Vol 3, No. 4 ISSN 1442-0023
This comes hot on the heels of our two local festivals, the Brisbane Writers' Festival and the Subverse: 2001 Queensland Poetry Festival.
Several of our authors read at the poetry festival, which lived up to its reputation of being the best of its kind in Australia. Certainly, the organisers are to be commended once again for their efforts at finding talent outside the tried-and-true authors who seem to appear everywhere on the circuit.
I was especially pleased to see the poetry festival located in the new Judith Wright Centre for the Arts. Although the finishing touches have yet to be applied, the new Centre offers excellent reading spaces, as well as performance venues, rehearsal space and offices for other artforms. Together with developments at QUT's Cultural Precinct and South Bank, the Judith Wright Centre is further evidence that Brisbane has come into its own culturally and artistically.
As a part of the Brisbane Writers' Festival, Brisbane City Council Library Services hosted a session on e-publishing. I was joined by Dean Mason, Business Development Manager of Common Ground, a Melbourne research organisation interested in digital publication issues; as well as Greg Bain, Deputy General Manager of UQP. We hadnt consulted in advance on what we would say, but our presentations were quite complementary. Deans group is taking a theoretical approach to what future holds for the publishing industry, while I spoke on what digital publication means for IPD in practical terms. After beating his chest quite justifiably! about Peter Careys second win at the Booker Prize, Greg enlightened us about how UQP is taking the first steps beyond their web site to making digital publication part of their production strategy. Yes, theyve even published their first e-book!
We are already gearing up for what promises to be our busiest year yet. Three new titles are already scheduled for publication in our Autumn 2002 Season. Recently we announced our new IP Picks competition that will see the publication of several new works in the second half of 2002. See the full article below. The competition, which is for unpublished, complete works of poetry and fiction under 80,000 words closes 31 December. You can get the details and entry form via email or through the post.
Finally, I want to welcome Lisa Foley, who joins Sara Moss as Assistant Editor. Lisa will be working out of Treetop Studio and has a particular interest in our multimedia work and in raising the level of awareness about IP among younger audiences.
Dr David Reiter
[A recent article in Brisbane's Courier-Mail newspaper has stirred up a few hornets in the local writing community. But are these issues limited to Brisbane? Director David Reiter looks at the implications for writing communities in general.]
Poets are an easy mark for ridicule and perhaps this is because they seldom duck for cover. And in the rare instances when poets get coverage in the national media, all too often the journalist involved relies on simplistic views of what poets are.
In her recent article, War of words over rhyme and reason Arts Editor Sandra McLean showed how little it takes to put a burr under the saddle of local authors. She aired the view of some that the writing community here is factionalised and that favours are handed out only to a chosen few. Not surprisingly, several people took exception to this line.
It didnt help that some of the younger writers were characterised as feral by some stalwarts and that others see themselves as alienated from an inner circle who run the show.
Of course writing communities everywhere are subject to factional squabbling and petty jealousy a point I made to McLean when she interviewed me. If its less obvious in major cultural centres such as New York and London and Paris, perhaps this is because the factions are so firmly institutionalised and make such an art of exclusivity. So being out until youre in is just the way it goes, mate not worth losing any sleep over.
That doesnt make it any easier for those authors who prefer to get on with the job of writing, rather than playing politics. Even our most political poet or should I say our most poetic politician? Minister for the Arts Matt Foley was hard-pressed to put a positive spin on the situation: I would describe [the writing community] as creatively energetic sometimes it is more energetic than you would care for but I wouldn't want to put a lasso around peoples creativity.
The article certainly overstates its case, but so did various Letters to the Editor and other missives sent to more sympathetic ears. Well, newspapers are in the business of selling papers, and papers thrive on controversy real and imagined. So perhaps the choice is either put on the monkey suit and make the most out of being noticed (they say any coverage is good coverage), or be content to remain unnoticed.
