As we hope you’ve heard, Livres Canada Books will be hosting the Export Exchange conference on January 28th in Montreal. This exciting new event will bring together French- and English-language Canadian publishers for a dialogue of innovation with some of the best minds from across various creative content industries.
We’ve been asking our speakers to tell us a bit more about themselves, their business, and their export strategy. Today, we’re delighted to introduce you to Megan Jones from Indie Thinking!
Name: Megan Jones
Company: Indie Thinking
1. What made you want to be a part of Export Exchange? Which topics and themes are you most interested to explore throughout the day?
Such an intriguing conference line-up and format! No other roster of speakers could lure me from beautiful, temperate California to Montréal in the depths of winter. San Francisco can be self-referential, so I’m eager to hear from everyone in attendance (see my answers to question #3 below) and hope to take home a wider perspective on modern publishing and export.
2. Which project or strategy has had the biggest impact on your career? Why?
A couple of years ago, I co-produced the radio documentary Shake it – a modern Polaroid love story. The project was such a great and complex mix of analog and digital elements – very sensory and emotional. I had managed digital content made by others for over a decade, so I loved writing and producing this. The project demanded that I re-learn how to write and talk, as some corporate marketing and communication habits that had been ingrained in my brain had to be vanquished. I discovered what goes into making an hour-long documentary and how to package it for distribution on public radio. And during research and production, I found a boatload of digital content tools that I now use and share with multimedia producers and students.
3. What inspires you the most about working in a creative industry?
I enjoy interaction. I love talking with people. People in creative pursuits are generally more voluble than, say, professionals in dentistry, tax accounting, or taxidermy.
4. What is the key to making a product stand out in today’s global marketplace? What makes an international success?
Authenticity and timing.
5. If you had to choose an alternate career, what would it be?
Personal chef. I tell people that if I were their personal chef, they would never be fat – just happy, slightly broke, and a maybe little drunk.
6. Which book has stayed with you the longest? Why?
I heard a couple of years ago that the books you read in your youth impact you the most. I am going to name two of my favourites, which include a children’s picture book, My Very Own Special Particular Private and Personal Cat (by Sandol Stoddard, illustrated by dancer/choreographer Remy Charlip), and the young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time, by the wonderful Madeleine L’Engle. Both books have prickly main characters who are exploring independence and their own specialness. I hope I am quoting this correctly from the cat in Stoddard’s book: “I like what I lick and I lick what I like. I am the boss of me.”
For more information about Megan, other Export Exchange speakers, or to register, please visit our website. We hope to see you in Montreal!