FLASH SALE! ALL EBOOKS $1.99! PRINT FROM $5!



We’re slashing our prices till midnight tonight (June 30) to clear stock from our warehouse. Bargain prices on our print stock exclude postage (postage will be reimbursed if you can collect in person in Canberra by arrangement – just leave a note with your contact number and we will contact you).

Order your discounted copies of our titles here now.

Crowdfund it! – $10 (only 5 copies left, be quick)

Prison Post: Letters of Support for Peter Greste – $5 (less than 200 copies left)

Kevern Write a Book: The Best of @Rudd2000 – $5 (less than 150 copies left)

18 Days: Al Jazeera English and the Egyptian Revolution – $5 (less than 50 copies left)

The N00bz – $5 (less than 50 copies left)

Hoping A Slow Childhood, our latest title, might be part of the clearance sale? It’s not, but we do have 20 copies available for pick-up in Canberra this weekend only at a special EOFY price of $25.

Order via our website between now and midnight to secure your copy of these titles before they’re gone for good.

Also, for today only, all our ebooks are $1.99.

Tanya Plibersek to launch Come Home, You Little Bastards


Invitation to the launch of Come Home, You Little Bastards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re thrilled to announce that on Sunday afternoon at 1.45pm, Deputy Opposition Leader and Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek will launch a very special memoir called Come Home, You Little Bastards at Better Read Than Dead bookstore in Newtown.

The author, Carl Beauchamp, is a resilient and optimistic Sydney man who grew up in the care of an alcoholic mother in Glebe and Newtown in the 1940s and ’50s, was abused by members of a paedophile ring while living at the Church of England Charlton Boys Home at Glebe, but went on to become a father of four, grandfather of 12 and great grandfather of 17. Carl is still married to his first love, Beryl.

Despite the hardships Carl faced, his is an uplifting story containing colourful scenes of life growing up in the Inner West in those days, such as racing painted paddlepop stick ‘horses’ through the drains of Newtown.*

Carl has been active in encouraging former inmates of the boys’ home to come forward to give evidence to the Royal Commission and is a remarkable character who will inspire his audience on Sunday and all who read his story in Come Home, You Little Bastards.

*If you can make it to the launch, please bring a paddlepop stick bearing the name of your favourite racehorse so you can be part of the re-enactment of Carl’s childhood game in King Street on Sunday.

The long and the short of it


Gorman Arts Centre

Ever since Editia launched five years ago, I’ve been hoping a high net worth, tech savvy entrepreneur who gets journalism and digital publishing would come along and want to invest in a company that was built around the two.

In recent weeks, two such individuals have come into my life, one after the other. They’re energetic, they’re smart, they’re successful and they don’t just care about the place where journalism meet digital publishing, they totally get it, too. I have to keep pinching myself to make sure they’re real.

Unfortunately for Editia, the journalism and digital publishing business they’ve decided to take over is not this one, but the RiotACT, the Canberra news and opinion website of which I am editor in my day job. You may not have heard of it if you’re from outside Canberra, but it has a serious presence in the capital, with around 140,000 unique visitors per month to the website, and more than 16,000 people signed up to its Facebook page.

I took a three month part-time contract with the RiotACT in late September 2015 to earn some regular income. It was immediately clear that this presented a problem for Editia, because it left little time or mental energy for publishing longform works.

Getting back into shortform online journalism felt like coming home. In a few months, it will be 20 years since I first joined smh.com.au as a web producer. The move to digital news was just beginning then. Now it’s almost complete. It’s as exciting to be part of it now as it was then.

But my new employers have talked me into going full-time, and with a young family to look after when I’m not working, my commitment to Editia has had to be scaled back. Over the next few months, we will publish four books that are almost ready for market. After that, we will publish no more than one title a year.

One book we will no longer be publishing by mutual agreement given the time constraints is Canberra author David Dufty’s The Kana Code. ArtsACT had provided funding to Editia for this title, and we had in turn already paid a portion of it to the Canberra author. Editia has returned the remainder of the grant monies to ArtsACT in full. We wish David every success with the title and will be cheering it on from the sidelines in the months ahead.

