“We can’t be a ‘fast-moving, innovative, growth-oriented’ publisher when we’re drowning in spreadsheets… Post-its®… meetings… emails…”

That’s a complaint overheard at a recent publishing conference, and they’re not alone. It’s so frustrating to hear about publishing innovations when the reality of running the business is so different. If it was easier to keep on top of the basics, perhaps you’d be able to take advantage of new ways to diversify, launch audio ranges, and reach new readers, as well as build up your defences against challenges like Plan S and shifting Amazon terms.

But your teams have endlessly changing data, literally thousands of to-dos, and a complex network of distributors, wholesalers, printers, retailers, data aggregators and sales agencies, all with their own systems to keep updated – not to mention your database, all the spreadsheets, the AIs and your catalogue. Better to just get everyone to focus on publishing next year’s frontlist than worry too much about the future, right?

You know you should stop and get the publishing process more organised. Everyone’s too busy firefighting for that to be an option, though.

But what if you could? What if migrating your legacy data was straightforward? And it was then easy to keep every piece of metadata automatically synced, so there was one version of the truth across editorial, production, marketing, and finance, as well as all your external systems? To have every task neatly move in line with all your changing manuscript delivery and publication dates? For teams across your company – editorial, rights, production, marketing, sales, PR, finance – to share a united understanding of all your backlist and frontlist metadata, contracts and more? Your company could be efficient and futureproofed – within a few months.

Skills

Posted on

March 17, 2019