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drjanik

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Aloha and Welcome to the 15 July 2017 Savant/Aignos Realtime Text Chat. Our chat lasts from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time and is open to the public. We feature professional Savant/Aignos authors, editors, cover artists and staff, talking about Savant Books and Publications (enduring literary works for the 21st Century), and Aignos Publications (an imprint of Savant Books and Publications - avant garde, experimental and innovative works that push the leading edge of publication). As we approach 120 published works, Savant/Aignos is poised to change from a small to a well established medium-sized publication house. 

It's been busy, busy, busy with the release on the Savant side of SHADOW AND LIGHT - the 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology and A. G. Hayes seventh novel in the Koski and Falk series, THE SOLAR TRIANGLE (Savant 2017), and on the Aignos side with the release of Jim Currie's second novel, a brilliant satire entitled SADDAM'S PARROT (Aignos 2017) and most recently Natalie Roers' new dramatic work, BENEATH THEM (Aignos 2017). 

The Savant/Aignos family's Savant Bookstore Honolulu recently sold it's 1,000th book and Savant Distribution broke it's former record topping 4,000 sales. Remember when everyone predicted the demise of the printed book? In the international news last week, bookstores in China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and, to a lesser extent, USA reported a resurgence of interest in softcover books! The reason quoted: reader fatigue with electronic readers. We expect this trend to continue as Amazon opens several hundred brick and mortar bookstores over the next couple years. 

Savant/Aignos has made several major adjustments to its eBook sales. First, we no longer publish eBooks exclusively with Amazon Kindle Select, instead adding Google Play, and soon, we hope, iTunes. Second, we now offer readers the option of purchasing eBooks through our Savant Bookstore Honolulu (see 

http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com

Savant/Aignos is rapidly becoming recognized as a leader in traditional, "we pay everything" publishing, in the last year receiving seven offers to "buy us out" and bring the publishing house to a "new level" in the domestic and international publishing marketplace. Great! Keep them coming and watch us grow!

Now it's time to begin this month's chat. As the publisher, I look forward to greeting established Savant/Aignos authors and staff, as well as meeting new writers interested in publishing. So...let the chat begin!
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As a Savant/Aignos-trained and certified editor, I'm pleased to announce that I'll be championing Helen R. Davis' second work in her Cleopatra series, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant in preparation). The sequel to CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, a largely historical novel positing at the end Cleopatra and Antony's winning rather than historically losing the great Battle of Actium. In CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, Helen explores what the world might have been like had, for example, Alexandria rather than Rome become the center of the world. Would Christ and his desciples, all period figures, have been welcomed in Alexandria rather than reviled in Rome? Would there have been an Alexandrian Catholic Church rather than a Roman Catholic Church with Syria the center of a Greco-Egyption-Roman Empire? How would that have changed our world of today? I hope you will look with me in anticipation toward the release of CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS in late 2017, early 2018.

Would you like to become a professional Savant/Aignos-trained and certified editor? Send an email request and resume to "savanteic@gmail.com" (or Editor-in-Chief's email address) and let us introduce you to the exciting world of editing. A little overwhelmed by this idea?

How about becoming a Savant/Aignos proofreader. Savant/Aignos proofreaders are the last in our extensive quality control line, following editing and polishing, and the first to read the completed book before it's released. We're looking for native American English reading and speaking proofreaders with a reputation as a grammar-structure disciplinarian. Former English teachers especially welcome. This is our entry-level position. Interested? We train and certify our Savant/Aignos proofreaders to kick-start them on their editing journey in publishing. Send an email indicating interest in a proofreader position at Savant/Aignos along with a resume to "savantbooks@gmail.com" 

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It's been my pleasure to work professionally as an author for over 45 years now, the last eight with a number of outstanding publishers including Savant Books and Publications. Savant/Aignos published my popular A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) and THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013), both award-winning children's books featuring ohana (family) and the need for children to move their bodies and make friends, respectively. Here's an excerpt from THE TURTLE DANCES for your pleasure:

THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #1 (Family Rated)

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 "Chapter 1 - Peach Moon

     Viewed from the middle of the bay, the night would have been pitch dark, but for the huge, round, blushing pink Hawaiian moon, resting like a big ripe peach just above the horizon. Above and behind, the sky, a black velvet blanket, was dusted with pin-point stars. Ahead, along the sandy beach, the evening trade winds rustled the long fronds of tall coconut trees growing on the far side of a sidewalk that wandered behind low mounds of cool, wet sand.
     The beach was pretty much as Isla, the Green Sea Turtle, thought it should look, taste and feel from her childhood memories. Of course, it wasn’t exactly the same. There were small differences—the coarseness of the sand granules, their slightly cooler temperature, and something she couldn’t quite put her flipper on..."