Given our remaining contracted titles will now take us through till 2018, submissions are currently closed.

We’ve given notice on our beloved office at the fabulous Gorman Arts Centre in Canberra and moved out last month. There is no point having an office if you can’t even find the time to commute to it, but we are already missing the iconic art deco buildings, the leafy courtyards, and, most of all, the passionate artists and administrators we have shared them with these past few years.

After the longest election in history, you might like to stay here for a while …


Indigo Retreat West Lodge, Murrah Beach

Exhausted by the election campaign already? Picturing a post-election mini-break from texts, tweets and talking points? Enter the #followtheleaders photo competition and you could win a three-day weekend at a luxury retreat with your own private infinity pool.

Whoever you are, wherever you’re based, you can take a photo of your copy of Follow the leaders in the best campaign moment, use the hashtag #followtheleaders and upload it to social media to be in the running for the Ultimate Post-Election Recovery Pack. The cover of the book needs to be clearly visible, as in this shot of ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr (who faces his own election challenge this year):

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo of Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten reading Follow the leaders at Parliament House is fantastic (because Mr Shorten is reading Follow the leaders!) but wouldn’t win the competition, because the front cover is not visible:

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We encourage entry via selfie because if anyone is going to need a break in a luxury retreat after the longest election campaign in history, it’s our political leaders. Oh, and if anyone has an advantage going into this competition, it’s them, their staff and representatives of the media covering the campaign. We encourage all on the hustings to make the most of the head start they have.

You can use the ebook to enter. Just hold your ereader, tablet or smartphone up with the cover image visible in shot.

The prize includes a stash of Beroccas, fine wine and gourmet treats from Delightful Baskets, a voucher for a one-hour massage with Canberra-based måă organics, and a three-day weekend for two at Indigo Retreat West Lodge, Murrah Beach NSW in July, August or September this year.

Readers should photograph a copy of the book with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten in shot, or in any significant election-related scenario, between now and July 3. Post the image on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #followtheleaders hashtag to be in the running.

You may see photos of the book in the thick of it taken by Follow the leaders author Francis Keany, Editia staff and members of their families during the campaign, but fear not, none of us is eligible to win. We just want to join in – and encourage – the fun.

So where can you buy your copy? The ebook is available via editia.com, Amazon’s Kindle store, iBooks, Google Play and Kobo.

The print edition is also on sale online here at editia.com, newsouthbooks.com.au or Booktopia, and in selected bookstores nationally (if your bookstore doesn’t have stock, please ask them to order one in for you from our distributor, NewSouth Books in Sydney).

Editia acknowledges the generous support of our competition partners måă organics, Delightful Baskets and Indigo Couples Retreat.

Indigo couples retreat

 

 

 

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Grestes set for Brisbane launch for ‘Prison post’, Sydney videos live


Peter Greste Here at Editia we are so pleased that Peter Greste is finally “home” in Nairobi, Kenya, able to sleep in his own bed for the first time since late 2013. He left his apartment there to spend two weeks filling in for a colleague in Cairo and wound up in a prison cell for 400 days.

That said, we’re also looking forward to seeing him back in Australia for a few days in early December. Peter will speak at the Brisbane launch of Prison post: Letters of support for Peter Greste, alongside other members of the Greste family, at Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, December 8. He’ll sign copies of the book too, making this the perfect opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done at once.

We’ve now published the videos of the Sydney launch for the book featuring moving footage of Peter discussing the impact the letters had on his state of mind while in prison plus letter writer Wendy Harmer’s utterly gorgeous speech about why she got involved in the campaign. There are heart-rending words from two other letter writers, Brisbane activist Paige Garland and Sydney schoolgirl Pippa Pryor, and some great questions from the crowd who filled the space at Berkelouw’s in Paddington a few weeks back.

Check them all out on our YouTube channel here, or select individually:

We’ve also uploaded the two trailers for the book. They originally appeared on The Huffington Post site and were produced by ContentGroup.

