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Phoenix fans are invited to join the story, both on Facebook, at DavidClementDavies, and now on Skype, at Phoenixarkpress

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Secondly, out of the ultimate disrespect to authors that is unfolding everywhere, in today’s world of mass communication, and excessive competition.” makes no sense at all…

You’ve haven’t thought this through, have you? When Martin Amis, or Joe Bloggs for that matter, publishes his next book with you, you’re going to talk about “a writer was so badly disrespected in New York” in their book? Where’s the respect? Your press is a good idea, but you HAVE to take your problems out of it. HA

Dear H,

since that’s the third very forthright comment, I am genuinely touched by your concern. The first two books published are by me, so in answer to your question, no, I would not have that line in another author’s work, though I hope I hear from authors who have had similar battles, and may be able to help. I have thought things through a very great deal, including the paradox of a blog, where I feel I have a right to tell an extraordinary personal story, problematic or not, alongside a website for a little publisher. At least this is all real, and from the heart. The truth is things change too, as possibilities change, and I have not raised the money I need to conventionally publish great work (well, that’s for the reader to decide). So I am having to take an enormous risk, and try to get it out there, however I can. At least then good work will see the light of day, and some income may come, and frankly this has been a battle to recover my own self respect, out of that fiasco in New York. It’s very far from ideal, and it really is why it would be lovely if readers spread the word, as much as they can. Think of this as a cottage industry, the River Cottage of fighting publishers, as all publishers throw up their hands in horror too at the conundrum of digital publishing, but one day I may be able to inspire authors to lift up their manuscripts and walk. As for Martin Amis, I could not afford to buy his work…yet. Anyway, Amis may have touches of greatness, but he does go on about respecting the hegemonic power! Joe Blogg’s work I only want if it’s great, and he’s fun to be around. Perhaps you’d like to join in and be an editor!

All my best,

David Clement-Davies

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This introduction will appear, slightly amended, in all the books printed by Phoenix Ark. There are thoughts of also limiting print runs, to make them special editions, and so little collector’s items too. The story of the Press is unique in itself, and we hope all our books will be. They will first be made available, POD, Publish on Demand, from Amazon, and costs are being reduced to allow for your outlay in Postage and Packing.

A Founder’s introduction to Phoenix Ark Press
(Appearing in Michelangelo’s Mouse, by David Clement-Davies)

This is the first, proud little book to be produced by Phoenix Ark Press, so thank you for buying it. Who knows, one day it may be a collector’s item. The Phoenix is the mythical bird that rises from the ashes, and the Press was founded in London for many fiery reasons. Firstly, out of a personal crises that should never have happened. Secondly, out of the ultimate disrespect to authors that is unfolding everywhere, in today’s world of mass communication, and excessive competition. Everyone is, or should be important in the process of producing a book; editors, designers, printers, and the people who spread the word, and sell the work. But the most important must always be the person who creates the story – the author. Not self-important, but the creative source, so when the author is disrespected, as a writer was so badly disrespected in New York, the cart is badly before the horse. Phoenix Ark is a little publisher dedicated first and foremost to great writers, and to the magic of stories – the storyteller’s publisher. The dream is a culture of respect, communication and artistic involvement, but we know that dreams are very hard-won, sometimes, so we rely heavily on you, the reader, to spread the word. Forgive us too, if there are any errors in our first efforts, but see it as something as raw, and from the heart, as the work itself. Thank you for reading, and for joining the story. DCD 2010

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