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KICKSTARTER AND THE GREAT WALK TO THE SEA!

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Hello again,

well 33 brave backers of Light of The White Bear but the last race to the finishing post now, with just 12 days to go. Over a quarter, with 26%. I am going to treat it like the Ah Tic Tok, when polar bear mothers and their cubs come out of their ice dens and wander across the spring sea ice to learn how to fish and marvel. Never fear, if it fails it fails, but it would still be wonderful if we all believe in magic and story and I could hear your calls of the wild.

You can see another little talk, about a plot, and the work behind Phoenix too, while you can also join this brave band of brothers and sisters by Clicking Here

As a friend once said a Phoenix is a mythical bird that, wherever it’s found, can simply never really fail.

Thank you.

DCD

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FREE EBOOKS TO CELEBRATE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Well, to help spread the good word and celebrate an attempt to publish a new big novel, Light of The White Bear via Kickstarter, Phoenix Ark Press are giving away Free copies of The Sight and Fell co-edition on ebook by David Clement-Davies, for the next five days only. At a 5 star rating and valued up to $8.99 it all starts tomorrow and lasts until this Sunday, March 30th. Enjoy.

You can download by copy and pasting the URL – http://www.amazon.com/The-Sight-Fell-David-Clement-Davies-ebook/dp/B008C3DLSU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395765573&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Sight+and+Fell

But the good spirited deal is this, sort of!!!! In exchange for more than a taste of highly rated work could you be good enough to share this promotion and also go to the Light of the White Bear Kickstarter page and think about pledging, or asking a friend to? If you cannot afford it, it would be wonderful if you spread the word about Light of the White Bear too.

You can see a project with the clock ticking rapidly down by Clicking here

Happy reading and happy word spreading.

PA PRESS

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AN AUTHOR TRIES TO TALK TO AUTHORS!

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Hi, I don’t know your experience but do authors really support one another in the world of Social Media and Kickstarter projects? Are we only a jealous and fiercely competitive lot, or is there such a thing as connecting to try and do something about the changed landscape of publishing, dying bookshops and fighting but endangered species of authors?!

I made lots of friends this weekend via Facebook and don’t want to use it just to peddle me, but right now I’m trying to get some help with properly publishing a long-delayed novel Light of the White Bear. It has its own rather extraordinary story, and why a leading author under four contracts who got so close to the heart of a firm had such an awful battle in New York City and then walked away from his own major publishing house. It led to creating this little publisher, Phoenix Ark Press. But if you pledge, or simply help by spreading the word, blogging, linking or liking, I would be hugely grateful. Only 16 days to survive and 50 years to save the melting ice caps and all those mighty polar bears!

You can see it by CLICKING HERE

Many thanks

Davidx

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FLOUNDERING PHOENIX KICKSTARTER TURNS TO FACEBOOK AND AUTHORS!

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Milton, would’st though were living at this hour, Phoenix hath need of thee!

Hello, not to get too poetic but after an appalling weekend the howl goes up again about Light of The White Bear and failing pledges too. But now a reader and kind pledger, Jonathan T, has kindly begun to instruct me on how to use Social Media and especially Facebook. So I have just been blocked for sending out so many Friends invites, including to a great many Young Adult and Adult authors! I’ve sent a message to the Zuccerbergers (some mistake? Ed It’s Hamburgers) asking if we have turned into Turkey and surely they can chose or not to be chums.

It seems appallingly opportunist to mix new friendship with asking shamelessly for support at Kickstarter to publish a long delayed novel properly (meaning real and well designed books) and yet, like Wordsworth calling on Milton during the French Revolution (see above), needs must! I rather cynically fell off my lonely chair when someone suggested I actually turned to writers for support, since Gor Vidal said something like when I see a friend succeed a little bit more of me dies, but actually I don’t think I was ungenerous in my long lost heyday and the landscape has changed so much too, that we all wonder who the successful publishers are. Let alone the best parties! So perhaps we can all test if we are locked in our boxes, with worried or impressive tag lines line ‘New York Times Besteller‘, or can test Kickstarter and spread the love.

I must say there is a fight too which wrestles with this being just about story and the book itself, or something bigger, like planet and species saving, including saving endangered authors. Because I was one of those idiotic authors who, wolf like, bit the hand that fed him in New York City, fought internally for two years, exposed corruption, raised an eyebrow at appalling internal cynicism and then sued in the New York Supreme Court. Um, the judge refused to let me social network and the complaint was too epic for her to even pick up. Much less painful, fighting back, then when I threw down my pen in the terrible conditions that developed out of betrayed friendships and loves, and said I hadn’t become a writer for those kind of values! But some of the pledges involve not just the specific project of the novel, but involvement here at Phoenix Ark too.

You can see the project, spread the word or, more wonderfully PLEDGE (pretty please) by CLICKING HERE

Thanks for listening (again!)

Warmest wishes, David Clement-Davies x

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KICKSTARTING WALL STARTS TO CRUMBLE? LIGHT OF THE WHITE BEAR JUMPS TO 20%

Yeah, with a superb pledge today a project jumps to 18%, and with another promised pledge in the background in London too Light of the White Bear on Kickstarter has technically reached 20%. So still alive and kicking! Thank you Darren, and look forward to working with you here.

To celebrate crossing that Grand sticking line and to thank Kelly too, a fan and young ecologist, for the very first pledge and a charming email, another talk to fans goes up tomorrow, a reading, a little dig at Tim over spirit and a talk about travel journalism too at Phoenix Ark Press.