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Isla, a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle resting on the beach at Waikiki, notices a dance couple practicing a partner routine for a dance competition. Intrigued, she decides she, too, wants to dance, and more so, partner dance. But how to do it? 

Written for adults to read aloud to their children, and youth to 16 years of age to read and enjoy. Lavishly illustrated in black and white for reader coloring opportunities.

The third in the Savant "COLOR-ME-PLEASE" children's book series.

THE TURTLE DANCES
by Daniel S. Janik
Illustrated by Oklahoma artist, Ruth Janik

Available worldwide from Savant Books and Publications, on Amazon.com, and at fine bookstores everywhere. 

Sincerely,
Daniel S. Janik
Author of the award-winning "Color-Me-Please" children's books,
     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
     A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)
Press Release for THE TURTLE DANCES at http://www.prlog.org/12194549

 
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Hey, how about a CONTEST? 

Aloha Nature Children's Book Lovers: IT'S TIME FOR A BOOK GIVE-AWAY CONTEST! I'm itching to give-away a signed first edition copy of my award-winning A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008) to the FIRST PERSON on this chat who can answer all the following questions in the next sixty minutes:

1. Of the so far 100 some Savant works in print, how many total are by the author of A WHALE'S TALE? 

2. A WHALE'S TALE is the second in the Pacific Rim Naturalist and first in the Savant "Color-Me-Please" children's books series. What is the title of FIRST book in the Pacific Rim Naturalist series (hint: it was not published by Savant but it's locatable under one of my many pan-names -- "Dan Janik" -- on Amazon.com)?  

3. What is the name of the author and title of the second book in the Savant "Color -Me-Please" series (hint: it's by an author whose first name is that of a kind of bird, and is about ponca-unicorns)?

4. To which URL should a school teacher go on the internet to learn about and take advantage of my free, international, public service project, "Ocean of Whales," associated with A WHALE'S TALE? (Hint: a good place to begin looking is on my author webpage beginning at http://janik.yolasite.com)

5. Who illustrated A WHALE'S TALE?

6. One of our current authors served as the editor for A WHALE'S TALE, though he/she's since retired from editing and is listed on the Savant website only as a Savant author.  What is his/her name (Hint: It's a Savant author originally from Los Angeles, California, whose book, published by Savant in 2009, won three book awards and is the only Savant book to have a jazz CD of the same title)?

7. If someone wanted to acquire five or ten copies of A WHALE'S TALE at a discounted rate to use for birthdays, Whale's Day or Christmas gifts, what URL should he or she go to for the best discount price (Hint: Go to http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com and click on the "Publisher's Store" -- locate the work under "Books, Fiction" and click on the cover image. 

8.  In my A WHALE'S TALE Savant Press Release, I mention my true author passion. What is it (hint: All Savant book webpages link directly to our Savant SquareUp Market and, in the information portion, include a "hot" link to the primary book release press release generally located at the end of the information)?

You must post your 8 answers together in one reply on this chat topic thread within the next 60 minutes. GO FOR IT!

"Have Whale, Will Travel"
Daniel S. Janik
Author of A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008)

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I'm feeling a bit lonely here. According to our chat host, ChitChat, there are several "lurkers" (read only participants) but there haven't yet been any postings!  All you have to do to change your status from "lurker" to "poster" is to register, check your mailbox and confirm your email address, and join us. Remember, this chat is open to the public, so be aware of what you post. Like to chat with the owner of Savant/Aignos? An author? An editor? A proofreader? I've been all those things and more. Authoring and publishing are more than vocations, they're a life passion for me. 

While I don't usually reply publicly to private postings, I will in this one case. "How did you begin your authoring career?"  For me, it began with my writing a short science fiction manuscript entitled "The Hyperbolic Curve" at 16 years of age. I was so proud of actually having written a cohesive 120-page novella that I figured every reader in the world would want to read it, hence publisher in the world would want to publish it. At that time, the New Yorker magazine was considered the epitome of magazines, so I sent it to them, not realizing they don't typically publish sci-fi, much less first time teen authors. Several months later I received a "pink slip" with a handwritten note from the publisher encouraging me to keep writing and never give up. 

I took that advice to heart and began writing and sending my manuscripts to publishers, at the peak of my writing period, to over 170 publishers. Each submission was hand typed and included a typed copy of the original manuscript. Whew! 

My first "break" came, however, as a poet member of my college writer's club. Having received first place in the club's poetry contest, the poem was featured in the club's The Park Journal. It was through poetry that I discovered my writer's "heart." 

