12/04/2012 08:53:00 AM
As you know, BeWrite Books is currently winding down to absolute closure on March 31, 2013.We were fortunate in November to establish an informal relationship with a dynamic new London-based digital house that's just now branching into full-length fi
10/11/2012 13:20:00 PM
A LETTER TO BEWRITE BOOKS AUTHORS
(Circulated October 11, 2012)
This is the most difficult blog Ive ever had to write. Certainly its the most painful.
Im afraid that, after thirteen years demanding work and unwavering dedication, some successes and many hard knocks, BeWrite Books must now wind down its operation with imminent closure in mind.
Although weve always been at least one
07/04/2012 05:49:00 AM
Were often asked if theres a difference between copyright and publishing rights
and you bet your wee cotton socks there is.
Queries about rights tend to peak when, as recently happened, many authors are caught up in the sudden and simultaneous closures of two or three smaller publishing houses.
Some houses have the decency and the nous to make fair provision in legal agreements for the
06/05/2012 12:58:00 PM
If you follow the publishing trade press, this is what you will read this week ...
BEWRITE BOOKS SWITCHES TO EBOOKS-ONLY PUBLISHING MODEL
EBOOKS ON THE MIND ... PRINT ON THE SHELF
After more than a decade of simultaneously releasing its titles in print and ebook formats, Canada- and USA-registered BeWrite Books has switched to a new digital editions-only publishing model.
The move follows three
05/24/2012 07:51:00 AM
BeWrite Books today (May 25) releases Mark Adam Kaplans new novel, DOWN. And the book shows just how much an authors personal experience really can count
even in fiction.
For decades Kaplan has been working with at-risk youngsters and those whose tough childhoods scarred them and blighted their future. In the 1980s, he taught creative writing in a maximum security prison in Michigan, he was
05/16/2012 11:11:00 AM
Maggie Halls Mish-Mash Marmite: A-Z of Tar-in-a-Jar is released today (May 18) by BeWrite Books. And if youre one of those rare folks who've never even tasted Marmite, you can win a specially minted collectors royal jar in the fun BB contest below.
But for the initiated, whether your mouth waters at the very thought of a Marmite treat or you hold your nose in disgust at the subject matter,
05/10/2012 10:30:00 AM
Few authors develop the rare knack of bridging a perceived gap between fact and fantasy; Phil Locascio has.
In his The Harbor of Ill Will, its not a matter of the reader discovering where reality is suspended and its alternative state takes over; not a question of where dreams end and nightmares begin. That would be too tough a call because Locascio has used his art to expertly smooth over the
05/03/2012 08:10:00 AM
The reader can only gasp in wonder at the talent, skill, productive energy and sheer scope of creative vision displayed by author Steve Attridge.
Hes written a dozen popular TV series including smash crime drama, The Bill, hit feature films, eleven childrens novels, a scholarly historical nonfiction book published by Macmillan, has picked up two prestigious BAFTA nominations, the Gregory
04/26/2012 09:35:00 AM
No query mark after the headline because its a statement and what follows is intended as something of an explanation rather than as a question ... that should keep amateur proof-readers at bay.
Regular visitors may have noticed how very seldom this blog is used to express the personal opinions of those on the BeWrite Books in-house team. But I hope you and my BB colleagues will forgive me if I
04/12/2012 09:31:00 AM
By BeWrite Books Poetry Editor Sam Smith
Simon Jacksons sole-authored poetry collection, Fragile Cargo, is released today (April 13) by BeWrite Books.
Europes one official City of Literature, Edinburgh, Scotland will probably claim some of the credit for Simons inspiration; but we at BeWrite know that no matter where he might hang his hat, this globe-trotting artist cant help creating hes
04/05/2012 09:20:00 AM
Novelist, painter, illustrator, poet and musician Catherine Edmunds knows a thing or five about how art can become much more than a mere part of life.
And her multiple talents and passions shine through every page of her third novel, Serpentine, released today (April 6) by BeWrite Books..
She lives by her opening quotation in the book from 19th Century German philosopher, writer and composer
03/29/2012 12:19:00 PM
Veteran author Ian Skidmore is a staunch believer in equal opportunity
his love-hate relationships with England and Wales are of admirable egality.
Blatant bias he reserves exclusively for pipsqueak bureaucracy, which in English he might describe as codswallop but in Welsh as lol, coincidentally reflecting in lower-case internet upper-case LOL, newspeak for Laugh Out Loud.
