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Publisher's Welcome

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The winds are gusting in from the south-west, so it must be time for the EKKA and the third eNewsletter of 2013!

Over the past few months, we have published several new titles with social content certain to raise a few eyebrows. Recently launched at the Byron Bay Writers Festival was John Saunders' Sexual Abuse Survivor's Handbook, which we expect to attract considerable national attention, especially with a Royal Commission on the subject hearing testimony at the present time. Deborah Kay and Barry Levy Sawdust, which will be launched on Saturday, 17 August in Ipswich by Mayor Paul Pissale, provides personal insights in incest. John Rynn's memoir You Only Want Me for My Mind & Other Bedtime Stories, co-authored with John Corrigan, had good exposure at the Queensland Cerebral Palsy League's Picnic in the Park recently.

Also attracting attention, for very different reasons, is Christian Baines' first novel, The Beast Without, which is a fantasy with a gay vampire and werewolf as a protagonist. It was launched in Toronto, Canada, and we're looking forward to Christian's return to Australia for a tour here.

Two of our kids books – Bringing Down the Wall by yours truly and Sona Babajanyan, and Granny Rags by Janet Reid – have been selected for the 2013 ACT Chief Minister's Reading Challenge.

On the poetry front, Jane Williams will be launching her Selected and New collection, Days Like These, in September at Hobart Bookshop and elsewhere. Heather Taylor Johnson is currently touring her second IP title, Thirsting for Lemonade, in the USA. And Murray Alfredson is gearing up to launch his latest collection, The Gleaming Clouds, in Adelaide.

John Biggs, one of our Digital Publishing Centre authors, will also launch his novel From Ashes to Ashes at Hobart Books.

We've also released two guides very different in subject matter. Anna Heggie's Yoga Happiness: A Path to Transformation distills her many years of experience as a Yoga teacher in Byron Bay into a practical handbook (the eBook version includes audio readings). New Zealander Bryan Winters has updated The Starter's Guide to Android 4™ to help users get close and personal with the finer points of their devices.

I enjoyed meeting with many visiting publishers at the Sydney Writers Festival's International Publishers Forum and was pleased to see so many expressions of interest in our new releases. We're hopeful we can translate all that into rights sales!

We have a number of events coming up in South-east Queensland in August and early September, and I'm looking forward to running a workshop on digital publishing in Perth at the KSP Writers Centre on 15 September, after which we'll launch Guy Salvidge's Yellowcake Summer, which is a sequel to his dystopian novel Yellowcake Springs. I'll also be reading from My Planets: a fictive memoir, the source book for the My Planets Reunion Memoir, which has been short-listed for the Western Australian Premier's Award for Digital Narrative! The Winners will be announced on 16 September.

Happy reading!

Cheers,
David

Editorial

There's been a lot of hype in the media about the Government's proposed Better School funding initiative, a la the Gonski Report, with both sides of politics now pledging to pour billions of dollars into our primary and secondary school systems. States like New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria have signed up, despite reservations, while Queensland and Western Australia have so far rejected the scheme, which has already been legislated by the Parliament.

It all seems a bit rushed, in an election year.

Don't get me wrong, our primary and secondary education systems definitely need more funds. But rushing the reforms through may not be the best way forward to ensure scarce funds are wisely spent and properly targeted. Consider the tragic results of the home insulation scheme and the wasteful computers in the schools program.

We can hardly blame teachers unions and parents groups for trying to make the State governments that held out feel guilty for depriving students of needed resources. But a more measured approach whereby education systems have to justify accessing funds and then account systematically for how those funds are spent would be better.

Do we give our artists and authors grants just because they claim to be worse off than their international counterparts?

What we need is something like the Future Fund to which education entities would apply with a coherent program of reforms and costings, overseen mostly by educationalists rather than bureaucrats, completely with implementation strategies and performance indicators to ensure continuing funding.

We also need to recognise that funding should not be the only key element in a reform agenda. Attitudes toward education as a cornerstone of our society need to change. We have seen our education system surpassed by others, especially Asian and some European countries, where education is regarded as essential not only for the economic well-being of the country but also for the improvement of individuals who are a part of it. In countries like these, teachers are highly regarded and properly compensated for the work they do. In Australia, teaching is seen as something you do when you can't do anything else – compare the entry requirements for a teaching degree compared with other professional occupations.

Until our students and graduates are valued for their artistic and educational achievements as highly as those who excel in sports, and until teaching is valued as a profession of first choice, it won't matter how much money is tossed at the system.

