Category Archives: Dayna Says

Cudos for Guido Henkel

Hello all. You may not know about an eBook formatting genius named Guido Henkel. He has always been very generous about his knowledge and we here at Koho Pono have benefited from it. He is still formatting eBooks and as … Continue reading

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Jody’s Book is Launched

As you all know, we are a fairly new publishing company. Well, we just had our first ever book launch at Broadway Books here in Portland, Oregon. OMGosh! We had a blast. First of all, one of the bookstore owners, … Continue reading

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The Market for Print Books is Not Dying

 The print market for books is not dying. People still love to hold a story written on paper. They enjoy cracking it open, sniffing the new book aroma, feeling the heaviness of a new world in their hands, and anticipating the journey.  Just … Continue reading

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Writers Who Don’t Fit the Machine (Part 2)

At the heart of this series is this statement: We believe that with our innovation background Koho Pono (multimedia publishing) can find a way to help storytellers find/refine their voices and connect to their audiences AND produce a reasonable ROI … Continue reading

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Writers Who Don’t Fit the Machine (Part 1)

I am currently working with an author that ‘doesn’t fit’ into a big publisher’s pigeonhole. Jaki doesn’t write what is ‘cookie-cutter saleable’ in today’s marketplace. And yet her stories are to-the-bone correct. They are well written and tight. They speak … Continue reading

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Contractual Points for Artist-Author-Publisher Wins

If there is ever anything in a contract that you do not understand, ask a lawyer who specializes in that particular industry. Do not ever sign something because someone tells you that a contract is “a boilerplate” that it’s normal, everyone signs … Continue reading

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Calming Rice n Mango Salad

A great dish to serve at the negotiation table. Serves 4 1 cup Dark Brown Rice 1 cup Black Rice 4 cups Water 3-4 large Mangoes, peeled, sliced, and cut into bite-size pieces 1/2 teaspoon Toasted Coconut (or 1/4 cup … Continue reading

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Synergies & Contradictions with “Vendors”

As publisher, we at Koho Pono wear many hats including vendor-to-authors and project manager. In both of these roles we are trying to develop a satisfying process for everyone. Our goal is for authors to be fulfilled by the publishing … Continue reading

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Industry Consolidation

Clearly there are benefits to industry consolidation. Consolidation allows for more stable and expanded distribution, controlled excess capacity, and increased prices. It allows companies to integrate their schedules and unify operations, cut costs, and stock shelves with their titles. New … Continue reading

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Author & Audience Trends (4)

PART FOUR (and last of the series): Today it is extremely difficult for new authors to enter into the book-selling system. This is because of an industry-wide, entrenched mindset that is: publishing professionals serve as “guardians of quality”. At every … Continue reading

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