On the other hand, it shouldnt be too much to ask that the media put more effort in finding the substance behind an issue and go so far as to illuminate their readers rather than simply entertain them at the cost of an expendable group. How many times do we read about how artists are a burden on the public purse and how well off they are than the average Aussie battler who actually has to work for a living. Artists who have the audacity to live off grants are regarded by some as little better than dole-bludgers. At least those who work for the dole have to get their hands dirty!
These stereotypes are tolerated and even believed by the community. Never mind that only a small percentage of artists who apply for Government grants actually get them. And even when they are successful, more often than not the grants are only a fraction of what most battlers see as their due in their salaries.
Perhaps it has something to do with the suspicion that artists work at things they enjoy, in contrast to the drudgery faced by many workers, and that they should not be rewarded for this with taxpayer-funded bonuses. Its a shame that the arts arent regarded with the same reverence as sport, which consumes far more tax dollars for the construction and maintenance of facilities and the support of many athletes who compete internationally than any opera or theatre company could ever hope to attract. Its considered newsworthy when the entire Australia Council is offered a boost of $10 million dollars as a part of an election campaign, when this is just a fraction of the overrun costs of renovating a sports facility like Brisbanes Lang Park. And if the latter project puts one of Brisbanes professional theatre companies out of business in the process, well, thats just collateral damage, right?
We dont think twice about deifying someone who kicks a winning goal or swims fast as a dolphin, and few people begrudge them for enjoying their work. Indeed our newspapers and chat shows are filled with profiles of sporting heroes, with a subtext that suggests that heroism has done nothing to wilt their basic humanity. But when was the last time you saw a big colour photo of a poet hugging her baby on Mothers Day? Scantily dressed or otherwise?
Its not that the media has a vested interest in keeping artists marginalised; its just that researching an issue thats more than skin-deep is too hard in the fast lane. It takes more time to appreciate a book than to review a few minutes of video footage of a sporting event. And it would seem making the effort to dislodge community prejudices is too big an ask for most journalists.
The cultural fabric of our nation is poorer for it. But there I am playing at being an artist again!
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October was literary festival season
in Brisbane from 18-21 October, and we were well represented at
the Subverse: 2001 Queensland Poetry Festival (Subverse) and the Brisbane
Writers Festival (BWF). The festivals ran concurrently, with the BWF
taking place in the South Brisbane Cultural Precinct, while Subverse
opted for the new Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude
Valley, also holding a series of readings at Jamesons Restaurant
in the city centre.
It was appropriate that Subverse was
the first arts event to take place in the centre named for one of
Australias greatest poets. Its launch also featured on the program
of the BWF, testifying to the years of effort by the Fringe Arts Collective
Inc (Fringe Arts), organisers of Subverse, who succeeded not only
in their aims of bringing poetry back to the people but
also in contributing to a rennaisance of poetry in this state.
Our previous issue covered Fringe Arts
decision to disband, making this their final festival. David Reiter
raised some important
issues relating to arts funding and it remains to be seen what
the future holds for the Queensland Poetry Festival. I wont
repeat those here but rather take the opportunity, on behalf of IP,
to thank Brett Dionysius the Director of Subverse and Melissa Ashley
the Assistant Director for their hard work and wish them the very
best for a bright future. (My apologies to Melissa for our error in
the previous issue attributing her role to Adam Pettet.)
For further information on the Fringe
Arts Collective Inc and the Subverse Festivals please check out their
IP highlights at this years Subverse
included the festival launch of Phil Browns An
Accident in the Evening and readings by IP authors Clayton Hansen
Ventriloquists Child) Juliana Burgesen-Bednareck (Bermuda
and the Other Islands) and Sara Moss (A
Deep Fear of Trains). Andy Kissane launched Michael Saribans
new poetry collection Luxuries (Indigo Press). We published
Michaels previous collection, Facing
At the BWF Phil Brown chaired a panel
on Life Drawing: If you strip back the characters and plots
in your books, can you recall where they came from and how you created
them? David Reiter gave a presentation at Central Library on
e-publishing at a seminar sponsored by Brisbane City Library Services.
