I don’t know if you knew this, but today is a holiday for me — NBA Draft day!! Happy NBA Draft day everyone!!
Anyone who has not seen the NBA Draft is truly missing out. The poor fashion choices! The awkward interviews! Moms losing their minds and bursting into tears when their sons are chosen! NBA commissioner David Stern getting booed by the crowd at Madison Square Garden! Oh, and teams make their draft picks too. It’s really one of the most compelling nights of television. For me, the NBA Draft is kind of like Christmas and the 4th of July and Halloween combined ONLY BETTER.
Meanwhile, I’m having a very busy day and will make this a short post.
I’m a little late to this party, but a few weeks back Moonrat had a great post about Jonathan Karp’s imprint 12, which everyone should definitely check out.
Essentially, Karp’s imprint is built around a simple concept: they publish one book a month and try and make them all bestsellers.
Moonrat really does a great job breaking down what this means, and if I may add my own interpretation, Karp is nailing one crucial fact about the publishing industry: when a publisher is really focused and really committed to a book, they can work wonders. When they don’t? Uh. They always do! Nothing to see here NBA Draft tonight.
As publishers move in the direction of smaller lists and bigger books, to some degree or another they’re probably going to emulate Karp’s model. So familiarize yourself with that imprint, because it’s one of several imprints that are redefining how publishers will operate in the 21st century.