The AW Amazon Store
Buy Books by AWers!

 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Leaf Books, Ltd. / Root Creations / The Leaf Writers' Magazine

  1. #1
    volitare nequeo AW Moderator veinglory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    right here
    Posts
    27,767

    Leaf Books, Ltd. / Root Creations / The Leaf Writers' Magazine

    http://www.leafbooks.co.uk

    Accepting novella length, looks nice online....
    Emily Veinglory

  2. #2
    Tired and Disillusioned Momento Mori's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Here and there
    Posts
    3,301
    I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has been published by Leaf Books. I know that they've got a link with the University of Glamorgan and they hold a number of competitions each year for short stories and poetry but they don't seem to have much of a distribution in place for their books (a few bookshops and coffee shops) and whilst first prize winners get cash and a copy of the final anthology, runners up just seem to get their choice of books previously published (nothing inherently wrong with that but I'd be interested to see what people think of it).

    I'm not trying to slag off the operation, which is very open and seems to me to be genuinely dedicated to helping writers and promoting the short story, but it seems to be v. small in scope.

  3. #3
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,024
    Now offering critique and self-publishing services (Root Creations).
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  4. #4
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,024
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  5. #5
    writer/teacher JL_Benet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    205
    Of interest to writers looking at Leaf Books:
    http://ymlp.com/zE0n5x
    There are a good amount of fairly obvious red flags in that newsletter.
    J.L. Benet
    Wolf Hunter - now available on Amazon.com

  6. #6
    Hagiographically Advantaged AW Moderator HapiSofi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    2,090
    Criminently Christmas. From the newsletter:
    Through an error on my part I accidentally erased all files associated with Leaf Writers’ Magazine issue 5 and at that point we had not invested in a back-up solution to cover such a situation.

    As if that wasn’t bad enough, in January 2012, within days of completing the task, started in June, of sorting through 6 years of Leaf’s records and computerised files the primary office computer suffered a catastrophic malfunction and everything – all of the organised files, the print-ready issue 5 of the magazine recreated from scratch, all of the Leaf and Deadstar work we’d done since June 2011 – was lost.

    What’s worse is that we had looked into the cost of a networked back-up storage device the day before the computer failure and agreed within the team to purchase one.
    I've known organizations that have had serious data disasters: floods, servers catching fire, multiple hard drives failing in quick succession, a lightning strike that took out all the electronics in the building, et cetera.

    That's not the same thing as "Our organization had talked about someday setting up an automated backup system, but we hadn't gotten around to it, and in the meantime we hadn't made partial or periodic backups of any of our data."

    Did the first disaster with Issue #5 not teach them anything?
    Last edited by HapiSofi; 04-18-2013 at 08:58 PM.
    Winner of the Best Drycleaner on the Block Award.

  7. #7
    Wicked chicken AW Moderator evilrooster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Where eggs are small and dear
    Posts
    3,037
    Wow. Painful. It reads like something out of Why Publishers Fail.
    An excerpt from Bigglethwaite & Windemere's Manual of Proper and Exquisite English on the Capitalisation of Historical Events.

    The capitalisation of historical terms is a matter of concern to many writers. The rule, though simple, requires and reveals the writer's judgment, opinions, and preconceptions, and should be applied with care:


    1. Matters of absolute importance should be capitalised.
    2. Matters of no wider historical import should have only their proper nouns capitalised.
    3. Matters which the author not only considers insignificant, but wishes had never occurred, should have all words rendered in lower-case.
    4. If the writer looks upon history as a kind of fantastical territory, and wishes to assert either that it is wildly unlikely or highly distorted, all matters that can be considered nouns of any sort should be capitalised


    B&W 2:14

  8. #8
    Shiny new cover! AW Moderator Calla Lily's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Non carborundum illegitimi
    Posts
    35,762
    They... didn't... have... backups.

    They are a professional company yet didn't even do the most basic step if emailing the files to themselves?


  9. #9
    I grow my own catnip JulieB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Deep in the heart o' Texas
    Posts
    2,399
    A $99 USB hard drive isn't an investment. It's a necessity.

  10. #10
    On a small world west of wonder LindaJeanne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    744
    I'm amazed they made it FIVE FULL YEARS without the sort of data disaster that make backups a necessity.

    I learned the importance of backups the hard way -- in the FOURTH GRADE (for those not familiar with the US school system: age 11). How do you stay in business for five years without backing up at least your most important files?

    They weren't unlucky to lose the data now -- they were insanely lucky not to have lost it before now. You can only tempt fate so far.

    Edited to add: a University in the town where I grew up had, in their computer lab, a mangled floppy disc -- yes I know this dates me -- stapled to a sign that read "This used to be someone's doctoral thesis. BACK UP YOUR WORK!"
    "A story told, that can't be real / yet somehow must reflect the truth we feel..." -- Black Sabbath / Ronnie James Dio

  11. #11
    Hagiographically Advantaged AW Moderator HapiSofi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    2,090
    I'd comment further on the matters discussed in their newsletter, but it's no longer accessible via the link we've been using, and it isn't listed as being among the contents of their newly revised website.
    Winner of the Best Drycleaner on the Block Award.

  12. #12
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,024
    Newsletter is up again: http://ymlp.com/zE0n5x

    No further news/activity, however; on site or Tw/FB.
    ICAO
    ---------
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  13. #13
    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    25,366
    Quote Originally Posted by CaoPaux View Post
    Newsletter is up again: http://ymlp.com/zE0n5x

    No further news/activity, however; on site or Tw/FB.
    That newsletter, dated April 2013, ends like this:

    If, within three months, on inspection of the public reaction to this announcement and our financial situation, Leaf is found not to be sustainable or profitable for the future then I will start the process of winding things down – but I will ensure that anybody who has ordered a book, or a magazine, or has entered a competition will receive their money’s worth before that happens.

    Three months have come and gone.

    I think we know how it all turned out.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search