1 What's your company called?
2 What services or products do you offer?
MetaComet Systems’ Royalty Tracker helps publishers automate their royalty management. Our Sales Aggregator tool enables quick, easy consolidation of sales files from multiple sources including currency conversions. AuthorPortal.com is an author-publisher collaboration tool designed to enhance your relationship with authors.
3 How can you help IPG members?
By helping publishers automate their royalty management, we enable them to free up valuable resources and reduce the risk of errors. We also enable in-depth analytical reporting of sales and royalty accruals. Finally, we help foster author relationships through AuthorPortal.com.
4 What do you enjoy about working in publishing?
We love books, and we love helping our customers be as productive as possible. Royalty management is one of the most complex aspects of publishing, and thanks to our tools, we make it one of the simplest. We enjoy helping our customers solve this challenge.
5 What do you think is the single biggest opportunity and the single biggest threat for independent publishers right now?
We see great opportunities for independent publishers. With all the consolidation of the largest houses, there are new gaps in the mid-range of the industry enabling indies to thrive. Related to this is the author relationship. Authors have more choices than ever, and independent publishers are much better positioned to establish strong, long-term ties with their content creators. Finally, with the growth of ebooks, publishers can get quality content to market much faster and more cost effectively. We have several publishers that only print books after they’ve experienced success with ebook versions in their target market. That reduces risk.
On the flip side, because it is so easy for anyone to publish a book, the amount of noise in the market makes it harder for readers to discover good books. The good news is that most of the ‘noise’ out there is garbage, and a good publisher with quality content and a good marketing plan can make their books stand out.
6 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
We have the opportunity to meet and work with great independent publishers. Almost all of our customers fall into the indie category. They are our favourite group to work with because of their passion for and ownership of what they do.Visit the MetaComet Systems website