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Artmedia - e-publishing news - September, 2002

eBook Report
Paperback Pirates - 'Used, like New' in the USA

Readings from 'Believers in Love', NZ & US Tour

trAce online writing school feedback, UK
National Poetry Week - Queensland Poetry Festival, Sept 22-29
How to Get Published by Michael LaRocca, a free ebook
DiGiT conference and workshops
Entries for EPPIE-2003 Awards for Excellence in E-books

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Welcome to the September edition of the e-publishing newsletter
from Artmedia in Sydney, now reaching over 7,000 writers,
publishers, bookshops, libraries and media-smiths in Australia,
New Zealand, America, Canada and worldwide.

In the eBook Report this month I update on the possible pirating
of paperbacks in the US, as a1Books sneaks their listing of
Believers in Love back into amazon zshops, after previously
promising never to sell it there again.

In the features I promote my readings from Believers in Love tour,
and invite newsletter subscribers in NZ, the USA and Canada,
particularly the many libraries on this list, to suggest opportunities to
present my book, which lends itself to a live performing situation,
and is suitable for story-telling and poetry events, as well as literary

In the networking we get some feedback from last months item on
trAce online writing school, people with initiative and inventiveness
are sought for the National Poetry Week at the Queensland Poetry
Festival, Michael LaRocca offers a free ebook on How to Get
Published, and we have info on the DiGiT conference and

We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing
electronic publishing community worldwide, so please send us
information for inclusion in this newsletter. Thank you for reading
Artmedia e-Publishing News. Please forward this to somebody
else who may be interested.


Alan Clay runs Artmedia Publishing. Alan's third novel, 'Believers in
Love', is now available on order through bookshops and on-line stores.
Order the paperback, or download the eBook, US$6.95, from online
stores or from bookshops throughout America, Canada, England,
Australia, and New Zealand.

eBook Report - Paperback Pirates - 'Used, like new' in the USA

Much has been made recently of pirated music and films, but now
questions are now being asked in America about pirated books.
Just as with other media, the onset of the digital age has made the
pirating of paperbacks much easier, because these days many
books are printed individually from file, as required.

Believers in Love is proving so popular that companies across
America are discounting the recommended retail price and selling
the book 'used, like new' through Amazon zshops, a part of
amazon which functions a little like eBay where anyone can sell
books. Some of them even claim to have sold thousands of copies,
or to be holding stocks of the book in excess of the number sold
by Lightning Source, the authorized US content provider.

Lightning Source are based in St Louis, Missouri, and they print
and supply the books for those buying direct through Amazon.
But as all the other 'used like new' listings also come up in
searches for the book on amazon, buyers naturally choose the
lowest price.

Artmedia served a notice of demand on one of these discounters,
a1Books of Fairfield, New Jersey, in March to 'permanently stop
selling 'Believers in Love' and Clay's second novel 'Dance Sisters',
and remove all references to the books from the a1books.com
site and amazon zshops.

Although a1Books promised to stop selling the books, this month
the books reappeared in the a1Books zshops listing. If consumers
look closely at the feedback for each of the zshops, they will find
some with negative feedback about the delivery and condition of
a significant number of the books purchased, which should alert
them to the business practices of some of these companies.

Ordering 'Believers in Love' through the local bookshop, rather
than online, is one certain guarantee of the authentic product, and,
as with all the other media these days, it is up to consumers get a
quality product with good service, by buying the authentic article
and not the 'used like new' versions of the book.

Feature - 'Prose that sings like poetry' from storyteller - Readings Tour

I will be in New Zealand from December 2002 to March 2003, and am
looking for opportunities to present my book, which lends itself to a live
performing situation, and is suitable for story-telling and poetry events,
as well as literary events.

American reviews of 'Believers in Love' have been so good, that I will
be touring North America from May to November 2003, and I am
looking for similar opportunities to present my book.

At this stage I will start the tour in Atlanta, Georgia, in May and then
head up the east coast in June, through Maryland, Virginia, and New
York, spend July to September in Canada, largely in Ontario, travel
to Hawaii in October, and spend November on the west coast of
America, in Washington, Oregon, and California.