- DR

In Review

[The reviews that follow are snippets from the full reviews, which you can find by clicking on the thumbnail for the title.]

New: You can also sign up for our Reviews eNewsletter which highlights a different book every time! Just email info@ipoz.biz

Art From AdversityArt from Adversity: A Life with Bipolar by Anne Therese Naylor

"The book is a ‘must read’ for anyone caring for those with mental illness, particularly Bipolar Disorder, and for those wishing to understand what it is like to become mentally ill."
– Bill Aitken, Monthly Chronicle

The Beast Without by Christian BainesThe Beast Without

"What an excellent take on vampires and werewolves. The Beast Without is such a far cry from the Twilight movies and other more current representations of these two supernatural beings. It’s a roll call of strange and wonderful creatures, each more exciting, dangerous and complex than the one before."
– Melanie M, Joyfully Jay

"In the hands of a born storyteller like Christian Baines—especially one with such a wickedly subversive wit—I suspect any story would come alive. The Beast Without is sexy, sassy and fun. Kudos to a new writer who will leave his marks on the publishing world, if not your neck."
– Jeffrey Round, winner, 'Best Gay Mystery', 2013 Lambda Literary Awards, A Writer's Half-Life blog

See also feature article on Christian in Daily Xtra.

Sexual Abuse Survivor's Handbook by John Saunders SASH

NSW Parliament discusses John Saunders' views on child sexual abuse in institutional settings - read the Hansard transcript where the Hon. Jan Barham discusses the book and John's plea for law reform

From Ashes to Ashes by John BiggsFrom Ashes to Ashes

"… the development of the major characters and the handling of dialogue are major strengths. The symbolism gives depth to the narrative by exploring concepts of choice, duty, entrapment, and freedom. As a former teacher of literature, I was excited by the subtle layers of meaning in much of the narrative, thinking how the text would provoke discussion and analysis."
- Ralph Spaulding, Former Principal, Cosgrove High School

You Only Want Me for My Mind & other bedtime stories by John Rynn with John Corrigan

YOWM"John reminds us to look into the eyes and souls of all individuals; to respect their uniqueness, honour their goodness, and admire their courage. His story exemplifies how adversities can strengthen one’s spirit, not destroy it."
– Leonore Rizy MA, Human Development; USA National Board Certification: Exceptional Needs Educator

The Terrorist by Barry LevyThe Terrorist

"I commend you on a most readable book. The intensity, in-depth descriptions, humour and intrigue of how 11 September has changed so many peoples' perceptions of Muslims and how trust has become intensely compromised are excellently represented. There is a bit of Ben and Mirri Fine in all of us!"
- Glenda Fehler

Focus Interviews

Focus 1: Jane Williams

[Interviewed by David Reiter, who toured with her after the release of her first IP title, City of Possibilities, Jane talks about the making of her first Selected collection.]

DR: This is your first Selected. Why did it feel right at this point in your writing career to publish it?
 
JW: I’d been feeling at a kind of creative crossroads for a while, not wanting to move away from poetry as such but wanting more from my writing in general, wanting to offer more.
 
I’d been reading a lot of selected poetry collections and thinking about the ones that introduced me to poets’ work for the first time, even renowned poets like American poetJaneW Stephen Dunn. I’d been only somewhat familiar with Dunn’s poetry until I read a new and selected a few years ago and he quickly became one of my favourite contemporary poets.
 
I was thinking about isolation, cultural, geographic … and new and selected collections suddenly seemed one way to potentially bridge some of that isolation, extend readerships and enable the next step in the journey.
 
DR: Did you find the process of selecting for the collection difficult? How did you manage to narrow down your choice of poems?      
                                         
JW: Talking with peers helped but yes it was a difficult process. I wanted to get a balance of poems that still resonate with me personally and ones I’ve received good public and critical response to.
 
DR: Which is your favourite previous collection, and why?                                          

JW: I’m not sure I have a favourite. I think I feel more closely connected to individual poems rather than the books. But Days Like Thesereally, once they’re written and published –  the poems and the books are gifts – I can see my publisher frowning at that so to qualify no I don’t mean they’re free ;) but they are for others from that point forward and for others to form relationships with.
 
DR: Do you see its publication as a milestone in your career from which you plan to go on to other things?                                                                                                         
JW: It’s a marker of sorts for sure. Something that frees me up, gives me permission in a way to pursue other kinds of writing. I’d like to see where my interest in Japanese short poetic forms might take me for instance, also short fiction and writing for children are areas I’m passionate about both as a reader and writer.