And Laugh Out
03/22/2012 09:37:00 AM
Rosanne Dinglis Camera Obscura released today, March 23, in paperback and all ebook editions by BeWrite Books is a thriller readers dream, and one photographers nightmare.
The very title sets the scene, hinting that behind what the innocent lens sees lies dark mystery, evil and death.
Pages turn at shutter speed as characters snap into life in their desperate bids for discovery and truth
03/15/2012 09:27:00 AM
BeWrite Books author Peter Tomlinson aimed to write a gritty thriller to build upon his early military experiences. But how does a writer make such a dramatic switch from a lifetime of poetry and the subtle philosophical messages of his intriguing and on-going historical fantasy series, The Petronicus Legacy?
Peter found the perfect solution to the very real character shift every author must
03/08/2012 07:47:00 AM
Popular BeWrite Books author John Bray is triple-qualified to have written todays new release, Code Name: Caleb
He is a dedicated and expert researcher into the American Civil War; as a former under-cover cop, he has long and first-hand experience of secret infiltration techniques and their deadly dangers; and now, as a full-time author, he displays the talent it takes to write up a storm!
03/01/2012 11:15:00 AM
In The Marsh People Valentine Williams new speculative thriller released in paperback and all ebook editions today by BeWrite Books dogs have learned new tricks ... how to herd, kill and control mankind for their monstrous new masters.
In a post-industrial age, the last free humans cower in hiding from the mysterious Masters and struggle for life in merciless marshlands.
02/23/2012 10:33:00 AM
Magdalena Balls third BeWrite Books work chalks up a hat trick for yet another of our outstandingly talented and productive BB authors.
On the heels of her critically acclaimed Sleep Before Evening and ground-breaking Repulsion Thrust science-based poetry collection, we release internationally today in paperback and all ebook editions Black Cow.
Freya and James Archer live the high life
02/16/2012 08:01:00 AM
Double congratulations today to far-seeing and world-renowned Science Fiction artist and author Karl Kofoed.
*The second of his Jupiters Reef Trilogy, The Farthest Reef sequel to Jupiters Reef is released (Friday Feb 17).
*And Karl becomes the first established BeWrite Books author (with three earlier BB titles under his belt) to use to advantage our new Ebook-First policy with top
02/09/2012 09:57:00 AM
Theres a special place in our hearts for novels of the American Civil War that dont conform to the traditional and often depersonalizing fictional and factional reconstructions of that horrific conflict.
Civil wars: Surely the most bitter and emotionally devastating wars of all to those who fire their muskets, jab their bayonets and unsheathe their swords and knives against their own
01/26/2012 08:33:00 AM
BUT BEWRITE BOOKS MINI-EBOOKS ARE FULL-SIZE!
BeWrite Books exclusive idea of free mini-ebooks covering all its titles is proving a huge success with browsers, readers and authors ... after just four weeks of the mass launch of well over 100 on New Years Day.
The feedback has been flippin amazing. And everyones a winner.
Each of these wee productions of between thirty and seventy pages
01/12/2012 09:52:00 AM
Everyone knows Cancerians arent superstitious, so Friday 13th of Jan is as an auspicious a day as any to proudly and fearlessly release our latest e-omnibus of three unabridged novels in a single download ... and at about 50% less than the ebooks combined individual cover prices.
This new BeWrite Books e-omnibus covers the first trio of books in Peter Tomlinsons acclaimed Petronicus Legacy
01/05/2012 11:00:00 AM
The festivities are over and hangovers are hung-up until next time. And since the sparkling new BeWrite Books website went live this week, its been All Systems GO!
Our revolutionary Ebook-First with ready-to-go for-print files policy is already proving more popular than wed ever expected, and our new free mini-ebooks for each BB title are doing the job wed hoped for, thanks to our energetic,
12/29/2011 10:43:00 AM
As of January 1, 2012, BeWrite Books is an Ebook-First publisher ... lavishing the same precision, experienced and talented editorial, design and technical care on its digital editions as it has on its print books since the turn of our new millennium.
In a nut shell, print is now a by-product of our ebook editions rather than vice-versa.
This innovative shift of emphasis is not made lightly.
12/21/2011 11:07:00 AM
BeWrite Books team, authors and readers are of all ages, colours, nationalities and creeds. But, unlike the outside world, we get along like one big, happy clan.
