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drjanik

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Aloha and Welcome to the April Savant/Aignos Text Chat. Savant Books and Publications and it's imprint, Aignos Publishing, support this monthly realtime text chat for writers, poets, authors, editors, cover artists, staff and interested public to help open the door for writers to become authors, and for readers to discover the newest and best in non-fiction and fiction works. 

The Rules: 

1. You must register an email address with our chat host to participate. Easy. Just "register" or return once registered to lurk (read and follow the chat while in progress -- it will always be archived when finished). 

2. If you want to post (and we certainly hope you will), please visit your email box and confirm your identity. There aren't very many opportunities to talk directly to established authors, editors, cover artists or publishers, so take advantage of this one!

3. Remember to refresh your browser (e.g. click on the circular arrow) every few minutes to update your screen, otherwise it may look like nothings happening!

4. Always make certain your posts are appropriate to the general public. No gratuitous profanity, violence or sex. This is a family chat.

The subject is, as always, open, but the focus should ultimately be on writing and authoring.

That's it, so let the chat begin!

 
drjanik

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I like to begin our chats with a brief overview of what's happening at Savant/Aignos from the publisher's point of view. I like to think of it as wearing my publisher's hat, which today is an old, worn and weathered, brown Fedora (think "Raiders of the Lost Ark"). 

Savant/Aignos are currently gathering resources and momentum for a new thrust into the world of books, literacy and reading -- a sort of breathing in before sprinting another mile. We're currently working on further expanding our distribution channels and initiating several new pre- and post-publication publicity and marketing efforts. For example, we're solidifying plans for a regular ongoing giveaway of a significant work directly from our publisher's site

Savant Books and Publications is in the process of final selection of poems for our 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology. A multi-award-winning yearly anthology, we hope as always it will provide an opportunity for outstanding poets and future authors to get a foot in the publishing door and a taste of authorship. While the 2018 anthology is assembled, we have an active all out for outstanding poems for the 2019 anthology (http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com/poetry.php).

Our current guest editor is multi-award-winning poet and author Gary "Doc" Krinberg. This is your chance to not only see your poetry in print, but to do so side-by-side with a notable, established poet.

This year, our annual March Madness Sale shifted from sponsorship by the publisher to that of our physical outlet, Savant Bookstore Honolulu. We're looking forward to doing the same again in late fall when the bookstore hosts our annual Pre-Holiday Sale. Not many publishers today can boast of a directly-sponsored successful physical store, but Savant/Aignos can for over ten years now. Savant Bookstore Honolulu allows local and visiting Savant/Aignos authors the opportunity to have a book release or author party, and for local or visiting Savant/Aignos editors and cover artists to host similar parties. Just let us know a month ahead and we do the rest. We are currently working on a method for out-of-state authors, editors and cover artists to "appear" electronically host and appear at similar parties.

Our next two immanent releases are:

Keith R. Rees' ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant, in final preparation) - A man is thrust into the dazzling futuristic world of 2065 Bangkok in a real-life game of chess, matching wits and physical skills with an array of opponents while faced with solving the mystery of his time travel and how he can return to his own time. A non-stop adventure

and

Gary "Doc" Krinberg's THE WINTER SPIDER (Aignos, in final preparation) - Caught in a nightmare odyssey after his cousin Jack is busted in Panama for coke trafficking, Remy Karras’ world is turned upside down trying to keep Jack safe, walk the thin line of morality in love and his own criminality, and avoid the violence generated by all the people involved.

Both are riveting works but upcoming novelists you won't want to miss.

Now it's time for me to post this tirade and trade my publisher's hat for my editor's hat.

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Aloha Dan, and welcome back!
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I've read about the flooding on Kauai and how rough its been out there, hope you are staying dry there on Oahu.
drjanik

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My editor's hat, in case you're wondering, is a light-weight, open woven, cream color Panama, perfect for our headquarters location in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, though I must admit that during the past week, I've had to carry an umbrella to protect it from this year's lingering winter showers.

I have the good fortune of championing and editing Helen R. Davis' second book in her Cleopatra series, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in preparation) which should be leaving editing and entering polishing this or early next month. Picking up where CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) left off, it chronicles the alt-history of ancient Egypt, Rome and Syria, based on her and her lover Marc Antony's victory rather than defeat at the critical Battle of Actium against the upstart Roman Augustus. Within a rich background, Cleopatra and Antony begin to realize their shared dream of a single empire uniting the world. If you're forever intrigued by what-might-have-been, the current leader of Syria aside, this is a work you'll really want to read! 

Oh, and I love my Panama!
drjanik

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Aloha Keith -- not to worry, the islands are actually used to tropical rain and actually rebound quickly. In fact, we've needed the rain, given that we've experienced seven years of relative drought here. Unlike the mainland, we've no freshwater reserves, just what's held in the porous lava surrounded by salt water!

Where are you located and what's it like there? 

How's ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK coming? I mentioned it earlier as one of our hotly anticipated releases!
Author Raymond Gaynor

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Hi Dan and Keith -- it's always a distinct pleasure to get to talk with other authors. Authoring can be a lonely occupation in the sense that it requires long periods alone typing one's thoughts into a computer (though some authors now dictate their first draft using voice-to-text technology I hear). 
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Aloha Raymond -- What's up in San Francisco? What are you working on these days since the release of your co-authored work with A. G. Hayes, QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016)?
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Glad to hear all is well out there Dan, and yes, the islands were in great need of the rains. 

I'm here in Austin, TX, where its misty and raining today, which is rare for us as well.

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK is coming along nicely. We are in the latter stages of the polishing stage and its looking good. I'm getting quite excited about its upcoming release. So, all the science-fiction fans out there should get ready!
keithrees

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Looking forward to the follow-up from Helen R. Davis, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in preparation).
Author Raymond Gaynor

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How nice of you to ask:

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.

----

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 the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/quantum-death

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

 

Raymond Gaynor
Co-Author of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016)

keithrees

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Hello Raymond. I know some people that dictate emails using the talk-to-text feature, but I haven't tried it with writing novels.  I wonder how that would turn out if one attempted it? I wonder if it might make the editing process even more laborious. But yes, if it worked effectively, we could churn these things out much quicker lol! Would almost be like telling stories around a campfire.
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If you don't mind, Keith, can you give our readers a short teaser excerpt (a paragraph or two) that characterizes the work?  Also for our writers, could you offer some explanation of how editing differs from polishing from an author's point of view?

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Actually, Keith, despite my comment, I'm more of a traditionalist in that I still type everything. I did once attempt talk-to-text with considerable success, until my partner called out "Hey, Raymond, it's time for lunch. Come out and join us!" after which the dog barked, both of which were assiduously inserted into my story by the program. Since then, I've retaken to typing. 
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Ha, ha!  Based on your experience, I can only imagine how a voice-to-text manuscript written here at headquarters might read!
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