My partner (Ralph Wessman) and I recently left our day jobs to work from home on our respective writing and publishing careers more or less full time, that's the real milestone ...

Focus 2: John Saunders

[Interviewed by David Reiter, John talks about how his experiences as a victim of sexual abuse led to writing about it in Sexual Abuse Survivor's Handbook]

DR: Your book doesn't 'pull any punches' about sexual abuse in our society. Was anger a driving force in your writing the book, and, if so, how did you maintain that emotion through the lengthly process of composing it?

JS: No, anger does not stand outnow as a main driving force for me. Yet, let me tell you I was at times! More importantly I thought I wanted to be heard by others, by the world. As it turned out this was inaccurate as well.  I remember a timeJohn Saunders when several months went by and I did not pick up the MS. When I did, I had this experience of getting that ‘this was about me’! The penny dropped…. I realised then that I wanted to be heard by me. Big tears then. This is what primarily drove me.

DR: Your book was released at the time when a Royal Commission began proceedings. What aspects of your book do you hope the Commission will take note of?

JS: What victims have to endure for a lifetime, how it affects a man’s ability to function as a father, as a provider, as a giving husband/partner and as an involved social being. I also want the Commission to realise the raw corruption within the Catholic Church that manifests in our civil system and how their belittling of an event that has caused untold suffering to a human soul constitutes a human rights violation.

Furthermore the action of any person or organisation that exploits weaknesses in our legal system to further damage victims should be regarded as a criminal offence. We are not talking here about a bingle of a car in a parking lot; we are talking about damaging a human being.

DR: Do you feel the publication of your book has given you greater credibility as a witness to child sexual abuse in our society and better access to the media for telling your story?

JS: In some ways most definitely; however, there is a large wall of taboos surrounding child abuse that need to be broken down. Sometimes this can be done gently but at other times the big hammer approach is necessary!

Sexual Abuse Survivor's HandbookThis is a long road and I have only started. When we can look at assisting perpetrators of child abuse to heal (massive taboo) then as a society we may find out what family, social, civil, spiritual and human changes need to be made to correct these tragic events in our history. I would start with why we allow the media to sexualise children at a younger and younger age.

DR: To what extent do you feel that the publication of your book will assist victims in their pursuit of justice?

JS: The Australian Royal Commission is currently looking into the Catholic Church’s current and past self funded professional response offered to victims of child abuse. Over the past 50 years, their response has only changed slightly. Why? Because they escaped scrutiny. Only now have they been forced to acknowledge their crimes as more victims speak out. The Roman Catholic Church has not done this voluntarily. They have been forced by society.

This book is an important and truthful account of what a survivor should expect in seeking justice for past wrongs. It is a rare opportunity to read one survivor's full journey actually written by the survivor. It is not second hand. It is not a collection of different accounts relating to hypothetical challenges a survivor might need to hurdle. Importantly, the reader can also view documents from authorities in the Catholic Church, Catholic Church insurers, lawyers and psychologists that will be released to the Commission but not otherwise available to the public.

DR: What concrete steps should organisations such as the Catholic Church be taking NOW to eradicate sexual abuse within their sphere of influence? 

JS: Full transparency. It surprises me why they are not under full investigation.

Focus 3: Anna Heggie

[Assistant Editor Breanne Rodda interviews Anna Heggie about her handbook Yoga Happiness: A Path to Transformation.]

BR: There are many books about the practice of Yoga and how Yoga can heal a person’s life, on the market – how does Yoga Happiness provide a different perspective or approach?

AH: Yoga Happiness provides an accessible course for discovering your own path to greater happiness. The format allows flexibility to work through each chapter’s program. Yoga asanas and Pranayama breathing help shift negative energy, release unwanted tension in mind and body addressing any needs for change. As you embrace the Meditation program and the Associated Action you bring greater awareness and self-reflection to achieve positive refrain from doing what is harmful.     

BR: Yoga Happiness is said be a “path for transformation”. HowYoga Happiness would a person transform their life through the guidance in your book?

      AH: You will start to feel less stuck, less uptight and more open. As you quieten the mind you become aware of your inner voice. Drawing on Yoga Philosophy, each chapter brings more conscious reflection of our perceptions, choices and actions. As you identify underlying attitudes and beliefs that may be self-sabotaging, you also acknowledge your greater potential.

