sky media

US and only US
24 May, 2006, 5:47 pm
Filed under: What we're up to

James latest post at the So New Media (Publishing?) blog is one of the reasons why sky media exists in the first place.  His post deals with international (outiside US) submissions.  Obviously, given that SNM (let's stick with this) is based in the US, it's all too normal that they will concentrate more on US authors.

And then there's the marketing and promotion of the book which surely will prove to be hectic if ever the author is at the other side of the globe.

As a small press, we only have domestic distribution, and if the majority of an author's readership is going to be in their home country, that means they may be paying very well the cost of the book again in postage. We can discount books bought directly through our website but it never fails that international orders forget to add up postage properly through Paypal. So this whole difficulty presents itself, just another hurdle for a manuscript to overcome in the acceptance process.

The other difficulty lies in promotion. We can't support an international author the way we can those in the states. Because I lived in Germany for three years, I understand the EU and can semi work within it – but anywhere outside the reach of Ryan Air . . . it's almost an automatic no-go. So here comes the lingering guilt again.

You see the problem? It's US-only.  What about the other parts of the world? SNM can't do anything about it and we, non-Americans completely understand.  I mean, we wouldn't have been able to do anything about it either if we were in their place.  It's loads of money to promote a book, outside your own country.

That's why sky media has been created then: to be a voice for all you indie writers in another part of the world.  We're in Mauritius and we're proud.  And if we did it, you can as well, I'm sure.

What I would truly recommend is that people interested in the small press movement start an indie press in their own country. Digital printing is everywhere, and you can sell locally – probably much more than you could in the states, and no one would understand the nuances of local promotion better than you. A McDonald's salary could get you started, and I know there's a McDonald's near you no matter where you live. Yeah. Check it.

Email if you've got any questions.

James is offering some help as well, right? It's now or never people. 


Update: The Clown’s Graveyard
23 May, 2006, 5:54 pm
Filed under: Publishing, The Clown's Graveyard, What we're up to

Ok, we're behind schedule.  We were supposed to release The Clown's Graveyard last week but as you might have noticed, we haven't.  We are actually still working on it and man, there are loads of great stuff coming up with this publication.

Trust us.

Clown photo 

Khalil A.

Possible photo cover
5 May, 2006, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Artists, Publishing, The Clown's Graveyard, What we're up to

Evil Lurks
Originally uploaded by boristheblade.

The Clown's Graveyard needs a cover and well, hopefully this above photo will make it till the end. I just emailed the artist to ask for permission to use the photo for our cover. Crossing fingers for the time being.

Actually we originally thought about another photo for the cover but with the release of The Clown's Graveyard scheduled in less than 2 weeks' time, and the "non-replies" of that artist, we had to give up and quickly look for something else.

And we think that this photo above fits in just right actually. Possibly catches the novel's soul better, as well!

Cover design is really cool but it's also associated with a lot of pressure. Obviously, a book is judged by its cover first and foremost, in particular if the author isn't too well known or is a newbie. Consequently, if the cover isn't attractive enough, well…

The cover design of The Clown's Graveyard is more or less ready and we're only awaiting permission from the artist (as I mentioned above). Maybe we should have first emailed and asked for permission to actually use the photo before investing time and energy in the cover design.  Indeed, if the artist doesn't grant us permission, we'll be in a bit of fix.  But, you know, we're really excited right now.

5 May, 2006, 12:00 pm
Filed under: The Clown's Graveyard, What we're up to

For our very first post in sky media's blog, we could probably have copied everything from our About page, but then we thought it wouldn't be fair. Because, if you are visiting this blog, the probability that you were visiting our website some minutes ago is pretty high, isn't it? Meaning that you probably already know everything about us by now.

For now, be sure to check The Clown's Graveyard out. To be published in a week or so, now!

It's the start of something new. And we are really excited about it. This, I think is what we want to share with you by the means of this blog: our passion for publishing, our joy at witnessing an author's enthusiasm while working on his first book but first and foremost, our belief that everybody who has something great to say, must be heard.

Khalil A.