Bonus Material: The UAE’s Race to Translate

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka One point on the globe where translation is booming is the United Arab Emirates. There, two translation programs, Kalima from Abu Dhabi and Tarjem from Dubai, have made it a race to see who can translate literary works the fastest and while maintaining the highest quality possible. The first out of the gate (ahem, this is the …

Bonus Material: How Much Does a Publicity List Cost?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Chris Artis As discussed today, publicity lists are among the most essential tools a publicist has to promote a new book. But how much do they cost? Peter Grand, Inc. charges a one-time fee for installing the Publicity Assistant 2000 program. The amount is based on a per user basis and can run from $6,500 per user to as little …

Bonus Material: How Aussies Find the Best Book Deals

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka While the recent recommendation by the Australian Productivity Commission seeking to lift the ban on parallel importation ultimately threatens to flood the country with cheap US and UK editions of books — the changes won’t take place for three years. At the moment it is still possible to get reasonably priced editions shipped from overseas. The biggest …

Bonus Material: Could This Be America’s Best Writing Conference?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka DALLAS, TEXAS: While it seemed like everyone else was at Comic-Con in San Diego fighting their way into preview screenings of Iron Man 2 and GI Joe, this past weekend I attended the fifth annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference at the University of North Texas in Dallas. It was the third time I’ve gone and I …

Bonus Material: Hay Festival Teams with Nairobi’s Storymoja

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NAIROBI: The inaugural Storymoja Hay Festival will take place in Nairobi, Kenya this July 31-August 2. A collaboration between the UK’s Hay Festival and Nairobi’s Storymoja, with 132 events and 50 hours of programming featuring a veritable plethora of writers, artists, musicians and academics from across Africa. The event is the latest project of the Storymoja writing …

Bonus Material: Epiphany Led Publisher to Digital Outsourcing

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Mark Hanusz, publisher of Indonesia’s Equinox Press had an epiphany a couple of years ago: “I was standing in my warehouse, looking at all these books collecting dust, getting mildewed and getting old. I realized that that was where all my money was tied up. Then it hit me, I don’t need to do this anymore.” As …

Bonus Material: CSI Creator Produces Movie-like “Digi-Novel”

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6mIQOem-CI Writer/Producer Anthony Zuiker was driving a tram in Las Vegas when he came up with the idea for Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), the long-running television hit. Since he said that his pilot for the series “broke all the rules” of scriptwriting — as a result of his not knowing a thing about writing. Now, he’s conceived …

Bonus Material: Limerick’s Prodigal Son

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka For many it was Frank McCourt who put the city of Limerick, Ireland on the map — and not necessarily in a good way. McCourt’s book depicted the city as dirty, decrepit and poverty stricken. When I visited Limerick in the mid 1990s to write a story about the Dell computer manufacturing plant that had opened there …

Bonus Material: Czech Saskek’s Third Space Shot

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The books of Czech illustrator and artist Miroslav Sasek’s were beloved favorites of children and parents alike throughout the 1960s and 70s. He is best known for his This Is series of travel books, which he started publishing in 1959 with This is Paris and ended in 1974 with This is Historic Britain. The playful, colorful illustrations …