Publishing Talks: David Wilk interviews Dan Blank
In this series of interviews, called Publishing Talks, I talk to book industry professionals and other smart people about the future of publishing, books, and culture. This is a period of disruption and change for all media businesses. How will publishing evolve as our culture is affected by technology, climate change, population density, and the ebb and flow of civilization and economics?
I hope these Publishing Talks conversations will help us better understand the outlines of what is happening in publishing, books and reading culture, and how we can ourselves both understand and influence the future of books and reading.
Dan Blank is a very smart and perceptive guy. He works with writers and publishers – as he says on his website, to “make an impact and build their legacies.” Through his company, We Grow Media, he offers a great deal of really valuable free advice – a terrific email newsletter and always interesting blog – along with paid courses and speaking engagements. I’ve assiduously read just about everything he has written for quite a while now, and have watched some of his presentations on video as well.
Marketing is a tough subject for most authors and many publishers. Dan always has clear and sensible advice and ideas for writers and publishers. His ideas and perceptions have influenced my own thinking about how writers can operate in the new media environment.
So I am really pleased and honored to have had the opportunity to talk to him for Publishing Talks and bring what he has to say to my audience about marketing for writers and publishers. I am certain that you will hear more than one actionable piece of advice or a cogent idea that will make you think, and question your assumptions. And if you get a chance to hear Dan speak in public, make sure you do, it will be well worth your while.