[writing and publishing panel session]
Chaired by Kate Pullinger, speakers include Sara Lloyd, Michael Bhaskar and Chris Meade.
Chris Meade: "How new media writers do, could and will make their way in the world"
- How to earn money? No business model.
- Andy Campbell says: "The ratio of research/theory documents to actual quality work in the field is embarassing."
- consulting, teaching, writing
- "Presentation skills can be really useful" - Tim Wright
- need to be amplified individuals (i think this is from andrea saveri)
- there are all kinds of webby businesses that new media writers could get into - blogging, args, projects, e-learning
- think of project i mentioned this morning by the hon brothers, 21 steps geo taagging project and others. dan hon says "there's still a stigma attached to writing for the online world"
- how to collaborate - showcases, clusters, events, making the case together, spindlers are doing it for themselves
- Christine Wilks has uplifting quote: "you may find your source/s of income are around the edges of your main area of creative interest. It's an experimental field, so be flexible and inventive, and be prepared to learn, learn, learn - never stop learning."
- talks about the manifesto she wrote on publishing in the 21st century
- publishers won't be needed in the future unless they get their act together
- did this to stir lethargic publishers, start a debate
- lesson in new media publishing, the journal that officially published the manifesto, allowed sara to publish it independently on her site
- means there's a value to sharing content
- the digitalist blog began as an internal newsletter
- place to try ideas
- converse with readers
- access knowledge of the readers by following links, this is engaging in conversation and enabling a level of transparency
- "we're not just giving the pan macmillan line on things....using it to sell more books...actually we're trying to make an argument...not a standard bs corporate blog"