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drjanik

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Aloooooo-ha writers, poets, authors, editors, cover artists, staff, friends and public!

Welcome to the Savant Books and Publications' Pre-Thanksgiving chat. It's a rainy morning here in Honolulu, with the sun promising to part the clouds any moment now. Perfect weather for a mug of hot tea and the opportunity to chat with our ever expanding Savant family. 

It's three minutes before start time, so, without further ado, let the chat begin!
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Well good morning Dan!

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I like to start out our chats with a brief Publisher's perspective. The national election notwithstanding, October and November are always busy months at Savant. 

Our pre-holiday sale officially ended on midnight 16 November 2016. It included a month-long sale on our softcover books, CDs, DVDs, merchandise, frankly everything except our Author Resources, namely our compact, recommended computer system for writers and authors (see http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com - "Publisher's Shop"), and a 10-day Kindle Countdown Deal on all our eBooks. 

We currently have five works in polishing/proofing and six more in editing, making 2016/2017 robust publishing years. We've trained and welcomed several new staff, and -- surprise -- are in the beginning process of acquiring another publishing house, namely Aignos Publishing, this latter effort tentatively scheduled for completion on 1 January 2017. The acquisition will increase our holdings and, for the first time, add an imprint to our house. Finally, we've begun making some inroads to local Hawaii-based live theater and cinematic producers. But more about that later. 

So now it's time for me to take off my publisher's hat, roll up my sleeves and put on my editor's hat. 
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How did the sale go? I tried very hard to tell everyone i Knew about it.
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Aloha Helen,

Welcome to rainy Honolulu. It's quite wet here what with the exceptionally high tides from the Supermoon and the morning showers. On the other hand, the weather is balmy and warm, so showers here are rarely a detriment. And, hey, my lanai (porch) plants love it. 

How are things in Casper, Wyoming?

As our editor for the 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology, do you have any information or announcements for poets? 

As an editor, how is the manuscript you're working on coming? Would you introduce your author and the working synopsis to us, please?
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As always we sold books, this year, mainly eBooks through the Amazon Kindle sale. On the other hand, we've noticed that payments for Kindle books read by the page (subscription reads) have slowly be decreasing, leading us to dis-enroll most of our eBooks from the Kindle Select program, keeping them solidly in the basic Kindle program. I think the overall impact will be that author royalties will increase, but we'll have to see. 

I was surprised that I was the only author to take advantage of the Pre-Holiday softcover book sale and stock up on books for holiday gifts. Normally "house" orders pour in; I think the election has been so on everyone's minds, however, that the holiday spirit has yet to join America. Hopefully, that'll change as we move into Thanksgiving, yes?
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Well Dan, it was actually quite warm and pleasant here till this Thursday-- it's not normal in the mountains for fall to last that long. But this year I finally got the four seasons again I'd been missing back in Ohio. One thing I miss about the East is the fall, and this year I got it [smile]

As for poets,I did have my aunt and a close friend submit some well done poems I would be proud to publish, but we need a lot more submissions!  We can't make the anthology happen without at least 14 more poets, so please get on it!

The manuscript I am working on is called River's Child by Mark Seilier. It is very interesting and well done. The lead hero wakes up in the future and has to adjust to a world run by women. I find it interesting that many times he muses women are not doing any better than men at running the world.   I am almost at the end of the content editing. Mark is a very good author and I haven't had to edit his work too heavily, something that makes me happy.


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Editor's hat:

I've had the pleasure of working as editor and cover artist with Richard Rose on his upcoming work, THE GUMSHOE. The work is in polishing; the cover is stunning if I say so myself, mainly due to a Chicago on-location photography shoot with the Jorge Medina Photography group, and model and actress star, Irene Michaels. Also present were Kay Rose as Art Director, and former Chicago Police Department detective Mark Andres, who loaned his expertise and provided the snub-nosed .38 caliber revolver. For a peek at the cover, to to http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com, clicking on "Coming Works" and check out THE GUMSHOE (Savant, in production).  Synopsis: "Chicago, 1947. Private investigator “Matt” McBride runs afoul of corrupt politicians, vicious mobsters and a trigger-happy Texan femme fatale to prove that the “suicide” of his best friend was murder. Matt’s perilous journey to track down the killer nearly dead-ends in a motor home on collision course with a cargo plane." This is a book that fans of Humphrey Bogart in THE MALTESE FALCON series will love. 

Richard Rose is also the author of THE LAZARUS CONSPIRACIES (Savant 2013) and has largely finished the sequel manuscript which we hope to publish. 


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I look forward to seeing the final edited manuscript of RIVER'S CHILD (Savant, in editing). Will Mark appear on our chat today?
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I don't know,Dan. I haven't had the chance to mention the chats to him
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Dan, my book EVITA has found a home with CUSTOM BOOK PUBLICATIONS. I am quite proud of this, but you've said it isn't what Savant was looking for, so I fished around for other options.

Evita was the opposite of Cleopatra.
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I'm also looking forward to bringing your book, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) to Amazon Kindle eBook form in December, 2016!  How is the sequel, I believe it's tentatively called CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS coming? 
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Well, Dan, I have the first edit completed of CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS and I'm  already editing the third of the four, tentatively enttiled CLEOPATRA MAGNIFICA!

So your answer is, on ce I do the technical editing,  CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS will be ready to submit.

I've not given up on my goal to play Cleopatra in movie versions of these books either, and I'm not someone who gives up easily.
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Actually, Helen, it wasn't the content of EVITA (Custom Book Publications, in press) that was the roadblock, but rather that Savant Books and Publications doesn't republish previously published works. There's a growing publishing industry in republishing, for example, self-published works, but Savant doesn't currently participate. We remain focused on never-before-published, enduring literary works "with a twist" that, in being read, transform reader's lives. Actually EVITA sounds quite interesting. There is a strong market for biographies, historical works and historical novels.

We are currently seeking manuscripts for our 2017 publishing year, so if you or anyone you know has a never-before-published work, now is a great time to send us a Manuscript Submission Package (MSP)!
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oh thank you for clarifying, Dan.  Evita is told in the first person of the legendary First Lady as she looks back on her life from her deathbed.

I got the idea actually because while I was researching Evita, I came across a previously published novel on her, SANTA EVITA, that almost everyone loved, but I was so disappointed with it, that I decided I wanted to write a novel on her.  The inspiration was from manyh other authors who wrote about famous queens in the past in the first person: Philippa Gregory, Jean Plaidy, and Michelle Moran. Michelle Moran's work, CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER, on Cleopatra Selene, was quite helpful in my Cleopatra research.


In any case, EVITA (Custom Books) was born out of Madonna's portrayal of the legendary First Lady. She left me hungry to learn more about Evita Peron and I went down to Argentina to complete my research. I even met people who knew her in my progress. Sadly, I can't say the same in my research for Cleopatra [frown]

Evita also led into my current passion for another woman-- but she shall remain nameless [wink]
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