Of the other Subverse sessions I attended,
Real Men was particularly lively, with Festival Director
Brett Dionysius dubbing Minister for the Arts, Matt Foley, the Minister
for Poetry. In launching Ross Clarks new book Remix
(Post Pressed) the Ministers performance of Rosss poems
more than earned him the title! Ross has been writing and performing
poetry for more than 25 years. Remix contains many of the poems
written during this time and some new work.
In his launch speech, David Reiter
took up the challenge of the sessions theme: not having
the advantage of being special in gender, sexual orientation, psychological
predisposition or ethnicity, Phil shows that the sublime can still
be found in masculine moments such as when his speaker discovers he
shares a takeaway brotherhood with Chuck Norris:
David went on to tell the audience that Phil is especially poignant in capturing the predicament faced by the contemporary, politically-endangered poet. In the collections title poem, the narrator tells us that the accident victim
They didnt buy his book, but you
Another highlight was the University
of Queensland Press (UQP) launches of Bronwyn Leas collection
of poetry Flight Animals and Michelle A. Taylors verse
novel The Angel of Barbican High. Bronwyn won the 2000 Arts
Queensland Award for Unpublished Poetry for her poem 'Driving into
Distance, which is included in Flight Animals and Michelle
was the runner-up with Bloom. The Angel of Barbican
High was shortlisted in the Queensland Premiers Literary
Awards 2000. Though aimed at a teenage and young adult readership
it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Bronwyn Lea is one of those
rare finds, a poet of such vision when you read or listen to her work,
you feel privileged.
My own performance at Jamesons marked the fourth year I have appeared at the Queensland Poetry Festival. I will carry warm memories from the Subverse years as Im sure will so many of the authors featured.
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In July, Director David Reiter was a featured speaker at the NSW Country Library Associations annual conference at Orange. Not noted for its balmy weather in the middle of winter, Orange put on a sunny disposition, assisted by Jan Richardss trusty Orange Library staff, who made the task of organising a major conference look like a cake-walk.
On the social side, the conference dinner will be long-remembered for resurrecting every female popular singer in living memory, as well as laying to rest forever the image of the wall-flower librarian.
Davids talk on e-publishing was very well attended, and several attendees expressed an interest in hearing more about our digital publishing activities, especially on the multimedia side, after seeing the demo of Davids work The Gallery.
One of the main points he stressed was the opportunity that libraries have in becoming a hub for readers seeking access to digital titles. As a key part of the distribution loop, libraries may even stand to make money on referrals when readers decide to buy titles they initially borrow. Several librarians expressed amazement at how far the technology has come so quickly, and how urgent it is that they and their colleagues get educated about what the future holds.
If youre interested in keeping your finger on the pulse, watch this space. Or better yet, contact us directly and let us know. We may just be coming to a conference or a festival near you.
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On the subject of libraries, David will be in Melbourne meeting with a host of them during the week of 12-16 November. If you work at a library in Melbourne and want to meet with him during that week, please contact us URGENTLY.
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IP authors will be participating in the inaugural Central Coast Writers Festival at Mt Penang (near Gosford, New South Wales). Included will be Tricia Dearborn, Beatriz Copello, Chris Mansell and David Reiter. The Festival is on Saturday, 24 November, and includes an Awards Dinner that night
Mt Penang has been a juvenile justice centre for many decades but its redevelopment has become a pet project of the NSW Festival Development Corporation. The plan is now to host a variety of festivals and sporting events. Were delighted to be a part of the first in what we hope will be many such events for writers.
IP will have a table at the Festival with an exhaustive display of our titles all for sale, of course. We hope to see many of our Sydney friends there, not to mention a throng from the Central Coast.
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[This issue we focus on Sydney author and psychologist Beatriz Copello, whose second book was recently published by Glass House Books.]
at the Edge of a Dream I want to share with readers my observations
about the world around me, about life, about nature and about my feelings.
