Posts Tagged ‘publishing’

Transparent Thieves

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

John and I decided some more stuff. We’ll be using our blogs, instead of email, to send messages to back and forth. We’ve also decided what we’ll be writing about and, tentatively, what system we’ll be using. (more…)

Transparent Publishing?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

John Wick and I are starting an experiment. (more…)

Who plays at their FLGS?

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

‘Making money’ selling digital RPG products is tough. It’s certainly possible, if approached properly, but if you want to see more than a token return on your products your best bet is to go print. The demand for digital RPG products is growing, but the digital side of the industry hasn’t matured fully. Yet.


gamerati: Shel Holtz (FIR)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

aa_gamerati_300Shel Holtz has been helping companies communicate for over thirty years. In 2005, he started For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report with his co-host Neville Hobson. Since then, they have produced over 450 shows discussing public relations and technology. I asked Shel to speak with me about podcasting and how it can help small publishers communicate with their customers. (more…)

Board Games (gamerati)

Saturday, June 6th, 2009


I asked a number of industry professionals to join me for an informal chat about board games. We talked about a number of things, from the apparent strength of the current board game market to ways all levels of the industry can help each other bring more games to more customers. (more…)

gamerati: Jason Falls (Doe-Anderson)

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

aa_gamerati_300Jason Falls, VP Interactive and Online Communications at Doe-Anderson, and I speak about branding and social media. (more…)

gamerati: BIG Jason Henderson

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

aa_gamerati_300gamerati: BIG Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson is the world’s leading expert on search engine optimization for the Miva Merchant shopping cart. We spoke about landing page optimization and email marketing.

gamerati: Stan! (Super Genius Games)

Monday, March 16th, 2009

aa_gamerati_300gamerati: Stan! (Super Genius Games)

Stan! (Super Genius Games) talks about market research, and treating your business like… a business.

Targeted Ads for eBooks and POD

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Modern online advertising technology (Google, Facebook, etc) allows an advertiser to target a specific demographic based on any number of criteria. As someone who manages advertising for a number of websites, one of the most important targeting criteria is geography. Service providers and retailers want to communicate with local clientele, not some random Joe.

This is great for websites, but how long will it take for this same ability to translate into other platforms?

Assume for a moment that I publish an eZine. I decide to sell a PDF edition and offer advertising space to companies who want to reach my readers. If I’m a speculative fiction rag, I might sell a full page to TOR, but I’m not going to be able to land one for the local book shop. It’s not economically feasible for the local shop to purchase advertising that will only be relevant for a small subset of those it will appear in front of.

What if I could geo-target advertising, though? What if I could allocate a single page for ads relevant to the subscriber’s mailing address? I could then offer a low-cost advertisement to a number of local stores. Each store would only appear in those issues that were sent to subscribers living in their local market.

The same logic could be used for POD as well, with ads being determined by the demographics of the purchaser.

Geo-tracking would be very cool. Taken a step further, you could have an HBO advertisement that changes based on age or gender—Sally sees one for Desperate Housewives, while Sam sees one for Deadwood.

So tell me, is this technology available today? If so, point me at it.

The Size and Shape of RPG Books (Fear the Boot 129)

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I stumbled into another episode of Fear the Boot last night. Inspired by a twitter conversation, kicked off by Adam Jury of Catalyst Game Labs, we kicked around the idea of non-standard book sizes.

Listen the the show and let us know what your thoughts are on the subject.