I welcome enquiries from libraries in any of these states who are
interested in hosting a reading, or from organisers of poetry readings,
or festivals. There need not be any large cost in my participation, as
I will already be in the area. e-mail readings@artmedia.com.au

"Novelist Alan Clay breaks the mould of traditional romance to
make it an art of creation, in Believers in Love. The light tone of
the narrative belies the profound observations of life, art and love.
Believers in Love is a powerfully creative work, with prose that
sings like poetry. Beautifully told and evocatively rendered, this
novel comes very highly recommended." www.wordweaving.com

Find contantly updated information on the Beleivers in Love Readings
tour at www.artmedia.com.au/readings.htm Find more information on
the book at www.artmedia.com.au/believer.htm and background on
Alan Clay's writing at www.artmedia.com.au/alanclay2.htm


Hi Alan, I noticed a mention of the trAce online writing school. I'm
a tutor for the school (there about three Aussies) other tutors are
based in Canada, the US and the UK. Students can be based
anywhere in the world. I have made some great writing friends
through the school and highly recommend the courses, workshops
and 1-1 tuition, as well as the trAce writing community webpages
which offer a place to post writing about particular themes, discuss
writing in progress, join in collaborative writing or just generally chat
about writing and reading." Cheers Sharon. watagan@hunterlink.net.au

"Dear Alan, National Poetry Week (September 22-29, 2002) is an
initiative of the 2002 Queensland Poetry Festival, looking to foster
imaginative partnerships with poets, artists, bookstores and arts
organisations. QPF is looking for people with initiative and
inventiveness who can organise interesting events, readings, workshops
or exhibitions along a set of themes. The Director, Jayne Fenton Keane,
is particularly interested in poets and poetry appearing in public spaces
and in unusual partnerships. As there is no budget all events have been
organised on a voluntary basis. If you would like to organise an event
as part of National Poetry Week or contribute resources to the project,
please contact Jayne Fenton Keane. We need you now!" best wishes,
jayne jfk@poetinresidence.com

"Hello Alan, I've been enjoying your newsletter for a long time, and
finally I think I have something you can use. How To Get Published
by Michael LaRocca is a free ebook that will help you improve your
writing, find a publisher, and promote it after the sale. Learn why you
should never pay to be published. Winner of two Sime~Gen Readers
Choice Awards. http://www.smartgroups.com/vault/michaellarocca "
Cheers! Michael laroccamichael@yahoo.com

DiGiT is now only just over a month away, so make sure you book
your seats at the conferences and workshops(www.digitexpo.com),
at the free seminars (www.digitexpo.com/seminars) or preregister for
the expo to get fast-track entry. There are loads of additional speakers,
like Lord of the Rings' Animation Director, Randy Cook twho will
discuss the Two Towers (the second episode). This is the must-attend
event of the year - there's a great opening night party, lots to see and
do, and great networking. There are also prizes to win and free
samples and gifts to collect. Hope to see you there!" Jackie Bedkober,

"EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, announces
the opening of entries for EPPIE-2003. Awards will be presented in
twenty categories for the most outstanding books published in electronic
format in 2002. Winners will be announced at EPIC's gala banquet on
March 8, 2003 topping off EPIC on 2003 in Tampa, Florida, March
7-9, 2003. EPPIE entry is open to any English-language book
published in electronic format between October 1, 2001 and
September 30, 2002. Categories include action-adventure, romance,
mysteries, thrillers, speculative fiction, poetry, non-fiction and westerns.
For more information visit www.epicauthors.org. For more information
on EPICon 2003 and the EPPIEs, visit www.epic-conference.com.
Contact Betty Kasischke, EPPIE chair, for further information at

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love7.JPG (22882 bytes)  In Alan Clay's new novel, Believers in Love, a father and daughter team of sand-sculptors embark on a crazy adventure which takes them from Sydney's Bondi Beach, to a magic mountain in New Zealand, in which they   explore the transient nature of art and life, and discover that dreams are real.

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"A female song and dance trio threatens to self-destruct on the brink of fame, when its leader becomes involved with a manipulative cult, touting sex, astrology and virtual dreaming"

Alan Clay's novel Dance Sisters, is available in paperback through on-line stores like amazon.com Or from barnesandnobel.com or here in Australia, get Australian pricing from seekbooks.com.au


Dance Sisters eBookDance Sisters is also available as an eBook in a format which is packaged to enhance the reading experience on your computer with sound and visuals. This eBook is published by E-dition in Canada, and requires no additional software. Click on the link below to check it out (this site also includes a limited free evaluation version).

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Last updated 23rd February 2004