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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?

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

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

Music: Sydney Composer Receives Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship

A Sydney-based composer has been awarded with the coveted Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship, and is headed for the world’s most prestigious scoring course.

Screen composer Angela Little will undertake a Master of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, a highly selective program that admits only 20 students per year. Notable alumni of the screen scoring course include Christophe Beck (Frozen), Bear McCreary (Outlander), James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games) and Marco Beltrami (The Hurt Locker).

“I couldn’t believe it when I received a personal email from Alan Silvestri congratulating me on winning this scholarship!” said Little. “His music affected me deeply from a young age – these are the people you dream of meeting as a film composer.”

Little’s past work included The Clinic and documentary Zach’s Ceremony, which was nominated for a 2017 AACTA Award. Little’s work will also appear in 2018 releases such as Steve Jaggi’s Chocolate Oyster and SBS documentary series How Mad Are You?.

Ways to Challenge Yourself as An Artist

As an artist, it is common to feel stuck in a rut or creatively stunted. When this happens, it is a good idea to open yourself up to new challenges that will make you learn and discover important knowledge – not only on the arts itself, but also yourself as an artist. Here are a few ways to nurture, develop and expand your artistic instincts.

Enrol in a Course

There is always something new to learn. Try something outside your general field – so if you’re an illustrator, do some vocal or drama courses. Chances are, you will learn something new and inspiring to bring back to your regular work.

Limit Stimulations

Kind of the opposite from the previous tip, but still works just as fine. In a world where Internet reigns and every kind of content can be found with a tap of finger, it is very easy to become overstimulated. Try to cut down on unnecessary content and focus on your work. To make it easier, you can also opt to produce works based on just one theme for a certain period of time. For example, writing flash fictions exclusively for a week or using just one colour family for your design.

Do a Public Challenge

Ever heard of NaNoWriMo? It is short for National Novel Writing Month, which is an Internet-based creative writing project held every November. Online challenges like this not only help you stay accountable, but the community behind them will also keep you motivated, with other artists to share your experiences with. This also brings us to the next tip…

Meet Your People

Wherever possible, meet up with people of similar profession and/or passion to you – not just to gain the newest updates in the industry, but also to expand your network and find opportunities for collaboration and gigs! Getting to know other people’s projects can also give you the inspiration you need to get started on your own.

Enter Contests

Getting a passion project done and being in the running for monetary prize – why not? It indeed can be daunting to participate in a competition, but you can always learn something new by exposing your work to a fresh pair of eyes.

How Being in the Nature Can Make You A Better Artist

Nature provides some of the greatest arts that humankind has ever seen through unique objects and visual experiences. Because of this, spending time in nature is beneficial for designers, illustrators, sculptors, painters, photographers and other creatives alike. Here are a few reasons why natural arts can help artists grow and improve in their works.

Health, Mental and Spiritual Benefits

Being in the natural world has been proven to bring health benefits and promote mental and physical well-being. Studies found that being outdoors not only helps in reducing stress levels and controlling blood pressure, but it also is potent in relieving mental fatigue, decreasing anxiety and depression, as well as generating a sense of awe – all of which are supportive of your artistic endeavors.

Inspiration for Artworks

Stuck in a creative rut? Beautiful natural objects and landscapes are a great source of inspiration and new perspectives. “Artwork based on nature is aesthetically pleasing and deeply calming, and in some cases, it can evoke more rushed emotions when based on powerful forces of nature,” says Fine Art America. “Art inspired by nature works to remind humanity of its connection with the universe that surrounds it.” Need some proof? Check out the works of environmental artists like Andy Goldsworthy or Agnes Denes.

A Study in Material

An hour of exploration and observation in the nature will expose you to various materials, textures, colours and other visual elements, all of which can serve as a reference for your next art project. You can also learn more about ways to use natural materials sustainably.

The Lowdown: Australian Copyright Laws

Ready to learn?

Let’s start with what is copyright? Basically it is how a creator can protect their labour and creativity legally and can sometimes extend beyond economic loss however there are some differences between design and general copyright protection:

  • Protection under the Designs Act 2003 (Cth) requires a formal application for registration before rights are obtained. Before you can pursue anyone for infringement of a registered design, it must be examined and certified by the Registrar. Unlike enforcing copyright, which does not require any formal registration or certification process.
  • Design registration requires a  fee whereas copyright protection is automatic and free (yay!).

