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Aloha and welcome to today's public chat with authors, editors, cover artists, staff, interested readers and public. Please note that today IS our regular third Saturday of the month chat, and the date posted on the Savant Books and Publications webpage (29 May) was in error. "Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!"

So let's get started!

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Wearing my Publisher's hat, it's been a busy month. Sales are starting to pickup as usual after the post holiday doldrums, when, we assume, everyone has been busy reading all the book-gifts they received. And that uptick presents a great opportunity to reassess and readdress author, editor, cover artist and staff publicity and marketing. Group publicity and marketing is an effective way of "getting the word out" to interested readers, and now is the time to begin that effort in anticipation of the 2018 holiday season! Wondering what you can do to further enhance your P&M efforts? Call, email or text Dr. Michael Davis, Savant/Aignos Director of Publicity and Marketing to have a critical review and make certain your efforts are fully coordinated with Savant/Aignos for 2018. 

If you're a enterprising writer with an outstanding manuscript that needs publishing by a major publisher, this is the time to submit it to us (see "submissions" on our website page at http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com). This is the time of year when we're scheduling our publications, so now is the perfect time to send us a submission. 

This or next month should see release of three works: (1) the 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology; (2) Keith Rees' ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK, na d Judy Matheny's THE PRINCESS IN MY HEAD. If you submitted one to five poems for the 2018 Poetry Anthology, please be patient, as we've just finished reviewing all submissions and should have the acceptance notes out within the week. Why the delay? See next paragraph!

This month we had a "water event" in the room next to our main office, resulting in asbestos being exposed, so we're temporarily (at least until the remediation phase is completed) "out-of-office" but into a gorgeous suite in Waikiki overlooking famous Waikiki beach. We've put a forward on our phone (808-941-3927) directly to my cellular (808-551-7529) until the initial repairs are completed and we can return to the office. Please remember that we're located in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, and calling times are from 9 a.m. to noon Hawaii Standard Time, about five hours earlier than USA East Coast. 


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To continue this Publisher's post, I'm happy to announce that Savant/Aignos has broken the 120 published works mark, which not only means we're no longer a "small" publisher, but a major "publisher" now, but also that we are in a position to renegotiate all our distribution agreements for better coverage and royalties. That effort will probably continue for the next three or four months, but the entire Savant/Aignos staff are excited about the increased readership that should result. 

Remember that during the next couple months, we have no access to our office (while the asbestos abatement is being done), so please bear with us. 

We've been updating our Facebook, Twitter and Linked in webpages, to limit those voluminous pesky and extraneous postings that inevitably accompany increasing readership. If you have any problems as a Savant/Aignos author seeing your posts to our Facebook, Twitter or Linked in pages, please send a short email to "savantdpm@gmail.com" so Dr. Michael Davis, our Director of Publicity and Marketing can address them. 




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Okay, off with the Publisher's hat and on with my editor's hat: It's my pleasure to announce that I'll be editor for the following works during the next six months:

Helen Davis' second in what we anticipate to be a four-book "Cleopatra" series, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in preparation). Editing is coming along nicely and the work should soon enter polishing with anticipated release in August 2018. Attention history/alt history buffs: This is one great read!

Helen Davis first children's book, TRUTH AND TELL TRAVEL THE SOLAR SYSTEM (Savant, in preparation). The sixth in our multi-award-winning "Color-Me-Please" children's book series, Truth and Tell is about...well, telling the truth...two very important lessons for children in this increasingly complex world of info-commercials, half-truths, and "fake" news. Editing has just begun, making the anticipated release date approximately May 2019 or before.

Fans of multi-award-winning thriller writer A. G. Hayes have a treat in progress: Hayes eighth work in his Koski & Falk series, 68 VIA CONDOTTI will begin editing within the month. The work has been divided into three serialized books, the first hotly anticipated part being subtitled ETERNITY LTD. NOTE: We're working on an A. G. Hayes offering to include all seven of his so far published Koski & Falk books in a single, discounted purchase via our Publisher's Store at https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications under "Books, Set." Now is the time to get your set for yourself or a friend as a much appreciated gift. 

