Matt ArtPix has been hard at work on the style sheet for The Book of Thoth. We still have a few things to sort out, but it is looking good...
More to come soon...
Arcane Publishing is going abroad for a week to do a bit of market research for the imprint and (maybe) stock up on some great ephemera and second-hand books for our stall.
When we're back, we will get ready for our first vintage and antique fairs of 2014 and book some more!
In other news, Draft 2 of The Book of Thoth is under way, and Matt ArtPix is trying out a few typesetting ideas for the book... We are really excited about our second publication!
The first draft of The Book of Thoth is now finished!
Go and have a look at Carya Gish's BLOG for more details...
A lot of things are happening and we still hope to be able to publish The Book of Thoth, our second title, in December 2014!
Arcane Publishing is pleased to announce its first events of 2014!
We are starting on home turf, and will be appearing at the Southend Vintage Fair, Chase Sports Centre, Southend-on-Sea; I will be sharing a stall with my partner Matt ArtPix.
Then a first for Arcane Publishing: we will have our own stall at the Crook Log Antiques and collectables fair at the Crook Log leisure centre in Bexleyheath.
At those events, we will be selling a great selection of second-hand and vintage books - some rare! - and of course, copies of I Am a Muse.
We are in the process of booking some more events, especially in London. We will keep you updated.
Do check our events page regularly for more dates!
So this year, it's all about publishing our second book and raising awareness of our little imprint.
As we are doing everything ourselves - writing, editing, design, marketing, promo, etc. - everything is going incredibly slowly. The writing gets in the way of the publisher side of things and the publisher side of things gets in the way of the writing, plus the fact that we need to (try to) earn a living to pay the bills...
We have been thinking about setting up an online shop, but as we are not techies, computer wizzards or business geniuses, we are extremely worried about starting anything and getting it wrong...
So we've started looking around for tips and inspiration. There's an interesting blog HERE about the pros and cons of SHOPIFY and some good hints about what you have to think about when choosing an e-commerce platform.
There's a lot of reading and thinking to do, and this is a long-term thing, but it would be great to have an online shop up and running for the publication of our second novel.
Watch this space!
So we have started the long, long process necessary to try and obtain permission to print the lyrics of PJ Harvey's The Wind in Carya Gish's third novel, The Right Place.
Island Records have answered, so one point for us.
BUT they told us that we needed to contact PJ Harvey's music publisher - so not Island Records - and that for this particular track, there were TWO writers so I had to contact TWO separate companies... I think they were referring to the fact that the song apparently contains portions of "Planet of The Apes" by Jerry Goldsmith - I didn't know that - although I am not sure how this would be linked to permission to print lyrics...
I know this is a bit crazy because we have a sneaky suspicion that 1) It probably won't lead to anything as PJ Harvey is now huge and 2) the price will be so high that it will be impossible for us to print them.
Ideally, we'd like to have the whole song. Realistically, if we are granted permission, it will probably end up being for one stanza of the song, which we'd be more than happy to settle with.
We need to know how much this potentially would be as we might apply for an Arts Council Grant and we have to put a budget together.
We'd be so chuffed to get permission to use the lyrics!
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