Lessons learned from Yale 2014

Lessons learned from Yale 2014

The Yale conference center is leafy green and lovely, yet the real backdrop to its week-long course Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing wasn’t flowers and trees. The agenda was set months earlier, but the Amazon/Hachette showdown hovered at the edges. Most attendees seemed pleased that, as one lecturer put it: “Amazon had blinked in public; authors had become part of the conversation.” The dispute seemed to inform questions posed by students and teachers alike.

“Are publishers necessary?” asked PRH deputy chief operating officer Nihar Malaviya. “How does a publisher build author lo...

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