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drjanik

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Good Morning! It's a gorgeous day at headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 

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The blizzard is finally over here in the Rockies. 
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I like to begin wearing my publisher's hat: 

A lot has been happening at Savant Books and Publications. On 1 January 2017, Savant Books and Publications acquired Aignos Publishing Inc, renaming it Aignos Publishing LLC and repositioning it as an imprint of Savant with the following description: "avant garde, experimental and inventive works the 'push the leading edge' of all genres..." Savant Books and Publications will remain focused on "enduring literary works 'with a twist' that transform a reader's world viewpoint." 

We have established two separate, but internally linked websites (for example, while they have separate author, coming works and submission guidelines, both point to and share this one inclusive monthly chat). 

The re-establishment of Aignos Publishing as an imprint of Savant Books and Publications will likely continue throughout 2017, with further minor changes and updates. 

Savant/Aignos has a new Director of Publicity and Marketing: Mr. Michael Davis (savantdpm@gmail.com). I strongly suggest whether you're a Savant or Aignos author that you get in touch with him regarding publicity and marketing (P&M) either of your published or soon-to-be-published work. Developing a robust pre-release P&M program is our current number one P&M task. I'm hoping Mr. Davis will appear today on the chat. 

We've an active release schedule beginning mid-May extending through December 2017, and that means we're already seeking outstanding manuscript submissions for 2018. 
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Aloha Dr. Mike (our new Director of Publicity and Marketing)!  Glad to hear the b-r-r-r-r blizzard is over. Here in Hawaii, the closest we come to that is a snow-cone festival or occasional hurricane. Right now we're enjoying the best weather of the year (from March through October). 
Dr. Mike
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I wanted to introduce myself, Michael H. Davis. Not only am I the father of Savant author and editor, Helen R. Davis, but I have accepted the position with Savant as the Director of Publicity and Marketing. So, not only will I be providing some guidance in how to sell our books, but I also seek any information other authors have on activities they have found to generate interest in their books. I trained as a scientist in biochemistry and I like to do experiments to see what works and what does not work. All of marketing and sales seem to be in a state of flux and change.
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I'm glad to say that Richard Rose's recently released THE GUMSHOE (Savant 2017) is doing well [it's garnering a lot of attention at our bookstore alongside Setsuko Tsuchiya's IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)]. Our 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology, SHADOW AND LIGHT is in the final stages of preparation and should come out mid-June as anticipated, alongside a number of Savant and Aignos releases, most currently in proofing. Check out

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com/pending-works.php
and
http://www.aignospublishing.com/coming-works.php

and consider signing up as a Savant/Aignos "Preferred Reader" and receive regular notices about new and upcoming releases. 

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Yes, I am in the process of rereading our post publicity guide as I develop a pre-release publicity standard operating procedure. I plan to get this guide done by the end of June, so all input is appreciated.
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That P&M are in a state of flux is truly an understatement in my opinion. P&M is undergoing massive change throughout the world right now for almost all businesses. Where people used to enjoy and respond to conventional "advertising," in today's internet-based world publicity has become transformed into "going viral or dying" and marketing into "spamming." Such a world presents problems in regard to "traditional" P&M, but also presents opportunities to businesses that are willing to embrace the changes and can think out of the box. The same can be said of both writing and publishing; hence our triumvirate at Savant/Aignos:

myself, Daniel S. Janik, Publisher
Mr. David Shinsato, our Editor-in-Chief and Acquisitions Officer
Dr. Michael H. Davis, our Director of Publicity and Marketing

Add our editors, cover artists and proofreaders and you have our "staff." 

FYI, both Savant and Aignos share the same staff. 
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The Gumshoe is an excellent read especially if you like film noir type stories and good writing. I know Helen R. Davis likes many of the poems in the new anthology but I confess that is partly because I wrote one of them and my sister also contributed to this anthology.
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One area of both pre- and post-release publicity and marketing that is both bursting at the seams and diluting to the point of almost irrelevance, especially in terms of sales, social media. I think I receive a "join us" email from a new social media forum every week. I see a lot of "shouting" but not much "listening" and even less acting on what's heard. It's an increasingly busy world, which not only poses challenges for P&M, but also for people to simply find the time to read. All these present interesting and sometimes unique challenges to today's publishers. 
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Hello. I am late joining in, but Iwanted to say hi. Glad to be on here today!
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Dan, what are your thoughts on Anne Boleyn, the wife of Henry VIII?
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Yes, SHADOW AND LIGHT - the 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology currently includes 53 outstanding poems by 21 outstanding (many award-winning and multi-award-winning) poets. Our annual poetry anthology attracts a lot of attention, having won, on one occasion, first-place in poetry in the London Book Festival. This year's edition editor is multi-award-winning author/poet/editor Helen R. Davis (the 2018 and 2019 editions' editor will be award-winning author/poet Gary "Doc" Krinberg). We began the anthology as a way to introduce new and exciting poets with prose promise to the public, and have launched several professional poet and author careers. We are currently accepting up to five submissions per poet for the 2018 anthology -- see

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com/poetry.php

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Aloha Helen,

Hmmm. Anne Boleyn? Wife of Henry VIII? Those are names I recognize, but sadly, am not that familiar with. Anne and I never dated, and my circle of friends never included Henry VIII. :-) Why the question? Are you working on a manuscript about her life?
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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..."

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
Available as a softcover book, ebook and audiobook from Amazon.com

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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