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The information below originally appeared as a sidebar in Darhiana Mateo Tellez’s February 2016 Independent article: Kat Meyer’s Manifesto. You can read the full article here.

Kat Meyer, Director of Content Development, BISG

Kat Meyer, Director of Content Development, BISG

by Kat Meyer

Here are four quick tips for staying on top of book publishing trends. I welcome your additional thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

Be Active on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn

There are certainly people on these networks that you can follow, and just listening in on chats and reading posts can give you a really good idea of what the latest buzz is in all facets of the publishing world. Check out my buddy Jennifer Tribe’s site, Book Trade Directory (booktradedirectory.com) where you can find lists of Twitter accounts, websites, and more online resources for trend spotting and hot topics of industry conversation in the book world.

Attend Industry Events

Attending events can tip you off to the most cutting-edge trends. Event curators scour the world working tirelessly to find the latest and greatest speakers—trust me, I know! And, even if you can’t make it in person, many of the events include virtual components. My new work digs, BISG (bisg.org/taxonomy/term/23), has a handy list of some really fantastic publishing events, but don’t forget to think outside the box when choosing what events to attend. You often learn the most useful things by attending sessions and conferences that feel a bit unfamiliar. (And, don’t forget IBPA’s Publishing University!)

Follow Trade News and Join Associations

If you can wade past the alphabet soup of acronyms, there’s a bonanza of bookish-techy info to be found at such esteemed organizations as: PW, BISG, IDPF, W3C, BEA, ABA, CBC, IBPA, and ALA, just to name (or abbreviate the names of) a few! And the Bookseller and Publishers Marketplace, while not acronymized, are also good resources.

Sign Up for Google Notification Alerts

It’s as simple as setting up Google searches and having relevant information sent directly to your inbox under the terms “book publishing,” “technology,” or “e-book.” It’s so easy to miss things if you don’t have some kind of system worked out. There’s always something happening.

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