As a professional author, I find editing highly rewarding, not only as "payback" to future authors for all I've learned from the outstanding editors who edited my works, but also as a "graduate course" in authoring that constantly sharpens my authoring skills and makes my works a cleaner, clearer, more exciting work. Did you know Savant/Aignos is currently seeking an additional editor? If you've thought of becoming a professional book editor, we're the company. We train and certify all our editors, and have launched many lifelong editor careers. 
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Off with the editor's hat and back to chatting as a Savant/Aignos author. 

The uptick in post holiday sales was reflected in sales of my award-winning "Color-Me-Please" children's book, A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2010) and it's accompanying audio-CD (in which the work is read by nationally-acclaimed announcer Lynn Whitener), and in it's translation now into Portuguese, with additional translations into Spanish and German already in the works. I'm hopeful that my second award-winning "Color-Me-Please" children's book, THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013) will quickly follow suit. An accompanying audio-CD by Lynn Whitener is already available and the work is currently being considered for translation. 

I'm hoping during the month or so we'll be away from the office that I can continue forging ahead with my manuscript entitled "The Sword of Kamehameha," tracing the unusual history of a 12th century katana sword from it's origins in Japan to medieval Maui and finally contemporary Oahu. The basis for the work comes from an ancient mele (historical song) in Hawaiian documented in King David Kalakaua's published works. I've got one more trip to Japan planned to finish research on the work, this time to Kamekura, where the sword wold have come to notice by the 13th century shogun (military dictator) just before beginning it's travels throughout the Pacific. 


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Hi! Multi-award-winning author Raymond Gaynor here, co-author with A. G. Hayes of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). Sorry to hear about the asbestos incident at Savant/Aignos headquarters in Honolulu, but the temporary headquarters "on the beach at Waikiki" sounds pretty nice. 

I'm glad to hear that sales are on the upswing. I always anticipate that slow period immediately after the holidays, and will be contacting Dr. Davis about getting my 2018 publicity and marketing plan going. 

Where's everyone else? I noticed the Savant/Aignos website said our chat was for "Saturday 29 May" rather than the regular third Saturday of the month, but noticing that 29 May wasn't a Saturday, I assumed it was a typo and apparently was right!

 Glad to be here...
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Good morning Raymond Gaynor. How are things in my other favorite city, San Francisco? 
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What can I say that hasn't already been said in praise of San Francisco except that would make Honolulu my second favorite city in the world. :-)
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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 (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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A WHALE'S TALE by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #1 (Family Rated) 

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“Chapter 1 - Twenty Feet Under

     The tropical sky blushed every imaginable color of blue. Gentle waves reached up to the sky like a playful pack of ponies running towards land, their silvery manes fluttering in the gentle trade winds. Brilliant sunlight splashed down from the sky as if on a golden waterfall happily emptying into a bright blue sea. 

     Sorry, little one, I don’t know if it was a school day or the weekend because, well, every day in Hawaii is paradise. But this was not just any day, because, you see, I had just finished my afternoon nap, and opened my eyes twenty feet under water. 

     Twenty feet under water! But that's impossible, you say...”

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With those words begins the adventures of a juvenile humpback whale on his life journey from Hawaii to Alaska. Written by Naturalist Daniel S. Janik for adults to read aloud to children, and for youth up to 16 years of age to read and enjoy, this 92 page,  8.25" x 5" softcover book was written to foster children's curiosity and discovery.  Filled with novel points of view of our world, the book includes 20 B&W "Color-Me-Please" illustrations by noted Oklahoma artist Ruth Janik.  

A WHALE'S TALE 
by Daniel S. Janik / Illustrated by Ruth Janik
Available from the Savant Books and Publications Bookstore, Amazon.com and at fine bookstores everywhere.

