Ben Law joins panel for Sydney launch of The N00bz


Invitation to launch of The N00bzJournalist, columnist and screenwriter Benjamin Law, former bookseller and emerging author Greg Field and speculative fiction writer, publisher and podcaster Keith Stevenson will appear in conversation with if:book Australia’s Simon Groth at the official launch of Editia’s latest print title, The N00bz: New adventures in literature, on Tuesday, August 12, at Better Read than Dead Bookstore in Newtown from 6.30pm (download a PDF of the invitation here).

The N00bz is a collection of writing about writing in which authors experiment with their craft and document their quest to continually improve amidst rapid industrial change. The launch celebrates the second digital and first print editions of the book, including a new n00b adventure from Jennifer Mills and contributions from the talented crew of intrepid tweeters and bloggers who answered our call for a crowd-sourced chapter.

Ben and Greg were among the 12 writers if:book Australia initially invited to submit an essay for the web-based project that would become a book. Keith joined in after we invited Twitter submissions. The number of contributions doubled as you’ll see from the impressive list below of writers involved.

Ben, who is the author of non-fiction books Gaysia and The Family Law, writes in The N00bz about his dabbling with shorthand and explains why he’s not really a journalist. Greg’s first novel, Death on Danger Island, is out on August 13. In his N00bz essay he describes his transition from bookseller to Wattpad author and app developer. Keith Stevenson is a former editor of Aurealis and was joint founder of coeur de lion publishing. His N00bz essay looks at the benefits of providing his latest publication, Dimension6 magazine, to its readers for nix. Simon Groth’s own essay examines a temporary switch from computer to typewriter and how changing his tools impacted on his craft.

The full contributor list consists of a vibrant mix of established and emerging writers:

Romy Ash • Caroline Baum • Carmel Bird • James Bradley • Jodi Cleghorn • Emily Craven • Duncan Felton • Greg Field • Raelke Grimmer • Simon Groth • Charlotte Harper • Sophie Masson • Benjamin Law • Elizabeth Lhuede • Jennifer Mills • Zoe Sadokierski • Ronnie Scott • Lefa Singleton Norton • Jeff Sparrow • Keith Stevenson • Emily Stewart • Sean Williams • Freya Wright Brough

As always with Editia launches, there will be book sales, author signings, refreshments and time to mingle before and after the official formalities. We hope to see you there!

Calling all N00bz!


The N00bz coverTry Spritz, sign up for Entitle or Oyster, publish a new short story on Wattpad every day, or invent an entirely new platform for readers … if you write, and you have an idea about a way to do it differently, then we want you for our Twitter compilation chapter in The N00bz: New adventures in literature.

Being a digital first publisher, Editia is keen to experiment with new ways of working and to encourage others to do the same. That’s why we’ve always been big fans of if:book Australia (futureofthebook.org.au), and did handstands when they asked us to partner with them on The N00bz. That and the fact that it would mean working with writers like Romy Ash, Carmel Bird, James Bradley, Sophie Masson, Benjamin Law, Jeff Sparrow, Emily Stewart, Ronnie Scott and Sean Williams, and introducing Greg Field, Caroline Baum and Elizabeth Lhuede into the mix ourselves.

All the original contributors took up the challenge of trying new experiences or tools and observing the effect on their craft. Sean Williams deprived himself of sleep and examined its effect on his creativity. Sophie Masson established her own indie press. Emily Stewart gave away her library. Greg Field closed his bookshop and joined Wattpad. Romy Ash tackled Twitter storytelling. And Jeff Sparrow wrote something that’s definitely not a book. All stepped outside their typical work patterns and found a new perspective.

The N00bz began as a web-based project, but is now available for $9.99 as an ebook (from this website, Tomely.com and major ebookstores). In August, we’ll launch a print edition featuring an all-new chapter comprised of tweets and blog post extracts from readers (submitted via the hashtag #theN00bz so that everyone can get involved, even if it’s only by reading the entries). The ebook will be updated then too.

I can’t wait to see what this new set of N00bz come up with, and where their involvement in this project takes them. I reckon it’s a great opportunity for emerging writers to see their name in print (or pixels) alongside some of Australia’s most highly regarded authors. Whether it’s a tweet, a blog post or a drabble, so long as we can find it via #theN00bz on Twitter before midnight on Monday July 7, 2014, we will consider it for inclusion in The N00bz.

Here’s what I’d be dabbling in if I were entering:

  • Speed reading platform Spritz — what sort of stories work best for this style of reading (which if you haven’t seen it involves a series of words flashing in front of your eyes so that they don’t need to move from left to write on a page)? Simple, short words to tell long complex tales? Maybe, and it’d be fun to find out.
  • Writing a series of short stories and publishing them on Wattpad and then selling them in ebookstores for 99c.
  • Publishing an app based on one of my favourite children’s books that is out of print and out of copyright.
  • Experimenting with a pay as you sell royalty system at Editia, so that authors are paid instantly each time we sell one of their books.
  • Taking our books down from Amazon, Google Play and Apple to sell via indies only.
  • Publishing our next book serially

Are you ready to go on a new adventure in literature? Where will it take you? Let us know via #theN00bz!

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