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Services for hire on Fiverr

aois21 and ePress21 offerings are being added to site

aois21 and ePress21 services are now available on the work for hire site Fiverr. As part of our attempt to build a customer base, we will be listing a number of our short-turnaround services on various sites. Our past history with Fiverr made it the logical choice for the first site to gain our listings.
The Gigs now available on Fiverr are focused on support and promotion. Just as on our ePress21 site, anyone looking for professional podcast support can get that for just $40 per episode. If you have a manuscript you want turned into an eBook, our eConversion service is now a gig. If you are looking to promote your book, we are offering a gig with a discounted package of promotion read by one of our audio staff.
More gigs will be posted in the coming weeks, including other services such as cover design and ads for the upcoming aois21 annual.
To take a look at our offerings, visit our page on Fiverr today!

aois21 partners with Square for upcoming event sales

New partnership allows contactless + chip card payment

aois21 is happy to announce our new partnership with Square as our point of sale provider for aois21 events, book fairs, and festivals. Not only will aois21 now use the square plugin to swipe credit cards, we also have a Square Reader to accept contactless pay systems like Apple Pay and Android Pay and chip cards!
This new partnership came forward thanks to a special offering from American Express. Square replaces PayPal, which has allowed aois21 to conduct credit card sales over the past three years, but couldn't process the more advanced payment options. The aois21 market, although originally powered by PayPal, will continue to be run by Stripe, through our partnership with SquareSpace.
More about Square:
Square, Inc. creates tools that help sellers start, run, and grow their businesses. Square enables sellers to accept card payments and also provides reporting and analytics, next-day settlement, and chargeback protection. Square’s point-of-sale software and other business services help sellers manage inventory, locations, and employees; access financing; engage customers; and grow sales. Square was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, and the UK.
Check out our upcoming events schedule to find out when you can take advantage of our new payment options!

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 aois21.com/annual 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 media.aois21.com. To pick up your copy of the HIVE series or any other aois21 titles, visit market.aois21.com!

New aois21.com on the way!

Update accompanies transition to larger media focus

Over the next few weeks, aois21.com 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 aois21.com 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 events.aois21.com!

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 media.aois21.com 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 Lulu.com
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 market.aois21.com!

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 Lulu.com.
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 Lulu.com 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 market.aois21.com and pick up your own copy of any of our great titles today!