If you’re new to the publishing world, it can be tricky to know where to start. What even is publishing anyway?! Champlain College Publishing Initiative’s latest book, Publishing: Digitized and Personalized, offers readers multiple perspectives and makes this world more accessible, especially for someone who is just starting out in the industry.
The Champlain College Publishing Initiative team is excited to have ushered such a cool book into the world, and—as you probably already know—we’re holding a book release party to celebrate!
Why are we celebrating, you ask? This book’s creation has been a process that’s taken several years, and it’s the culmination of many students’ work. The essays were originally culled from final paper submissions that students wrote for one of the publishing classes here at Champlain College. Editors from the Champlain College Publishing Initiative then worked alongside writers to shape the essays into what’s now known as Publishing: Digitized and Personalized. Then our design team got to work making a bunch of one-off essays into a cohesive book. Meanwhile, our marketers and event planners were stepping up to the plate to make sure that once this thing was done, the world actually got to see it!
All of this work hinges around the same big idea: publishing in an increasingly digitized world. The project reflects Champlain’s focus on being industry-driven—something we’re pretty proud of!
The book is split into four sections: Digital Content, Non-traditional Books, Self-publishing, and The World Wide Web. The essays cover a wide variety of topics, from a prediction about blogging, where author Zack Miller suggests that the future lies in user created content and explains how the internet’s sales model is broken, to commentary on the ongoing debate regarding traditional and non-traditional publishing routes by author and Colleen M. Lloyd. Lloyd argues that traditional and non-traditional publishing are not polar opposites, as they are so often made out to be, but rather separate but similar means to an end. She thoughtfully lays out the differences between the two and leaves it for the author to decide what route they prefer for their book.
To get a copy of Publishing: Digitized and Personalized, make sure you stop by our launch party! It’s taking place this Friday evening in the Champlain College Gallery space on the second floor of the CCM building. We’ll have writer and editor alumni in attendance—both in person and via Skype. (Did we mention this whole thing is about the digital side of publishing? So cool!) There will also be a panel discussion with some of the students, both current and alumni, involved in the creation of book. And of course, we’ll also have snacks!
So this is my personal invitation to you to drop by the launch party from 5-7 p.m. on February 3 in the Gallery. We’ll see you there!