  • The Greste family discuss the letters of support they received and the impact the campaign had on Peter.

Please share these videos and the link for the Brisbane launch widely, and remember to use the hashtags #freeajstaff and #journalismisnotacrime. Until he receives a pardon, Peter remains a convicted criminal in the eyes of Egyptian law. The campaign continues.

‘Prison post’ in the media


 

HuffPost front pageMedia coverage of Prison post started with the front page splash of The Huffington Post on launch day, Friday September 4, 2015. HuffPost Australia ran a package including extracts from some of the letters, video interviews with Peter Greste and his family, and an extract from Peter’s foreword to the book.

Within an hour, the US, UK and Canadian editions of HuffPost had also added the story their home pages, and the Japanese editors had arranged for translating of the package.

Crikey ran a story on the book and the launch that afternoon.

The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times reported on the launch in a story that ran online on Saturday and in print editions on Sunday.

Spotted another story or a review? Please let us know. Review copies are available from publicity<at>editia<dot>com.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/09/04/prison-post-peter-greste-_n_8080712.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/peter-greste/thanks-for-being-there-for-me_b_8080800.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/04/prison-post-peter-greste-_n_8080712.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/09/04/prison-post-peter-greste-_n_8080712.html

http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/09/04/media-briefs-prison-post/

http://www.smh.com.au/national/peter-greste-meets-the-letter-writers-who-helped-set-him-free-20150905-gjfs57.html

http://www.theage.com.au/national/peter-greste-meets-the-letter-writers-who-helped-set-him-free-20150905-gjfs57.html

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/peter-greste-meets-the-letter-writers-who-helped-set-him-free-20150905-gjfs57.html

 

Press release for Prison post: Letters of support for Peter Greste


Click here for a PDF version

PrisonPostPrintCoverFront While foreign correspondent Peter Greste is free in Australia following his deportation from Egypt in February, he was convicted on terrorism charges in absentia on August 29, 2015. The campaign to clear his name and those of imprisoned Al Jazeera colleagues Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy continues.

After the three were found guilty of reporting false news and endangering Egypt’s national security at the end of the first trial in June 2014, the Greste family set up an email account for messages of support they could print out to take to Peter in prison. The trickle of emails that had begun with his arrest the previous December increased exponentially. Peter was staggered by the range and spirit of the notes.

“Whenever I find my resolve wavering; whenever I feel weak or angry or frustrated; whenever I lose sight of the ‘why’, I only need to dip into the huge pile of letters for the answer,” he said. “You’ve all given us and our families enormous strength; and for that I am hugely grateful.”

Now, readers will be moved by the emails just as Peter was. They can learn more about the award-winning journalist through the writings of friends and colleagues, and revisit the 400 days he spent in prison through the eyes of supporters. There are letters from names we recognise, like Wendy Harmer, Kaz Cooke, Tracey Spicer and Julie Bishop, and from ordinary women, men and children who hoped that stories from their everyday lives might make Peter’s time in prison more bearable.

  • Profits from this book will assist the Foreign Prisoner Support Service.
  • Peter will appear alongside letter writers Wendy Harmer, Paige Garland and Pippa Pryor at the launch at Berkelouw’s Paddington in Sydney on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6.30pm. Please visit berkelouw.com.au for bookings.
  • Juris, Lois, Andrew, Kylie, Mike and Nikki Greste discuss Prison post in one of two book trailers promoting the book. Peter features in the other. Both will be available via Editia.com from Friday, September 4, 2015.

Publication date: September 4, 2015

Price: $9.99 (ebook) and $24.99 (print)

Extent: 260 pages

ISBN: 978-1-942189-02-2

Media inquiries: publicity@editia.com or 0412 246 076

Editia pitches for Walkley Innovation Grants and Griffin Accelerator


Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism

UPDATE: Editia was one of the six winners of the Walkley Foundation’s 2015 grants for Innovation in Journalism. The prize included a tour of Google’s Sydney HQ and meetings there with key executives with responsibility for media and book content on Google Play, $5000 to go towards the publication of three upcoming journalism-driven book projects and mentoring from judges and sponsors involved in the grants program.