My first published prose work occurred only after 30 years of writing and rejections (at one point I plastered my bedroom wall with "pink slips"). What impressed me most at that time was the chasm that existed between being a keen writer and a professional author. It took me over five years to bridge that chasm and become what I am today: a successful author with several interested publishers eager to get their hands on whatever I write. It's an enviable place to be. The road to here was fraught with frustration until I stopped worrying about being published and focused on developing word craft targeting specific readers. How did I go on during the "hard times?" Mainly, I wrote articles for magazines. 

I'd love to hear about other author's experiences making the journey from writer to author. 
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Hey, please change from personal posts and telephone calls, to posting your questions and comments on this chat. Don't be afraid. The reason we sponsor this chat is to help writers, authors, staff and public to "connect" and, at the same time get their author name and titles "out there" in a safe chat where one can "practice" with impunity. 

But, okay, I'll answer one question: What am I working on now? I've been working on a manuscript tentatively entitled "The Sword of Kamehameha" about a 13th century katana sword that found its way from feudal Japan to Hawaii and ended up influencing history. Was there really such a sword? Yes. And no. Yes, there is mention of it in King David Kalakaua's book, THE LEGENDS AND MYTHS OF HAWAII. No, as far as is known, it wasn't a "national treasure" sword as I portray it in the story. Still, the idea of discovering a Japanese katana sword in a cave on the north shore of Oahu by a couple feisty youngsters is intriguing, isn't it? The last two years, I've been traveling back and forth to Japan to research katana's from the 1260 A. D. period and learn more about the history of Japan, when the "national treasure" I make it was likely forged. 
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Aloha Dan. How is CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS coming?
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It's 8:11 here in Honolulu. That means there's 30 more minutes left to my giveaway contest. A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) makes an excellent gift to a young pre-reader to reader, and includes numerous line drawings to color, making it, once colored, a treasured family heirloom. For you busy parents, this one will come with a CD on which the professional narrator, Lynn Whitener, reads the entire book. What more could any child ask for?
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Aloha Helen,

CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant in preparation) is now on my iPad, so I can listen to it a second time (as an editor, I like to read it the first time and then hear it read to me the second time). Once that's finished, I like to do a couple more re-reads, emphasizing the characters and overall timeline before beginning editing. It's a compelling story that I think readers, especially alt-history Egyptian readers, will want to indulge in. 

What are you up to these days?
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"When I was a young man" (how many times have you heard that before :-)), there were few opportunities for a new, unpublished author and even less liklihood of ever having a manuscript accepted and published. These days, however, are perfectly suited to new writers who want to become authors. Savant Books and Publications, and Aignos Publishing, an imprint of Savant Books and Publications are both currently accepting unsolicited, never-before-published manuscript submissions and doesn't require the writer have an agent. In addition, Savant Books and Publications has an open call for poetry submissions for the 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology. There's never been a better time to begin one's authoring career, and Savant/Aignos has been instrumental in launching numerous successful author's careers. 
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Well I am in Michigan for an Amway function. My father is unable to attend the chat, unfortunately.
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Did you know that Savant Books and Publications also accepts submissions for CDs and DVDs? Savant Books and Publications had published two successful CDs, TROPIC OF CALIFORNIA by author and jazz trombonist R. Page Kaufman, and LULLABY MOON by "Voice of Hawaii" singer Malia Elliott of Leon and Malia fame. The multi-award-winning video production, CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND is currently in production by Savant as a commercial DVD. A full-service publisher, we publish, publicize, market and sell softcover and electronic books, as well as CDs (incl. MP3 tracks) and DVDs. You provide the finished content, and, if we accept it, we take it from there. 
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I can't think of a better place than a Michigan Amway function for an author!  Everyone in Michigan is supposed to be an avid reader -- I guess it's the inclement weather and long winters -- and an Amway function typically involves hundreds of folks interested in meeting each other. I hope you will have the chance to publicize CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) while there. Have you met any Egyptophiles yet?
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Well, Dan, sorry to disappoint you, but i do not change any biblical history. Rome still plays a role in this. CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS will explore the power dynamics of ancient Rome under Cleopatra and Marc Antony's marriage as well as the power balance in the Middle East and Europe at the time.

Christ will still be crucified in Jerusalem and the New Testament letters will still be written. 

How are we going to get more word out about this series, Dan? What is your plan?
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Well, Helen, you've already begun doing that now, by posting about your series on this chat. Pure fiction is one thing, but historical fiction is another, especially alt-history. What drives you to write alt-story, especially ancient Egyptian?
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