My editor at powerHouse Books, Wes Del Val, is profiled by Garance Doré on her blog today. He'll be insufferable now. Just kidding. It's a great interview about what it's like to publish books in the digital age.
One of the first questions people ask me is "who is publishing your book." Some people get it right away when I say powerHouse and others have never heard of them. The bottom line is that it doesn't matter who publishes you if you put out a great book. But the reason I chose powerHouse over other publishers was their roster of amazing art and photography books. The blog is also very organic and small like powerHouse. Even though Brooklyn, where they are based, is outside my comfort zone I thought it was good to mix things up. There was something about going to the 40th floor of an office tower and having a committee meet to decide whether they would take me on that seemed against everything I was doing.
I had a two hour meeting with Wes who got every reference and knew every person I was talking about. He actually reads more magazines each month than I do which I didn't think was possible. We've had our disagreements here and there and I'm sure he didn't think I was going to get everything in on time but it all came together in the end. I'm really proud of the finished product Creativity at Work and can't wait until you can see it in person. Heck, I can't wait to see it in person! I don't think it will be real until I have the actual bound copy in my hands.
In the end, the book is definitely a present for all my blog readers because none of this would be possible with out you.
Photo by Garance Doré