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 Artmedia - ePublishing News - September 05

Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Literary and Performing Arts

ePublishing Report  
  Media Mix, Print on Demand, DVD and e-Book

  Angels Can Fly, Brisbane Writers Festival Launch

Media and Writing News:   
  A new branch of ELO, Griffith University, Australia
  Open Content Licensing Symposium Report
  Call for papers, Fibreculture Journal, Australia
  Future TV Workshop, Munich, Germany
  Call for papers, Media Art Conference, Germany

  Western Australia Spring Poetry Festival, Perth
  Australia's National Storytelling Festival, Perth

  Brisbane Writers Festival News, QLD, Australia
  Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Bali, Indonesia,
  International Digital Poetry Festival in London, UK

Artmedia Services: 
  Newsletter Advertising, Artmedia Web Promotion
  Subscriptions and Unsubscription Information  

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Artmedia News

Welcome to the September 2005 edition of the e-publishing quarterly from Artmedia Publishing, a publication with an Australasian focus, and a global perspective, exploring the changing nature of the book and electronic publishing.

Firstly my apologies that it has been so long since the last issue of the newsletter, and I can only protest that I have been editing and publishing my latest book, Angels Can Fly, and this has been an all consuming experience. This book has been released in Print on Demand and as an e-Book under the Creative Commons license, and the publication has been accompanied by the release of a two hour DVD. This mix of media has proven more successful in the last couple of months, than the publication of any of my previous three books, and I explain why in the e-Publishing Report.

In the Artmedia Site news we have two new writers on the site; Roxanna Ryder and Catherine Basilicata, while our long term site clients, Adrian Rogers and Richard James Allen, also have information on their new books. To find out how to get your book promotion on the Artmedia site and in this newsletter, check out the bottom of this newsletter.

In the Features I announce the launch of Angels can Fly at the Brisbane Writers Festival, and I invite all those in Brisbane to attend. Many copies of the book are now in libraries in Australia and New Zealand, so check out your local library to see if they have a copy. Some libraries also have the Angels Can Fly DVD, and I also have a special offer in the Features for those who would like to purchase the DVD.

In Media and Writing news, we have information on a new branch of the Electronic Literature Organisation at Griffith University on the Gold Coast here in Australia, and on the Australian Creative Commons website which has now gone live, plus we have a report on the Open Content Licensing Symposium held earlier this year. There is also a call for papers for the Fibreculture Journal on new media, networks and new pedagogies, here in Australia, while in Germany, we have information on a Future TV Workshop in Munich and a call for papers for the Media Art Conference in Osnabruck.

In our new Events section, we have news of the Western Australia Spring Poetry Festival which is now on in Perth, and on Australia's National Storytelling Festival will also be held in Perth at the beginning of next month. Also in Australia we have news on the Brisbane Writers Festival, and in Indonesia we have information on the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, while in the UK there is information on the International Digital Poetry Festival in London.

We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the e-publishing community, so please send us information for inclusion in this newsletter, and please also forward this to someone else who may be interested.

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Artmedia Site News

On the Artmedia site you can find links to writers, companies, resources and festivals all over the world, and you can also subscribe to this newsletter. The newsletter archive on the site now includes all issues for 2002, 2003 and 2004. Check it out at: . You can find information on the promotional services offered by Artmedia, at the bottom of this newsletter.

New on the artmedia site this month, we have information on 'Chasing the King', a new novel by Roxanna Ryder, which has been described as 'a unique fusion of history and fantasy, ancient and modern. Irresistible characters, compelling battle scenes, and a blending of ancient Britain and the modern rock lifestyle.' Find more information at:

Also new on the site this month we have information on 'Sounds of Silver Doves Cry', Catherine Basilicata's second book of poetry. "Poetry that tells a story that, like the famous and inspirational works of Sylvia Plath's 'Ariel', has to be expressed, and one that does end on an entirely positive note. It is the experience of a young Australian woman, growing up in the 1970s and 1980s." Find more information at:

And check out South Australian author, Adrian Rogers, an author, poet, and private music teacher, with three fantasy novels published as e-books - on CD Rom. On his site he also has information on his new poetry collection, 'Over The Wave Break', featuring 91 poems in the form short messages to an unnamed friend; interspersed are nature poems, fleeting visions, reflections on illusion and reality, on Christmas, capitalism, reconciliation, Australia Day, and some autobiographical recollections.

