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Welcome to the July 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.
We start with apologies, because a virus recently ate our computer, primarily that the June newsletter became the July issue, and secondly to the handful of people who unsubscribed last month, and we did not get to the database, before the virus got to us. Please unsubscribe again, by hitting reply and typing unsubscribe in the subject, and this time we will get it.
In the eBook Report this month, I am inspired by our recent virus, and our provider's collapse last month, to note that we're still on air, and did not loose any important information, because our various digital products are now housed in multiple places, creating a more robust digital reality.
In the Feature section this month we have a new release from ABC Books, 'Writing as A Business' by Ken Methold, and also 'Through Other Eyes', an intriguing, entertaining anthology of short stories by award-winning author Dr Bob Rich, and more on young Australian author, Catherine Basilicata. ( Just Aus$50 to get into our features ).
In the networking, submissions are now invited for Gangway, an on-line lit magazine, and eBookWeb in America announces their new author's page, where you can post your bio, list of books, cover art and links. For those in Sydney, there is a Popular Writing Festival this weekend at the NSW Writers Centre.
In Artmedia Site news, we have been expanding the site, and we welcome William Lambe, with information on his book the 'Bright Eyed Mariner' www.artmedia.com.au/mariner.htm , Pam Liell's 'Before the Phone ,100 years of postcard messages', is an album of brief word pictures which shows us the life and language of the past, www.artmedia.com.au/postcards.htm and Catherine Basilicata has a new page on her poetry at www.artmedia.com.au/sanguinity.htm .
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 also forward this to somebody else who may be interested.
=================================================== Sponsor - New Fiction from Artmedia Publishing - Believers in Love ===================================================
"Australian 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. Delightful anecdotes interspersed amid the narrative voices, keep the pace moving, and the shifting points of view become a voyage of discovery. Believers in Love is a powerfully creative work, with prose that sings like poetry. Beautifully told and evocatively rendered, Believers in Love comes very highly recommended." www.wordweaving.com
"When picking up his daughter at school, Sax proposes a game for the weekend where they won't do anything they would normally do. With this game plan, father and daughter start out on an adventure that leads them to New Zealand, as well as to their hearts. With trust and innocence, they begin to celebrate life and, bound by love, start seeing life's miracles. Using short chapters told from the character's varying voices, Clay brings the reader along in the magic of the adventure. Seeing things from each viewpoint propels the reader into the enjoyable magic of both the outer and inner journey." Inscriptions Magazine www.inscriptionsmagazine.com
"Believers in Love is a gentle and enlightening story by Alan Clay. This simple story of discovery, wanders through the reality of making dreams true and exploring the world around us through art. The story follows the crazy adventures of a team of sand sculptors from Bondi to NZ. Interesting and entertaining. Alan writes with a clean clarity that allows the reader to contemplate what they are reading as the story unfolds. Nice little book, one the family would enjoy." Altair Australia www.sfsite.com/altair/
"Believers in Love, the third offering by quirky Australian novelist, Alan Clay, is about love, laughter and life. This is not just a story; it is an exploration of emotion and philosophy. A novel of journey and self-discovery." www.aussiereviews.com
Order the paperback, or download the eBook, US$6.95, from online stores like www.amazon.com or from bookshops throughout America, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand.
At a recent session at the Australian Publishers Association Book-Fair in Sydney, the chairman of the international ISBN association, assured the audience that there was now no worry about the ISBN numbers running out, as only two formats of eBooks had become prevalent.
Previously, as each distinct publication, such as paperback or eBook editions, need separate ISBN numbers, there had been concern that the explosion of e-formats would exhaust the numbers available.
Such is the established nature of the electronic publishing industry today that nobody even asked what the two formats were, it went without saying that they were PDF and LIT. eBooks have become a reality, if just the first germination of the medium to come.
I am inspired by our recent virus and our providers collapse last month, to note that we're still on air, and didn't loose any important information, even though we lost everything on our hard drive, because our various digital products are now housed in multiple places creating a more robust digital reality.
The buzz of excitement about the new medium has faded, but it has already stabilised into two formats, and the distribution and content enhancement possibilities are such a quantum leap forward, that it is just a matter of time before it becomes mainstream. Some predict the tablet PC, due in November, will be the next catalyst for long term growth.
Microsoft last week announced the Tablet PC 2.5 version of its reading application. "One of the key uses of the Tablet PC will be on-screen reading," said Jeff Raikes, group vice president of Productivity. "Users and information workers will find it very compelling, not only for reading and responding to e-mail, but also for working with longer documents, periodicals, eBooks and Web content."
