In Search of the Strange

In Search of the Strange

In Search of the Strange – and other tales of South Africans at large is an armchair adventure travel book that I curated. Published by Struik (now Penguin Random House), it is really a list of some of my greatest heroes and their most audacious and authentic escapades – for better or worse. Here’s my introduction: “Out there […]

South Africa & Michael Poliza

South Africa & Michael Poliza

My years of working side-by-side with German wildlife photographer Michael Poliza taught me much, challenging my thinking about media and technology and how we engage with them, both personally and professionally, both as creators and publishers. I collaborated with Michael and his publishers, teNeues, on a number of books – helping with image curation, project management and the text that would support his iconic […]

Blueprint for Transition

Blueprint for Transition

Can we quit our crowing and our bleating now? And can we plug our ears with beeswax to avoid the sirensong still luring the simpleton to islands of Old or New media? As if the waters were treacherous and we had to pick one safe shore. Enough of the cocksure arrogance of those who’ve crossed […]

Forests for the Publishing. Dreams for the Making.

Forests for the Publishing. Dreams for the Making.

They’re not seeing the forest for all of the trees. That Amazon focus: they see the books but not the creation. The products rather than the process… “Eco-system”, says Irish Chick, interrupting my musing. “It pisses me off that everyone uses that word. It’s not a god-dammed eco-system if it’s not about the environment.” Irish Chick is the female […]

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

First, a publisher and editor have a a huge impact on the creative process. Some would argue that editors have as much creative impact as a movie director has on a film. Manuscripts are not the same things as books. Authors create manuscripts, publishers and editors create books. So says Peter Hudson of BitLit. I’m a fan, albeit a […]

Publishing is War: the Art of Wrestling at Chess

Publishing is War: the Art of Wrestling at Chess

In a weeks old (print) copy of The Week, an article on ‘Russia’s secret game plan’ strikes me as an apt lesson in publishing. “Russia’s campaign to destabilize Ukraine, and the rest of Eastern Europe, is turning conventional military thinking on its head,” the summary states, going on to explain that, though war has not […]

The God of Amazonia

“Amazon are undoubtedly the most important player in the book world today. Whether print books or e-books. They really are the central platform around which the whole publishing industry is operating these days. Publishers think about Jeff Bezos kind of like how they might think about God – as a very distant, inaccessible figure who is […]

Some reflections on experiences of my publishing journey as a first-time author

By Derek Botha [Note: Derek is a client of Moonshine Media. Hearing him enthuse about the journey of publishing his first book, I asked him to note his thoughts down. After all, he will never publish a first book again, but it’s a path many others might stumble or skip down. – Dominique] Some years ago, […]

Pride – Confessions of a Publishing Aid in Africa

Warning: gushings ahead. Sorry, I can’t help myself. After how many years in the business, I still just love, love, love that moment when you unwrap that single proof copy of a new book from the printer, and feel the weight of it in your hand, and you page carefully through it, possibly remembering to […]

‘There’s a gap in the market’

This is the number one motivation my clients tell me they’ll give a publisher when pitching for a new book contract. As if publishers, with all their experience, don’t know the market, and this never-before-been-published person really is the expert. [Fact is, this might well be true. I don’t necessarily believe publishers are market experts. […]

Help! I’ve got a book in me

About time too… I’ve been planning to do this talk and series of workshops for a while now. Wanted to have it perfect before I started, but there’s been so much demand, I’ve finally just jumped in. Here’s the info we sent out in the weekly newsletter for the local indie bookstore, Kalk Bay Books: […]

New school old school

One of the reasons that I am so excited about the arrival of digital in the publishing world, is that it gives all the old-fashioned values and hand-crafted treasures the breathing room they need. If I’m buying a book for its content only, then I want that delivered immediately. Make it easy for me. To […]

Thinking, um ‘out the box’?

First there was the alternative approach to the print publication. And then a really neat (or not!) way of taking that to the electronic form without losing the essence. Great work, Visual Editions! Check out the videos by John Pavlus of Fast Co Design: Composition No.1: An iPad Art Book You Read On “Shuffle”

Partnership in Publishing

“In essence, that’s what we all are, I think, publishers, authors, and booksellers: partners in the quest to find and engage readers. It’s a difficult task, but as long as I keep the attitude that we’re in it together, it’s easier to deal with the vicissitudes of being an author,” writes accomplished author Lisa Tucker in […]

Amazon: ebooks, print books, more and me

Amazon Says Now Selling More E-Books Than Print Books – Eric Savitz – The Tech Trade – Forbes. As of 1 April, says Amazon, they were selling 105 e-books for every 100 printed books. The good news, though, is that they’re also selling more books in total. People really are reading more, it seems. This […]

‘Go the F— to Sleep’: The Case of the Viral PDF

‘I just absolutely love this story. Here is a book that is only due to be published in mid June, the publisher admits to having done absolutely nothing to promote it, and yet it is already at the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists. How, you ask? Piracy! Read the story here: Go the F— to […]

Beautiful handscripted book cover

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See some of the inside spreads here. Will you forgive me for stating the obvious, as it does need to be said: you probably would not have known about this beautiful celebration of paper and ink and craftmanship if you weren’t reading this e-ink. I came across it via Twitter which lead me to a […]

Think Quarterly: a beautiful book for slow intake by kings-of-speed Google.

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See the whole mag here. Wow. Such lightness of touch and depth of thought. It makes me go “aaaaaaaaaaaaaah……” Much respect

How Google’s New eBookstore Might Save Indie Booksellers | Fast Company

via fastcompany.com Lots of people have been asking me about the ‘safety’ of epublishing – how do you prevent people ‘stealing’ your stuff? Of course, with your books stored in a cloud like this, it’s so much easier for a whole group of people to share that one account. But then we just need to […]

Sales of ebooks vs printed books: have we been a bit mislead?

Just came across a most revealing blog post, titled Is Amazon lying about eBooks Outselling Printed Books?, which seems to indicate that we all may have been just a teensy weensy bit mislead about Amazon’s ebook-to-print sales ratios. The numbers, it seems, are all based around hardcover sales, which are a small portion of the […]

Seth Godin ditches mainstream publishing. Why you might also want to.

“The business race is on to have the relationship with the reader,” says Seth Godin, explaining why he’s ditching his traditional publisher and moving to print-on-demand (POD). Also quoted by Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg in the article in the Wall Street Journal was Mark Coker, chief executive of Smashwords Inc., an e-book publishing and distribution platform […]

The Mongoliad App: Is Neal Stephenson’s novel the future of fiction?

From Fast Company, an interesting piece by Kit Eaton: This may, possibly, be one future of the novel: as an app. And who better to push the limits of writing than Neal Stephenson, an author whose novels have already explored weird and unusual corners of sci-fi, including intelligent books. Late yesterday in San Francisco, at […]

Moonshine Media’s latest book reconnects children with nature

via kidsofnature.org This is a shameless plug for a book I am publishing. My friends and family will immediately ask what on earth I know about kids. Well, truth is, I really only know what Daniela and Matthias, my sister’s children, have taught me. Petra Vandecasteele, on the other hand, knows a whole lot more. […]