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Dalek & David in the Sydney Morning Herald
12 Mar / 2015

Dalek & David in the Sydney Morning Herald

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It's not the usual cover photo you'd expect in the Sydney Morning Herald – publisher Dr David Reiter, and his Promotions Manager the Dalek. (The Dalek is the genuine article, but his role is perhaps wishful thinking on our part if he were to say "Buy our books or be EXTERMINATED!"

In any case, the SMH editor thought the picture suited an extended review by Peter Pierce of our latest anthology, The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry, and we certainly agree. Check out the blog for the complete review.

SMOKE & MIRRORS & eBook DISTRIBUTION
11 Sep / 2014

SMOKE & MIRRORS & eBook DISTRIBUTION

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Recently, we were approached by a Sydney publishing consultant who had a client with a book he wanted published via print-on-demand in a hurry and in eBook formats in not so much of a hurry.

Our consultant friend wanted to see if she'd given her client the right advice about how best to proceed, so she shared a quote she'd received from a Sydney eBook publisher that she'd already accepted on behalf of her client, admitting that in retrospect she probably should have asked us about it in the first instance.

To the naked eye, the quote seemed reasonable enough – if you didn't know what questions to ask.

There was a component for layout & design, leading to the printing of 100 POD copies.

Plus a dollar figure for eBook conversion.

And another one for distribution to online sites.

Over and out. Rather minimalist, eh?

I let my consultant friend know the questions she should have asked before signing on the dotted line. Add these to your toolbox before venturing into this arena yourself.

Rod Usher's Convent Mermaid wins praise from American author Barbara Taylor
11 Sep / 2014

Rod Usher's Convent Mermaid wins praise from American author Barbara Taylor

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American author Barbara Taylor has high praise for one of our new releases, Convent Mermaid by Rod Usher:
 
Rod Usher reminds us why we care about poetry--why it remains relevant and vital--in his third poetry collection, Convent Mermaid. A multi-talented writer with an impressive background in international journalism and several published novels to his credit, Usher's poetic work is imbued with candor, wit, depth, and tenderness. He engaged this reader with his considerable powers of observation, surprised with rhyme schemes, and inspired with his appreciation of the stuff of life we so often take for granted. Through the beauty of language and the lens of experience, the poet communicates the wonder of it all from the perspective of a citizen of the world who remains accessible. Poem after poem, I found myself thinking, 'Yes--that's how it is.' Beyond reaching the heart, mind, and funny bone, Convent Mermaid illustrates the potential of poetry to not only enrich but to transform.
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