BR:Why would you recommend Yoga Happiness to those who have never considered Yoga or meditation as a path for health and happiness?

AH: It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by experiences. Relationship changes, increased workloads, unemployment, loss, grief etc. Often people seek answers outside of themselves even going from one thing to another. This leads to more confusion. Yoga Happiness is fundamental to health and wellbeing. We stretch our physical bodies, release unwanted tension, breathe better and learn to quieten our minds. We can then look more closely at our desires, choices and actions. As we practise self-discipline we gain confidence, become less intolerant, less anxious about the future and more content with simply being.  

BR: How do you see Yoga as a transformative experience?

AH: We must all travel our own journeys and life is packed with obstacles. Instead of hurtling along forever busy, constantly feeling time is slipping away; we can learn to lead AnnaHour lives in greater appreciation of the momentary changes that constantly arise. Yoga helps to achieve a state of balanced harmony. As we deepen to this timeless wisdom, we feel more centred and calm. Gradually we transform, feeling healthier and embracing life with deeper purpose.

BR: Your book details six programs to achieve happiness and contentment; out of the six, which would you say is the most important to achieving the ultimate goal of true happiness?

      AH: The six programs form part of an interwoven progression. However, if I had to choose the most important, it would be the first Yama (rule for social conduct). The sage Patanjali who wrote the Yoga Sutras placed Ahimsa, (Sanskrit for non-violence) at the forefront. I believe this code for living filters into all of the others. Ahimsa is not just about non-violence towards others but non-violence to our own being, including our thoughts. How often do we jeopardise our own happiness by being too self-critical? In consideration of all life forms we find sincerity and deeper respect.

BR: How did you go about your research for compiling this guide?

AH: My background as a Professional Yoga Instructor and an extensive career in the Visual Arts provided a foundation to establish this guide. Yoga’s positive impact led me to studies of Yoga, Philosophy and Meditation culminating in the production of this book. Drawing on my experiences I have established this interactive self-help resource. Yoga Happiness provides practical workshops that guide you along the path to happiness and greater wellbeing.

Focus 4: Guy Salvidge

[Guy Salvidge talks about his sequel to Yellowcake Springs, Yellowcake Summer, with David Reiter.]

DR: Yellowcake Summer is the sequel to your first IP title, Yellowcake Springs. Did you plan to write a sequel from the outset, or did it occur to you after you'd written the first book?

GS: I originally intended Yellowcake Springs to be a standalone title, but I found that after completing it the main characters were still kicking around in my head, wanting another chance. In particular, I had a clear idea of how I wanted Jeremy to develop from the 'second string' character that he is in the first novel to one of the major players in Yellowcake Summer. GuySFurthermore, as the Belt region of the Yellowcake universe is based on my own home in the Avon Valley, I found myself inspired by some specific settings, such as those that became Ley Farm and The Rusty Swan.

DR: Did the writing of the first book make it easier to get into the second? Did you learn anything from the reviews of Yellowcake Springs?

GS: Yellowcake Springs was certainly a breakthrough novel for me and it gave me confidence to start working on the sequel soon after publication. A number of people expressed their empathy for Rion's plight in particular, so I made sure to keep him as the 'moral centre' of the sequel. Reviews of Yellowcake Springs were almost uniformly positive so I decided to stick to pretty much the same formula for Yellowcake Summer. The books can probably be seen as two halves of one longer, and now completed, story.

DR: The dystopian novel has been a popular sub-genre for some time. How much of this has to do with our fascination with doomsday stories and our uncertainty about the future?

GS: Dystopias are very much in vogue these days and it isn't hard to see why. Fears about climate change, terrorism, food and water security and humanitarian crises are played out in dystopian stories of various kinds. It's our way as writers and readers of expressing our discontent with the present course our civilisation seems to be taking. Growing up, I was fascinated with nuclear war and after-the-bomb scenarios, but it wasn't until I watched An Inconvenient Truth in 2006 that I realised that climate change would be to my generation what nuclear war had been to that of my parents.

DR: Both novels are set in Western Australia. What strategies did you adopt to make their themes more universal?

GS: In my twenties I was leery of writing about Australian settings. My first published novel, The Kingdom of Four Rivers, was set hundreds of years into the future in a jungle-infested Yellowcake SummerChina, for example. On reflection, however, I realised that a certain verisimilitude would always be missing in constructing such settings, so I decided to set Yellowcake Springs in a world I personally knew. It was around this time that I also began to read a lot of Southern US fiction, which is almost always imbued with a strong sense of place and stubborn regionality. I realised then that I ought to be proud of my own regionality myself. Insofar as the themes in these or any novels can be said to be universal, I felt that the plight of my characters would be reasonably relatable to a non-Australian audience.

