Broadcasting Today 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The People behind the Pages: The Appeal of the Personality-Driven Cookbook
Judith Weinraub, Madhur Jaffrey, Peter Kaminsky, Jane Lear, Jane Ziegelman
Beyond instruction, some of our most beloved cookbooks provide companionship with a trusted culinary guide — someone we welcome into our kitchens. By taking readers into the author’s world, that personal presence can teach, warn, amuse, inspire — and sell cookbooks. This session will explore the cookbook author as friend and even literary character, from the carefully crafted personae behind 19th-century “bestsellers” to the multi-media culinary personalities who dominate today’s cookbook marketplace.
Talking with Publishing Houses
Dan Rosenberg, Libby Edelson, Chris Navratil, Judy Pray
The publisher’s role is changing. Sitting at the top of a publishing house, there are many moving pieces, of which bringing a viable book to market is only one. And now, with all that’s happening in the world of digital/online, there’s even more that must be done to keep a publishing house on a path of growth and innovation that leads to success. Hear from a number of publishers living this day-to-day, who will share what they see as some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing publishing houses as a whole, as well as some ways that we can capitalize on these developments going forward.
Working with Bloggers
Casey Benedict, Pam Anderson, Maggie Battista, Abby Dodge; David Leite
As traditional media morphs online and digital content channels take on even greater importance, bloggers are becoming the new media outlets. Gatekeepers to a larger online community, tastemakers for what’s hot in food, and evangelists for trends, products, and more, food bloggers have firmly positioned themselves at the center of the cooking community. Many publishers have begun exploring what it means to work with bloggers, but how does this fit into a larger social media strategy, and how do publishers build real, meaningful relationships with bloggers who perhaps don’t always want to be pitched on the latest product? We’ll bring together a spirited panel of bloggers (and blog community organizers) who will share their insights on how they’ve worked with publishers and brands in the past, and what we can all do to improve relationships, provide value, and drive engagement both around our books and the bloggers we work with.
Reaching Consumers: How Author Tours, Events, and Online Outreach Sell Cookbooks
Celia Sack, Alison Fryer, Naomi McEneely; Jennifer Reese, Julia M. Usher
As consumers move online to research, discuss and buy cookbooks, there’s major opportunities for publishers and authors who want to reach audiences and build relationships. But how can these constituents go “direct to consumer” and how do offline events complement the 24/7 outreach that can happen online? In this panel, we’ll hear from cookbook authors, booksellers and content producers who will explore the benefits of in-person events at bookstores and other venues, how those opportunities can be leveraged into productive partnerships with brick-and-mortar venues, and how that engagement can be translated online both during and after those events.
Rochelle Grayson, Art Chang, Dave Feller, Yummly; Phil Michaelson, Kamran Mohsenin
The buzz word for online content is monetization (along with chunking, atomizing, community, and more). As future sales of print books remain uncertain, publishers will increasingly have to find new ways to diversify their revenue models, and find ways to entice consumers to pay for content that’s free elsewhere. Not only will this session look at the various opportunities for publishers, from content licensing, chunking, to in-book advertising, but it will also explore ways that publishers can use the media assets they create to enhance revenue outside of the book. As part of this session, we’ll also explore ways in which curated content differs from free online content and how we can convey that value to consumers for the purpose of monetization.