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aois21 annual: Submissions open Tuesday!

Fourth aois21 annual will be electronic only

On Tuesday, August 1st, submissions will open for the fourth aois21 annual! This edition will be electronic-only continuing our exploration of eZine formatting. Submissions are welcome, but not limited to, poetry, short stories, essays, book excerpts, photography, artwork, and audio and video content.

The new annual will be produced in iBooks Author and will allow instant connection between an author's contribution and other online content, whether it be a website, portfolio, social media, or other online presence. With video and audio content, it opens up a whole new dimension to the literary magazine, allowing people to see and hear the wonderful work that is shared with us.

Each year we have welcomed submissions from around the globe and have even included authors and artists that have gone on to bigger things. 2015 annual contributor Brendan Loper has recently been published in the New Yorker. Poet Michael B. Judkins, who also contributed to the 2015 annual, became an aois21 Creative last year.

You have until the end of the month to get your submissions in. Not everyone will be accepted, and submissions must be original work that has not been published elsewhere.

For more information, visit and share your talents with the world!

King reigns into Summer

The HIVE series continues to lead all aois21 titles in sales

Another month has come and gone and 2017 is half over, but James D. King and the HIVE series continue to claim the bestselling crowd. Combined sales of the first two HIVE books have kept him on top once again. This will be buoyed for July as well with the HIVE bundle being popular at the Virginia Comicon this past weekend in Richmond.
With book three, HIVE: A Matter of Gravity, due out this fall, King's Sci-Fi collection is continuing to grow in popularity and acceptance. More than once visitor to the aois21 table at Comicon claimed to have heard of the series before. The past few aois21 events have featured the bundled sales of the books as well as special gifts such as bumper stickers, t-shirts, and posters. The Comicon audience also had the ability to pick up HIVE mousepads and puzzles.
With book fairs few and far between until the beginning of the school year, aois21 looks to be setting up individual events in the DC area in the weeks to come. On top of the ongoing output of aois21 audio with numerous new podcast episodes, and the new offerings from aois21 video. Several cosplayers were interviewed at Comicon and those interviews will be released as part of the aois21 live video series over the next few weeks. Additionally, the next edition of Creative Speaking will be out this Friday, featuring part one of Paul Dickinson Russell's author interview.
Find Creative Speaking and other aois21 video series on the aois21 Youtube channel and To pick up your copy of the HIVE series or any other aois21 titles, visit!

New on the way!

Update accompanies transition to larger media focus

Over the next few weeks, will be evolving to the home of aois21 media, expanding it's focus beyond the written word and promoting audio and video work to the forefront. Whereas the original aois21 site was built on the pillars of authors, readers, and self-publishers, the new site will unite the triangle of audio, video, and written word.
As part of this transition, certain pages are being downgraded while whole new sections are being created. The major new addition is a full video section with full pages and episodes of the four aois21 video series, Creative Speaking, ask aois21 on the 21st, aois21 live, and aois21 unboxed. Viewers will be able to watch these series directly on the aois21 site with additional information beyond the video caption.
Another key change is the addition of the aois21 annual to the menu bar at the top of the page. As the jewel of our media focus, the annual will include even more audio and video content this year. Submissions open for previous contributors on July 1st and new contributors are welcome as of August 1st. The electronic literary magazine will continue to redefine the reader's experience and the opportunity for the user to become part of the story.
More changes are on the way as Chief Technology Officer Joshua Silberman shapes the page to suit the needs of creators and consumers, helping bring stories to life. Be sure tovisit after Independence Day to see our new look for the world!

Richmond, here we come!

aois21 prepares for tw0-day Comicon on VCU Campus

aois21 media is busy making plans for the two-day Virginia Comicon on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond on July 8th and 9th. This will be aois21's first two day event, and we're planning some big new things.
First off, we will be filming live interviews with cosplayers for the aois21 live video series. Share the stories that inspired you. Share the story of creating your costume. We'll share it, and your completed product, with the world.
Second, we will have some new merchandise and specials available. Get prints of the Will of the Magi cover art, bundled copies of the first two HIVE books, and more! We originally planned to have designer Rana Gainer with us but she can't make it. Additional guests will be announced as we get closer to the event.
For more information about the Comicon, visit the aois21 events page at!

