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drjanik

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G'Morning and Welcome to the rather late starting Saturday Savant/Aignos Realtime Text Chat. It being the holidays, and having had a particularly good day yesterday afternoon's Savant Bookstore, I was up and doing the accounting when I received several "dings" on my cellular. Being the good accountant, I ignored them and just finished, realizing I'm in arrears for today's chat. In fact, what totally threw me off was what is probably totally throwing you off: Today is the 15th of December, not the 16th as posted on our website. 

Okay. Mea culpa TWICE. Still today's chat is quite important because first, it's the Holiday Season, and second, because it's the last one of 2018. So let's begin!
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I usually start before sunup with a summary of what's happening at Savant/Aignos -- a sort of publisher's post. A lot is happening, but most of it is involved in rushing to finish last year's projects, and accommodate author's end-of-the-year attempts to move their work from polishing into proofing, of which we have several (see "Coming Works" on the Savant and Aignos websites). However, there is one effort that has been in the planning stage for almost a year now, and it starting to be realized. We've had numerous requests by authors who have self-published a book and want it republished with an established publisher, so we've been working feverishly all year to scope out what that would entail. Essentially, it will result in what we anticipate to be a second imprint of Savant Books and Publications (the first being Aignos Publishing), as yet unnamed. We're currently working on the operations and cost structures, as such an effort represents a major departure from our current approach to publishing where, if we accept a work, we pay for everything and pay the author a quarterly (yes, you heard it correctly, not an annual but a quarterly) royalty. Our new imprint is currently envisioned as an "ala carte" fee-for-service effort that would make all of the advantages of having a regular publisher advantages to authors, with a more traditional annual royalty. You asked for it, we're trying to bring it to life in 2019/20. 
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Doffing my publisher hat and donning my editor hat, I've been Mr. Busy this quarter with several works moving closer to release in early 2019:

Helen R. Davis' sequel to her award-winning novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, called CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS is well into polishing and should soon move into proofing. In this alternative history, Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt, has triumphed at the Battle of Actium, which in the annals of history cost her and her lover, Mark Antony, their lives. She has won the battle, but will she be able to win the war and create a new place for her, her dynasty and Egypt in the annals of history?

Helen R. Davis' TRUTH AND TELL TRAVEL THE SOLAR SYSTEM, is moving from editing into polishing. In this next in Savant's popular "color-me-please" suite of children's books, two brave new characters, the caterpillars Truth and Tell, upon arriving in our solar system by accident, decide to travel and learn about it. 

A. G. Hayes' newest thriller, "68 VIA CONDOTTI: Book 1 - Eternity Ltd." is poised to move from editing into polishing. From a little known address within the Vatican, operation "Eternity" is launched, ultimately redefining the world's intelligence services and their strategic plan for global cooperation. It all begins with a humble Pope with a different plan for this and the next world. "68 VIA CONDOTTI: Book 1 - Eternity Ltd." is the first of three Kate Keenan Special Agent novellas in a serialized read not unlike watching a 1940-50s movie serial. 

As one of several professional editors for Savant/Aignos, I'm pleased to say that the quality of our reads only continues to increase over time. We're currently seeking a couple of editors to join our ranks. Savant can't make you a good editor, but we train all our editors to make them not just "good" but "outstanding." 


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Switching from editor to author, I'm continuing my work on THE SWORD OF KAMEHAMEHA manuscript after having visited Kamekura in Japan a couple months ago. It was a telling trip, as I was able to meet with one of the curators of the local museum and adventure back to 1260 a.d. medieval Kamekura, the new home of the Shogunate (military rulers) of feudal Japan and key action site in the novel. 

A reader of mine recently asked what happened to my manuscript for THE GECKO SINGS. Alas, my dear mother who is both a collaborator and illustrator of all my children's books, recently passed, leaving our poor gecko in some quandry. But fear not. The dead are never really dead. Many of our ideas for this work remain in my mind and heart, and I hope to develop them further into another curiosity-based, discovery-driven children's work. My heartfelt wishes to my mother and, in many ways, my inspiration for writing.
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Greetings from San Francisco everyone. Yeah, that day/date asymmetry for today's chat really threw me. As you know, I'm working hard on adding the final touches to my manuscript THE EDGE OF MADNESS, mostly exploring the social implications of M-Superstring theory (a pet interest of mine) like what is the nature of birth and death within such a theory. 
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Aloha! It's a windy, cool day in Honolulu. Holiday traffic is already "on the road." I

I ran across a blog post yesterday in which the blogger said that it is good for the mind to read lots of books, not just for a knowledge but because reading stimulates the brain like no other entertainment form. That got me to thinking: When I feel the hunger for knowledge, I typically go to my computer, open a browser, and research a topic rather than start by going to the library and reading several topic books. What for, then, are books, like my book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)? How useful is it to read it, when, as it explores somatic therapy (rather than somatic therapy) the very basis of knowledge of somatic therapy is rooted in action rather than reflection? 



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Hi, Setsuko. Wow -- you bring up a most important topic in today's rapidly changing world: Why read at all. Actually, I feel as though you answered your question in your posting: Reading, while a disappearing form, appears to be quite unique in that it actively stimulates our minds (thoughts, curiosity, discovery) as evidence of it's power, and -- I'm guessing here -- but it's probably unique in maintaining brain function into late adulthood as opposed to passive visual entertainment. There's something very important here regarding action and thought as parts of reading; perhaps you would like to say more. 

I was just reading Dan's post on A. G. Hayes newest work, "68 VIA CONDOTTI: Book 1 - Eternity Ltd."  A. G. Hayes and I are long time author-friends, having previously collaborated on QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). I've had the privilege of talking with him about the second in the 68 VIA CONDOTTI series, and I can truthfully say it will contain a number of surprises for even the most insightful and intrepid reader. Can't give them away, but having discussed them together, I can say I know of no other author with as fertile a mind. 


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I can't believe how fast today's chat is. I'm about to join the holiday traffic to complete my holiday gift shopping (though, as you might expect from an author, most of my gifts are either my book, or Savant/Aignos books). See you next year!
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Aloha Raymond and Setsuko -- once again my apologies for the mixup on today's chat, but I'm so glad you could join. Yes, it's already 10 a.m. here and time to close today's chat. 

I'd love to continue the topics of today's chat, namely the importance of books and reading, and the social implications of M-Superstring theory, next year in our January chat. 

Best wishes for the holidays to all. 
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Best wishes for a safe but exciting holiday season. See you in 2019!
Setsuko Tsuchiya

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Bye!  Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
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