Monthly Archives: January 2015

Dear White People Breaks Crowdfunding Record

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Indiegogo have announced that Dear White People has broken the U.S. box office record for a crowdfunded movie after raising the costs of production through the crowdfunding platform.

The comedy which follows the lives of four black students at an Ivy League college has grossed $4.4 million since opening in October.

The previous record holder was Wish I Was Here directed by Zach Braff who is better known as J.D in Scrubs.

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Creative Industries – Sector Research


Alison Williams

According to the UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport, The Creative Industries consists of 12 creative sectors, which are:

  1. Advertising
  2. Architecture
  3. Arts and antique markets
  4. Crafts
  5. Design
  6. Designer fashion
  7. Film, video and photography
  8. Software, computer games and electronic publishing
  9. Music and the visual and performing arts
  10. Publishing
  11. Television
  12. Radio

Overall there are over 2 million people employed within the Creative Industries, and they contribute 6% of GDP and are worth £8 Million an hour – £71.4 billion per year – to the UK economy.

Examples of Sectors:

The Television sector consists of broadcasters who are licensed by the government to broadcast on assigned channels. The sector provides everything from information to entertainment through visual/audio media. Some examples are:

  • News channels
  • Dramas
  • Comedy shows
  • Documentaries
  • Talk Shows
  • Game Shows

Example of a Television Sector Organisation: BBC

The Film sector consists of institutions (both technological and commercial)  of film making…

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How the startup world is changing publishing for good

An interesting look at the new and the old as it relates to publishing…


By Sam Wilks

Since the launch of the Kindle in 2007, e-books have been steadily gaining popularity and while discussions on tech and literature typically involve a debate on their ubiquity, the software world has had a much wider impact on literature than many are aware of. As an author, there are now a multitude of ways to distribute and market your book, many of which bypass the traditional publishing model in favor of one of many options that are heavily influenced by the tech world.

As a reader you can crowdfund your favourite author’s new book, read on almost any device, from the old-fashioned paper one to your iPad and buy books from a wide range of sources.

When e-books were first published, it was assumed that they would eventually replace print books all together. Instead, e-books sales have stagnated and although there is certainly still time for their…

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So You Want to Self-Publish a Book: A Word about CIP Data


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The Pencil is mightier than the Sword: Je Suis Charlie

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Chalie Hebdo

The New Year has started with a strange turn of events, where moral and pseudo-religious outrage has turned into a horrific and tragic attack on not only the press, but free thinking and the right to believe differently.

Wednesday the 7th January saw an attack on the offices of the publishers of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that has a track record of poking fun at authority, politics and religions. Much has been written by people far more eloquent than I am in regards to the rights and wrongs, the justifications and unjustifiable following the attack (and subsequent incidents in France).

My position on the writers, cartoonists and editorial team is simple, I believe that they were right to challenge, to fuel debate and to publish what they did. My stance on the attacks is that they are wrong.

Je Suis Charlie

What I would like to do, is draw…

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Before You Hire a Ghostwriter

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A gentle reminder to SEC chairman

Just a note for our readers, This letter will be published here only a few days after the letter was published in the Daily Express. Also, I read somewhere, as in another newspaper that the report was completed by the SEC Chairman.

So, I left the dates mentioned in the original letter for contextual understanding only and that the article that addressed the completion of the SEC’s probe of First Citizens Bank was published on January 1st in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.

Following is that letter sent to me by Peter Permell as the letter was published in the Daily Express:

Dear Prof. Watson,

I hope this letter finds you and the hard-working staff of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in good cheer. I also hope that you were able to take some time off from your busy schedule to enjoy all that the Yuletide season has to offer.
With only three business days left before the country bids farewell to 2014, I just wish to gently remind you, sir, of your promise to line minister and Minister of Finance, Senator the Honourable Larry Howai, and the public of T&T to have the report on the investigation into the First Citizens Bank (FCB) initial public offering (IPO) completed by year-end.
As you are aware, this ongoing investigation has caused the eagerly awaited Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGL) IPO, which was originally scheduled for July 21, to be delayed indefinitely. And according to the Finance Minister a possible merger of the Home Mortgage Bank (HMB) and T&T Mortgage Finance Company (TTMF) which was to be followed by an IPO of the new entity, has also had to be pushed back to a date unknown.
Obviously, what this means is that the Government’s divestment programme, as announced by the minister in his 2013/2014 budget presentation, has been derailed or, if you prefer, put on hold pending the completion of the SEC’s investigation.
Additionally, because of the delay many individuals continue to incur significant opportunity costs, having liquidated major portions their investment portfolios. As these potential investors would have either placed these funds on low-interest bearing current accounts or near cash instruments in preparation for the IPO, which was at the time being described as imminent.
It should therefore come as no surprise to you that word on the ground is that the Government and the investing public are not at all happy about the current state of affairs.
Moreover, I am sure that you will agree with me that recent media reports of serious allegations of insider trading in TCL shares by a former CEO, of the said bank, who is now a senior government official, and the attendant speculation in certain quarters about a possible cover-up have not helped the situation. In fact, any question as to why all eyes are now focused on the SEC can only be deemed rhetorical at this time.
Accordingly, if the SEC wishes to be taken seriously going forward, given its mandate: “to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices; foster fair and efficient securities markets and confidence in the securities industry in Trinidad and Tobago,” nothing short of a comprehensive market regulation and surveillance report based on its in-depth investigation (which incidentally must be made public) will suffice.
In closing, it would indeed be remiss of me if I didn’t take this opportunity to extend best wishes to you and your fellow commissioners, the management and staff of the SEC for a peaceful and productive 2015.

Peter Permell
Minority Shareholder Rights Advocate

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Amazon or Smashwords? Both! Easy Tips.

things to consider when publishing…

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