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Aloha Savant/Aignos Authors, Editors, Cover Artists and Staff, as well as Interested Readers and Public,

It's time for this month's Online Realtime Text Chat, the first of the two "holiday" chats. Things are already heating up for the holidays in terms of new releases, publicity, marketing and sales. Throughout the month of November, we are offering 15% off our already discounted in-stock books, CDs and DVDs at Savant Bookstore Honolulu (www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com). Walk in and walk out with all your holiday gifts. Books never go out of style, don't require electricity or batteries (!) and can be taken on flights anytime, anywhere. And books say something staunchly positive about the giver. 

Author's - now is the time to purchase your co-author's books for holiday gifts. What better gift can an author give than a book?

As the owner/publisher, it's my pleasure to welcome you to this chat. I look forward to hearing from everyone, including reviewers, agents, publicists and that most important element in publishing: our readers!  

So let's get started. Welcome, I'm Daniel S. Janik, Owner of Savant Books and Publications and it's imprint Aignos Publishing.
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I like to start out wearing my publisher's hat. If I had to imagine such a hat, it would be a brown felt Fedora (think Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark) like the one that's been with me for over 20 years. I've worn it through the wilds of Alaska, all over the USA and occasionally here in Honolulu (though it's a bit hot for here) when, as Raymond Gaynor, one of my pen names, I appear in public to promote my thrillers. 

Several people have asked our staff if we wouldn't please come out with a line of Savant/Aignos branded merchandise, and, I'm happy to say that we are working on that right now. To start, we've commissioned a T-shirt and hat just for Savant/Aignos authors. If they turn out well, then we hope to expand it to Savant/Aignos editors, cover artists and staff, and quickly thereafter to the public. 
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As everyone now knows, we're still in the process of integrating our newly acquired imprint, Aignos Publishing, which we've repurposed for "avant garde, experimental and innovative works that push the leading edge of publishing." Within Aignos Publishing, we've thus far created an entirely new genre, that of the "screenplay-novel," our first product being A. G. Hayes' CHANG THE MAGIC CAT (Aignos 2017), with another, J. G. Matheny's THE PRINCESS IN MY HEAD (Aignos, in production). Another Aignos project is exploring the production of manga versions of our thus far published works, and combined text, audio and/or video elements in a single product. Exciting things are going on at http://www.aignospublishing.com!

Savant Books and Publications, our "parent" publishing company, remains purposed to publishing never-before-published, enduring literary works "with a twist" that broaden our reader's perspective. We have several outstanding publications in final stages of production including Daniel D. Bradford's BO HENRY AT THREE FORKS (Savant, in production), our first Western. Also in the wings are Helen R. Davis' sequel to CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2016) entitled CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in production); Elizabeth McKague's THE NAVEL OF THE SEA (Savant, in production) and Keith R. Rees' ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant, in production). 

I'm looking forward to having several of the above appear on today's chat. 
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Okay, off with my publisher's hat, and on with my editor's hat, this one a straw "cowboy" hat with interwoven gold threads I like to wear when visiting my beloved North Shore of the island

see http://janik.yolasite.com

As an editor, I'm working with Helen R. Davis specifically on her upcoming CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in production). Taking up where CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant, 2016) end, this poignant sequel follows Queen-Pharaoh Cleopatra and her consort, Imperator Marc Antony, and their children through tumultuous times as they work together to form a single empire that will command the Western World. Star-crossed lovers. Magnificent rulers. A queen for all times. As editor, I've cried my way through it, feeling the pain of Cleopatra as she tries to impress her thinking on a world perhaps not yet quite ready for such grand thinking, while she trains her children in diplomacy and rulership, and places them in key positions in her growing empire at the "usual" age at that time of thirteen years! This one I predict will be a winner that can easily stand beside her first book in this expected trilogy. 


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Well, now it's time to take off my editor hat and don my author's hat, a light-weight, white Panama hat I wear whenever appearing in public as an author (see http://garymartine.yolasite.com/author-blog.php), and yes, another of my pen names is Gary Martine [cool] 

I'm continuing my work on my saga, tentatively entitled, "The Sword of Kamehameha," a story set in 12th century Japan and Hawaii, beginning and ending in modern Hawaii. It follows the "life" of an invaluable katana sword and it's impact on the various people it comes into contact with, including King Kamehameha, when it plays a role in the unification of the islands under this revered king. 

A. G. Hayes and I continue our conversations regarding another collaborative effort, tentatively entitled "The Bridge at Vittorio Veneta," an immediate sequel to protagonists Koski and Falk's QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) assignment-adventure. 
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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
(Savant 2013)
by Daniel S. Janik/Illustrated by Ruth Janik

 Available worldwide directly from the Savant Books and Publications' Publisher's Shop, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu 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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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

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     Susan Koski eased out of bed without making a sound. Joseph Falk never moved, the top of his head showing from beneath the covers assured her he was fast asleep. Slowly she crept to the bedroom door, turned the knob...and the bedside phone rang.