Sincerely,
Daniel S. Janik
Author of the award-winning, Savant "Color-Me-Please" children's books
  A WHALE'S TALE (Savant, 2009) at
    https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/a-whale-s-tale-1
  THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant, 2013) at
    https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/the-turtle-dances
Press Release for A WHALE'S TALE at http://www.prlog.org/10298558

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I've recently resurrected my manuscript, "The Edge of Madness," a sequel to my 2011 work co-authored with William Maltese, TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside). It's largely completed, but I've been working to update the background social technology (Eugenitors, CandyShades, contro, sally, etc.) that I believe make the world of 2016 intensely realistic for the reader. 
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Aloha!

It is very nice morning in Waikiki. I am writing this from the world-famous Ilikai Hotel, home of the original Hawaii 5-0 television series. Jack Lord, where are you? He-he. 

I talked my friend who is the artist in mainland. She started oil painting seven years ago as part of her life-healing. She particularly likes to paint humans faces. She studied drawing and painting by herself and now finds herself a professional artist. Like authorship, she is finding it very challenging.
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I published IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) and it's just come out in eBook format for $9.95. My experience being an author, however, was not entirely like may friend's fine art effort. After publishing my book, I have been so satisfied with myself and my hundreds of readers. I sometimes think about publishing another version focusing even more on my somatic therapy explorations. 
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How about a short excerpt from your sequel to TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011)?
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Good Morning, Setsuko --

We're so privileged to both live in Hawaii, yes? And the Ilikai Hotel is a local landmark. Do you have an ocean or mountain (makai) view? Are you in or watching the charity walk there today?

I heard your book was recently very favorably reviewed by the Japan Dance Movement Therapy Association. How about an excerpt from your book...
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Here's where I'm at in the update, about a third into the manuscript:

"As it turned out, Rob came to quickly love what he did. His con seemed perfectly suited to his innate pro's, especially his curiosity, interests and predilections, and because of the unusually good con match, his publicity, or in his present case, public notoriety index always ran high. Everyone who was anyone quickly came to know him or of him. They had to if they wanted to remain socially "in." It was part of the NewTimes game. 

"As a consequence, Rob soon had to take to wearing high-draw flack when traveling between his home and workplace, and his flack was, of course, the very best. Not only could it ward off and mitigate almost assaultive programs and weaponry directed at it, but it adapted itself exquisitely to whatever he chose to wear, even the thin molecular covering of his custom ShimmerSuit. Flack like his was still relatively new, making him of incredibly more public interest to Terrans and visitors.
Rob’s Flack molecularly diffused upon any sudden attempted intrusion directed at him, first confusing any would-be assailant as to exactly what and where the target was, and second, by absorbing the intrusive instrument and impact into itself, should the instrument actually connect. A bullet from an illegal vintage handgun -- handguns were outlawed since the 2030’s worldwide -- would, for example, be completely deflected, while a blade might be completely absorbed. A hand, moving slower, should he desire it, could be allowed to slip through, allowing those he permitted to have flesh-to-flesh contact. This latter innovation was state-of-the-art, and proved wonderfully amusing at clubs and parties -- and an outstanding marketing device which Rob never hesitated to use when introduced to new clients, especially ultra-rich ones.

"Flacked and suited, Rob was always ready and eager for another day’s action at Slams. In truth, the hardest part of the day, aside from dealing with a blatantly visible erection, was getting there. Slams was an easy, across-town jaunt from where he lived, but in people terms, that meant navigating through and negotiating with perhaps several million people in the course of getting there. For most urban pedestrians, it was a daily problem of checking where the largest crowds were and generally avoiding them while slowly working one's way towards the destination. For the now infamous Draff Rob Brie, however, any path was a minefield of admirers, sycophants, hustlers and criminals, all well aware of his sally, draw and contro value..."

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