=================================================== Feature - New release from ABC Books ===================================================
Do you make any part of your living from writing or would like? "Writing as A Business" by Ken Methold, rrp$29.95
Most artists, including authors are among the worlds worst business people. This book, written for the Australian market is aimed at authors who would like to increase their understanding of the book trade. Ken Methold is one of Australia's most successful authors, who has been making a living from writing for almost forty years. Drawing on his experience as an author, publisher, film and television producer, scriptwriter and bookseller, Ken Methold gives sound, pithy and up-to-the minute advice on a range of matters that writers often overlook. Topics covered in his book include digital publishing and the internet, contracts, intellectual property, budgets, taxation, accountancy and legal matters, literary agents, self-publishing, marketing and film and television. This is an indispensable guide to the Australian trade.
Available online at www.abcshop.com.au ABC Shop & Centres & good retailers. Telephone in Australia for home delivery 1300 360 111
=================================================== Feature - Dr Bob Rich, Through Other Eyes ===================================================
'Through Other Eyes' is an intriguing, entertaining anthology of short stories by award-winning author Dr Bob Rich. These short stories will take you on a journey of 26 realities, as the author, a psychologist, gets you to look at the world through eyes like those of Marge, whose daughter is now in jail, Tony who'd love to use his condom, Marjoram, fighting a desperate battle against Vikings, and Peter, trapped in a wage slave's hell but afraid to leave it.
NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK WITHIN AUSTRALIA (or as an electronic book anywhere in the world): Check the book out at http://bobswriting.com/othereyes.html
Bob is also a respected freelance editor ( Ask Alan Clay, whose book he has worked on ). His rates may be cheap, but the quality of his work is not. The service is described at
http://bobswriting.com/editing.html Dr Bob Rich email@example.com
=================================================== Feature - Young Australian Author, Catherine Basilicata ===================================================
Write Processing presents: SANGUINITY by Catherine Basilicata
Sanguinity is an expressive voyage through the shock, grief, and despair of a young woman experiencing a life-threatening illness and coming to terms with an abusive past. This book is not just a story of Catherine's triumph over adversity, but an encouragement to others to express themselves and begin the process of their own healing.
Seeds Of The Past
Why do I wander when I'm living in reality? I have enclosed my soul inside their raven vault. If I were to sever the hands of the past then I may free the clutches of despair.
The choices I made before bear the weight of the present. There are no thieves in my bed, only a liar in my mind while my eyes remain open behind my hair.
If there is anyone listening, please remove the voices in my head, so I may not break the glass. A crystal shouldn't feel the sharp pains that I have seen. Bathe me in acid and sink my demons that dare.
Having said the above, where do I go now? Under your knife, for the seeds of the past are inborn. I rather leave than see my dove tear and purge while all watch and stare.
Currently available direct (cheaper price) from the publisher: Write Processing, Suite 14, 43-45 Johnson St, Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia. Enquires and orders: firstname.lastname@example.org For those who prefer to order on line: http://www.gleebooks.com.au Catherine's Website address: http://homepages.msn.com/AquariusAve/c_poetry Retail Price: $20 per-book order, $15 per-book for more than four copies, and, discounts available for book stores/book sellers.
"G'day Alan, Submissions are now invited for 'Gangway: The on-line lit mag', for our sections Interviews and Reviews as well as Specials, where texts are welcome on the topic of a multicultural versus a cosmopolitan society. For more information and submission guidelines please read the magazine online. You might have already noticed gangway #24, our June 2002 issue, featuring poetry and prose by Chris Chapman, Frank Milautzcki, Ian McBryde, John Kinsella, Anant Kumar, Dieter Sperl and R. J. Nicolet; the next issue will be out in September." Regards, Gerald. Find a link to Gangway under online magazines at
"Calling all eAuthors! we created a page to connect authors with readers on eBookWeb. You can post your bio, list of books, cover art, links, etc. on your very own author's page on eBookWeb. I encourage all authors to post your info there. Readers can post replies to your page, and you can receive an automatic copy of their message by email if you choose. And of course you can reply to them on your page. This makes it easy to interact with your readers. Feel free to use this page as your main web page if you don't already have one. If you already have a page, this can serve as another way to reach out and touch new readers. Please pass this message on to other lists or authors you know." Cheers, Glenn Sanders. Find a link to eBookWeb under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm
"2002 Sydney Popular Writing Festival! 6-7 July 2002. Come along and meet the novelists, historians, biographers, children's book authors and fantasy writers who are enjoying thriving careers in their chosen profession. Their books are sought after by the Australian reading public, and they make a substantial income from their writing. These are not writers starving in their garrets! All sessions but the two introductory seminars are free. We know you will have difficulty deciding which of the many fascinating panel sessions you wish to attend to hear these popular writers reveal the secrets of their remarkable success." Irina Dunn, Executive Director, NSW Writers' Centre. Find a link to the NSW Writers Centre under Resources at
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