I want them to sense with me the beauty of the sea, of the bush, of
the moonlight, of love
to sense the loneliness that sometimes
touches the human heart. I want them to see in their mind's eye the
beauty of colours, of fantasy, of imagination. Like a painter I draw
images with my words, images of gardens, people, places. My words
are seeds that bring a message to awaken responsibility for our environment
and support for the poor.
nights, when my body rests my mind wonders, asking questions about
the meaning of life, death, and the marvelous space that surrounds
this glorious planet. Many of those questions are asked in my poems.
I have no answers. I have no truths. I have no key to open the door
that keeps secrets in a golden cage. I only have hypotheses, conundrums,
My poems are born from my love of words.
Words are tools. Words are swords. Words heal. Words touch hearts.
Words teach. Words have power. Words allow me to reflect on my inner
struggles. Words let me have a say about the disenfranchised and the
battlers. Words let me reach out to humanity. Words give me hope.
Words encourage me to weave tapestries adorned with the fabric of
life and tinted with my imagination.
I want readers to travel with me into the depths of my dreams, to accompany me to foreign lands, to the past, to worlds where the line between fantasy and reality blurs. I want readers to enter the edge of dreams.
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[IP eNews seeks to serve as a forum on issues of common interest in digital publishing and other related issues, but for that to work the communication has to be more than one way. This is your chance to be heard on issues that concern anyone connected to or reliant on the publishing industry. So lets hear your reactions to this column or for that matter anything else that appears in IP eNews. Space allowing, well print what you have to say.]
Some people may say that were jumping the gun, but after all the dust has settled from the hype surrounding e-books, where are all the sales?
Futurists have been saying for some time that people would embrace the new technology. There are predictions that, in North America at least, digital sales will comprise 30% of the market by 2010. Major publishers and bookchains, not to mention online sites like Amazon.com, have invested heavily in this change of gear in reading style, and their shareholders dont have the patience to wait until the offspring of Generation Xers have their own credit cards.
Many of the smaller players particularly those focused primarily on sales of digital titles are feeling the dot.com quicksand tickling at their thighs, and the signs of recession dont reassure them that things are about to change, at least for the better.
Things are so tight that publishers strain to put on a brave face. At the recent Brisbane Writers Festival, Greg Bain, Deputy General Manager at the University of Queensland Press did just that as he announced with a thin-lipped smile that UQPs first original online title had only achieved sales of 20 copies, while a subsequent print version quickly sold out. Not surprisingly, UQP is in no rush to advance the experiment.
IPs experience with digital titles is mixed. In the case of digital versions of our existing print titles, sales have been limited mostly to libraries. The one bright light has been our multimedia title, The Gallery, which has achieved sales rivaling our other print titles, and has actually outsold its source book, Letters We Never Sent.
Our view is that this is more than good luck. Its only commonsense that if people used to reading a physical book are offered a choice between one and its digital equivalent, they will choose the physical book. If the book is out-of-print, or too expensive to access through bookshops or online, they may go for an e-book, but the jury is still out on that one.
Digital publishers must find a way to add value to text before they package their digital products. Because The Gallery offers video, audio and images as well as words, it appeals to buyers looking for something different. More importantly, the only way they can experience the work is in a digital environment, so they decide to give it a go.
IP Digitals commitment to adding value to literary work is demonstrated by the fact that we have three such projects under development scheduled for release in 2002. This is the real digital frontier, and were confident that it will attract buyers in increasing numbers.
Another problem is the war-games currently raging between hardware and software companies competing to grab the e-book market. There are several e-book readers available for purchase, and most use proprietary software. There are few signs of an emerging common standard. Quite the opposite.
This means theres no guarantee if you fork out $800 for that spiffy e-book reader that youll be able to read your choice of digital titles. In the current environment, digital publishers may have to prepare several versions of a work to accommodate the various platforms. Each version has to be edited, proofread and then tested in its particular environment. So much for the cost-savings to be realised from going digital!