Australian born poet Richard James Allen has combined a unique international career as a writer, performer, choreographer and filmmaker, and his first novel, The Kamikaze Mind, will be published by Brandl & Schlesinger in 2005. Find information on advance orders at:  "An astonishing and rich work, pithy and witty, tender and often wise, sad and raunchy, imaginative and very surprising...I found myself constantly wishing to note down quotable quotes...eloquent and moving." Thomas W. Shapcott. Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman run the Physical TV Company which makes dance and physical theatre for the screen. Their award winning dance films and video dance works, stories told by the body, regularly screen nationally and internationally at Festivals and on TV. 

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ePublishing Report   

In the ePublishing Report in the March issue of this newsletter I reported on American author, Cory Doctorow's experiments in releasing his e-Books under the Creative Commons license. Creative Commons allows readers to copy and forward the e-Book to friends, to post it on newsgroups, and to give it away to as many people as they wish. If you missed this issue of the newsletter, you can find it at 

This electronic publishing model looks at e-Books not as a product, but as a promotional medium, and after releasing my new book, Angels Can Fly, in Print on Demand, and simultaneously making the e-Book available under Creative Commons, I can report from personal experience that it works.

The barriers to publishing paperback books in the new electronic age have largely disappeared... no longer do you have to have a lot of money to invest in stocks of books, or access to a distribution network to get them into the shops, because print on demand and online shopping have circumvented these barriers. The new frontier however is in the promotion and marketing of the book.

Most of us buy books by browsing in a bookshop, something which Print on Demand does not enable. Few of us buy books sight unseen, so we need to find a new way to check out the book before we buy. Giving away the e-Book enables interested buyers to browse the book on their computer, before they order the paperback.

Is there a danger that people will read the e-Book and not buy the paperback? Of course there is, but as a rule people still do not want to read a book on their computer. Angels Can Fly is 540 pages, and who wants to read that size book on their computer? We happily browse it on our computer, and then if we like it we buy the paperback, or that is how it appears to be working.

We have an inherent attraction to the established technology of paper books, and the e-Books as promotion model uses this resistance to the new technology to the advantage of publishers and writers. Although we are closer and closer to the killer application which will do all of our media in our pocket, books are still seldom mentioned in this context. The arrival in the near future of flexible, paper this screens and electronic ink may well change this, but in the meantime e-Books work as a promotional tool.

The other promotional tool that I have used effectively with Angels Can Fly, is to bundle the paperback with a free DVD, to add value to the product. I have been fortunate in this regard that the theme of the book is clown, which is an area that I have worked in for 28 years, so I have hours of archival footage from my work over this period, which I have been able to edit into a two hour documentary DVD. Over the past month, since the release of the DVD, orders have come in from New Zealand, North America and Europe.

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Feature: Angels Can Fly

Brisbane Writers Festival Launch, October 2nd
Angels Can Fly will be launched at the Brisbane Writers Festival, on Sunday October 2nd at 1pm, in the BookMania Marquee on the Cultural Forecourt between the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Brisbane River. The launch will not only include a reading from the book, and an opportunity for questions and book signing, but also a 15 minute show, the 'Seven Clown Commandments'.

Now Stocked in Libraries in Australia and New Zealand
Around 50 copies of Angels Can Fly are now in libraries in Australia and New Zealand. Check with your library to see if they have a copy. Some libraries also have copies of the Angels Can Fly DVD.

Order Angels Can Fly from Bookshops and On-line
The book is selling well through bookshops and online stores in Australia, America and England. Order your copy today. ( ISBN 0957884419 )Amazon are still selling it at a US$16.47.

