[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350" class="zemanta-img"] English: A web banner in use during Open Access Week. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] I recently attended a seminar on Publishing at the NSW Writers Centre entitled "Open Access". The main message I came away with was: "You must be an author...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350" class="zemanta-img"]English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de... English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de eBook Беларуская: Фотаздымак электроннай кнігі Русский: Фотография электронной книги (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]

I have been researching e-book and traditional book publishing for several years now, but I'm going to be lazy and share with you these points passed on to me by Andy McDermott, head of Publicious Publishing, http://www.publicious.com.au/, which I can highly recommend as Andy published Bondi Tides, Bondi Writers Group's anthology of short stories. http://www.andymcdermott.com/

Printed books Pros: 1. Most books nowadays are printed using sustainable and/or recycled materials 2. Print on Demand (POD) books can be sold via the online stores and printed one at a time at the buyer’s expense 3. With digital printing, high quality books can now be printed in smaller quantities while remaining affordable 4. For authors, books are essential for book signings and events 5. For entrepreneurs, books can be sold at seminars and events and are often referred to as the modern day business card 6. Children’s books can be interactive with music and buttons and also used for colouring in 7. Books make great gifts 8. Books look good on bookshelves especially a leather bound classic or a colourful coffee table book 9. A good book will be cherished and read 10. A bad book can still be used as a door stop

Same reason for being in Oxford—the Oxford Dysfluency Conference that my partner helped organise—same train trip from London; same College for accommodation. But this trip, instead of visiting university landmarks and museums, I spent the time with a niece and her boyfriend punting on the Isis River, which is the Thames in Oxford. Other activities included eating and drinking in taverns, and browsing in bookshops, of which there are many excellent ones in Oxford. I returned to the Turf Tavern several times for lunch. [caption id="attachment_14278" align="aligncenter" width="580"] The Punts at Oxford[/caption]

The Trouble With Flying, from the 2014 Margaret River Short Story Competition, edited by Richard Rossiter, Published by Margaret River Press, 2014 Review first published by Margaret River Press

he-trouble-with-flying This was the third year of the Western Australia Margaret River Story Competition; 24 stories were chosen from 218 entries from all over Australia and one from New Zealand for the collection. Most stories focus on character, combined with social issues, making this an engaging and an insightful read. Themes such as new motherhood, love relationships, marital breakdown, ageing, and facing death can be classified within an overall category of Life Stages. Eccentric characters feature also, like the young woman in the winning entry “The Trouble with Flying”, who will never make it through TAFE studies. I’d like to preface this review by suggesting some of the reasons why a reader might be drawn to a particular story. Often it is quite subjective. The four stories I’ve chosen to review attracted me by their themes, their emotional impact and, for two of them, by their humour. Other elements I looked for in selecting my favourites were fascinating story lines, authentic voice and vibrant language.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="150"] Elizabeth Jolley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] A Short Story Literary Prize "Entries are now open for the 2014 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize worth a total of $8000. This year, for the first time, we will be accepting online entries as well as hard-copies. We...