DR: Your 'day job' is teaching. Are your colleagues and students aware of your other life, and, if so, how do they respond to Guy Salvidge, the author?

GS: They certainly are! Some of my students like to remind me about how much they can find out about me on Google, which seems to be as accurate a measure of fame as any these days. As I teach English for a living, I find that the fact that I actively write stories gives me a certain credibility with students too. Some of my colleagues are quite enthusiastic about my work and a number of them have supported me over the years in various ways. But, for staff and students alike, my primary role as author is in disabusing them of the notion that I am (or very soon will be) a millionaire. I'm not in a position to retire from teaching just yet!

Focus 5: John Rynn

[John Rynn was interviewed by David Reiter to continue the discussion from eNews 58]

DR: Your book took years to write. Can you tell us about the process and what you learned in the act of writing your first memoir?

JR: It is amazing to look back. When I first met John Corrigan he told me I had probably the most unusual way of communicating he had ever encountered. We’d write interactively. He'd question me, relentlessly. He'd look at me hard and then he'd guess my sentence for me. It’s all about context. John would ask me about the facts and I would prompt him with sensual details. We helped each other bring my memories alive.

What I learned finally is that imagination is probably more important than facts. Who cares if I was taken to the toilet and a carer helped me. It’s much more important that the wart on the carer’s nose led me to think she might be a witch!

DR: You collaborated with John Corrigan in the writing of the book to the extent that he is listed as co-author. How did you manage the collaboration, and how did you ensure that the manuscript remained true to your original intentions?

JR: We used Down the Ramp as a blueprint and stayed very true to it. Whenever we put in new material in I kept a close eye over everything. John C would often suggest how something might have happened, like the events leading up to my brother's death. All I had then was the lump of raw emotion I had whenever I thought of him. So John helped me talk about how it might have happened and it all started to unfold. Once we had assembled the facts we tried to outdo each other in piecing together the story. When I ran out of steam or the emotion became too much for me John would keep typing. Then we went back over it word for word until we had it right.

DR: The book is largely about your experiences as a person with Cerebral Palsy. Readers who don't know you may be surprised by the humorous tone throughout much of the book. Was your use of humour intended to make your story easier for people who do not have a disability to relate to?

JR: Yes, I just love a good laugh. It really keeps you going andJohnR unites you with everyone. I wanted the book to be a good read. But it also had to be fun to write. I could never go on a big whinge about my poor life with a disability. My life is full of comedy. Besides, who wants to read a sad book that ends badly?

DR: Did you have a larger social purpose beyond telling your own story in writing the book? What aspects of it have a universal appeal?

JR: I started off by wanting to show how hard it was to grow up with a disability in the 60s. Back then, experts still ruled our lives and it was hard to even think about living an independent life. It was so easy to cave in and say, “Sure, I'll have a prefrontal lobotomy if you say so, doctor.” But I also wanted to record that the people who supported us could be quite visionary and gracious, too.

This book is also about how love can change anything, even in the darkest moments of life. It’s meant to inspire by example. My family was a living inspiration to me and others with cerebral palsy who knew us. I also want to give hope to people who feel they can't do anything. Too often people are confined by their thinking. William Blake called it mind-forged-manacles. I see it all the time. No matter what's happened just pick yourself up and go out and do whatever you want to. Don’t let anybody stop you.

DR: Completing your memoir and seeing it into print is certainly a major achievement as well as a milestone. Where do you go from here?

JR: Up to the undertakers. I'm done. That's it, game over...

You Only Want MeNo, this book was my life's big shining goal. I always wanted to write it and I always wanted to publish it. I wanted it to be a blockbuster. Oh well, two out of three so far. Thank you, John, and thank you, IP, for what we’ve achieved so far.

People keep asking about my next book. I suppose I do want to write another one, but, let me tell you, after seven years on this one, I'd like a rest. Let's see where this book takes me.

I am a public speaker. I use a voice synthesiser to talk to everybody from speech pathology students or to motivate IBM employees or to inspire kids with a disability learning how to use their voice synthesisers.  I wrote my book to be self-contained but also for material I can use again and again in my talks.