Maybe its our shared passion for books and the fascinatingly different characters populating them, the places and eras we're transported to, the previously unexplored possibilities and visions, that promotes such understanding and
12/01/2011 09:19:00 AM
Author Alan Lewis is wrapping the parcels and preparing a traditional merry Christmas for his children. But he has an altogether different Santa story to tell the rest of us
and it doesnt ring with jingling sleigh bells and cheerful ho-ho-hos.
BeWrite Books today (December 2) releases in paperback and all ebook formats Alans debut novel, The Blood in Snowflake Garden; the garden is the
11/24/2011 09:47:00 AM
Oscar-winning documentary maker Errol Morris latest movie, Tabloid, is now becoming a box-office-buster at cinemas around the US. Itll be on general release in the UK sometime next year and then aired on BBC TV later. The rest of the world will have to wait.
But whats the big deal? Morris film about a former beauty queen who turned sex-slave-driver barely scratches the surface of the
11/18/2011 11:31:00 AM
Biggs Performs for the Press Circus on Thursday
The international press circus performed for world famous gangster Ronnie Biggs last stand on Thursday.
Well, not so much a stand because the grubby thief and cynical conman, still with an ego the size of a hot-air balloon, is now eighty-two, slumped in a wheelchair and can communicate only by poking a shaky forefinger at an alphabet board to
07/01/2011 04:24:00 AM
THE CONFIDENTIAL IS AN EXCLUSIVE NEW JOHN BRAY POLICE PROCEDURAL THRILLER RELEASED TODAY BY BEWRITE BOOKS IN PAPERBACK AND ALL EBOOK FORMATS
Dante Falconieri lives in the murky shadows, assigned the dirtiest undercover job of all
06/23/2011 11:36:00 AM
JOYCE McKINNEY AND THE CASE OF THE MANACLED MORMON
Academy Award-winning movie maker Errol Morris has premiered his latest super-production, Tabloid, in Toronto and London. And as a star attraction it will be featured at the world-famous Sund
06/17/2011 15:10:00 PM
Upside-down? What do you mean the worlds upside-down in the graphic here? From a cosmic point of view, theres absolutely no reason why the earths poles shouldnt be reversed this way to give what we call the southern hemisphere a fai
06/09/2011 11:07:00 AM
A CHILD, A DEATH AND THE MAKING OF THE FAIRY TALE WOMAN
BeWrite Books proudly releases today the latest in its ever-growing collection of exclusive sole-authored anthologies from some of the finest poets of our day
Carolyn Oultons A Child, a D
06/02/2011 12:28:00 PM
SOME POETS SEE NEITHER RHYME NOR REASON IN THE DIGITAL AGE
A Poet Struggles with New Technology
Poets often passionately resist ebook presentation of their work, thereby largely limiting its exposure to print copies signed and sold at readings and
05/27/2011 07:32:00 AM
BB FREEBIES TO MARK AN HISTORIC OCCASION
A trophy presented to Iron Foot Jock by HRH
Queen Victoria after his historic flight in May 1836
As you all no doubt know, next week sees the 175th anniversary of the first solo crossing of the Irish Sea
05/13/2011 14:45:00 PM
One thing we cannot tolerate in a prospective BB authors manuscript is Deus ex Machina that magical intrusion on a hopelessly inept plot when the day is miraculously saved by unlikely divine intervention on the desperate heros side, like a
05/06/2011 04:12:00 AM
Re-printed by kind permission of Revel Barker of Revel Barker Publishing and the Gentlemen Ranters website The Last Pub in the Street. Fleet Street, that is. The website is where we old news hounds bay at the Moon and Stars and gather each
04/28/2011 07:22:00 AM
The latest royal wedding set to be watched by a TV audience of billions is staged on this of all days to draw attention from release of the first ever ebook editions of Anthony Delanos Slip-Up ... the embarrassing story of the biggest boo-
04/22/2011 09:06:00 AM
If you've not yet downloaded the new BeWrite Books toolbar to your browser, just click on the link in the right margin of this blog or in the right margin of the bookstore section of www.bewrite.net.
So what use is it? Lots ...
From that neat litt
04/15/2011 08:49:00 AM
Heres a neat wee promotional initiative Tony has implemented that will do all BeWrite Books authors and their readers and reviewers a barrow-load of good.
And it takes only a few seconds to put into effective and to powerful use.