Smaller publishers do not have the resources to prepare multiple versions of every work they produce. And since most literary projects are published by smaller houses, that means greater risk that the work will be unavailable to the digital marketplace unless the publisher makes the right choice of platform. Suddenly, the sense of liberation that comes with making the work available globally is deflated.
At least with a physical book, the only demand a publisher places on the reader is that s/he can read.
Back in the trenches, proactive libraries are finding it hard-going. If they purchase e-book readers on behalf of their borrowers, their IT people have to be trained on how to set them up and maintain them. Someone needs to prepare instructions for the borrowers on how to use the devices and to troubleshoot when things go wrong.
IP Digital has taken a punt on pdf format. Its a multi-purpose format that works well online, as well as on portable media. Any device compatuble with Acrobat e-book Reader will accept a pdf file. We think that Adobe Corporation has too much at stake to let it slide in the face of competing reader formats. So were putting our efforts into publishing online versions, which can be downloaded to a computer, which can in turn download the file onto a pdf reader. Or the viewer can simply read the file on the computer.
Its a brave publisher indeed who declares the book dead and then follows up that belief by abandoning the print arena. Which is why IP is determined to keep a balance between our award-winning print program and our expanding digital program.
Does that mean youre considering print-on-demand? we hear someone ask. Have a look at the next issue of IP eNews!
Its official: entries are now open for the first IP Picks Competition. Were offering guaranteed royalty publication with one of our imprints. Two awards are reserved for Queensland residents, while the other two are open to Australian citizens and residents.
Does Australia need yet another literary competition? Probably not, but we've done our best to stake out new ground. Were focusing on poetry and shorter fiction, and the entries must be complete manuscripts, unpublished and not on offer to any other publisher.
There are plenty of competitions out there for single poems or stories, and also for published works. But what do unpublished authors do with finished manuscripts besides send them on the circuit of publishers, hoping for the best? Even established authors are finding it harder these days to get literary manuscripts accepted by the mainstream publishers. So we think that IP has found a niche in the market that will not only offer these authors recognition but also publication.
We're concentrating on the two genres most neglected by the bigger publishers, poetry and short fiction (the latter could be a novella(s) up to 80,000 words.
Wed like to offer cash awards as well, but at this point were unable to confirm that those will be part of the award. IP has put a proposal to Arts Queensland for funding support and we wont know the outcome until the end of December, which also happens to be the deadline for entries.
But if youve got a manuscript you believe in, and youre keen to see it published, this may just be the competition for you.
To get the complete conditions and entry form, post us an SASE or email us with IP Picks as your subject. You could just be an IP author by the end of 2002, and thats putting yourself in good company!
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Were delighted to announce that IP author Tricia Dearborn recently won the University of Canberra National Short Story Award. Nothing pleases a publisher more than discovering new talent except perhaps having that author be recognised after the fact by the judges of a major competition. The title of her winning story was The Knitter and Miss Newtown.
This particular competition is one of the few major awards for excellence in the short story, a form which is probably more neglected than even poetry these days. Wed like to see more competitions with special categories for the short story.
We were unhappy to learn that Redoubt magazine, which has been supported by the University of Canberra since 1988, has been wound up. One of the oldest of its kind in Australia, Redoubt discovered much new talent over the years, and its demise will make it all the harder for new authors to gain recognition.
Its ironic that that was announced at the short story award ceremony. But perhaps were just being biased in Redoubts favour our Director was its Founding Editor! He set it up originally to give his Creative Writing students work experience in publishing as well as a vehicle for publishing work of merit. The definition of a redoubt in permanent works, a work within an outwork was obviously not enough to save it.
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Phil Browns new book, An Accident in the Evening, heads the list of our new releases. We were especially pleased to have held the launch at the Phillip Bacon Galleries (see the launch feature), which was attended by a spirited Brisbane crowd.