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Days Like These: New and selected poems 1998-2013

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Sexual Abuse Survivor's Handbook

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Art from Adversity:
A Life with Bipolar

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Guy Salvidge
Yellowcake Summer

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Christian Baines
The Beast Without

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Anna Heggie
Yoga Happiness

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Bringing Down the Wall

Heather Taylor Johnson

Heather Taylor Johnson
Thirsting for Lemonade

Janet Reid

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Granny Rags

 

 

 

 

IP Digital Buzz

Like many publishers worldwide, we've found that our eBook trade is steadily increasing in relation to our physical book sales. This has much to do with the increase in the number of distributors we're dealing with and with their expansion of territories. Apple Inc for example now has stores in 51 countries, and other distributors like Amazon are expanding their reach as well.

eBook sales in the second half of the financial year increased dramatically, especially with Apple, Google and eBooks Corporation. Many of our recent titles now offer a direct link from their mini-sites to eBooks Corp for online sales, in addition to links we offer to the iBookstore and the Kindle Store, as well as, of course, to the IP Store.

Our Digital Publishing Centre assisted American company Flipick in the beta phases of their online conversion application. Their software provides plug-ins for Adobe's InDesign. We would upload spread-oriented titles straight from DPC_logoInDesign to flipick.com and they would quickly convert them to Fixed Layout files for Mac iOS and the Kindle platform. By the end of the beta period, the Flipick files were looking pretty good!

The DPC is negotiating with New Zealand cooperative press Oceanbooks to expand the reach of their authors to global markets, by releasing titles in print-on-demand and eBook formats. The first cab off the rank is publisher Bryan Winters'The starter's guide to Android 4™, complete with colour illustrations. It has already been reviewed as being more accessible than the competing Dummy's Guide!

Prose Picks

Our Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction entrants are heating up for the IP Rolling Picks Editorial Board meeting in September.  Selections will be made for our royalty titles in prose as well as for Best Fiction and Best Creative Non-Fiction for 2013. In fiction, we’ve had some especially strong submissions for our royalty spots, including the genres of the thriller, historical fiction and religious conversion in the Outback.

Christian Baines’ Oxford Street novel, The Beast Without, and Anne Naylor’s memoir, Art from Adversity: A Life with Bipolar are The Beast Withoutwinning positive reviews and attention across Australia and internationally. Christian's book was launched first in Canada, where he currently resides.

Sawdust by Deborah Kay and awarded co-author Barry Levy and Sexual Abuse Survivor’s Handbook by Byron Bay activist John Saunders are set to launch with the Brisbane event slated for 31 August at The Performance Studio, 4MBS at Coorparoo.

After a lively reception at the Cerebral Palsy League's Picnic in the Park in Brisbane recently, John Rynn and his co-author and carer, John Corrigan, are also launching You Only Want MeYou Only Love Me for My Mind & other bedtime stories at 4MBS on 7 September. Rynn’s memoir explores the making of an accomplished artist and public speaker who has been a role model for people with disabilities.

Carolann Dowding’s memoir,Shadows in Paradise,is in production via our Digital Publishing Centre imprint. Her story documents her search for her adoptive family within a culture shifting from secrecy to compassion in Australia.

We’re awaiting revisions from Dr Judith O’Malley Ford and her editor, Dr Andrew Leggett, on her non-fiction handbook which provides men with everything they need to know regarding the delicate subject of prostate health and treatments.

What You Need to Know Before the Contract...

[Our Senior Prose Editor, Lauren Daniels, shares some tips with aspiring authors on what to expect from our editors.]

Hoping to snag a contract with IP for your manuscript? Here’s some insight on the formal editorial and production process for prospective authors.

On the Same Team

We’re committed to the success of your work. We’ve survived as an independent publisher for 17+ years in a changing industry and a Global Financial Crisis that cleaved arts funding in Australia. We promote quality titles and we love what we do. If you’re a disciplined writer, you’ll understand our level of dedication.

Tempering Financial Risk

Between the hours, resources and outlay, it costs IP thousands of dollars to transform a manuscript into an eBook and physical book. If we take on this financial risk with you, it’s because we believe in you and your work.

Editing & Production Experts

Pre-production book editing isn’t about fixing punctuation. We edit for international market issues – dramatisation, clichés, red herrings/plot holes, thematic and character development, etc. – so we can help you unleash your talent.

Making Good Things Better

Successful authors are forthcoming about how they’ve benefited from editors and we aim to deliver that expertise. Good editors don’t tinker with manuscripts for the sake of it. We don’t have the impetus or the time. If we point something out during the editing process, there’s a professional reason.

