sky media

Become a cover artist
10 May, 2006, 5:58 pm
Filed under: Artists, Authors, Publishers

Pindeldyboz is a pretty cool and popular literary website and just like many of those pretty cool and popular literary websites, it has also launched its own pretty cool and popular print edition as well. And it accepts unsolicited submissions.

Whether you're a fiction writer, non-fiction writer, poet or illustrator/artist, you might want to consider submitting to Pindeldyboz; particularly if you are an artist. Pindeldyboz publishes good designs and new concepts from creative minds – and your artwork has a chance to be the cover art of one of Pindeldyboz's future print editions.

Now, how cool is that? So get creative and send them an email.

Khalil A.


Google Book Blog
10 May, 2006, 10:19 am
Filed under: The Corporates

Google is a corporate but they make it difficult for even indie companies, like sky media, to hate them.  Here's why.

Inside Google Book Search was launched on Monday and that's exactly the sort of blog, we'd like to see some more of.  This blog you're currently reading has more or less the same aim as the new Google blog: to put our experience and knowledge in the hand of others so that they too can perform what we are doing.

Obviously, Inside Google Book Search, won't tell you anything about how Google Book works – and really, who cares – but it vows to announce discoveries of terrific books, that are on its servers as well as thoughts shared by the team.

On that note, we're excited to announce Inside Google Book Search, the official Google Book Search blog. This blog is about discovery — yours and ours. Here you'll find members of our team sharing thoughts, tips and the occasional announcement about Book Search. We intend for this to be a place not only for Book Search enthusiasts, but also book lovers of every stripe. We'll be highlighting cool books we've found, discoveries you've made, big thoughts about the future of book search and more.

The big thing about Google is that it knows exactly what the "customers" want and that's what it gives you.  And man, they seem so friendly that you do forget that they're a big money-making business.  So how can you hate them, then? I ask.

Khalil A.

Printing it yourself = easy.
9 May, 2006, 10:07 am
Filed under: Authors, Publishing

The chapbook


Wil Wheaton, writer, actor, blogger, amongst others, has released a very limited edition of a chapbook, More Than This. He's printed 200 copies and is now selling the majority of them via his website through Paypal. And man, the chapbooks are selling like crazy but that's not the point.


The point is that Wil Wheaton's effort to publish something original all by himself clearly illustrates how easy and contemplating it now is to publish your own work (I'll use the term self-publishing in this post although some people might not really consider this as self-publishing per se). You have to put a lot of work and dedication in your manuscript, run to a good printing group, tell them how many copies you want to print and there you are: a published writer. You may even consider giving your book/chapbook its very own ISBN number (for Mauritian readers, visit this page for more info about how to get an ISBN number) as well.


The great thing about self-publishing is that it's really something personal, in a way. If you're self-publishing, forget about the money. Rather, think about that satisfaction of publishing your own words on paper. Distribute your self-published book/chapbook to your parents, relatives and friends and wait for their comments. They're all love it, obviously, and you'll be considered a writer. Try to distribute your book/chapbook to indie bookstores as well. They understand and love the concept of writing for the love of writing and just don't care about that other concept: writing for the economic benefits of the publisher.


If you're buying Wil's chapbook, take note that he'll sign it for you. Isn't that just too cool? And the foreword is written by his stepson. Can you see the love and dedication? Can you see the author-reader relationaship that simple doesn't really exist in mainstream publishing?


Go for it people, self-publishing is a really satisfying because, you're in control and because you know that you're loving every minute of it.


Khalil A.

Quick note…
5 May, 2006, 4:57 pm
Filed under: Publishers

… that our favourite, indie publisher, So New Publishing/Media's (go figure) blog lives on.


P.S.  If you guys from So New — are reading this, would you mind informing us what the exact name of the company is? So New Media or So New Publishing? We're a bit confused in here.

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.