Season’s Greetings from FRESH MILK: 2015 in Review

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U.S. ends lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men

The United States’ three-decade-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men was formally lifted Monday.

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Kingston, Jamaica Designated a Creative Music City

Source: Kingston, Jamaica Designated a Creative Music City

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Call for interviews: Share your stories about Hurricane Janet

I like this…a great idea for gathering the information required for any project…

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Fresh Milk‘s latest international residents, Saada Branker and Powys Dewhurst, share the project they will be working on while on the platform, commemorating and documenting the upcoming 60th anniversary of Hurricane Janet’s landfall in Barbados on September 22, 2015. You can read about their connection to Barbados here, and see below for more information on how to get involved and share your stories about the hurricane:

Rebuilding as part of recovery: Workers in Barbados band together to rebuild stronger homes after thousands of people lost their houses to Hurricane Janet on September 22, 1955. PHOTO: UK National Archives/Flickr Rebuilding as part of recovery: Workers in Barbados band together to rebuild stronger homes after thousands of people lost their houses to Hurricane Janet on September 22, 1955. PHOTO: UK National Archives/Flickr

The Project

Saada describes it this way: “We are in beautiful Barbados to record, gather and preserve a collective remembering of Hurricane Janet for generations to come.”

She and Powys believe the hurricane’s Category 3-landfall on September 22, 1955, and the subsequent rebuilding throughout Barbados, are worth telling and…

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Creative Skills for the Creative Economy

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Kate O’Connor

As we come to the end of the 2010 Coalition government, it is striking is how much the concept of the creative industries has endured in public policy. When the-then Culture Secretary Chris Smith launched the Creative Industries Mapping Document in 1998, few would have predicted that 17 years later a Conservative Chancellor in his last budget of the Parliament would be describing the sector as a ‘powerhouse’ and ‘huge contributor to the UK economy’, as he announced another round of fiscal incentives to promote its growth.

Perhaps even more surprising is how, as part of this, education and skills for the sector have become so firmly embedded in creative industries policy. On its establishment by the Coalition government, the Creative Industries Council immediately identified skills as an initial priority, and established a working group to produce a report, outlining recommendations for ‘industry led approaches and proposals…

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Publishers Open To Submissions

Good news for writers…

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I’ve been committed to professional independent publishing since I sat round a table with the three other founder members of Electrik Inc and we agreed we would not only write our own books, we would edit, line edit, proofread and publish them independently, to a professional standard. I’m still committed to the creative freedom that independent publishing offers. But I know there are other writers out there who would love to submit their work directly to a traditional publisher if only they could, but those pesky agents get in the way, like sand flies at a beach party.

Well, here’s a bit of good news for those writers who feel agents don’t ‘get’ them and won’t take them on or submit their novels to publishers. Guardian Books has mentioned that  HarperCollins, Jonathan Cape, Little Brown and Tinder Press have decided to take the initiative and are offering…

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All Publishing Paths Can Lead to Author Discovery

I am encouraged by the efforts of TPC…they have a great business model for self-publishers

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It’s been stated before that there’s never been a better time to be an author. This is largely because there are so many ways to bring your work into the world. This best epitomized by the recent post on publishing pathways by Jane Friedman. Below find what she describes as the key 5 publishing paths, their value to authors, the potential pitfalls, and examples of each.

These five paths are as follPublishing Pathsows:

  1. Traditional publishing: where you query and submit to agents and editors in an effort to land a contract that pays an advance and royalties (and typically involves nationwide bookstore distribution).
  2. Partnership publishing: one might consider this the evolution of traditional publishing, where authors are positioned more as partners, receive higher royalties, but usually no advance.
  3. Fully-assisted publishing: the old “vanity” self-publishing model, where you write a check and get your book published without lifting a…

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