Too Much Awesome, All In One Panel (A Guest Squeefest from SB Sarah)

February 6th, 2009 · 3 Comments
by Sarah Wendell

Next Tuesday at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference, Kassia put together the most excellent panel ever in the history of the world.  (Oh really? No – O’Reilly!)

Smart Women Read eBooks, an examination of ebook technology and the savvy female reader, will feature Kassia, who deserves the people’s ovation and fame forever for the proposal itself, plus a few other monstrously cool people.

First: Malle Vallik, Director Digital Content & Interactivity at Harlequin. I call her St. Malle of EBook, and really, she’s a freaking oracle of eBook technology and how it can and should be sold to female readers, particularly readers of romance. If she speaks, it’s pearls of wisdom, people. Recognize.

Plus: Angela James, Executive Editor of Sam Hain Publishing, and a powerhouse of smart when it comes to small press public relations and e-pub growth and sustainability.

Then there’s me, as a reader/reviewer/adopter of ebook technology, and the smacking truth is, while I have definite opinions of how ebooks and readers should do the tango of densual revenue and intimate profits, I’m going to be having a squeefest of my own on this panel, because between Kassia, Malle and Angela, the awesome will not be contained. I might forget to talk (HA!) because I’ll be so busy listening and taking notes.

So if you’re going to be at the conference, please don’t miss this one. I can promise just from reading the email exchange of panel development, the level of epic win on this panel will be legendary.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • Nice Mommy~Evil Editor » Blog Archive » My mantra for today // Feb 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    [...] I’ll be winging my way to NYC for the Tools of Change conference. If you’re there, I’ll be speaking Tuesday afternoon along with Kassia Kroszer of Booksquare, Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches and Malle [...]

  • Lews Pennock // Feb 9, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I can say that my case study of one female ebook reader embarrassedly admits to reading romance novels on her iPhone on her lunch break, that plus my credit card is stored in her reader so they are “free.” Didn’t think that one all the way through. At TOC by the way and hope to say hi in person.

  • deb smith // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I doubt most readers of romance novels are “embarrassed,” by their literary choices, since the average romance novel is far better written and far more complex than most of what passes for serious literature these days. In fact, most of the romance readers — and authors — in my circles read a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction and tend to be some of the brainier bunnies in the literate world. Also, particularly among younger readers, they are highly competent in the techie realm, unlike Lew’s unfortunate stereotype. My small press is selling a lot of ebook fiction these days, with romance, fantasy and mystery being the top genres, and not just among women readers.