Angels Can Fly DVD - Special Offer
The Angels Can Fly DVD ( ISBN: 0957884435 ) is available free when you purchase the Australian Edition of the paperback direct from Artmedia. The Australian edition is Aus$49.95 plus Aus$22 international postage or $10 in Australia. This edition includes colour pictures. To get the paperback and a free Angels Can Fly DVD, simply send a bank cheque in Australian dollars, payable to Artmedia to: PO Box 152, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia.

"Angels Can Fly is subtitled a Modern Clown User Guide, and it includes a mix of fiction following the adventures of ten clown characters, some personal clown anecdotes from 20 professional clowns, a total of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory on the nature of modern clown.

"Clown is a fascinating, diverse, complex and exciting art form, which has existed around the planet for thousands of years. Like any art form it has to evolve to stay relevant to the culture nurturing it, and at the same time, and by its very nature clown teases and turns upside down the cultural patterns and boundaries around us.

"With a background of three published novels, and 25 years teaching and performing as a clown, Alan Clay has produced a popular book which conveys the nature of modern clown for an adult readership."

This book is also available free as an e-Book in the Microsoft Reader format. This e-Book is released under the creative Commons License, which allows the unlimited, noncommercial redistribution. If you would like a copy, go to and type e-mail address in the subscription box.
You might also like to check out the Angels Can Fly blog, where you can browse the chapter headings, the exercises, and the contributors. Some of the exercises and the anecdotes have also been posted in full over the past few months, and you can find them in the archival section of the blog.

Reviewers called Alan's last novel; "A powerfully creative work, with prose that sings like poetry. Beautifully told and evocatively rendered, Believers in Love comes very highly recommended."   Cindy Penn, Amazon top 50 reviewer

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Media and Writing 

"Alan, Knowing of artmedia and your close ties to new media poetics and art, I thought I would tell you about a new branch of the ELO we are setting up at Griffith University in the Gold Coast. We are still formulating the plans, but certainly want to involve all those in Australia interested in experimental works and digital writing. Also I wanted to share some of my work, as I've just arrived in Australia and am keen to make contacts with other like minded folks. cheers, Jason Nelson. Find a link to Jason Nelson's site under Writers at

"Hi Everyone! We are pleased to announce that the new Creative Commons website has gone live and you can now download the latest cc-au animations, learn more about the licenses and the project, and receive progressive updates on what we're doing, as well as get the latest news on prominent and upcoming Australian Creative Commons users. Please, let us know what you think of the new site, and any suggestions you have for improvement. In January this year the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, hosted the Open Content Licensing Symposium: Cultivating the Creative Commons conference on Gardens Point campus in the city's CBD. It was a symposium on the latest developments for the future of distributing, developing and negotiating rights in digital content. Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Head, School of Law and co-project leader of the Australian Creative Commons movement was instrumental in arranging Lawrence Lessig's visit to Brisbane. Lawrence remarked that he was "thrilled to be working with Queensland University of Technology", and that, "Australia will be a vital participant in bringing the international Cultural Commons to fruition". Lawrence felt that the conference was the "best we've seen". We are very happy to announce that the video logs of the conference are now available. The video streams are licensed under the Creative Commons Australian Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.1 license. You can find these video logs on the new site." Nic Suzor. Find a link to the Creative Commons site under Resources at

