AuthorJeffrey Anderson

Ways to Self-Publishing

Gatekeeping has become less and less prominent these days, with everyone being able to create and share content with a touch of fingertip. It’s the same with publishing. For aspiring writers, self-publishing has become more and more popular in the recent years – what’s more enticing than the idea that you can make your own story book and have it in stores for others to read?

If you’re decided, there are a few paths towards self-publishing that you can consider.

DIY

The first is to organise everything yourself – copyediting, typesetting, formatting, designing, printing and marketing. This method gives you the most freedom, creative- and budget-wise. You can also reap the largest proceedings from the sales, since you don’t have to share the profits with anybody else (apart from any distribution-related costs, such as online retailer fee for e-books and print on demand for paperbacks).

 

Assemble a Team

You can hire external help for assistance in regards to various aspects of your book. This might include editors, proofreaders, illustrators, designers and publicists. This will lift off some tasks from you, but it can also be a lot pricier.

 

Hire a Publisher

There are a lot of hybrid publishing companies that you can hire to take on the “publisher” role for you – that is, they will take care of the design, formatting, editing/proofreading, copyright filing, marketing and more. You will have full ownership of your work, although in some cases the profits might be shared.

 

Which path are you most interested in?

Event: Sydney Contemporary

This September, the annual international art fair is returning to Carriageworks for its fourth year running.

Held from September 13 to 16, Sydney Contemporary is bringing the largest and more diverse gathering of local and international galleries, showcasing the works of more than 300 leading and emerging artists from over 30 countries. Alongside the galleries, there will be curated sectors for contemporary video, installation art and performance as well as engaging panel discussions, guided tours and educational workshops.

The participating restaurants for this year are yet to be announced, but considering the impressive lineups from last year (Billy Kwong by Kylie Kwong and Kitchen by Mike McEnearney) and the year before (Longrain and Subcontinental), we can set our expectations high.

Tickets start from $10. For more information, visit the website.

September 13-16 | Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Visual Arts: Photography is “More Dead than Ever”, Says Wim Wenders

Renowned filmmaker and photographer Wim Wenders has declared photography to be “more dead than ever”, thanks to the rise of smartphones.

In a BBC video, Wenders said while “billions” of pictures are taken every day, photography “is more dead than ever”.

“The trouble with iPhone pictures is nobody sees them,” said Wenders. “Even the people who take them don’t look at them anymore, and they certainly don’t make prints.”

While more cameras today come with features meant to assist people in creating photographs, Wenders suggested these might impede creativity. “I know from experience that the less you have, the more creative you have to become,” he said.

Wenders also said selfies do not count as photography. “I take selfies myself, of course,” said Wenders, “but it’s not photography. Looking into a mirror is not an act of photography.”

Wenders is not alone in having this sentiment. Mexican photojournalist Antonio Olmos also said that phone cameras represent a threat to photography. “Photographers are getting destroyed by the rise of iPhones,” said Olmos.

“The photographers who used to make £1000 for a weekend taking wedding pictures are the ones facing the squeeze. Increasingly, we don’t need photographers – we can do just as well ourselves.”

For this reason, Britain’s Nick Knight refused to be identified as a photographer. “I think photography stopped years ago and we shouldn’t try and hold back a new medium by defining it with old terms,” Knight said in an interview with The Business of Fashion’s Tim Blanks.

“I call it image-making — please could someone get a better description of it — because that’s what I do… So it’s based on image. That gets away from the thing of truth. Photography has been saddled as the medium of truth for so many years. That’s where its criticism has always been directed, ‘This photograph has been manipulated’ … I’m very pleased that image-making has freed itself from those constraints.”

Do you share any of this view? Is photography dead, and has “image-making” taken its place?

Event: Chris Saunders’s Liquid Therapy Tour, Sydney

New York-based singer/songwriter Chris Saunders is coming to Sydney after the release of his first solo full-length album, Liquid Therapy.

Combining the sounds of traditional indie rock and soul with reggae/hip-hop/dancehall elements, the album explores personal journeys and relationships formed under the influence of alcohol and music.

The performance – set to be held in the Newsagency, Annandale – will be a part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

Tickets are $18 online, and $25 at the door. For more information, visit the Sticky Tickets website.

Tuesday, September 25, 8.30-9.30pm | The Newsagency, 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale

Writing Children’s Book: Tips and Tricks

Writing children’s book might be a creative pursuit that you’ve never considered before, but why not try? Children are avid readers, and the market is thriving – in the US and the UK, the growth of children’s book industry outstripped that of the overall print book market, with ever-increasing sales in 2017. Personalised children’s book is also on the rise, with more and more companies offering the customisable service/item.