If you go to t
04/08/2011 07:26:00 AM
ATTENTION, FOLKS: Length and ramble warning!!!Save for a coffee break -- if you dare. But this may just interest BB contributors.The past eighteen months' period has seen a series of heartaches, backaches and headaches for the wee team at BeWrite Boo
03/28/2011 20:42:00 PM
What a thought-provoking and admirably researched whirlwind of a mystery thriller is todays new release from Rosanne Dingli ... According to Luke.
Its a story based on a religious puzzle for the INTELLIGENT reader intrigued by little-known hist
03/18/2011 10:43:00 AM
My grizzly guru, Yogi Bear, once told his wee pal Boo Boo (I was eveasdropping): "You can't fail if you never stop trying." I'll tell you why he's so spot-on right a little later on in this piece and you'll understand why this line came t
03/13/2011 15:53:00 PM
THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS .... And oh what a week that was .... Remember the Millicent Martin 60s TV show intro song?
Tony and I have had a frantic seven days over the Read an Ebook Week (RAEBW) ... its over, let it go. Enough for one year, alrea
02/22/2011 14:33:00 PM
HELP SAVE TENS OF MILLION TREES FROM THE PULP MILLSBETWEEN MARCH 6 & 12IT'S READ AN EBOOK WEEK!BeWrite Books has enthusiastically participated in Read an Ebook Week (RAEBW) since the new green-letter day appeared on the calendar in 2004. Last yea
02/20/2011 08:57:00 AM
HELP SAVE TENS OF MILLION TREES FROM THE PULP MILLS BETWEEN MARCH 6 & 12IT'S READ AN EBOOK WEEK!BeWrite Books has enthusiastically participated in Read an Ebook Week since the new green-letter day appeared on the calendar in 2004. Last year, we g
02/15/2011 06:08:00 AM
Today, we're breaking BeWrite Books blog's tradition to stray from the usual subject of books and publishing ... just a tad.Many of our authors are Australian by birth or by adoption. Many personal friends and ever-close family members live there (my
02/03/2011 08:16:00 AM
FORGIVE US OUR PRESS PASSES
BeWrite Books today breaks new digital ground in its exclusive teaming with an innovative print publisher who's launched an exciting new genre ... HACK-LIT.
Hack-lit is books by hugely experienced and immensely talented ol
01/20/2011 05:24:00 AM
The second edition of my Bullycide Death at Playtime is released today in paperback and all ebook formats by BeWrite Books (the first time I have published my own work through BB and yep, it did go through the formal and rigorous submissions proc
01/16/2011 09:47:00 AM
Author Sam Smith's paperback, Vera and Eddy's War, went digital today.
The original was the only title BeWrite Books had ever released in print-only format because of an electronics rights hitch, but demand for ebook editions has been too great to de
01/07/2011 07:24:00 AM
I dont know how many of BeWrite Bookss authors are members of the UK-based Society of Authors but it could be well worthwhile joining if you arent.
Although the annual fee is steep currently £90.00 membership includes associate me
12/31/2010 11:56:00 AM
That was the year that was. Its over, let it go, to parody the old Millicent Martin TV intro ... though she did express it exactly that way in kissing goodbye to 1963. Gosh ... am I really so long-in-the-tooth now that I can remember every w
12/18/2010 05:28:00 AM
My book, Bullycide: Death at Playtime, in which I identified the lethal syndrome of bully-associated child suicide, named it 'bullycide' and exposed it for the first time, is to be re-released in January 2011 in paperback and ebook by BeWrite Books.
12/06/2010 06:05:00 AM
This fascinating article is contributed by BeWrite Books author Steve Attridge, a well-known, TV, theatre and cinema scriptwriter in the UK. His debut novel is 'Bottom of the List'. See our bookstore by clicking on the open book icon at the top right
11/25/2010 07:06:00 AM
In true bardic style, even Meredith Whitfords title to her new novel, Shakespeares Will, is a pun.
The book, released today by BeWrite Books, has little to do with Shakespeares last will and testament and everything to do witth his wanton wi
11/23/2010 11:18:00 AM
Victoria Strauss is the authors friend. A very best friend.
A through-and-through industry pro, who pulls no punches and isnt afraid to take risks, her long-running Writer Beware blog has, time and again, fingered the wolves and saved countles
11/15/2010 14:28:00 PM
Head held high, Ill admit that I devour every word and line I set my eyes on that touch on the 19th Century American War Between the States: What has become known as THE Civil War.
But if you are to read only one novel based on this world-changing