On Monday, July 11th, Jay Gale, Co-Founder & Partner at INKUBATE, was the featured guest on Portsmouth Community Radio’s (WSCA 106.1 FM) Seacoast Business Connection, an hour-long talk show hosted by Mark Miller, a local business commentator dedicated to finding and reporting on the most interesting entrepreneurial businesses homegrown in NH.
Mark heard about INKUBATE through the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, an organization headed by John Herman that has been very supportive of INKUBATE’S mission. Prior to contacting Jay, Mark himself became a writer member of INKUBATE. In the process, our business model so intrigued Mark that he kindly invited Jay to discuss it in detail.
Mark and Jay’s conversation covered a broad range of issues, with an emphasis on how INKUBATE’S search tools will provide the efficiencies that publishers and agents have said will help them remain competitive, despite the rapidly evolving market challenges presented by self-publishing and direct publishing models. Amazon is one such challenger that has, in fact, become a full-fledged publisher in its own right.
“What we are doing is turning the ‘Discovery’ process into a proactive experience, so that publishers and agents are now able to find exactly what they are looking for,” Jay explained. “The term slush-pile has regularly been used pejoratively to describe a richly textured body of writers’ works simply because it’s difficult to manage. What we understood when we set out to streamline the Discovery process is that there’s nothing wrong, intrinsically, with that body of work, though, what has been lacking, up until now, are the tools powerful enough to efficiently manage this rich library of intellectual output. INKUBATE’S tools enable publishers and editors to mine exactly what they are looking for from this valuable raw resource. Yesterday’s so-called slush-pile is now revealing itself to be a deep reserve of new and valuable intellectual property. INKUBATE makes this possible.”
The hour long discussion can be heard by following this link:
Anyone concerned with these issues should take a listen and, of course, we’re always delighted for you to respond with questions or feedback that you may have on this or other blog posts.
Below: Jay Gale (foreground) and Seacoast Business Connection Host, Mark Miller at WSCA's Portsmouth, NH radio station