In recent weeks we have made it to the final 20 (of 100+ applicants) and final 16 (of 85 applicants) for the Walkley Innovation Grants and Griffin Accelerator respectively.

We’re still in the running for the Walkley Grants for media startups, with the winner or winners to be announced mid-June. There is $70,000 available and Editia is excited about the potential to use a share of the funding to ramp up its longform journalism list and fine tune its operations in the next financial year. We joined half the longlisted businesses at a two-day workshop in Sydney in late April and made our final pitch to the judges via video before heading home. Cross your fingers for us!

The Griffin Accelerator is a Canberra-based organization that invests in and mentors innovative businesses at Entry 29, an entrepreneurs’ workspace at the Canberra Innovation Network. The successful entrepreneurs spend three months working with the mentors at Entry 29 and give them a 10 per cent stake in their operation for $25,000.

Applications were due on a Friday. The shortlist was announced the following Tuesday. We had to pitch to the 16 investors involved on the Thursday morning, less than two days later, and learnt whether we’d made it through to the due diligence stage on Saturday. It was a once in a lifetime, whirlwind experience, like Shark Tank on steroids. We didn’t make it through to the due diligence stage, but gratefully accepted the invitation of the CEO, Craig Davis, to attend a debrief meeting the following week.
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#WhatWouldRudd2000Say


rollingHi, @Rudd2000 fans. We have a challenge for you today.

Compose a tweet of which @Rudd2000 creators Scott Bridges and Stephen Owen would be proud using the hashtag #WhatWouldRudd2000Say.

Satirise any incident in Federal politics since @Rudd2000 shut up shop last August (think spill, onion, Goebbels, lifestyle choice, you know what I’m talking about).

If Scott and Stephen judge your tweet to be in the top ten on that hashtag today, they’ll sign a copy of Kevern write a book for you and we’ll send it to you for nix.

Visual inspiration is on its way. At 1pm, we’ll be premiering a video of Bridges and Owen confessing to missing @Rudd2000 and pondering tweets that could’ve been in recent months.

To see the video first, you’ll need to come down to the Gorman Arts Centre in Braddon, Canberra, where it’ll be shown as part of Noted Festival’s Launch All the Words, a literary launch-off literary event that will see publishers and writers vying for your attention all over the Gorman campus, then selling their wares on site till 4pm.

Noted is part of You Are Here, the arts festival that encouraged dozens of us to roll down the hill at Parliament House yesterday, despite the concerns of half a dozen police officers. What would @Rudd2000 have said about that, I wonder?

If you can’t make it to Launch All the Words, keep an eye on @editia mid-afternoon for a link to Scott and Stephen’s video on YouTube.

Oh, and if you haven’t bought your copy of Kevern write a book yet, please click here to order. All profits go to UNHCR and postage is FREE within Australia until the end of March. We offer bulk discounts too, contact us via Twitter to arrange.

Speech to Australian Digital Alliance copyright forum: How Editia came to be


A much younger Alex on first meeting a Kindle.

A much younger Alex on first meeting a Kindle.

Last Friday I spoke on a panel at the Australian Digital Alliance copyright forum at the National Library of Australia. The brief was to talk about how Editia came to be to provide a snapshot of a publishing organisation working in these rapidly changing times for the industry. Here’s the full text of the speech.

Hello, copyright users and innovators.

I’m here to tell you a little bit about my digital first book publishing business, Editia, so named after the Latin editio, the publishing of a book or announcement.

I’m a sole trader operating at and supported by the Gorman Arts Centre in Braddon, and assisted by a corporate advisory board consisting of a number of digital publishing gurus from within and outside the mainstream book industry.

I launched the business in late 2012, a month after my first son, Seb, turned three, and eight weeks before the second, Alex, was born. Now two, Alex (pictured) recently bought his first ebook on my Kindle without asking my permission, but that’s another story.

