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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



A publisher has offered to publish my poems

I have just heard from a boutique publisher. They want to publish my poems as print on demand, with 12.5% royalties annually for sales of more than 75. They bear all production costs. Publication will be in about 8 months, with almost 50% discount for me off the RRP.

For those more experienced in the publishing world, what do you think?

Personally I am over the moon and think, heck this gets me out there, a great first step. And they are reputable, experienced, and their books have won awards. And yes, I know, not all print on demand books are eligible for prizes. Slightly edited description:

‘The publisher is an independent book publisher set up almost 20 years ago to provide opportunities for new and emerging authors as well as for authors writing in unfashionable genres or on non-mainstream subjects. Many of its titles have won awards.

‘They recognise the fact that many people have good ideas for books but cannot get them published, either because of their inexperience in preparing manuscripts or because the potential sales are insufficient to interest a conventional publisher. They offer expert editing and proofreading, as well as design and lay out services. Most of their books are now print on demand, with access to worldwide sales channels (including Amazon and Book Depository). ‘



Comment from Mike
Time October 6, 2015 at 7:32 am

Sounds like you’re getting involved in capitalism.

Comment from peter piper
Time October 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

glad to see you are utilising capitalist methodology to line your wallet with loadsa dosh..

Comment from Chris Warren
Time October 6, 2015 at 12:43 pm

So do they take 100% for sales up to 75 every year?

So if you wan to send review copies to media outlets – do you have to purchase them at 50% of RRP?

What are the audit arrangements? Have you Googled the company?

I assume you are aware of this resource:

Comment from John
Time October 7, 2015 at 4:31 am

Yes, there is BIG BIG money to be made in poetry.

Comment from John
Time October 7, 2015 at 4:32 am

Unlike selling my labour power for 30 years to survive you mean? And of course international tax reform, of which I was the key ATO person, only, according to the Board of Tax, improved the Australian economy by about roughly the same as the various rounds of tariff cuts, about 0.024% per annum. You can thank me by donating a pittance to keep my blog going. And of course, there is BIG BIG money to be made in poetry.

Comment from John
Time October 7, 2015 at 4:38 am

You and I think alike, obviously. I have asked them already about the royalties situation, in particular if that means I have to hit 75 sales before I get royalties on all sales or just on those above the 75 limit. I have also asked if the 75 is a one off or annual target. They are a reputable publisher. Some of their published poets have won prizes for their poetry. It is a stepping stone I hope to getting my name as a poet out there. There is no money in poetry so to have a reputable publisher publish the poems of an unpublished poet is great. It helps me establish my name, and leave a legacy. And the print on demand sales might take off. I am talking to a duo about putting together a compilation of my poems (they may do an album) and we could tour around the region with me reading a poem and then them singing and playing their interpretation of the same poem. Anyway, early days yet, but this publisher is not a rip off.

Comment from John
Time October 7, 2015 at 4:42 am

Another point. I am not paying for publication. They bear the production costs.

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