"Call for papers, Fibreculture Journal, New media, networks and new pedagogies (2006) :: fibreculture :: has established itself as Australasia's leading forum for discussion of internet theory, culture, and research. The Fibreculture Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that explores the issues and ideas of concern and interest to both the Fibreculture network and wider social formations. Papers are invited for the New media, networks and new pedagogies issue of the Fibreculture Journal, to be published in early 2006. This issue will be guest edited by Adrian Miles. It is easy to argue that much of the rhetoric attached to new media and the internet in relation to pedagogy has mistaken quantity for quality. It has been a conversation that has confused the qualitative changes that our new conceptions of media, knowledge, and networks afford with the quantitative changes beloved of those who confuse teaching and learning with instruction and consumption. These new qualities are the differences between the vector and commodity, blogs and books. However, imagine if our universities had been invented now. What would pedagogy be? What form would teaching and learning take? What would count as knowledge? Expertise? What forms would this knowledge take? Taking this as a departure this issue of the Fibreculture Journal invites those working in new media, internet studies, education, and cognate disciplines to discuss the strengths and celebrate the possibilities that new media and its networks affords teaching and learning. The emphasis in this issue is not on the criticism or description of existing models and paradigms but to invite the exploration and celebration of new possibilities, real or imagined. What new knowledge formations should there be? How would they be taught? How could they assessed (if at all)? What critical academic work, and in what forms, would our students be producing? Submissions are welcomed in any relevant format, including essay, hypertext, interactive time based media, projects, or imaginary annotated curricula. Please send abstracts or enquiries to Guest Editor Adrian Miles  with "fibreEducation" as the subject header. Alternative material (eg interviews, curricula, interactive work, podcasts) are all able to be considered for publication and are welcomed. Abstracts and proposals should no be no longer than 500 words and must outline the relevance of the key ideas, methodology and format. Abstracts due: October 14, 2005. Responses to authors: November 14th 2005. Final work due: February 6, 2005. There are guidelines for the format and submission of contributions on the Fibreculture site." Dr Andrew Murphie - Senior Lecturer School of Media, Film and Theatre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Executive Editor; the Fibreculture Journal. Find a link to Fibreculture under On-Line Journals at 

"Future TV Workshop headed by Raimo Lang, October 4 - 10 2005. 2005 venue: Academy for TV and Film, Munich, Germany. Workshop language: English. In this creative workshop participants will develop fiction concepts for ITV in teams. The workshop will in the first place focus on the exploration of the potential for interactive, participatory TV programme enabled by combining traditional broadcast with mobile and/or internet applications. The training is aiming in the first place at professionals (developers, writers, producers, designers, programmers, artists, researchers...) coming from MEDIA member countries. Applicants coming from other countries please contact the sagas office for details. There is a limited budget available for travel and/or hotel funding. In case you need to apply for this please make sure to contact the sagas office before September 20. Sagas writing interactive fiction is a non-profit training initiative in the frame of the Media Plus Programme of the EU and is aiming at furthering innovative story-based content creation for interactive media. Sagas writing interactive fiction workshops are intense, hands-on, inspiring: effective think tanks and cross-disciplinary networking platforms. More details and application forms available on the web site." Best Regards, Brunhild Bushoff. Find a link to the Future TV Workshop under Workshops at

"Call for Papers for the first Media Art Conference in Osnabruck, Germany, which will take place from the 15th to the 17th of May 2006 as a three-day specialist symposium at the University of Osnabruck. It will be held immediately following the 19th European Media Art Festival (EMAF, 10th to 14th May 2006), one of the largest media art events in Europe. The conference will focus on the growing affinity between art forms produced, experienced and distributed by the media on the one hand and the highly debated iconic or pictorial turn on the other. One of the central issues will be to question whether the recently developed aesthetic terminology can sufficiently deal with the time and action oriented art forms of performance and media art. We would be very pleased to include you among the speakers or authors for our planned publication. In addition to a description of content, the abstracts for papers (c. 400 words) should clearly demonstrate both their relevance to the theme of the conference and their originality. A publication of the conference findings is planned. All contributions will be considered. Please submit your abstracts by 30 October 2005 to the EMAC office: Media Art Conference Osnabruck, University of Osnabruck." Find a link to the Media Art Conference under Festivals and Conferences at

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"WA Spring Poetry Festival 2005 is now on with a jam-packed spring poetry month here in WA, including celebrations for National Poetry Week. So far, there are over 50 events planned during the Festival. If you're into poetry performance, world poetry, a poetry challenge, sub verse, poetry readings, poetry on the page, on the walls, in the park, poet trees or guerrilla poetry, this Festival is for you. The Festival celebrates poetry's relationship with the public and public spaces. There's an event to suit most tastes. And next year will be even bigger! We are building relationships with interstate poetry festival networks. We want to make WA Spring Poetry Festival a part of the broader national poetry festival circuit. To get details of all the events, and to register your interest in reading/performing poetry and having your poems displayed, check out the website." Maureen Sexton. Find a link to the WA Spring Poetry Festival under Festivals at

