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May 2002 ==================================
eBook Report Publishing an MS Reader eBook, a case study
Feature Young Australian Author, Catherine Basilicata
e-Networking 2002 Sydney Writers’ Festival - 27 May - 2 June Contribution to Pandoras Box 2002 City of Greater Dandenong - National Writing Awards St Kilda Film Festival 2002 - National Australian Tour Copyright Training for Writers in Sydney
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Welcome to the May 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.
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In the eBook Report this month, I use my recent publication of 'Believers in Love' in .Lit format as a case study of the publishing process of an eBook for the Microsoft reader. More reviews have come in, and it seems the book is already crossing boundaries with favourable reviews from literature, romance and fantasy
reviewers, and I quote excerpts from these reviews below.
In the Feature section this month we welcome back Catherine Basilicata, with promotion for her poetry, and an excerpt from her book Sanguinity. ( It is just Aus$50 to get into our feature section ).
And in the networking we have a Australian focus this month, with information on the Sydney Writers Festival, Copyright training for writers, and information on the City of Greater Dandenong's National Writing Awards, as well as the St Kilda Film Festival national Australian Tour.
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=================================================== New Fiction from Artmedia Publishing - Believers in Love ===================================================
"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
"Believers in Love is a delightful romance between two artists. One is a sand sculptor, and the other a chalk artist. This adult romance is unique in its philosophical intermissions between chapters. Through the medium of a romance, the author brings life-questions to light, yet never attempts to answer the unanswerable questions. Though this twist adds life and distinctiveness to the book, it also leaves the reader wanting and clutching for answers. - Four hearts out of five. Gotta Write Network http://members.aol.com/gwnlitmag/
"From time to time I review books that are not fantasy or SF genre and this time I have 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/
Order this book from bookshops in America, Australia, New Zealand, and England, or in both paperback and eBook formats from online stores like www.amazon.com and find the full text of these reviews and more information at
Those who have been on this list for a year or two may be surprised to learn that I have just published my first eBook. I have been waiting for the dust to settle on the format and DRM issues, and for the economics to get sorted out.
Finally, I just wanted to get 'Believers in Love' out in an affordable downloadable format, and I decided to go with the .Lit format. As most of you know, I have never been a fan of PDF, I can't read it with out printing it out, and to my mind that defeats the purpose of electronic publishing.
I used Readerworks Publisher to create the .lit file. This is the professional level program from Overdrive, which combines HTML files and images with copyright information, and 'mixes it down' into a .Lit file. Overdrive also do a more limited free version of this program for those who want to experiment.
I use Lightning Source in America for my eBook fulfilment, as they also do my paperbacks from Print On Demand files. Once established on their system, the books go live into amazon and other online retailers. No printing costs increases my percentage of the income from the book, and no stocks or shipping costs so the buyer also gets a better value at US$6.95, compared with
US$16.95 for the paperback.
I decided on Digital Rights level 5 protection for the ebook, which is the highest level. DRM 5 takes a snapshot of the system it is activated on, and will not work on anything else, however each book can be set up on four machines for each user, theoretically so that you can have each title on your pocket PC, your laptop, your home computer, and at work for lunchtime reading.
Ultimately there is no protection, but anything less than DRM 5 basically says 'I'm not worth protecting', and many of the initial problems that people have had with negotiating the DRM, have now been solved.
I'll stick my head out a bit further and say that it is all about intellectual property rights, which is about protection and exploitation, not about free offers. The days of free content are gone, if there's free stuff out there no one is looking at it, it may as well not exist. The main game is: who is trying to get what information, and what is the price that must be paid.
For starters, why not download the free MS reader, and invest in a copy of Believers in Love. Turn on the verbosity in the MS Reader and the computer will now read it to you. ( Find these links and any others mentioned here at
=================================================== 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.
SANGUINITY currently available direct from the publisher: Write Processing, Suite 14, 43-45 Johnson Street, Chatswood N.S.W. 2067, Australia. Enquires and orders: email@example.com Retail Price: $20 per-book order, $15 per-book for more than four copies, and, discounts available for book stores/book sellers.
"2002 Sydney Writers’ Festival - 27 May - 2 June - This Festival has a reputation for introducing its audiences to the best and boldest in international and Australian writing. This year, international guests include novelist, Fay Weldon, philosopher John Ralston Saul, chef/writer Anthony Bourdain and popular suspense writer Jodi Picoult. Other highlights will include David Malouf in conversation with John Ralston Saul and the Australian Writers’ Guild 40th Anniversary panel featuring David Williamson, Alma de Groen, Lester Bostock and Alan Seymour. The Festival will present over 200 writers from 16 countries and across Australia. 90% of events are free." Find a link to the Sydney Writers Festival under Festivals
"Pandoras Box is the annual academic journal published by the Women and the Law Society, University of Queensland, and the editors are currently seeking submissions on themes of gender and social justice issues within the law, for Pandoras Box 2002. Analytical articles should possess a word count between 1000 and 4000 words. Articles expressing an understanding of cultural relativism are welcomed. The editors welcome other forms of expression including poetry, reviews, personal experiences, observations, and social comment. If you intend to contribute to this years Pandoras Box, please confirm with the editors by 31st of May. Manuscripts must be received by Monday 1st of July, in hard copy and disk form." Katarina Konkoly, Tiffany Stephenson, Zara Spencer, Editors. firstname.lastname@example.org Find this link under Print Publishers
"The City of Greater Dandenong is delighted to inform you that our National Writing Awards are now open and calling for entries. This prestigious event is now in its 23rd year and provides emerging writers with the chance to expand their literary experience and share in over $7000 prize money. There are 5 entry categories: * Open Award * Young Writers Award * Local Award * English as a Second Language Award * Poetry Award Information about the Greater Dandenong National Writing Awards is now online, including categories and prizes, judges and conditions of entry. You can also read stories that have won in the past and download an entry form. Entries must be in by 5 July 2002 at 5pm." Regards, Sarah Portanier, Cultural Development, City of Greater Dandenong. Find this link under Awards at
"St Kilda Film Festival 2002 National Tour: CANBERRA – Center Cinema – Sun 9 & Mon 10 June BRISBANE – Dendy Cinema – Sat 15 June HOBART – AFI State Cinema – Sun 23 June ADELAIDE – Mercury Cinema - Fri 28 & Sat 29 June SYDNEY – Chauvel Cinema – Sun 7 July PERTH – Luna Cinema – Sun 14 & Mon 15 July The St Kilda Film Festival is Australia’s premier short film event. The 19th festival programme and competition take place from 28 May to 2 June at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre and George Cinema before commencing a capital city tour of programme highlights across the nation from 9 June to 15 July. The St Kilda Film Festival is Australia’s largest and longest running dedicated celebration of short film, renowned for screening the latest in creative, cutting edge and controversial works." email@example.com
"The Australian Copyright Council is running copyright training for writers in Sydney on 19 June 2002. The training will cover the basics of copyright as well as all the latest developments. 1. Copyright basics - 4:00pm to 5:30pm - $25 * what is protected: expression not ideas * making your work available online * who owns copyright? * derogatory treatment of your work * Copyright Agency Limited and copyright collecting societies 2. Writers: negotiating contracts - 6pm to 7pm - $25 * dealing with publishers * importance of understanding the publisher's contract or terms * acceptable and unacceptable terms and conditions * licensing digital rights * rights administered by Copyright Agency Limited Venue: State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney Seating is limited." To book your place: firstname.lastname@example.org Find this link under Resources
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