Africa Myths SUBMISSION – WDA Publishing


Africa Myths SUBMISSION – WDA Publishing.

African Myths and Legends Registration and Submission Closing Date : 30 September 2014

Submission guidelines:

1.    African Myths and Legends is interpreted in its widest sense for this collection. Feel free to surprise us with something different – as long as it features Myths and Legends from the African continent as a central component. WHAT WE REALY WANT IS : innovative CONTEMPORARY  interpretations of    African Myths and Legends

2.    Stories should be no more than 5000 words, no minimum word count for this collection. Word count does not include title.

3.    There is no particular preferred layout, as long as stories are presented tidily.

4.    Violence, swearing and sexual content and acceptable, provided that they fit the story. Gratuitous usages, or use for shock value will harm your chances of acceptance.

5.     WDA Publishing acquires first English language rights, and makes no limit on authors use of the story elsewhere. Copyright remains with the author in all instances.

6.    Authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology in eBook format of their choice– there is no cash payment for acceptance in this anthology.

7.    Send submissions as a word attachment .doc or .rtf

If you have any queries on these guidelines, or the collection itself, feel free to email Manuela Cardiga, Creative Director and Publisher, at

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E-readers may edge out traditional print, despite learning quality – Uganews – Mobile Adv

But a New Yorker article discussed the merits of traditional books against the drawbacks of e-readers and electronic devices in college classrooms.

“On screen, people tended to browse and scan, to look for keywords, and to read in a less linear, more selective fashion,” said Ziming Liu, one of the researchers referenced in the New Yorker article. “On the page, they tended to concentrate more on following the text.”

Konnikova’s article details additional issues with reading on digital platforms, including a decline in reading comprehension and the distractions of online reading.

But a number of benefits of e-readers, specifically those financial, may outweigh the negative issues mentioned in the New Yorker.

Affordable Learning Georgia is “a University System of Georgia initiative to promote student success by providing affordable textbook alternatives,” according to the ALG website.

Houston Davis, USG executive vice chancellor of academic affairs, said in a video on the ALG website that high costs of textbooks may prevent students from purchasing their required readings.

ALG services, like Galileo, provide professors with alternatives to expensive textbooks. With electronic options, students have access to media with fewer financial barriers.

“I know the digital versions are cheaper, so if that helps students, then it works for me,” said Josh Dix, an international affairs doctoral student who served as a teaching assistant for a POLS 1101 course.

But Dix also said he personally does not like digital versions of textbooks because he prefers physically holding a book as well as writing in margins and highlighting text with real writing utensils.

Nan McMurry, UGA Libraries director for collection development, said the library does not focus on offering digital versions of textbooks, but it does offer many e-book resources.

“The library has a collection of 332,000 e-books and electronic documents that include, but are not limited to, government publications, historical texts and contemporary mainstream books,” she said.

But the library still makes purchasing decisions that prioritize content over format, and there are limitations to the access of e-book and digital resources, McMurry said.

“Many things are technologically possible with e-books, but they don’t happen in reality because of cost and publisher restrictions,” she said. “For example, most people assume that an e-book can be accessed simultaneously by as many people as want to read it, but most of our library e-books are available to only one reader at a time, just like print.”

She also said e-books often cost the same amount as a traditional print books.

Despite the rising popularity of e-books, e-readers and other digital formats of books, McMurry said traditional print will not disappear overnight.

“It’s a much more gradual evolution, and it may never result in the complete extinction of print, so I don’t expect things to change much for the library over the next several years,” she said.

When asked if students prefer digital formats to traditional print, McMurry said that it’s about an even split.

UGA offers several resources for student access to e-books. The main library and the Science Library provide rental iPads, Kindles and laptops to students and faculty.

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4 Ways to Build Your Thought Leadership #eBooks


These are great for building your personal and professional brand. But they have to be handled correctly. You don’t want to write an ebook for the sake of writing one. The ebook should be well thought-out and should provide actionable solutions for common problems in your industry. You also don’t want to regurgitate simple solutions that have already been covered ad nauseum by others. Instead, give innovative solutions and really dig deep into your bag of tricks. Don’t fret that you’re giving away your secrets. Ideas are cheap. It’s in the execution of the ideas where the real value lies. So, give freely and your customers will return to you time and again for more knowledge or to have you perform your services for a fee.

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What we can learn from Byliner » MobyLives

July 9, 2014

What we can learn from Byliner

by Kirsten Reach

Byliner, a company that published longform journalism and stories using a subscription model, is in dire straits. Its CEO is leaving and the company seems to be looking for a buyer. Laura Hazard Owen has a piece up at Gigom about whether the issue is with the company or the model.

At $5.99 a month, Byliner set an ambitious price point for a new publishing company. It was able to pay its authors advances (several mentioned were around $2,000) and envisioned a bigger reach when it set out with $1 million in 2011. A few weeks ago, Byliner’s CEO left, and the company sent an email to its authors to say the company was looking to find “a new home” for the stories it publishes.

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A GIRL NAMED MAYA – The Definitive Tweetmodernist Novel!


A GIRL NAMED MAYA – The Definitive Tweetmodernist Novel!

The postmodernist era in world literature was followed by faxmodernism, an insignificant movement that quickly faded away, mostly due to the use of thermal paper. The fax machine soon became a dinosaur along with the typewriter, and it has now been supplanted by the tweetmodernist literary movement.

This is the boldest and bravest experiment in twitterary history: a novel in tweets, with interactive RP (Role Playing) characters, all of whom have their own Twitter accounts talking to one another. RTs from the characters distinguish dialogue from the narrator’s observations.

To make this project even more interesting, a parallel version in Afrikaans will mirror the English version. Sponsorships occur on a per tweet basis for as little as $5 USD taking in consideration that many of the author’s readers are in South Africa and the currency at present stands at a 1:10 ratio against the US dollar.

In order to make sponsorship feasible and affordable for South African readers so that everyone can join in the fun, the minimum (one tweet) sponsorship amount on the crowd funding platform is a mere $5 US (approximately R50 in South African funds).

Promotional support in streaming media is provided by Internet radio station Blip FM VIVA! via Twitter and FB – a division of Viva Interactive, a Canadian-American non-profit association dedicated to interactive media art. Blip FM VIVA! is an activist Internet radio station that has been enlisted as a Team Obama digital campaign volunteer and remains an active participant in the Obama administration’s digital network of 800,000 social media volunteers nationwide. The author is actively involved in these initiatives, thereby retaining maximum creative control over the project.

The final version of the novel will be available in book form and top level sponsors will receive an autographed copy of the book. Offers from several publishers are currently being entertained. No commitment has been made as of yet.

The project goal is predicated upon the number of tweets it would require to complete the entire project on Twitter, based on the author’s original first draft of 300 double-spaced typed pages.
Corporate sponsors are encouraged within appropriate ethical limitations and publishers are invited to make offers.

A generous no-strings sponsorship from Fanie Marais of Cordis Trust in South Africa is acknowledged with gratitude.



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