Johnny Temple: ‘You Can’t Keep All Your Eggs in One Basket’

By Jason Boog Comment

Akashic Books publisher Johnny Temple joined us for a Media Beat interview this week, talking about how he moved from playing in a band to leading a publishing house.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “When the bottom fell out of the music business, suddenly record sales plummeted and musicians had to look for multiple income streams to stay afloat. That’s one of the things I learned as a musician–you can’t keep all your eggs in one basket.”

Below we’ve included more interview excerpts with Temple–a publisher and Girls Against Boys bassist. Visit Akashic Books to explore the publisher’s long and varied list.

Temple concluded: “If you are going to be working in culture you need income coming from lots of different directions. In literature there just aren’t that many income streams. But for Akashic, as my business, we are definitely trying to diversify.”

Part One:  ‘We in the Publishing Business Need to Complain Less’
Part Two: ‘Authors Don’t Need Agents To Submit To Us’
Part Three: ‘You Can’t Keep All Your Eggs in One Basket’

You can also watch this video on Mediabistro’s YouTube channel.