     Koski immediately recognized the voice of their boss, Tom Stewart, head of Cerberus, America's ultra-secret "off the board" information and action agency. 

     "[Both of ] you on the line,?" Stewart asked, continuing a moment later, "Good. Now...listen up." 

     There was a soft click and the tone on the line changed. Both Koski and Falk knew what was coming was top secret. "We have a problem." 

     Koski looked across the bed, raised her eyebrows and mouthed the words...Happy Birthday. 

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Koski and Falk come up against what very well may prove to be their most complex and dangerous case yet: The Quantum Death Machine. For the first time, Koski and Falk must separate during a mission. Each faces mortal peril, while, at the same time, their smoldering relationship begins to heat up. The fifth in the riveting Koski and Falk Series by multi-award-winning author A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor, author of TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside) 

QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016)
by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" SoftcoverPocket Book ISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0

Available directly from Savant Books and Publications' Publisher's Shop at 10% off Suggested Retail Price and free shipping within USA including Alaska and Hawaii, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere. 

Raymond Gaynor
   Multi-award-winning co-author of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016)
   Press Release at https://www.prlog.org/12541533

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Having made it through Halloween without any major problems, I'm already looking forward to Thanksgiving holiday next week. At our house, the turkey's celebrate: we usually have a vegetarianized version replete with mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberries, pumpkin pie and some sparkling juice. All this "American" style Thanksgiving food appears along with osuimono (soup), sunomono (pickled cucumber slices), oshitashi (compressed spinach leaves), mochi (sweet rice confections) and cha (usually roasted rice in tea). It's a family holiday for renewing our American and Japanese family relationships in anticipation of the religious and new year holidays soon to follow.
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Savant Books and Publications as well as Aignos Publishing are proud members of IBPA (the Independent Book Publisher's Association) which affords our authors a wide variety of realistic individual, publicity and marketing resources including, for example, health insurance for authors and their families. If you're an author, editor, cover artist or staff member of Savant/Aignos family, you should take a moment to explore the benefits available to you through IBPA at 

http://www.ibpa-online.org

Other special author resources are listed in our Savant/Aignos Pre-Release Publicity and Marketing Plan, as well as, when your work is released, our Savant/Aignos Post-Release Publicity and Marketing Guide. These resources and others such as our physical bookstore (Savant Bookstore Honolulu - http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com) and our own in-house distribution service (Savant Distribution - http://www.savantdistribution.com), along with our traditional contracts (we don't charge for our publishing services), make Savant/Aignos a truly special publisher in today's market. In addition, we believe in doing things person-to-person, so our authors are always privileged with direct email and telephone contact with our Editor-in-Chief, Mr. David Shinsato, and our Director of Publicity and Marketing, Dr. Michael Davis, as well as myself. 


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It's a beautiful morning here at Savant/Aignos "headquarters" in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. I think this may be one of the best times of the year: cool trade winds, warm sun, inviting ocean. I'm waiting for the humpback whales to return to Hawaii to calf and am always on the lookout for Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Lately, I've been going every other week or so to Sea Life Park where I relax and partake of an early lunch in quiet repose. It's important to me as a publisher, editor and author to have some places of refuge where I can relax and renew my spirit. 
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In the past, my partner and I have often dressed up for Halloween, and this year was no exception. We took on our most awesome challenge yet: dressing up as authors. [biggrin] To our surprise, a few people actually recognized us, though it took a few moments for them to realize we were dressed up and then, as authors. Anyone ever tried that? Me, I wear my signature author hat whenever going out for lunch in public (see my previous comment regarding hats, ha, ha). 
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Aloha!

Hello everyone! Nice, and warm weather in Hawaii. Don't you wish you were here, too? 

Setsuko Tsuchiya
Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)

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Hello Setsuko!  Great to chat together. 

What's the somatic therapy world like these days?
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I was surprised the other day when I heard that yet another publisher/distributor went out-of-business, this time the National Film Network, who published and has been distributing my twice-Telly-Award-winning TV documentary, "Clean Water, Common Ground." I'm currently investigating opportunities for bringing this much sought after work back to the public in an even newer, more exciting version. In the meantime, I'm glad to be a "client" of Savant Distribution, see

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/clean-water-common-ground-dvd

and

http://www.savantdistribution.com

since Savant Distribution continues actively marketing the remaining copies of the work internationally. What's quickly becoming more valuable than oil, gold or guns? Clean drinkable water! Wish me luck. 


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Dan, you mentioned the Japanese food called "Oshitashi." I'm Japanese and we also say "OHITASHI." That is its official name.

I often think about my book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017), now that it's "out there."  I would like to publish another version that addresses Ballroom and Latin Dancing, separate from somatic therapy. IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY is mostly two-part, the first part being mainly about Ballroom and Latin Dancing and second part about massage and somatic therapy.

When I first began learning Ballroom and Latin Dancing, I wanted to become a dance therapist. Later, I studied and developed my massage abilities and got licensed as a medical massage therapist specializing in dancers. From there I finally reach somatic therapy.

Setsuko Tsuchiya
IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)

 

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