Partnership

If there’s an issue, we’ll discuss it. As editors, it’s our job to point out the issues with a work. It’s the author’s job to make informed decisions. Sometimes it’s not a big deal and we’ll go along with the author’s preference. Sometimes, however, it is a big and rather costly deal.

Aiming for Accolades

There have been times when IP authors deflected editorial advice. Three specific examples involved underdeveloped setting, overwritten prose, and a protagonist with no redeeming qualities. All three received book reviews which targeted those very issues, damaging book sales.

Communication

The relationship between editor and author is intimate and the manuscript to book process is a marathon. Once a contract is in place, we’re engaged in a journey that can take anywhere from a few months to over a year. Let’s treat each other professionally so we all emerge with our glasses raised at the launch!

IP Kidz Update

We’ve had quite a few children’s and YA submissions to IP Rolling Picks over the last few months, and have seen several manuscripts with potential. We’re already contracted Lindsey Little’s YA fantasy James Munkers: Super Freak, and the editing process is now underway. James Munkers is the story of a very reluctant hero who learns that it’s up to him to save the world. Jim is an engaging and irreverent main character, and the story has plenty of action and humour, so we’re sure that teenage readers – particularly boys – will enjoy this book.

We’ve also been busy getting the word out about our four newest IP Kidz titles: Smallest Carbon FootprintGranny Rags, No Matter Who We’re With, Bringing Down the Wall and The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land & other eco-tales.

Several of our picture books are now available in German translations, thanks to the work of Michele Beer, from Postdam University, who served as an intern with us for two months. The translated titles include ich Liebe Dich Buch (I Love You Book by Libby Hathorn and Heath McKenzie), Ganz Gleich Mit Wem Wir Zusammen Sind (No Matter Who We're With by Robert No Matter WhoVescio and Cheri Scholten), Die Mauer zu Fall bringen (Bringing Down the Wall by David Reiter and Sona Babjanyan) and Das Boot der Träume (The Sky Dreamer by Anne Morgan and Céline Eimann). Michele has returned to Germany to continue her university studies, but is planning to translate The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land and other eco-tales by Anne Morgan and Gay McKinnon.

We’ve recently learnt that both Granny Rags and Bringing Down the Wall were selected for this year's ACT Chief Minister's Reading Challenge, so well done Janet and David!

Poetry Snippets

Poised for release over the next few weeks are two new poetry collections, Jane Williams' Days Like These: Selected and new poems 1998 - 2013 and Murray Alfredson's The gleaming clouds.

Jane's collection is the first Selected we've done since our very first poetry title back in 1997, the first edition of David Reiter's Hemingway in Spain and Selected Poems. Days Like TheseIt's not a trivial task to choose between poems you've previously chosen for publication to come up with a selection that is representative as well as excellent. It's an exercise in memoir, as you chart your artistic development over a number of years, and we're sure you'll agree that Jane's done an excellent job of it.

Murray Alfredson's collection The gleaming clouds is very different to Jane's. Alfredson's poems show the influence of his Buddhist background and his interest The gleaming cloudsin classical works. You'll find political work juxtaposed with translations of unfamiliar but important works. Like Anne Naylor in her Art from Adversity, Alfredson has to cope with a depressive condition, but he succeeds in holding it at bay through multi-levelled verse. Scattered throughout the collection, and enhancing its meaning, are artworks by his partner Jyoti.

About to enter pre-press stage are the Mapuche Tri-lingual anthology, compiled and edited by a team including Australian academic Stephen Brock and Deep in the Valley of Tea-bowls, a collaboration between Scottish sculpturer Fergus Stewart and ACT tanka artist Kathy Kituai

VoyagersSubmissions have closed for The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry, an anthology that will be edited by New Zealander Tim Jones and Penelope Cottier (ACT). The editors were overwhelmed by the number of excellent submission and found it a challenge to keep the page length within prescribed limits. After consultation, Publisher David Reiter agreed to add another 20 pages to the prescribed length, which will make it possible to include some longer works that wouldn't have otherwise fit!

Congratulations to Laura Jan Shore, who will have one of her poems, "The Change" from Water Over Stone broadcast on ABC's flagship poetry program, PoeticA. The program will go to air at the end of September. Here's the opening, just to give you a taste of what to expect:

Five women at the creek
cradled in the whisper
of water over stone, intimate dusk,
the occasional whipbird,
a cackle of parrots,
and somewhere deep in the forest
a kookaburra.