"October Under The Southern Cross, Friday 29th September to Sunday 2nd - Australia's National Storytelling Festival, Perth, WA. Includes the Poets and Yarnspinners Breakfast, on Sunday 2nd October, 8 am to 9.30 am. Theme: Storytelling on the Edge. At Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre, 1 Stock Rd, Bicton. For more information  check out the website." Mabel Kaplan. Find a link to the National Storytelling Festival under Festivals at  

"Hello Alan, This week at the Brisbane Writers Festival things are really starting to hot up as we enter the final straight. The finishing touches are being put on the special events but we're excited to tell you that the masterclasses that were such a success in 2004 are back! You also still have ample time to enter the Writesmall micro-fiction competition and register for Speed BookMatch, our 'speed-dating' event for hopeful book club members. In this week's e-bulletin you can also read about esteemed guests Anne Giardini, Ian Townsend & John Misto plus, don't miss the chance to win a free copy of N A Bourke's new book 'The True Green of Hope'. Early birds will find the Books on Toast literary breakfasts a great way to spend time with the writers. And the Brisbane Writers festival continues it strong ongoing commitment to promoting and supporting Indigenous writing with its gutsy, bold and contemporary Indigenous program that includes Premier Beattie giving the welcome. " Find a link to the Brisbane Writers Festival under Festivals at

"Between Worlds - Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Bali, Indonesia, 6-11 October 2005. The lush Balinese mountain village of Ubud, the artistic heartland of one of the world's richest and most hospitable cultures, will host the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival from 6 to 11 October 2005. This year's festival theme "Between Worlds" emerged from discussions at the inaugural 2004 event, where issues of cross-cultural identity, inter-faith experience, and global-local interface in matters of language and literature were repeatedly raised by authors juggling modern versus traditional ways, caught between religious or geographical borders or simply straddling two or more cultures. This years diverse and exciting program brings together writers, actors, dancers, filmmakers and photographers from the Southeast Asian region as well as other parts of the globe. Poetry and prose readings by some of the world's most renowned authors will be complemented by public discussions, debates on literary and political topics, long literary lunches, challenging workshops, informative panels, world-class theatre, astonishing traditional dance, and cool jazz. There's something for lovers of every style and genre of writing: novels, poetry, zines, plays, film, hip hop, song lyrics, journalism and teen lit. Sessions cover publishing, translation, erotica, food, travel, activism, spirituality, indigenous cultures and languages and much more. Enjoy dances by world-renowned Indonesia performers, an exhibition by some of the region's most courageous photojournalists and, above all, the warmth and generosity of the people of Ubud. You can see the full program, guest list, articles, press releases and photo gallery on our web site  . 'This Festival is a creative and practical way to bring healing to Bali, build cultural links and promote local development and literacy,' says Janet De Neefe, the Festival Director. The Festival has been organized under the auspices of the non-profit Saraswati Foundation for the Arts, an organization devoted to literacy, education, and the cultivation of art and literary cultural collaboration between east and west." Hal Judge, PR Director. Find a link to the Ubud Writers Festival under Festivals at  

"E-Poetry 2005: an International Digital Poetry Festival in London, UK. Wednesday, 28 September - Saturday, 1 October 2005. Hosted by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC), Birkbeck College, London & supported by the Electronic Poetry Center (EPC), Department of Media Study & Poetics Program, State University of New York. E-Poetry 2005 is both a conference and festival, dedicated to showcasing the best talent in digital poetry and poetics from around the world. E-Poetry combines both a high-level academic conference and workshop, examining growing trends in this young and emergent art form, with a festival of the latest and most exciting work from both established and new practitioners. The festival is scheduled to take place at Birkbeck College, University of London, with performances at the ICA, Tate Modern and other important London venues. There will be performances by numerous leading digital poets with guest appearances from major literary figures, as well as installations and exhibits throughout the week. Please check out the web site for further information." Festival Organizers: Loss Pequeqo Glazier & Piers Hugill, with the assistance of John Cayley. Find a link to the E-Poetry Festival site under Festivals at

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