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Coalescence

Coalescence (part of  Living Poem)Intro Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and in our minds, disabling our power.) Distractions are good, puzzles that teaseAnd please and fill the main scene, whichIncludes…See More
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The Sultan's Dream

The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…See More
Nov 15
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The Tale of Ononis

The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧  Hare Begins His Tale  Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise.   ❧  Hare’s Colleagues  I asked my boss,…See More
Nov 9
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Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story and Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming…See More
Oct 28
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Let’s say every word is precious

Let’s say every word is precious (Part of Living Poem) Let’s say every word is precious.Say every word is precious.Every word is precious.Every word precious.Every word.Word.--Rob Neufeld, Oct. 16, 2018See More
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Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses (Part of Living Poem)Hear audio: Metamorphoses%20181004_0192.MP3 So Apollo committed the first rape.He’d come back from exterminating Python,The Bane of Humanity, now his arrow-victim,And stopped to mock…See More
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Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Fantastic, that will be very helpful."
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First Drumbeat

First Drumbeat(Part of Living Poem) The time has come.Call it a drum,Or a crumb,What’s left of life. I used to tell a jokeWhen my life was wide,And I was a stud,And not a dud—I knowI’m not a dud.  I’m a dude,A dad.  But everyone mustRebut the dud chargeAt summing up time. Oh yeah, the joke,A trademark one for meIn that it’s not funny. I used to say I’ll never retireFrom writingBecause if I’m ever…See More
Sep 22
Rob Neufeld replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Thanks for the prompt, Joan!  I have attached the whole work in progress as a doc at the bottom of the table of contents page: http://thereadonwnc.ning.com/special/living-poem"
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Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Is there a way from this website to print everything or might you send me such a document to bayjh@icloud.com?"
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Creative Publishing

The publishing world is changing radically; and we'll share ideas and information about creative options.

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Small Press challenges 1 Reply

Started by Kevin Morgan Watson. Last reply by Kathryn Magendie Jun 26, 2009.

ASHEVILLE: IN VERSE 3 Replies

Started by Allan Wolf. Last reply by Rob Neufeld Mar 12, 2009.

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Comment by Rob Neufeld on April 9, 2009 at 9:39am
There's a noteworthy small press program program coming up at Malaprop's, and Kevin is one of the speakers! This would be a good place to learn more, have a good discussion, and build our network, I think. See program info. Spread the word--you can invite people to this group, too. /Rob
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on March 12, 2009 at 7:31pm
I'm not familiar with Blurb, and I've seen a few Lulu books. I know Lulu is more expensive per book than traditional publishing, but if you only want enough for family and friends, then it's a good option. For your purposes, Jenny, I don't think you want to go there. You could, realistically have a full-color, hardcover book printed for less than $6 each, provided you deliver all the files print-ready and order a couple thousand. You could then sell these books for $30-40 each, so your break-even point is lower. Lulu would probably cost close to $20-30 each (just guessing). I use Lightning Source, the POD division on Ingram, and their color books are way up there in price. So if you want to sell a few and make a little, Lulu is a good option. If you want to sell a lot of books, tradition printing is your best bet.
Comment by Jenny Bowen on March 12, 2009 at 7:24am
Rob & Kevin, good advice, thanks.

Has anyone here ever worked with print on demand books like Blurb or LuLu? I've not had any experience with them and I was wondering about the value and ease of using services such as those.
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on March 11, 2009 at 11:19pm
Rob, y interest is mainly poetry and short story collections, reprinting classic out-of-print books, an occasional novel and memoir.

Jenny, have to considered a blog where you can post an occasional photo and talk about it and your project? If not, I would consider it. I think it's a great way to share what you are doing and build interest. We have a local blog that started out as one woman just noting things of interest around the city. Her blog now gets 11,000 hits a day! Numbers even half that good will make publishers interested in your book. Plus, it's a great way test your market. Someone may approach you about financing the project. You never know.
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 11, 2009 at 10:18pm
By subscription, Allan, do you mean advance sales? I wonder if we can present various books/projects on the website, advertise heavily (e.g., in print newspaper), see the extent of advance interest; then use that as a prompt to get some funding/support.

Otherwise, we're talking about print on demand. Will that work--and will that work with high quality photography books?

Kevin, what are you interested in as a publisher? And what's your big wish at present as far as improving business and readership is concerned?
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on March 11, 2009 at 9:51pm
One option is to get the community behind it, excited about, and ready to buy it. Here is an article that gives one example: http://bcm.bc.edu/issues/summer_2001/works.html. To expand on the story, Tom is one of our authors, but he knew finding a publisher for such a project would be difficult, so he did it with some friends. They borrowed the money to print the books and paid it back, plus interest, in three months.
Comment by Allan Wolf on March 11, 2009 at 9:18pm
Ya'll may have already covered this, but would Asheville Arts Alliance be of any use? Or here is a very CREATIVE idea: what about a subscription funding like they used to do in the old days? That may be nuts but this forum is meant for that, right?
Comment by Jenny Bowen on March 10, 2009 at 1:01pm
Kevin -

Looking at Carl's work is impressive, but our styles are totally different. His work is good stock landscape photography, which I could see being difficult to getting a book publisher behind.

Mine style is photo documentary through interesting portraiture, and there is a timeliness in getting out to the public. No local publishers that I know will take on the costs of printing 360 color images, even if there are 4 to a page making it a 45-50 page book.

I've spoken with the photographer Rob Amberg who did not give me much hope when working on publishing anything. He spoke in ten of thousands of dollars in self start-up costs and years of editing and layout - and this was with a publisher backing him.

I can't imagine trying to self-publish in any manner other than print-on-demand books such as Blurb.com or LuLu.com (I hear the latter has better print quality) but you can expect to make little to no profit by publishing books in that venue.

Not that profit is necessary - but I have got to stop giving my talents & trades away for free or little gain. It often seems like I am barely squeaking through on my means in this world, and there is nothing more frustrating than to know you have something everyone wants but also something that few are willing to pay for.
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 10, 2009 at 12:55pm
Jenny, your project is especially book ready, I think, because people like looking at faces that tell stories. But there's not a national market, unless your Annie Liebowitz or Richard Avedon.

Let's get more people in this group. The folks at Captain's Bookshelf should be involved; and the Archives and History people (NC Dept of Cultural Resources), who published Bruce Roberts' photo book.

From the photographer's point of view, what are the specs for good photo repro?

And are there any thinking-out-of-the-box formats? Serial publication? Tipped plates for mounting? Book-and-postcard combos. I'm just brainstorming. I'm not saying every idea is good.

/Rob
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on March 10, 2009 at 12:42pm
Finding a publisher willing to take on that kind of expense could be tough. I was on a panel recently in Winston-Salem with Carl Galie, who self-published his second book of photography (http://www.carlgaliephotography.com/175%20Paces.html). He had to do all the layout and photo prep, but he had complete control and kept the price down. That might be your best bet. We don't publish color photography at Press 53, but I've heard several success stories from photographers who have done it themselves.
 

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