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I am a writer, editor and reviewer based in Perth, Western Australia.

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My first novel, The Dagger of Dresnia (Book 1 of The Talismans) is published by Satalyte - it's available from their website as well as from Amazon.com and other online outlets. Book 2, The Cloak of Challiver, is in preparation. I also have a short story, La Belle Dame, in print - see Mythic Resonance below.

The Dagger of Dresnia

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The Dagger of Dresnia, Book 1 of The Talismans Trilogy, is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon.com and from the publisher, Satalyte Publications - click on the cover to visit their online shop. The paperback can also be found in selected bookstores in Australia.

Mythic Resonance

Buy Mythic Resonance

Mythic Resonance is an excellent anthology that includes my short story 'La Belle Dame', together with great stories from Alan Baxter, Donna Maree Hanson, Sue Burstynski, Nike Sulway and nine more fantastic authors! Just $US3.99 from Amazon. Got a Kindle? Check out Mythic Resonance.

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There are still a few paperback copies of Mythic Resonance available, too. Contact me (there's a contact form on my website) if you'd like a copy - $20 including postage within Australia.

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As both writer and editor, I specialise in historical and high or epic fantasy. If you have a fantasy manuscript in preparation, don't waste money on editing too early. Instead, let me help with a mini-assessment of your work, based on careful reading of your synopsis and first 20 pages. Then, when you've worked on the manuscript in line with our discussions, I will be happy to do a full edit before you send it off into the big wide world. I am also an experienced academic editor, and am available to edit theses, journal submissions and other academic papers. For more about my editing work, CLICK HERE

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Places I've lived: Braemar, Scotland

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Sunday, 30 March 2008

Amazonian bullying

In publishing, its seems, everything is loaded against the small operator. Last year we had that nasty business of the big Australian bookseller, Angus and Robertson, trying to bully small publishers into unfavourable contracts. Now it looks as though Amazon.com has come up with another way to tighten the thumbscrews.

Amazon is apparently trying to force independent Print-On-Demand-based publishers to use its BookSurge POD service. They are being told they that if they don't switch to BookSurge, the "buy" button on their Amazon.com book pages will be "turned off." If they refuse, they will be offered an alternative: they will be allowed to offer their books on Amazon under a plan whereby Amazon takes a 55% cut plus an annual registration fee and the sellers pay to send their books to Amazon's warehouses. If this kind of thing isn't tantamount to trying to establish a monopoly I don't know what is.

If this scheme goes ahead I will be boycotting Amazon and I'm sure many other people will, too. I have several friends who are published by small presses here or overseas, and those small presses in North America will go out of business if they refuse to co-operate with Amazon, their main outlet.

Read more at Writers Weekly or at Writer Beware, a publishing industry watchdog group sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. This, BTW, is an excellent site for getting the low-down on literary scams, schemes and pitfalls.

4 comments:

Billy Jo said...

Hello there traveller! Glad swancon was as good as you'd anticipated .. i guess you're looking forward to your retreat by now - been a hectic month or so!

Satima Flavell said...

Hi Billy Jo! Yes things are hectic as I get ready to go into retreat. All being well I shall blog it tomorrow so people don't wonder where I've gone!

Lee Battersby said...

Gordon Bennett! Honestly, I can't remember the last time I used Amazon to purchase a book-- I always prefer to go through the presses themselves and put the money right into the horse's mouth (so to speak)-- but a stunt like this 100% guarantees that i shan't be using them in future, for anything.

Satima Flavell said...

Yeah, sickening, eh?

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