I’d spent much of late 2009, 2010 and 2011 glued to Twitter, tracking the digital revolution that transformed the book industry then blogging about it for my ebookish blog.

I wrote some news stories and features about it for Fairfax, my former employer, but was itching to escape and start a business of my own to tap into all this change. As a former literary editor, magazine editor, tech writer and web producer, I had the passion for books and gadgets, the journalistic and editing experience and the coding skills to be able to do just that.

The fact that everything could be done online meant I could run a global publishing business from Canberra, something that would not have been possible five years ago.

I’d always been frustrated by the word limits newspapers and magazines by their nature imposed on feature writers. I’d often had to cut 5000 or 6000 word features in half just to fit arbitrary spaces, and felt frustrated about what was lost.

I’d also read plenty of non-fiction books that seemed to me to have been padded out to fit the conventional length of a trade book. The rise of the Kindle and iPad, of ebook retailers like Kobo, and of digital printing technologies allowing for affordable short print runs and print on demand meant it was now possible to publish longer works of journalism at their natural length, whether that be 5000, 10,000 or 40,000 words.

I decided I’d build a company around this style of writing and commissioned my first book, Crowdfund it!.

The author, digital publishing expert Anna Maguire, planned to write about 15,000 words. The first edition was 25,000. The third, which we published late last year, came it at around 37,000. As an editor with 20 years of experience in the 400 to 2000-word space, that was quite an adjustment.

Next, we published Business and baby on board, a 25,000-word ebook guide to being a mumpreneur for which we signed only digital rights after discovering the project on Pozible, where author Johanna Baker-Dowdell was raising funds to self-publish the print edition.

Scott Bridges forced me to rethink everything (which you have to be prepared to do in this industry at this time) when he pitched his book 18 days: Al Jazeera English and the Egyptian Revolution to me at the Walkley Awards two weeks after Alex was born. The work was as much as ten times longer than the books I’d been expecting to publish, weighing in at a whopping 90,000 words. But in fact, Scott had done exactly what I was talking about earlier: he’d written the book to its natural length. It was a work of longform journalism, and a brilliantly written one at that, so we signed a contract, published the ebook the following year and the print edition a few months later.

I’m so glad Scott chose Editia, because he’s a delight to work with and 18 days went on to gain national and international media attention. Scott was flown to the Berlin Documentary Forum to discuss the book in the middle of last year, and recently took out the Non-Fiction prize in the 2014 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.

18 days is also the only one of the five shortlisted titles for the ACT Book of the Year to be produced by a Canberra publisher.

We hope it’s a contender for the People’s Choice Award too (you can help it along by voting on the ArtsACT website).

Scott later turned out to be one half of the Twitter sensation of 2014 which led to another Editia title, Kevern write a book: The best of @Rudd2000, and I’ll leave him to talk about that except to say that it has been our most successful book in terms of sales and publicity and helped us to score a print distribution deal with the highly respected NewSouth Books.

I sent their CEO, Kathy Bail, an email a couple of days after the launch with links to the media coverage and they offered me a three-year contract for all titles past and present that very day. I signed it immediately before they could change their minds. They now stock all our books and ordered another print run of Kevern only last week.

I’ve just received my first cheque from them, which would’ve been worthy of celebration in its own right, but arriving as it did on the same day as TWO cheques from Amazon, led to me waving them up and down the corridors of Gorman House and all over Editia’s social media accounts in triumph.

Editia published two books in between 18 days and Kevern. David Dufty’s How to build an android came to Editia via then literary agent Mary Cunnane. It had been published to critical acclaim in the US and UK (yes, reviewed in The Guardian and the New York Times no less) but needed a new Australian publisher. Dufty’s narrative non-fiction work is a cracker story about the roboticists who created an android in the likeness of science fiction author Philip K Dick, toured the US with it, then left its head in an overhead locker on a plane, never to be seen again. We published the ebook edition the day Radio National aired a documentary about robots including an extensive interview with David.

