When you love books and you love the internet at the same time, people on both sides of the fence tend to look at you funny. Some folks in tech don’t understand why you’d want all that paper around. Some people in publishing would like you to help them figure out how to plug in their computers.
This is a place where people who fall into the Venn Diagram of the two can talk.
Our cast of cohorts includes:
Ami Greko is the director of business development for AdaptiveBlue, working primarily with their website and browser add-on GetGlue. She has previously worked as a publicist at Viking Penguin and FSG, marketing director at Folio Literary Management, and digital marketing manager at Macmillan.
Pablo Defendini is an Interactive Producer at Open Road Integrated Media, and a general rabble rouser. He worked in advertising and media production for large and small advertising agencies in the Latin American market before becoming Mass Market Designer for Tor Books in 2006, and Producer/Showrunner of Tor.com in 2008. Word on the street is that he’s either a Cylon, or secretly hails from Gallifrey.
Kate Rados is the Marketing Director for F+W Media. Before this position, she was the Director of Digital Markets for Sterling and Director of Digital Initiatives for Chelsea Green Publishing. Kate never takes off her consumer hat, attributes her theater training as the best resource for dealing with any situation and is a self-proclaimed gadget geek. In her spare time, Kate is a vocalist and can frequently be seen rocking out in karaoke bars across Manhattan.
Sarah Russo has been in publishing PR and communications for 10 years with stints at Alfred A. Knopf, Doubleday, Scribner, Other Press, Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Oxford University Press.
Jane Litte is a lawyer, an avid eBook reader, and the co-founder of the popular (and sometimes controversial) DearAuthor.com, “a romance review blog by readers for readers”. She blogs about books, technology, and life. They converge at some point.
Sarah Gorback began her publishing career in California and finally made it out to New York where she currently does publicity for the Frommer’s travel brand at Wiley.
Wil Johnson is a freelance piracy specialist and recent graduate of the M.S. in Publishing Program at New York University. He is currently responsible for the piracy data collected in Magellan Media’s p2p book piracy research. He is also working on implementing an independent piracy tracking company aimed at providing market intelligence and data about piracy and the effect it is having on the book industry.
Jay Garmon is a tech journalist, web entrepreneur, social media consultant and semi-professional trivia geek. Ten years of online insurgency have earned him a share of a provisional patent, citations as a reference in the Wikipedia, and a regular guest spot on TechTalk radio in Chicago. His byline appears under the mastheads of websites owned by CBS Interactive, CNET Networks, Technology Guide, and Scholastic Library Publishing. And if you look hard enough, you’ll find pictures of him in a Starfleet uniform. Seriously.
Shayera Tangri is a branch manager at Porter Ranch Library, one of the 73 Los Angeles Public Library branches. She’s a prolific reader. Her three passions in life are her nephews, books and politics. Any of the three generally result in long-winded and impassioned conversations. That will really really drag on. She can usually be found hanging around on twitter as well.
Kassia Krozser has seen the future and it is good: more people are reading, writing, and publishing than ever before. Kassia consults with publishers about digital publishing opportunities at Oxford Media Works (OxfordMediaWorks.com), and writes about current digital publishing trends at booksquare.com.
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez is the Chief Executive Optimist of Digital Book World, as well as a published poet and writer, and active blogger since 2003. In 1998, he founded and led a thriving poetry slam community in NYC (a little bit louder) that has since evolved into the non-profit literary arts organization, louderARTS. An old and new media pragmatist, social media realist, and marketing strategist, he views publishing as a community service, and is optimistic about its future.