Archive for September 3, 2009

October 2: NY Center for Independent Publishing Conference on New Technologies

New York Center for Independent Publishing Conference on New Technologies

From the announcement:

New technology is transforming the publishing industry – from the way manuscripts are edited, to the way new books are reviewed, to the way they are sold to the reader. NYCIP wants to focus on the needs of independent publishers and emerging authors during this tumultuous time. We believe that the independents are the future of publishing, and only by remaining fluent in these technologies will indie presses meet their potential to bring alternative voices to the public. NYCIP is proud to present The Next Chapter in Publishing, a conference that will provide independent publishers and authors with the tools they’ll need to stay relevant.

The Next Chapter in Publishing will be held on October 2nd, 2009, at the General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen‘s historic building at 20 West 44th Street.

Programming will include:

Introduction to eBooks, hosted by Mark Coker of Smashwords
Ebooks are the fastest growing category in book publishing. Exciting new e-reading devices such as the Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle and iPhone have introduced millions of voracious readers to the joys of ebooks.  How can authors and publishers reach this audience and benefit from the growth of ebooks? Following the session, you’ll be ready to publish and promote your book as an ebook to a worldwide audience.

One of the most common pieces of advice for a new publisher or young author is “Start a blog!” But once you’ve started it, what’s next?  In this Blogging Basics panel, Follow the Reader’s Charlotte Abbott and others will give you tips on how to build an online community.

The Changing Role of Book Reviews:
The talk, featuring panelists including Ed Champion and Sarah Weinman, will cover the shift in book reviews from newspapers and print to the online “long tail” of book sites, blogs, genre-specific sites, Twitter, and more. We’ll also discuss the concept of digital press kits to accompany digital galleys, the opportunity to see who’s reading your galleys to target follow-up, and touch on using pre-pub feedback to influence print runs, marketing plans and on-pub publicity.

Copyright in a Digital World with Dru Zuretti, Manager of Copyright Education for Copyright Clearance Center, will take you through the basics of U.S. copyright law, focusing on the challenges that the digital free-for-all has spawned.

Keynote speech by Richard Nash!
The former Editorial Director of Soft Skull Press discusses his vision for the revolutionary future of digital publishing.
Effective Social Networking with Karen Strauss

Register before September 5th for a special low rate!

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Register for Geekfest

From the AphotoaADay Blog

It’s that time of year again for the best little underground photo conference out there – GeekFest. St. Petersburg, Fla. is the place to be September 11-13. $100 is a low price to pay for inspiration and motivation and fun.

Our list of speakers is still taking shape, but it’s already pretty outstanding:

* National Geographic photo legend Sam Abell

* 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Feature Photography and New York Times stud Damon Winter

* 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Breaking News Photography and Miami Herald super star Patrick Farrell

* former Dallas Morning News photographer turned bad ass freelancer Allison V. Smith

* San Antonio Express-News community photojournalist turned war photographer Nicole Frugé

* photo guru Bryan Moss

* San Jose Mercury News multimedia superstar Dai Sugano

* Alexis Lambert, lawyer, specializing in media law

Other things we’re cooking up include: a shuffleboard tournament, a shoot-out, a silent print auction and more… If you’ve never been to GeekFest before, it’s not your normal photo conference. It’s laid back. It’s low key. And it’s a pretty full weekend of photo goodness. We like to keep it casual and comfortable. Everyone that comes is there for inspiration, plain and simple.

To register, go here and click on the button to donate.

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September 30 deadline: The Magnum Expressions Photography Award



The Magnum Expression Award in Association with HP.

“The Magnum Expression Photography Award was established by Magnum Photos and HP with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring change through projects using photography as an expressive medium.  The judges are searching for revealing imagery that illustrates a dedicated compassion and intensity using photography as a medium.”  


“We urge you to embrace the theme of community and consider the expansive nature of how it pervades our lives and affects our perceptions.  Your submissions may be for a completed project or one that is ongoing.”

The competition will be juried by Magnum photographers Alec Soth, Jonas Bendiksen, Paolo Pellegrin, and Susan Meiselas and HP representative Louis Kim


For complete application details, click here.

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September 3rd: Call for entries for the Photography Center in Troy

Deadline for digital entries is September 2nd,
Accepted entries prints due September 13th.
Eligible: Any subject that pertains to the Hudson River, including landscapes, river scenes, events or persons related to the river from any year.
Details and entry form at:

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