Shape the Future of Publishing with Kickstarter’s First-Ever Digital Conference

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On May 11, join a daylong conversation about fostering a more inclusive, fair, and vibrant publishing landscape

The world of publishing has changed dramatically in the last decade. Amazon has become a dominant channel for book sales (and almost everything else). Viral tweets can lead to bestsellers. Local journalism outlets like Gothamist have shuttered—and been reborn. Writers are struggling more now than ever before. But in other ways, it hasn’t: Publishing still isn’t representative of the world we live in, which leaves important stories untold.

And yet, passionate independent writers and publishers have developed innovative ways to connect with audiences and create economic opportunities in an uncertain time. While the conversation about the future of writers and publishers is a complicated one, it’s one I’m hopeful about nonetheless.

On May 11, 2019, I invite you to join this conversation with The Next Page: Creating the Future of Publishing, a digital conference hosted by Kickstarter. From 9 am to 5 pm ET, we’ll host discussions with some of the leading thinkers in the current magazine, book, web, and comic publishing landscape from the Kickstarter community and beyond.

Together, we’ll contemplate the big questions—around topics like the intersection of publishing and tech, how to bring about a dramatically more diverse publishing industry, creating economic sustainability, and cultivating strong communities—and begin to consider what the next decade of publishing could look like. I’m hopeful that these conversations will help us begin to build a more inclusive, fair, and vibrant publishing landscape.

Register to attend for free and preview the conference agenda.

As a digital conference, The Next Page will stream online for free to the public

The Next Page is Kickstarter's first digital conference. These Kickstarter-led discussions focus on topics that affect independent creators. The opening remarks, panels, and closing remarks of The Next Page will stream online for free, and will be available to anyone with an internet connection.

We also encourage online attendees to get involved: Throughout the digital conference you’ll be able to join the conversation via YouTube Live chat and make connections with other attendees.

For questions about the conference, write to thenextpage [at] kickstarter [dot] com.