The other title is a joint venture with those innovators and copyright pioneers at if:book Australia, the Institute for the Future of the Book. The essays for The N00bz: New adventures in literature were originally published on the if:book website and examine experiments in writing and publishing. Contributors include Benjamin Law, Sophie Masson, James Bradley and Romy Ash. Each was challenged to try new tools and experiences and observe the effect on their craft. I was like a pig in muck editing this one, and even contributed an essay myself.

Speaking of editing, I have in fact commissioned freelance book editor Sarah Fletcher to edit most of our projects and would ask her to do them all if budgets permitted. When you’re a one-woman show paying for each new book with the profits from the last, publishing can become very DIY.

I tend to be it at all stages of the process: commissioning and acquiring titles; assessing submissions; negotiating contracts and rights deals; managing ISBNs, barcodes and cataloguing in publication applications; briefing a designer (typically the talented Wendy Dawes) for the cover, web banner and any other marketing material; writing cover blurbs, press releases, blog posts, enewsletters and social media posts; creating and implementing marketing and publicity plans; sourcing images; editing the copy; laying out the pages; proofreading; creating the three types of ebook files; distributing those files to retail partners; negotiating contracts with retail and distribution partners; organising and speaking at launch events; negotiating with printers; paying royalties and issuing royalty statements; bookkeeping; tech support; office management; business development; managing the website including its ecommerce functionality and finally order fulfillment (which means being on first name terms with everyone at my local post office).

It’s exhausting and almost enough to make you want to go back to working for someone else. Almost.

So anyway, the greatest challenge has been keeping on top of it all while juggling two small children with limited help from their dad who works long hours in one of those crazy jobs at Parliament House.

The second greatest challenge is that the industry isn’t really ready for organisations like Editia that want to publish books within weeks of commissioning them, when they’re ready to go, rather than several months later to fit in with the media and retail ordering cycles.

This ties in with the reason I shifted my focus to print copies: literary editors are not ebook-ready. They require proof copies of books or at the very least a PDF. If you’re going to the trouble of creating a print-ready PDF, you may as well do a short print run.

Then there’s the battle to get your book noticed among the hordes that are published each day. It’s tough, but I’ve been heartened by the success we’ve had with direct sales from the Editia website. If people want to buy a book, they’ll find it.

I might finish with a quick word about the book I should be working on right now instead of standing here talking to you. Some months ago, the man who must surely be the father of the year ordered two copies of Scott’s Al Jazeera book from our website. I did something I rarely do, and picked up a pen and some writing paper and wrote a personal letter to include with his books.

That man was Juris Greste, and he and the rest of the Greste family, particularly Kylie Greste, have been regular email correspondents ever since. Yesterday, I received my first email from Peter himself, and nearly burst into tears on the street in Manuka.

I’ve been working with the Grestes for some months on a book of messages sent to Peter while he was in prison. It was to be called Free Peter Greste, and all profits were to go to the campaign to bring Peter home.

Now that he’s back in Australia, Peter will be contributing the introduction to the project himself and we’ll be able to add a final chapter of the emails he and the family have received celebrating his newfound freedom. At Peter and Andrew Greste’s suggestion, profits over the book’s first year will go to the Foreign Prisoners Support Service. This Australian-based organization was a great help to the Grestes during Peter’s imprisonment.

I can announce here today that the new title, penned by Peter himself, will be Prison post: Letters of support for Peter Greste. It will be published next month and you can pre-order your copy from the Editia website now.

I am so glad that this somewhat grim project has become a much happier one, though its messages about press freedom remain as important as ever, particularly as Peter’s two colleagues are still caught up in the retrial of their case. We wish them well.

On a less serious note, someone commented to me last week that publishing a book of emails so soon after a book of tweets could lead to Editia becoming the go-to publisher of repurposed digital material. Well, why not?

So, if you’re a food blogger who’s made hipsterfoodies.com’s top ten paleo Instagram accounts listing, or you’re writing a real life romantic comedy based on your Snapchat and Tinder experiences, drop me a line.