Export Exchange: Meet Megan Jones

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!

01/11/2016 | Events, Export, Export Exchange, Interview