Phil had already read at Wordpool and has since read at the Subverse: 2001 Queensland Poetry Festival, with another engagement to come at the Irish Club on 1 November, where hell share the bill with novelist Venero Armanno.
Tricia Dearborns win in the University of Canberra Short Story Award couldnt have come at a better time. IP Digital has just released CD-ROM and e-book versions of her very popular first book, Frankensteins bathtub.
This is good news indeed for overseas readers and people living in regional areas who cant get to literary bookshops, not to mention libraries seeking to expand their digital holdings. For a mere $11 (GST-inclusive) or $10 for export, you can have a pdf of her book on your desktop within a day or so. Or if you like something to hold as well as have, you can order the CD for only $15.40 in Australia or $14 outside, plus a modest postage & handling charge.
If you havent tried our orders page yet, this is the perfect excuse. And while youre at it, why not browse through our other digital titles? They all work flawlessly on most recent Windows and Mac computers, and they have the added advantage of bookmarks that move you around the book quickly, plus you can search for that title or phrase at the touch of a button.
Become a New Economy reader: order an e-book!
And with Christmas coming up, why not order a second copy for a friend? We can post or email it at the appropriate time with a card in your name for no extra charge!
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The latest title from Glass House Books is Beatriz Copellos Meditations at the Edge of a Dream.
Beatriz is a Sydney-based author and psychologist who is completing a Doctor of Creative Arts in Writing at the University of Wollongong. This is her second book.
In this rich collection, there are poems that speak to the heart of everyday experience: the quiet mourning of a girl for a handsome man/who drove to his death or a speaker desperately trying to reach out from a deep tunnel of depression.
Whether observing life next door, casting shades of love in the context of exotic places like the Adriatic Sea, or reconstructing the pain of an Aztec warrior who falls victim to white gods stronger than his, Meditations at the Edge of a Dream offers much on which to reflect.
The collection had its debut at the recent World Congress of Poetry held in Sydney in early October. It will be formally launched at the NSW Writerss Centre on 25 November from 3 p.m. For further information, please contact the author.
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The smell of spring, thai take-away and pizza was certainly in the air on the evening of September 18 for the official launch of Phil Browns collection An Accident in the Evening.
This book is the latest in IPs
Emerging Authors Series so it was no accident more than 80 people
attended the event in the inspiring surrounds of the Philip Bacon
Galleries in New Farm, Brisbane. In a happy coincidence the Galleries
were also hosting a Jeffrey Smart exhibition, and the evocative cover
image of the book, from a painting by Queensland artist Christopher
McVinish, resonated with the surrounding works.
IPs publishing program is supported by Arts Queensland, so our thanks must go to them, as well as the Galleries, for the success of this launch. Special thanks to Minister Foley, who continues in an exemplary manner to support IPs vision.
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[In this issue, we welcome Assistant Editor Lisa Foley to the fold. Yet another migrant from colder climes, Lisa has a special interest in IPs digital work.]
I am an avid writer with particularly cold feet having suffered 32 years in the Arctic Circle (Melbourne). Upon hearing of my husbands Brisbane job-offer in July this year, I welcomed the opportunity to ditch the thermal undies and languish among the palm fronds and cane toads of South East Queensland. I was warned against the fashion up here but upon arrival I discovered my kindred spirits Tshirts and thongs. Imagine the luck of being able to wear my pyjamas all day long. So I got here and figured I had skills that should be taken out of the suitcase, so I called Interactive Publications. IP sounded great, no porn or trash just decent literary works. Unlike the rest of my life no, honestly.
My work as a freelance assessor and editor for Triad Publishers in Cairns and a varied working background in film/TV, audio production, youth work and IT, convinced the boss that he could put me to some use. IP Digital the growing multimedia/digital division of Interactive Publications is of particular interest to me. The exciting places words can be taken should not be limited to pieces of papyrus Im sure the Ancient Egyptians would have produced CD books if theyd realised the futility of channelling their energy into pyramid technology and wall carvings.