Copyright Protection

What must be met for copyright protection:

  • Product meet the definition of ‘artistic work’ (such as a painting, a  drawing, sculpture or work of artistic craftsmanship).
  • The work must be in material form. This means it cannot be a mere idea or theory.
  • The product must be original, artistic work, meaning  the work cannot be copied from another person. If you are claiming copyright for it, it must come from you.

If your work/product meets the above then registration for copyright is not necessary as it is automatic. Keep in mind though, you will need to have proof that the work is originally yours so things like progress images, prototypes etc. help disputes of copyright ownership. After all, there’s no point getting the law involved if you can’t prove your background and claim is legitimate.

Design Protection

An important thing to note is the differences between design and copyright protection:

  • This protects a product’s appearance but not it’s function.
  • However if the function is related to a product’s appearance will not disqualify it from registration.
  • It must be distinctly different to existing product designs publicly used in Australia, or published in a document anywhere.

Important Things To Note

  • Unless dual protection (copyright and design protection) is possible, copyright protection is lost when a design is registered.
  • Once a product has been reduced at industrial quantities, copyright protection is lost and it is also no longer possible to register the design.

Digital: Best Software for Producing Music

Alright! So you want to try your hand at producing music, you’ve got your basic gear but what  about the software? DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) are a type of software that basically works as a blank space in which you can drop your audio and start playing from there! But this type of thing can also be fairly pricey so this list will give you a healthy spending range no matter how deep that wallet of yours is:

Ableton Live

Experience level: Moderate – Expert

This one is pricey, I’ll admit but for those who are in it for the long run, this is quite worth it. It has unlimited multi-track recording, seamless MIDI sequencing software and hardware and no uh… troubles with their MIDI controllers getting mapped to the sounds through the DAW. Oh and another big bonus; sound packages ARE included!

Avid Pro Tools

Experience level: Expert – Pro

A more or less industry standard, you can compose, record, mix, edit, master, etc. its own Avid Audio Engine which gives you some dang fast processing with the addition of a 64-bit memory capacity for lag/freeze-free sessions.

Propellerhead Reason

Experience level: Kinda Beginner – Kinda Pro

A fairly zippy piece of software, that’s about half the price of Avid Pro, drag and drop-able for your convenience and even includes amp and speaker plug-ins for those of you who want to record and drop in your own guitar sound bites. And a bonus for the lazier of us; auto trimming wooh!

Sony Acid

Experience level: Beginner – Nostalgic

An oldie but a goodie, many of us started on this one so it’ll always have a special place in our hearts. This is where the beginners can learn, with a fairly intuitive interface and, although the older version were a little uncooperative with the MIDIs, nowadays they’ve fixed that up pretty well making it a solid tool for beginners all the way up to the experts.

PreSonus Studio

Experience level: Moderate – Semi Pro

Something that has all the essentials is PreSonus, it’s your very own all-in-one workstation with MIDI, VST, buses and FX channels, drag-and-drop (of course), mastering integration, unlimited tracks and more. If you feel you’re getting more serious but still want to keep things relatively simple then this is a good choice.

Graffiti: Vandalism or An Art Form?

What is “art” really? And how can we define the term? To put it simply, “art” is a form of expression. Anyone with a background in art can tell you that, regardless of the medium or the canvas. But where do we draw the line with street art? Graffiti has been a controversial topic of discussion in the art world, with many conservative audiences arguing that it is a form of vandalism. Let’s deconstruct the legal implications of graffiti.

Let’s say someone has painted over your car or your house without your permission. You wouldn’t be very happy about that. But would you feel the same if the painting was a beautiful work of art rather than a street tag? Do we discriminate the artwork based on its style or skill level? Or do we disregard the painting altogether because it’s someone’s property?

According to Angie Kordic from Wide Walls, “the excitement of being a renegade and the fear of getting caught is what many artists consider the very core of graffiti culture, especially during the days of rough, growing competition and the willing to become as good at drawing as you possibly could. When caught in act, however, the writers get charged with vandalism, fined, and given community service hours during which they help clean up graffiti. By definition, it is “an action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property”, and while we can’t argue that graffiti (mostly tags, considered a reductive form of art within graffiti community itself) often end up on someone’s walls, we do have to wonder if it really is “destruction” and if, perhaps, we’ve been asking the wrong question the whole time.”

What do you think? Is graffiti a form of vandalism?

Sources from: http://www.widewalls.ch/is-graffiti-art-or-vandalism/