- If your book title is “attractive” is that enough to win a sale?
- If your cover image visually draws you in, will that clinch the sale?
- If the book is about or filled with beauty -- animals, nature, photography, fashion, attractive people, sex – will it have a better chance to sell than others?
- Does it matter if the author photo is hot?
- Should the person marketing your book be attractive or have a sexualized voice?
2. How does Coliloquy at as a digital publisher of active and interactive fiction for the Kindle? We look for stories that are pushing against the boundaries of traditional book formats, where we feel like our technology can add real value to the author's craft. We also look for authors who think differently -- they may not have a full manuscript, but they have a great story idea and maybe want additional reader feedback or want to test some ideas out. Once we sign an author, we work with them to understand our platform's capabilities and brainstorm ideas for their books. We then provide traditional editorial and marketing support, leading up to publication.
You say that this is Amazon's first networked application and you are using the digital format to play with the fiction narrative form. What does that mean for the writer or consumer?
That's a big question! For authors, it means that we want them to strip away their expectations about how to write for the publishing industry, and tell their story in the best way possible -- be creative and test ideas. The combination really de-risks the writing process, by speeding the time-to-market and giving them actionable reader feedback.
For consumers, it's about increasing the depth of the relationship with authors and their characters. Right now, the publishing industry is focused on selling copies of a book, regardless of how much you enjoy it. Our authors genuinely want to delight and engage over a long-term story-telling experience.
3. Where do you think book publishing is heading? On a macro level, e-reading devices make it stunningly easy for readers to access and consume literature. In terms of distribution, efficiency will trump the legacy publishing industry, and we'll see more and more literature moving to a digital format.
The space we're playing in -- innovating around the art form, based on the technical capabilities of a digital platform -- is still in its infancy, and we are so excited to be a part of how that develops.
4. What do you love most about being a part of the industry? The authors and the agents we've worked with are fantastic, and we love helping authors write new forms of fiction. It's been a blast!
5. What did you do before creating Coliloquy? Here's a link to our bios: http://www.coliloquy.com/about/team/