Get more Tales more often

Podcast will now be appearing weekly with shorter runtime

The Tales from the Old New Land podcast series has fallen short of its original monthly plan but is now refocused and will be releasing weekly, starting last Thursday.
Each Thursday now, Tales will be released in 20 to 30 minute episodes comprised of a section of the next tale, a musical piece, and a comedy sketch such as an interview or setup. Currently the series is taking a multi-episode trip through Tale 5 - Chosen Family. While Tale 4 was released in one epic 2 hour episode, Tale 5 will be cut up in 15 minute bits allowing faster processing time and easier consumption.
Host A.C. Charlap is continuing to work on upcoming tales as well as the accompanying sketches. Take a moment and subscribe today for his unique approach to Prairie Home Companion, built on his Jewish upbringing in Baltimore.

Visit the Tales page at to listen and subscribe today!

Preorder on Tuesday: American Presidents at War

eBook release scheduled for D-Day, print copies will follow

Thomas P. Athridge's debut study, American Presidents at War, will be available for preorder on Tuesday from the aois21 market, Smashwords, and Amazon, as an eBook, and in both paperback and hardcover on the aois21 market only. You'll be able to reserve your copies for $10 (eBook), $20 (paperback), or $30 (hardcover). The eBook release is currently scheduled for the D-Day anniversary, Tuesday, June 6th. Paperback and hardcover release will follow once the copies are completed by
American Presidents At War is an analysis of how the Commanders-in-Chief of the United States have dealt with wartime conflicts during their years in office, from the Revolutionary War to the 21st-century War on Terror. Drawn from speeches, interviews, and the collections of the Library of Congress, this detailed review of Presidential actions is presented in relation to the actions following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
For more about this an other other upcoming aois21 titles, visit!

Will This Be on the Final? next to go to print

Bianca Palmisano's second collection is next in series

aois21 is happy to announce the next title in a series of print runs through print on demand of aois21 titles currently available only as eBooks. Will This Be on the Final? is the third release, available soon from
The paperback release will debut at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 20th in Gaithersburg, MD. Palmisano will be on hand to sign copies of the book as well as her first collection.
Palmisano’s first collection, The Empty Spaces, was printed through CreateSpace on Amazon prior to its aois21 digital edition. Readers will be able to purchase copies of Will This Be on the Final? directly from and get a specially printed copy. Copies will also be available from aois21 directly at upcoming events such as book fairs and readings.
Will This Be on the Final? follows HIVE: Battle at the Dog Star by James D. King and“Dating” as Told by the Modern Whore by Aylin Vega in crossing over to print. Other titles upcoming in this series include The Magnus and the Maiden by Philip J. Sipkov, with illustrations by Rebecca Head. This expansion into print will allow these titles to break into an industry on the rebound and make their words available to another group of readers, and also give their authors more opportunities to meet the reading public with events at bookstores and fairs.
Until then, visit the aois21 market at and pick up your own copy of any of our great titles today!

First Look: The Will of the Magi!

Gainer's design released as fantasy epic due out this summer

As was teased in last week's episode of the Publish Me! podcast, feast your eyes on the cover art for The Will of the Magi by Paul Dickinson Russell. The completed design, by aois21 designer Rana Gainer, envisions the stone monolith that the hero Aiden comes upon early in his adventure and then comes back to later on.

Gainer drew her inspiration for the cover after reading the first 10 chapters and seeing the strong Celtic influence on Russell's work. In a previous episode of the podcast, she pitched this idea to Paul and he immediately jumped at the idea, especially considering the shadowy nature of his main character's appearance.

It has been a long process to get to this point, as has been documented through the two years of the Publish Me! podcast. The book is written, the Indiegogo campaign is funded, the editing is underway, and now, we have a cover. Is it an image that tells 250,000 words? It at least will introduce you to a book of that length.

If you haven't already, preorder your copy today through the Indiegogo campaign and you could even get a framed print of the cover art!

Dating is on top in March

Release Party for print run puts Aylin Vega over the top

Aylin Vega's sex memoir has taken sole possession of the sales lead in March after a well-attended launch event at Walls of Books in Washington, DC, at the beginning of the month. This was the official launch of the paperback edition of "Dating" and the reading from the appearance was released as an episode of Aylin's Sexed Vexed Perplexed podcast.

We are had strong sales in other markets and hope to build on it in the month ahead as aois21 will be traveling once again to Kensington, MD, for the Kensington Day of the Book on Sunday, April 24th. Several aois21 Creatives and staff will be out in force throughout the day as we take part in our third straight Day of the Book. Be on the lookout for more details as the event gets closer.

Until then, visit the aois21 market at and pick up your own copy of any of our great titles today!