I’ve been invited to speak on a panel at next week’s conference, which is shaping up to be pretty impressive. Scrolling through the schedule of events, I’m glad to see colleagues Debbie Stier and Ron Hogan on another panel, and a number of others in the media I’ve been following for a while.
Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to talk about. I might just point to Richard Nash after his talk and say, “Ditto.”
- A number of fiction writers have tried to wrangle with Twitter, with mixed results. Instead of coming off as square peg/round hole, what are the new avenues of narrativity opened up here? Is it another spoke in the wheel of new storytelling, as in this recent example?
- With the Picador Book Club, Follow the Reader, and Twitter Book Club, authors are interacting with readers. Booksellers are interacting with customers. Reviewers are interacting with critics. What are some other possibilities? Is this at all different from existing platforms like Goodreads Author Discussions or writers crowd-sourcing their research? While I’m encouraged by the low barrier to entry for author/reader interactions on Twitter , I wonder if the format kneecaps the dialogue, rendering it superficial. (Then again, it’s not like the audience Q&A at author events is a hotbed of dialectics either.)
What do you think? What are some of the ways you think Twitter will or could work in publishing/bookselling/reading?