Aiming to build an on-ramp to the metaverse for its 250 million users, iHeartMedia says it will create events and experiences for listeners and music fans on the online gaming platform Roblox. They plan to create events for music fans on Roblox, aiming to build an on-ramp to the metaverse. #metaverse#gaming
The Associated Press is creating an NFT marketplace to sell its photographers’ work as blockchain-based tokens. The outlet seems to be targeting collectors, who will have the ability to resell the art to other buyers. Selling iconic images as NFTs to benefit journalists. They’re using Polygon, which uses proof of stake, so it’s environmentally friendlier than proof of work Blockchain. They accept credit cards or crypto. Doing “Pulitzer drops” for limited editions.
Per @PublishersLunch: A new multimedia subscription-based service Harlequin Plus gives users access to movies, games, ebooks library w 10-15 new books/month, + print book bundles delivered to their homes for $14.99/mo.
Indie-focused retailer Bookshop.org has generated £2m to date for its 500 affiliated bookshops, with titles by Douglas Stuart, Caleb Femi and chef duo Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage among the biggest sellers.
McClatchy has begun experimenting with publishing transitional real estate stories with artificial intelligence software. And, it’s hardly the first news organization to explore the benefits of automated journalism, which in theory can free up journalists from more mundane tasks — if it doesn’t cost them their jobs. #AI#journalism
MT @DisabilityinPub “Attention editors and agents! We’re working on our website, including creating a database of editors and agents who are interested in working with disabled and neurodiverse authors. If you would like to be included, please fill out the forms linked in this thread!”
MT @DisabilityinPub “Attention freelancers! We’re building a database of disabled and neurodiverse individuals who would like to be considered for freelance/work-for-hire opportunities in publishing. If you would like to be included, please fill out this form”
RT @DV_con last weekend to register for the #DVcon2022 conference! registering gets you direct access to all our live-streamed panels and microvideos, plus an invitation to our exclusive Discord community! invites go out on Jan 17, so don’t wait! register now!
MT @rgay I’m excited to share that in partnership with @SubstackInc I’ve created the Joel Gay Creative Fellowships. There will be 3 fellows, paid $25,000 each to create/publish a newsletter for a year.
Is one of your new year’s resolutions to finally start (or finish) your book? There’s tons of advice out there on how you “should” do it. But quite often, the advice doesn’t free up creativity; it constricts it. What if you could approach writing a book in a way that felt less like “work” and more fun and creative? What if you threw out the templates and did the whole thing backwards? Because you can. Join us for a fun evening that’s part discussion and part book launch w @TerriT, author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life that Matters to You, and @RichelleFredson, founder of Purposeful Platforms. Come discover a fresh and nonlinear approach to crafting, sharing, and promoting your work. Virtual event FREE 1/19 7pm ET.
We’re excited to welcome Alexandra Alter, publishing reporter for The New York Times, and @mariskreizman, essayist, critic and host of The Maris Review on Lit Hub, for a far-ranging discussion on the seismic shifts in how we’re discovering, buying and consuming books and what the future holds for authors, publishers, retailers and readers. Virtual event 1/26 6pm ET $15 for non-members, FREE for members of @WMG_NYC.
There are an estimated 56% more job openings in branded content versus traditional journalism. That’s why we see an uptick in journalists and editors wondering how to break into this kind of content creation. And the truth is, branded content hiring managers would rather teach a journalist the basics of marketing than teach a marketer how to create compelling, editorial-like content. Another truth: creating content for brands can be fascinating and even fun—as either a gig or a career. In this session, we’ll cover: How to find a job or writing opportunity; what the work entails; and where the industry is headed. Virtual event 2/1 7pm ET $10 for non-members, FREE for members.
Novelist/poet/blogger Dale M. Kushner, and the marketing veteran she has worked with for eight years, WMG member @BridgetMarmion, share the process, tasks, benefits and challenges of connecting a writer with readers today. Virtual event FREE for all 3/18 7pm ET.
If you’re involved in the media industry, you likely have routine encounters with legal issues - from the negotiation of all sorts of agreements (publishing, ghost writing, content licensing and distribution, app development, and many more), to issues relating to copyright and the First Amendment. During this 1-hour Zoom webinar, Attorney @StacyJGrossman will discuss key issues in publishing agreements and important negotiation points, and she will review significant court cases related to publishing, including cases about embedding, book scanning and fair use. There will be plenty of time reserved for questions, so don’t be shy. Virtual event 3/28 at noon ET. FREE for members only.
Are you thinking of writing a cookbook but not sure where to start? Do you want to pitch your cookbook idea? Literary agent Sally Ekus is offering a one-on-one coaching session to discuss the ins and outs of cookbook publishing. If submitted in advance, she will review your pitch. Bid today! Auction closes Jan. 19th. Proceeds benefit Women’s Media Group Educational Foundation.