I digress. With audio, Flash movies, brilliant graphic design programs and a whole bunch of other technology available, we would be failing our duty to humanity not to charter these vast horizons. Maybe Im being a tad melodramatic, but Im sure you can see the possibilities out there.
My own interest in writing started at seven years of age and so far I have written much poetry, four complete novels, childrens audio plays, screen plays and stage plays one of which was performed in 1998 by MYSTiC Youth Theatre in Melbourne. I have had articles published in Melbourne and Sydney street press and on several websites. My poetry has been published in the online journal Divan and in Inkshed the Box Hill TAFE yearly literary publication. I am in the process of completing a Professional Writing and Editing Diploma (off campus) through Box Hill TAFE in Melbourne.
Boring obligatory listing of credentials out of the way, I would love to hear from you particularly if youve got an interest in e-books or new publishing modes or anything. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call IP on 07 3395 0269.
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Missed the Poetry Festival? Never
mind you can still buy the books!
Publishing houses are businesses. This seems a ridiculously obvious statement but for a niche publisher like IP operating in the comparatively difficult (to sell) areas of poetry and short fiction, its worth repeating. Events like the Brisbane Writers Festival and the Subverse: 2001 Queensland Poetry Festival are valuable opportunities for writers of literary fiction and poetry to gain much needed public exposure. Authors, particularly new ones who are yet to establish a profile, like festivals. Publishers like them too because hope their products will sell like hotcakes.
Too often though the audience walks away with nothing more than a warm fuzzy feeling and the memory of seeing and hearing a real writer. In the festival dynamic, the relationship between authors and publishers, authors and readers/audiences and publishers and readers/audiences is a complex one. The relationship between publishers, particularly publishers of works in the same genre, is quite simple. Compete, compete, compete!
Now I am no great believer in the market (a subject for my own web site and not to be dwelt on here), but you cant blame a publisher for hoping a good share of the festival dollars spent will be on their books. In a perfect world, success is shared among participants and everyone goes home richer and happier, especially the readers with their wealth of literature to enjoy!
In our previous issue, I mentioned one of my aims as IP eNews editor was to feature quality links in IPs niche area of poetry and short fiction. My aim is also to build IPs online presence by linking to like-minded sites. Paradoxically, many quality online sources are other publishers! They are either true e-zines, publishers of material online or web shopfronts, sites which provide a taste of the printed or CD product, similar in nature to IP.
Applying a market model of competition
limits publishers of poetry and literary fiction who already face
difficulties in accessing a buying public. The problems facing publishers
of poetry especially has been talked to death in recent years. The
web provides new hope for publishing in these areas with the potential
for access to an international market. But this potential will only
be realised if content providers cooperate in these areas. This is
due in large part to the way the web works.
A leading literary publisher in Australia. Visit them to order The Angel of Barbican High by Michelle A. Taylor; Flight Animals by Bronwyn Lea; Scar Country by Rebecca Edwards and Of Muse, Meandering and Midnight by Samuel Wagan Watson.
A publisher of Academic, Literary, Esoteric
and Fine Art Books. Source your copy of Remix
by Ross Clark here.
Publishers of Australias first
CD-ROM Poetry International Papertiger: new
world poetry. Issue 1 was celebrated at Subverse 2001, and
Issue 2 is due for release next year.
Five Islands Press is an independent publisher specialising in contemporary Australian poetry. Subverse 2001 hosted the launch of the New Poets Series 8 featuring: Cate Kennedy, David Kirkby, Shen, Sheridan Linnell, Lesley Fowler and Terry Jaensch. Five Islands has published many fine Australian poets over the years including Andy Kissane who also featured at the festival, reading from his recent work Every Night They Dance.
Another Queensland publisher specialising
in literary titles. Visit them to order Jayne Fenton Keanes
Torn and Tim Collins The
Ruined Room. Jaynes thrilling performances have featured
at Queensland Poetry Festivals and the Brisbane Writers Festival,
as well as at international festivals.
Packages (New Century Press)