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PubWest Roundtable: Optimize Your Publishing from Start to Finish

  • 6 Nov 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)

Optimize Your Publishing from Start to Finish: A Webinar from MetaComet, Firebrand, & IPG

MetaComet, Firebrand, and IPG are pleased to present an exclusive new webinar packed with expert guidance on using technology to improve your publishing operations. In conversation with Michelle Halket of Central Avenue Publishing, the discussion will approach the publishing process from start to finish presenting the real-world challenges faced by small and mid-size publishers along the way.

From acquisition planning to post-publication analysis, this webinar will map key stages of the publishing process and share advice on increasing revenue while reducing effort, time, and cost spent on each. The panelists will cover important tasks including contract management, product development, distribution and royalty tracking, with recommendations for digital tools to support them. There will be quick, actionable insights into planning, metadata development and maintenance, contract and royalty management, and much more.

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Michelle Halket is a bibliophile and technophile who loves to try new things, which is what prompted her to start a digital-first publishing company when very few knew what ebooks were. Fully immersed in words, devices, and paper stock, she now runs a traditional press and when she’s not working, she spends time with her family and dog in the forests of Vancouver.

Richard T. Williams is the Vice President, Publisher Development, at IPG, where he reviews publisher submissions, pursues new publisher business, and manages a team of experts to help existing clients plan and develop their lists. He is a former sales rep at IPG and was the director of IPG’s Small Press United program from its inception in 2009. Also a former operations manager at an independent publisher, Richard is uniquely positioned to understand the needs of publishers in today’s industry and utilizes his knowledge and experience to help expand IPG’s suite of services to fit such needs.

David Marlin co-founded MetaComet® Systems in 2000. Beyond his expertise in the world of royalty automation, David is committed to enhancing the technological capabilities of the publishing world through his work as the founding co-chairman of the Book Industry Study Group’s (BISG) Digital Sales Reporting Committee and a former co-chair of the BISG Rights Committee. He is a regular speaker and contributor to industry events and symposia. Prior to founding MetaComet Systems, David spent 3 years as a technology consultant for publishers working with companies such as Random House, Penguin, HarperCollins, Holtzbrinck, Macmillan, Scholastic, Time Warner and many others. Before that he spent several years managing marketing initiatives for American Express in New York. David earned both his MBA and BA from Columbia University in New York.

Joshua Tallent is an acclaimed teacher and guide on the role of data in publishing, and a vocal advocate for high quality book metadata. He serves as the Director of Sales and Education at Firebrand Technologies, where his focus is on helping publishers of all sizes learn about, and find solutions to, their workflow and metadata problems. Joshua can often be found researching odd metadata issues, creating training videos and documentation about Firebrand services, and speaking at conferences about the latest innovations and advances in publishing data and workflow management. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys playing complex board games, playing Minecraft, and reading.

Lauren Klouda works with IPG client publishers, authors, retail and trade partners, independent booksellers, and libraries across the book industry to create engaging content and develop marketing campaigns designed to help readers discover books. Lauren began at IPG working to launch IPG’s 40th anniversary website in 2011 and then went on to establish IPG’s social media platform strategy and enhance IPG’s partnerships with ebook vendors. She was an inaugural leader of IPG’s combined Marketing services department to integrate trade shows and trade advertising, and now directs the Marketing team at Independent Publishers Group (IPG).


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