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It’s Free-e-day!

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Free-e-day brochure

Free-e-day ebrochure cover

It’s now Free-e-day. Get downloading, get chatting, get being creative!

Full programme including details of the webchats and live event is downloadable here, and viewable and shareable as a bookbuzzr here. Please note the pdf is a very big file and may take a while to download. It’s worth it though!

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November 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

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Free-e-day webchats: how they work

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On Tuesday, we’ll be having five webchat sessions designed to stimulate debate but most of all to offer practical advice and the chance to share ideas on life outside the mainstream. I was gently reminded a day or so ago that I hadn’t really explained how things will work. So, briefly (and with apologies): Read the rest of this entry »

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November 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm

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News! News! News!

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Free-e-day brochure  

Just in case newcomers thought  we were just about webchats, here’s a reminder of our fantastic free ebrochure, featuring some incredible work by and links to 80+ conrtributors. You can download the pdf here. And link to the bookbuzzr here.

Still time to be involved on the day. e-mail me songsfromtheothersideofthewall@googlemail.com

Oh, and the news – confirmed visitors to our webchats today: Sam Jordison, Guardian Books blogger and author of Crap Towns; and Mark Coker, CEO of smashwords

 

A huge thank you to everyone for making the first ever Free-e-day such an amazing occasion already!

 

 

 

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November 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm

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Webchat 5: The DIY workshop

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A place to ask for help and share expertise. We hope to be joined by Self-publishing guru Siobhan Curham and new music ezine Outliered Magazine to learn form them. But this is mainly a place for practical help. We will also be hearing from someone who did their Masters thesis on an analysis of the Creative Commons Licence. And staff from editorial service providers The Editorial Department will explain how self-publishers can use editors. And Vikram from our fellow travellers and writers’ friends bookbuzzr will also be stopping by to explain what has to be the best widget on the web (the bookbuzzr is what we use to create our marvellous page-flipping programme) Suggested topics:

– your experiences and recommendations of software, producers, presses, editors – give us links we might not know about!

– what’s creative commons?

– do you have tips for getting into venues/bookstores?

– what should you outsource? the importance of good editors/producers/graphic designers/web people

– where and how do you advertise?

– social media – what’s ut there and how to use it.

We will not approve comments from new users until the day so as to save debate for the day itself, and to give the hosts time to formulate initial responses.

Written by danholloway

November 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm

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Webchat 4: Indie and the Internet: Who’s left behind?

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The internet creates unique opportunities for those who have never had the chance to find an audience before. But what about those on the wrong side of the digital divide? In a truly global culture, is the internet the great bringer of hope, or just another reinforcer of exclusion?

This is a debate – pure and simple.

We will not approve comments from new users until the day so as to save debate for the day itself, and to give the hosts time to formulate initial responses.

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November 24, 2009 at 6:17 pm

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Webchat 3: How Can we Make a Living Outside the Mainstream?

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We are always hearing that music and publishing are changing beyond recognition; that now is a time of opportunity for anyone with talent, perseverance, and an original idea. But most of us still rely on day jobs to pay the bills whilst we do what we love by twilight.

There are all kinds of ideas out there, from Chris Anderson’s “freemium” with its poster boys like Cory doctorow and Trent Reznor, to Kevin Kelly’s 1,000 true fans. Everyone is using the rather distatsteful term “monetisation” – how do we actually turn talent into cash without a mainstream contract behind us?

It would be great to have a debate, because debate is good. But most of all, this is a place to brainstorm ideas, to come away thinking “yeah, I’m going to try that”. hosted by Dan Holloway, a founder member of Year Zero Writers, and blogger on this topic.

We will not approve comments from new users until the day so as to save debate for the day itself, and to give the hosts time to formulate initial responses.

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November 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm

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Webchat 2: The 21st Century Novel?

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There is much discussion about form in literature with all the new publishing
media available. But these mainly concern themselves with production and

distribution.

I want to broaden the debate to form on and within the page, as part of our

artist’s palette as writers. To revive and carry on the experiments of modernists

such as Joyce and Faulkner which seem to have ground to a halt after William

Burroughs’ & Terry Southern’s cut‐up techniques. My call is to drag the novel

into the 21st century artistically, as well as in its distribution and production.

So what do I mean by experiments in form? There are plenty of 20th century

novels that play around with either or both space and time, Faulkner being a

wonderfully rich exemplar. These are experiments in narrative structure. I am

interested in the possibility of going more quantum, down to language itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 24, 2009 at 6:09 pm

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