We've just recently signed with Melbourne poet Gemma White for her collection Furniture is Disappearing, which is scheduled for release in early 2014.

Out and About

David Reiter was guest reader at The Gods, a key venue in Canberra on 11 June. He read from My Planets: a fictive memoir and was pleased to have a full half hour to present selections from the book and to discuss the My Planets Reunion Memoir Project, which developed from his residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, with generous support from the Australia Council and the Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency.

The following day, we had the Canberra launch of Anne Naylor's Art from Adversity, at Calvary Hospital, Belconnen. The book was launched by Simon Corbell, Attorney-General for the ACT, who shared his own story about transcending mental illness. Thanks to Greg Bayliss and our friends at the hospital for hosting us again (previously they sponsored the launch of The Heart Takes Wing by Kathy Kituai (words) and Nitya Bernard Parker (music).

On 15 July, David gave an update on IP's digital publishing program to the monthly meeting of the Gold Coast Writers Association at Burleigh Heads Library.

David attended the 2013 CYA Children's and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators Conference at Southbank TAFE on 6 July, where he presented at the Publishers and Agents Forum and then received pitches from eight aspiring authors and illustrators. We're anticipating several submissions from those pitchers for our IP Kidz imprint.

Upcoming events:

18 August – Ipswich:  Ipswich Library. Mayor Paul Piasale will launch Sawdust by Deborah Kay and co-author Barry Levy from 11a.m.

22 August – Hobart: Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Place, Hobart. From Ashes to Ashes by John Biggs, to be launched by Terry Polglase, President, Australian Teachers, Tasmanian Branch. (03) 6223 1803.

24 August – Brisbane: Judith Wright Centre for the Arts, Fortitude Valley. Jane Williams will read from her latest IP title, Days Like These and City of Possibilities in the Toward Profundity session at the Queensland Poetry Festival from 2p.m.

25 August – Brisbane: Judith Wright Centre for the Arts, Fortitude Valley. Jane Williams appears in the Accent of Bees session at the Queensland Poetry Festival from 2p.m.

31 August – Brisbane:  The Performance Studio, 4MBS Classic FM, 384 Old Cleveland Rd, 1:45 for 2p.m. start. Readings from Sawdust by Deborah Kay and Barry Levy and Sexual Survivor's Handbook by John Saunders. Bookings essential by 28 August.

7 September – Brisbane: The Performance Studio, 4MBS Classic FM, 384 Old Cleveland Rd, 1:45 for 2p.m. start. The launch of You Only Want Me for My Mind and Other Bedtime Stories by John Rynn and John Corrigan. Bookings essential by 4 September.

15 September – Perth: Katharine Susannah Prichard Centre, 11 Old York Street, Greenmont, WA. Workshop on Digital Publishing with David Reiter, 1:30 - 3:30, followed by the launch of Yellowcake Summer by Guy Salvidge and My Planets: a fictive memoir by David P Reiter. Bookings to KSP Centre: kspf@iinet.net.au (P: 08 9294 1872) or IP.

19 September – Hobart: Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Place, Hobart, from 5:30p.m., Jane Williams launches Days Like These. (03) 6223 1803.

20 September – Melbourne: Collected Works Bookshop, Level 1, 35-37 Swanston Street. from 6p.m., Kevin Brophy launches Days Like These. (03) 9654 8873

21 September – Castlemaine: 155 Main Rd, Campbells Creek (about 5 minutes outside of Castlemaine), 3-5p.m. Jane Williams reads from City of Possibilities and Days Like These.

You can RSVP to any IP sponsored event by emailing us at info@ipoz.biz or by phone 07 3324 9319.

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Your Deal

Deal 1 (back by popular demand): "Like" our Digital Publishing Centre page on Facebook before 1 September for a FREE IP eBook of your choice! That's right, simply go to our Facebook page, check out all the digital news, "like" what you see, and then email us your choice of eBook title, letting us know if you prefer Kindle (.mobi), ePub or optimised pdf version.

Deal 2: Order new release Sawdust online and get either Shades of Exodus or As If! by co-author Barry Levy for $10 more (savings of $23!).

Deal 3: Order any picture book from our New Releases page and receive a second picture book for only $10 extra, with FREE freight.

Order by 1 September from sales@ipoz.biz with Deal 1, Deal 2 or Deal 3 as your Subject. Include your postal address and how you want to pay (for Deals 2 or 3) – EFT or PayPal.

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