel Naoum, a Sydney-based book publisher, editor and consultant. He currently runs Critical Mass, a consultancy for authors and publishers, and previously ran Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-first imprint Momentum. In 2011 he completed the Unwin Fellowship researching digital publishing experimentation in the United Kingdom.
During Vanessa’s chat with Joel, he gives listeners a glimpse into the digital publishing landscape, and what kind of skills self-published authors need. He also talks about factors to consider when deciding to pursue traditional vs. self-publishing.