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|welcome to the third edition of the ronin press newsletter.
first of all i would like to thank all of our writers and supporters for their help over the last three months. i am happy to announce that we have a date for the first ronin periodical which celebrates our first birthday. the periodical is planned to be launched on december 20th, 2010 - exactly one year after our launch.
the periodical will include work from most, if not all, of the ronin writers, along with contributions from other writers who we have not yet published, but are more than happy to add to our collective. together we form a diverse collective of both poetry and prose writers from around the globe, such as: roy kesey, david gaffney, hugh fox, tyler knight, john greiner, howie good, chris vaughan, rc miller, yossarian hunter, newamba flamingo, myself and others.
the periodical will not be free, though. both print and digital editions will be available to order, although a small free sample will be published so you all get a taste.
despite focusing on the periodical (as submissions are now temporarily closed) we plan to launch two more eBooks before the launch: one poetry collection by fahredin shedu (whose poetry is infused with mysticism) and jon horton (whose magic realism story is sure to make an impression). these books will be the ninth addition to each section, and both will be published in october.
we're also working on a flash eBook viewer which will allow you to turn pages in style. think of the ronin viewer +1.
looking back, the last three months have been very productive. we have published an average of one eBook per month since the last newsletter was distributed, and have seen a positive reaction to each publication.
we have also created a facebook group which you are all invited to join;
i'll now hand you over to our prose editor, chris vaughan, who will say a bit more about PHASE 47.
stay tuned. pressing matters.
Death to the Doomsayer
Literary Doomsayers are like a roomful of colic wracked babies, when one cries the others chime in competitively – ‘Death of the short story’, ‘Death of the papery book – pulp it!’ ‘Death to the literary journal’ ‘Draw and quarter the poem!’ – but when the room is cleared, the sandwich board maniacs carted off, we find that in the corners people are writing, putting together literary magazines, reading real paper books vulnerable to fire but immune to jetlag. Readers, writers and promoters are all out there. We traditionally lament the loss of something before realising how much we have. Ambit, Granta, The New Welsh Review, Pushing Out The Boat – while not all heavyweights like Granta –still have an audience and still produce great work. But the problem today is not the lack of good writers, enthusiastic vehicles or readership.
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