Interested in joining the industry? Here are a few tips from established writers on creating a children’s storybook.

 

Research the Category

What kind of book do you want to publish? Children’s book could be divided into six categories:

Source: Kindlepreneur

After you’ve decided on the category, it is a great idea to look into two demographics: the child readers, and their guardians who will purchase and read the book with the children. “Your book will have to please parents and teachers just as much as children,” says author Eevi Jones. She recommends spending time with parents and teachers to get to know the buying audiences better. Don’t forget to read up on other books in the same category as yours to find out the popular themes, vocabulary and layouts.

 

Make Attractive Character(s)

This applies to all writing in general, but it’s especially important in children’s books to have appealing, multi-dimensional characters. “If you’re bored with a character, your reader will be, too,” say Lisa Rojany Buccieri and Peter Economy, co-authors of Writing Children’s Books For Dummies. Make sure your characters are relatable to kids and serve a purpose to the story’s development and/or message.

 

Keep It Simple

Keep sentences short and easy to follow,” says Alan Durant, author of Daddy, I Can’t Sleep. In writing your story, Durant recommends a focus on rhythm or repetition to “make the language sing… Remember you are writing for an older reader (a parent or sibling perhaps) and a child listener.”

 

How will you write your children’s book?

Music: Twenty One Pilots to Visit Australia in ‘Bandito’ World Tour

After dropping two new singles, a new video and a date for their new album, Twenty One Pilots announced an accompanying world tour to complete the experience.

The ‘Bandito’ tour will see the duo performing in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand from October to March.

The full-length album, titled Trench, will be released on October 5. The two singles from the album, ‘Jumpsuit’ and ‘Nico and the Niners’ are now available for streaming on Youtube and Spotify.

Registration for the pre-order tickets for Australia, New Zealand and Europe is available now until Sunday, July 15 at 11.59pm ET. For more information, visit the Twenty One Pilots’ website.

The concert dates and venues:

December 7 — Perth, AU @ Perth Arena

December 10 — Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

December 13 — Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena

December 16 — Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena

December 18 — Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre

December 21 — Auckland, NZ @ Spark Arena

Music: Smash Mouth Announces 2018 Australian Tour

All Stars can get their get game on – Smash Mouth has announced an Australian tour.

The band, most well-known for their meme-fied song for the movie Shrek, is coming back to Australia after their last tour in 2013. They will be performing across seven cities in November.

See the list below for more information on venues and ticketing.

Thursday, November 8: Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, November 9: Twin Towns Services Club, Gold Coast

Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, November 10: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane

Tickets: Oztix

Wednesday, November 14: Albury SS&A Club, Albury

Tickets: Eventopia

Thursday, November 15: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, November 16: Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, November 17: Croxton Band Room, Melbourne

Tickets: Oztix

Music: Virginia Symphony Orchestra Reveals New Assistant Conductor

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has named Gonzalo Farias as its new assistant conductor.

Farias, who won the position through a nationwide audition, is set to oversee between 85 to 90 concerts per year.

“Gonzalo is not only a superb conductor, he is a warm and communicative person who will reach out to our communities and make many friends for the VSO,” said the orchestra’s conductor and music director JoAnn Falletta. “We feel lucky that we have on our team such a brilliant musician and a great advocate for the orchestra.”

Before taking the role, Farias worked with Marin Alsop to hold a conducting fellowship at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Farias also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from the University of Chile, and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois.

He will conduct his first VSO gig on Thursday in Virginia Beach, featuring songs from box office hits such as The Incredibles, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End and more.

Event: Top Dog Film Festival, Sydney

Dogs and flicks – what’s not to love?

After its launch last year, the Top Dog Film Festival is coming back this year in Cremorne. The afternoon will be a two-hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people, with a carefully curated program of canine-themed films from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Adult tickets are $25.5, excluding booking fee. For more information and other dates, visit the Top Dog Film Festival’s website.

Sunday, July 15, 3.15pm | Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne

Event: Still Life Painting Workshop, Sydney

Make the most out of your Sunday with this art workshop.

Peacock Gallery presents Still Life Painting Workshop with Sydney artist and former ARTBAR curator Anney Bounpraseuth. In this class, Bounpraseuth will share her vibrant practice and way of making.

Materials will be provided. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sunday, June 10, 12.30-2pm | Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn