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Author and Publisher Wish Lists

I spent most of the last week at a series of meetings at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. During one of these sessions, we brought a roomful of authors and publishers together to discuss ways to improve the business. OK, it was really a chance for authors to air their top 10 complaints about publishers and for publishers to do the same regarding authors. Believe it or not, it was an extremely upbeat meeting.

Our original intention was to have a discussion on the top 3 or 4 issues from each camp, but we only managed to develop the wish lists and ran out of time for the discussion. Rather than staying up all night trying to fix one or two of these items, we decided to think bigger: we’re starting a new blog with the goal of expanding the discussion and hopefully developing some solutions.

One-line summaries of the top issues are posted and ready for review. Be sure to weigh in with your opinions. More importantly, see if you can help us develop some viable solutions.

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