I have to be honest. It kind of snuck up on me. We’ve been working so hard to BE THE CHANGE happening in digital publishing, it almost slipped by. I looked at the calendar this morning and realized that March 1st is our one year anniversary. Can’t believe 12 months have passed since we started the agency. It gave me pause and I started thinking back over that year…cue the wavy lines and harp music as the scene dissolves into March 1, 2013…
Anyway, look what we’ve accomplished in that short period of days:
* As an agency we sold 35 books (we actually sold more, but half a dozen haven’t been announced yet), and negotiated 15 subsidiary rights deals.
* We created an agency that specializes in hybrid authors–which is how I think we’ll describe every author five years from now. And why not. All authors will want to at least dip their toes in the digital publishing waters. Hybrid to us means that each author is analyzed to determine which career path resonates with their unique talents and goals, then we design a plan to get them where they want to be. We involve traditional, indie and self publishing methods to arrive there. And we explore new options such as multimedia extensions, previously undiscovered subsidiary rights, evolving technologies, and more.
* We spawned a virtual agency with people in Chicago, California, and New York, eliminating the high cost of office space.
* We licensed apps, board games, movies, TV shows, jewelry, and more based on our clients’ books. We even licensed our self-curated and published holiday anthology as an audio book.
* We created our digital publishing program and its shorties to highlight great writing and make it affordable to take a sip of a new author.
* We attended an epic ton of writers conferences. And I’m sure we’ll do it again in 2014 to get the word out!
* We explored (are still exploring really) the power of multimedia when it is integrated into our clients’ work. Watch for a new YouTube channel coming this year!
* We added in-house social media, marketing and publicity for our clients. We create a customized publicity approach for each client and each book. And we really take the process of branding seriously–for ourselves as well as our clients.
* But we don’t take ourselves too seriously and have become known in the industry for being nice and funny as well as cutting-edge.
* We had some best-selling mid-career authors switchover to our hybrid approach (Michael J. Sullivan, Gary Chalk, Alexandra Adornetto, to name a few.)
* We created new campaigns on Twitter and encouraged writers to ask anonymous questions on our Tumblr. We’ll probably invent new games and opportunities for writers to interact with us on other social media platforms in the future.
I’m sure there’s a lot more stuff that we pulled off in our first year of business. And I know that the list will be even longer next year. So Happy Birthday! *blows party horn and throws confetti*