Kat Meyer

Kat Meyer

Kat Meyer is Community Manager for TOC.

Tucson, Arizona

Areas of Expertise:

  • digital publishing
  • social media marketing
  • online community building
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • writing

Kat Meyer is a book publishing industry veteran whose background includes 20 years of editorial and marketing experience working for regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: HMH, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and many others.

Prior to joining O'Reilly, Kat acted as Chief Content Wrangler for her company, Next Chapter Communications, where she revels in two of her favorite past times: all things bookish, and all things social media. Among her clients at NCC have been: SourceBooks, NetGalley, AllRomanceE/OmniLit, Adaptive Blue, the University of Arizona Press, Poisoned Pen Press, BookSwim, and a little company called O'Reilly media!

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The People’s EBook

March 01 2013

“What the photocopier was to zines, we hope the People’s E-Book will be to digital books.” – Greg Albers Working for TOC, I meet and talk to people from all over the world who are doing incredible things to transform … read more

Glossi.com: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

February 08 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile … read more

BiblioBoard: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

February 07 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile … read more

Media Cooler Innovations: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

February 06 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile … read more

BookMachine: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

February 05 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile … read more

Borne Digital: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

February 04 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile … read more

The Holocene: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

January 31 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile … read more

Speakaboos: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

January 30 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile … read more

ValoBox: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

January 29 2013

We’re giving our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on our website. Our next profile … read more

CartoDB: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

January 28 2013

As mentioned earlier, we wanted to give our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. We’re featuring the startups with a personality profile here on … read more

Paperight: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

January 25 2013

We wanted to give our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. Since the three winners of the showcase will be presented on Valentine’s Day, … read more

Author (R)evolution Day Friday Tweet Chats Start This Week

January 23 2013

Starting January 25 and continuing through February 8, Kristen McLean (@BKGKristen) and I (@KatMeyer) be hosting #ARDay twitter conversations featuring speakers from Author (R)evolution Day. This Friday’s #ARDay tweetchat topic is “The Benefits of Bookish Community Participation and Building” and … read more

TOC 2013 Start-up Showcase semi-finalists announced

January 07 2013

This year we’re having the publishing community help us determine the 10 finalists who will come to TOC in New York to show off their product/service. Starting today, an online voting site will be open to the public. Voters will … read more

TOC to Host W3C eBook Workshop

November 27 2012

Among the many exciting events taking place during TOC this year, we’ll be hosting the W3C’s first eBook workshop, “eBooks: Great Expectations for Web Standards – A W3C Workshop on Electronic Books and the Open Web Platform.” The workshop – … read more

What to expect at TOC NY 2013

November 02 2012

Next year’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) lands in NYC February 12-14, 2013. We’d love to see you there! I’m writing to encourage you to register by Thursday, November 8, to get the best price on registration. My co-chair Joe Wikert and … read more

TOC Debate: Amazon vs Apple

August 23 2011

Which ebook platform is mightier? Find out when Team Bezos (Joe Wikert) takes on Team Jobs (Kassia Krozser) in a free webcast on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10 am PT. read more

Bookish Techy Week in Review

December 10 2010

In the latest Bookish Techy Week in Review: Google ebook store opens; Seth Godin plays with the Domino Project; Kobo launches Reading Life; and IA unveils a new browser-based book reader. read more

TOC hosting publishing startup showcase

December 06 2010

TOC's first Publishing Showcase will give you -- and your business -- a chance to get in front of hundreds of potential users and investors. Submissions are due by Jan. 10, 2011. read more

Announcing TOC Bologna

November 26 2010

O'Reilly Media and the Bologna Children's Book Fair today announce the first Tools of Change for Publishing event at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. TOC Bologna will be a one day conference held on Sunday 27 March 2011, focussing on digital and mobile technology. read more

Bookish Techy Week in Review

November 19 2010

In the latest Bookish Techy Week in Review: Berners-Lee defends the web; Amazon launches Kindle book gifting; Cooks Source folds; and Hachette Livre comes to an agreement with Google. read more

Bookish Techy Week in Review

November 12 2010

In the latest Bookish Techy Week in Review: Safran Foer's latest book is a true work of art; literary magazines are making a webby comeback; Jay-Z's memoir takes pre-pub publicity to new heights; and Richard Nash's Cursor posts a peek at the Red Lemonade list. read more

Open question: Do you trust market research surveys?

November 09 2010

As the publishing industry is inundated with statistics about user behavior, how do we determine if the reported numbers are accurate, and whether they are meaningful? read more

TOC 2011 preliminary program announced

November 05 2010

We've just unveiled the initial list of workshops, sessions, speakers, and events happening at TOC 2011 in February. read more

Bookish Techy Week in Review

November 05 2010

In the latest Bookish Techy Week in Review: News of Baker Framework and Scrivener 2.0; the FTC sensibly hires DRM basher Ed Felten; and the agency model gets a six-month evaluation. read more

Bookish Techy Week in Review

October 29 2010

In what was a very social bookish-techy week, Books in Browsers inspired much discussion of shared reading; bookish social networks launched - and shuttered; Amazon announced that Kindle will soon be sharing-enabled; and the new color nook was announced. read more

Bookish Techy Week in Review

October 18 2010

This week we noticed lots of good news for Amazon/Kindle; not the greatest review of iBookstore; HP's print-on-demand pilots gain ground; and advice for would-be Android readers. read more

Bookish Techy Week in Review

October 01 2010

This week we noticed: Snooki getting a book deal; Google taking an instant dislike to certain word searches; children liking ebooks; Amazon setting up shop at Facebook; Babylonian poetry finding its voice; and some people cutting up their personal library books. read more

Bookish Techy Week in Review

September 24 2010

This week we noticed: the Chronicle of Higher Ed worrying about ereading's effects on youth, while a Harris poll suggested ereaders read more; fall showed up but Google Editions did not; the ECPA doesn't do a lot to protect privacy in the cloud; certain libraries are lending things they probably… read more

A New Take on the Coffee Table Book

August 27 2010

In one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, Kramer comes up with the brilliant idea for a coffee table book with fold-down legs that makes it into a little coffee table--a coffee table book COFFEE TABLE book. Hilarious. Today I receive a press release from the folks over at Sideways announcing,… read more

TOC Announcement

August 25 2010

The Tools of Change site will be undergoing some reorganizing and streamlining over the next few weeks - the hopeful result of which will be a much better experience for the TOC community. Among the changes - we'll be shutting down the TOC Ning site on August 30. For those… read more

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Webcast: Publishing's Remediators: A Conversation with ZolaBooks' CEO Joe Regal
September 19, 2012
Join Regal (Zola's CEO) for a guided tour of ZolaBooks, and a discussion about the ebook landscape - including Zola's open approach, the disintermediative nature of the current dominant ebook retailers, the impact of the DoJ's ruilng on competition in...

Webcast: O'Reilly TOC Debate: Amazon vs. Apple
September 15, 2011
What began as a disagreement between colleagues has blossomed into the most fun you can have fighting at work: the TOC Debates. Our first debate, Amazon vs. Apple, features Joe Wikert and Kassia Krozser.

Webcast: HTML5 for Publishers
December 14, 2011
HTML5 for Publishers gives an overview of some of the most exciting features HTML5 provides to ebook content creators--audio/video, geolocation, and the Canvas--and shows how to put them in action.

Webcast: Ignite BEA "Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick": A Reprise
July 19, 2012
This webcast will showcase digital publishing startup innovators giving fixed-length, 5-minute talks with slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.