Things seem just breaking through, so now’s the time and you can see and Back the Project by CLICKING HERE

Or pasting the URL https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1159695087/light-of-the-white-bear

DCD

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KICKSTARTING HITS BRICK WALL, SO WE GO OFF BOOK TO TALK ABOUT PHOENIX ARK STATISTICS

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So, a little tediously for readers or fans who love talking about story, and not in his chat to camera (Blanche puppet and all), David drops all the fronts and posts details in the new project text of Phoenix Ark Press visitor statistics, talks about business practicalities and publishing models and how it has already been a thrill to engage about things like publishing back into America, where a novel was billed by an editor as the break through book. Carpe diem!

You can see the whole project by CLICKING HERE

Have a great day.

DCD

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PHOENIX ARK ADOPTS A MOTTO AND ANTHEM FOR THE LIGHT OF THE WHITE BEAR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Via a friend, over to a song for the campaign by CLICKING HERE and a wonderful end line “We may be fighting a losing battle but we’re gonna have a lot of fun trying…”

Then to a new video up today on Kickstarter today by CLICKING HERE

No, those links don’t quite work, so for the film you have to copy and paste https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1159695087/light-of-the-white-bear

Good Night dear readers…sweet dreams

DCD

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JO BRAND, KICKSTARTING, GLOBAL MELTDOWNS AND TURNING TO STAND UP COMEDY!

Meeting Brit comic Jo Brand today in the Kennington Texaco – well, I opened the door for her – I should have told here about this and asked her help, reminded her of meeting her in a bar in Madrid years ago, when she told me to piss off, or just asked for some hot tips of Kickstarting stand-up comedy! It is the only way ahead.

Light of the White Bear has just jumped to 15%, which is great. On the other hand, do you know about Buddhists who rail at their pupils with heavy insults, then swap places? It is called trying to grow. Because in just a day and a half now I have already had another 200 visitors and only 3 pledges!!! Cheapskates. ARE YOU LISTENING, as the IPCC spreads a prophet of DOOM about Global Warming, you enormous CLOTH EARED DULLARDS? Kiss, Kiss. Is a film interesting, good enough, tedious, humiliating, even remotely funny? (Don’t answer that)

What exactly would move you though to TAKE THE PLEDGE, or risk anything except lurking about on the Internet? The true and extraordinary tragic love story of fluttering Phoenix Ark Press? Being a bit more Zen? Reading the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, (you know, machines with a Kickstarter motor), or discussing why my mate Tim is such a mean idiot for talking about certain people not having earned the right to be an artist, or complain, compared with the sufferings of him and the world? He should try being knifed in the back by a lover, an editor, a best London friend, fight on all fronts and survive! (Sort of.) But the point is Spirit is all.

Enough, reader help is required now, to PLEDGE or to please SPREAD THE WORD,because artists prefer proper publishing platforms and some peace too. But at least you can have a good laugh (I hope) at Kickstarter by CLICKING HERE

Tomorrow I’l talk more about story. I am going to bed!

Yours in humiliated exhaustion

DCD

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LIGHT OF THE WHITE BEAR AND THE IPCC!

One of the ironies of good fiction is that it should not be messaged based. So previous novels about animals, myths and story are more about the experience of being alive. If one fan and pledger to Kickstarter though can write “There are only two authors that I can say that have had a profound influence on my life and you are one of them.” then it was worth it anyhow.

On the other hand, look at the headline in The Independent in the UK today: Leaked draft of second IPCC report predicts Global Warming will cause violent conflict, displace millions of people and wipe trillions of dollars off global economy.

Perhaps then a novel involving such themes can have some real impact and Light of the White Bear will have a wider meaning and purpose. But not if the pledges do not rise quickly THIS WEEK! You can see a new talk about it by CLICKING HERE

Thank you.

DCD

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KICKSTARTING AUTHOR HAS ANOTHER GO AT BAD READERS, EVIL PUBLISHERS, SOULESS EXes AND EDITORS, HOWLS LIKE FELL AND WEARS A SILLY HAT!

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Well, Phoenix Ark Readers you’re doing it again! The stats and so the readership are leaping up, no doubt with all the personal stuff, but the PLEDGES are still limping along, like wounded or drowning polar bears. Despite that most fantastic jump yesterday and just now, thank you, Adam, Martin and Yasmin, which proves it can happen. Would you like your life though, work, art or blogs to be a nasty spectator sport, much the world sport nowadays on the bad mirror of the Internet and Facebook?

What a wonderful comment by Yasmin though, below – “There are only two authors that I can say that have had a profound influence on my life and you are one of them.”

So please don’t just LIKE, though that’s great too, but really support and if you can’t afford anything, spread the word too. Moving towards a Grand THERE IS STILL A VERY GREAT CHANCE but since a fan worked out this Kickstarter effort needs around £274 a day (though experts say it hots up in the last ten days), THIS IS THE WEEK THAT COUNTS, the week of making, and YOU ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WILL MAKE IT COUNT OR FAIL. Here’s looking at you, kids.

So again I go on camera and talk about personal things, books being very personal, wear a silly hat with the badge of the Chitral Scouts, read, howl, tear up contracts as bad and ruthless editors did, while serving their careers alone, explain this serious fight against the system and attempt to communicate through the awful wall of non-communication and isolation all over the Internet. But also talk about why I am NOT BEING NEGATIVE either, out of a six year not 30 days battle, just not really being quite heard yet, and am trying to find some warrior spirit again too. After all, Light of The White Bear is both about planet saving and Warrior Storytellers!

You can see all the embarrassment by CLICKING HERE

Thank you.

DCD

Just to note there is a REMIND ME link at Kickstarter (Thanks to Shiela at Wands and Worlds)

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