Eastlit Support for 2016 to 2017

Donations to Help Eastlit (note: eastlit1 at g mail for PayPal donations)

Eastlit Support. One Dollar. Please helpIt is that time ot the year again where we start to try and raise a little money for Eastlit support to cover costs and other things. From 2016 to 2017 we would like to use some of the money raised on a few modest adverts through social media and literary circles. This will help to get more readers for the fiction, poetry, artwork and other creative writing focused on East, Southeast and South Asia. Even though we are currently seeing growth in readership of 30% on last year, more can be done. All in all I think it is best to do what we can without introducing advertising to cover it.

All donations of even a few dollars help and on social media some advertising campaigns can be run a a fairly small budget. Eastlit as our long term readers know is advertisement free at the request of contributors and readers. We genuinely hope to continue with this policy. However, there are bills to pay and every little helps. The donation link is below this paragraph and has been activated on many pages. If you prefer to make a financial, prize or gift donation in a different way, please contact Graham. If you have any questions about how you can help Eastlit or what we use donations for, please contact us through the Eastlit contact page.




As you may be aware our editorial board and advisory team are all voluntary. My time is also provided free and the only income to help support Eastlit comes from this annual call.

Of course the Eastlit the team will do its best to continue bringing you what we think is interesting Asian focused English literature and artwork. We will also continue to try and support new and emerging poets and writers especially those within our region, and keep Eastlit to its monthly schedule however demanding this becomes.

Eastlit Support in Other Ways

If you cannot help with a donation, spreading the word about Eastlit, or this request helps. If you have any other idea’s I would love to hear too.

Cheers.

Graham

Help Eastlit

Help Eastlit: MoneyOnce a year at Eastlit we make a call for donations. In 2015 we face a larger bill than normal. If anyone can help Eastlit by making a small donation of a few dollars, it would help a lot. Eastlit as our long term readers know is advertisement free at the request of contributors and readers. We genuinely hope to continue with this policy. However, there are bills to pay and every little helps. The donation link is below this paragraph. If you have any questions about how you can help Eastlit or what we use donations for, please contact us through the Eastlit contact page.




For those not aware, our editorial board and Eastlit team all work on a voluntary basis to keep cost low.

At Eastlit the team will do its best to continue bringing you what we think is interesting Asian focused English literature. We will also continue to try and support new and emerging poets and writers especially those within our region.

Other ways to Help Eastlit

If you cannot help with a donation, spreading the word about Eastlit, or this request is good, or just like our page etc.

Cheers.

Graham

Getting Published

Getting Published news item. Silhouette setting sun. Bangsaen beach. By Graham Lawrence.After getting published, the worries of so many writers are:

  • That their work will not be read much.
  • That over the months their work will disappear and not be seen again.
  • That the publication will cease to exist.

At Eastlit we try to address these post getting published issues. After getting published we do as much as we can for you by use of contacts and social media to make sure your work will be read. We also encourage every writer to publicize not only their own work but also the Eastlit issue in general. If you have a second piece of work published we always link your previous work as a reminder to readers. Plus occasionally I do a news item that will link to previously published pieces of work in a certain category. The piece on Eastern poetry is an example.

The other good news is that the Eastlit website is now paid up for another two years. We do not intend to cease publication any time soon! Thanks to those who helped out with donations. It is appreciated.

We also recognize that over time a piece of work disappears into the archives and is maybe harder for readers to run across. However, there are a number of advantages to being published online. One of these is that you are there as long as the website exists. Another is that it is easier for people to find what they are looking for via an online search than by scouring libraries and newsstands for magazines. Plus you also come up in random searches!

However, we at Eastlit do not think this is enough and want to improve what we offer. We know it can be hard enough getting published in the first place. Then it is even harder to have your work stay in the limelight over time. We have plans to do something about this.

Getting Published – The Future at Eastlit

In the future we are going to republish random pieces of work from previous old issues of Eastlit in a current issue. We will initially republish one each month starting in our December issue. That will be the first issue of our second year. It seems like a good time to start new things.

Eastlit E-Books

We also plan on converting old issues into E-books that can be read on anything from a Tablet to a Smartphone to an iPad to a Kindle. These will be downloadable. There is no timeframe for this to become regular. However, the inaugural December 2012 issue is now in a common e-book format (epub) and I am just working on editing out aberrations that occur in converting digital material. I will also be converted to the other common form (mobi). This e book issue will be launched as a trial issue to see what feedback we get. We hope to improve this as we go along. We also hope that by getting published in e book format your work will be more widely read. Also it should have more longevity than in a paper magazine.

Support

Thank you to all those who have supported us in terms of literary contributions, advice, editorial support, guidance and more recently via donations. It is all appreciated. Please keep those contributions coming in. Also if you can spare a donation of a dollar or two to help support some of these new initiatives, which do cost money, it will be appreciated.

I am also looking for another person or two to add to the editorial board. If you are interested you can contact the editor.

iPhone/iPad App

We are now also ready to launch an Eastlit app for iOS (Apple) devices. This will happen when I have available funds. We hope in the coming year to improve on the quality of the apps. We also have a plan to streamline them, and possibly have a little different content more specific to mobile viewing. More on that later.

Art

Coming issues will see a little more colour with both photographs and digital versions of art from a few new contributors. I am pretty excited at making a move to where we can integrate more visual art into what is a fairly solid written art offering already. We hope to see a few more artists getting published. If you are a visual artist or know one who may be interested, please send something in through the usual submissions channel. If you have questions contact the editor.

OK that is enough on getting published and Eastlit.

But before I go I will mention our Eastlit Live channel again! We hope to have a new interview up soon. You can also send us some live material to publish! If you want to be interveiwed, please contact us. Or use the Eastlit Google+ Page.

Cheers.

Graham.

Eastlit September

Well sorry, I haven’t done one of these pieces for a while. It has been a very busy time for me away from Eastlit. I will however try to get one or two of these pieces out every month.

Eastlit September Issue

Eastlit September: Journal Cover Eastlit September 2013. Well the Eastlit September issue is out and it is nice to be getting posiitve feedback. Thanks from me and thanks from the writers too.

The Eastlit September issue contains a mix of poetry, short stories and non-fiction. It also includes another extract from a novel. Plus we have the regular piece form Steve Rosse in the How Not to Write series.

We continue to try and introduce a few new writers or poets every issue.

I would also like to thank all the editorial board members for their help. You know who you are. Thanks from me to members old and new. Thanks also to those who have volunteered to join he board in the future and also hose who have sent in guest editorials for consideration. It all helps.

Donations

As I said on the front page, now is a time of some expense for Eastlit. If you are able to help with a dollar, pound, yen or two or know someone who is, it will certainly be appreciated. And if you can’t hey just keep reading or sending the work in, or give us a like, share or spread the word. It all helps and we do value it all. In fact from me it is thanks to you all who have sent so much in or spent so much time reading Eastlit. It will soon be a year and it is humbling to see quite how many people have followed the development of this little journal.

Oh for donations the button can be found on the right of some pages or the front page. On some mobile devices it may appear at the bottom of the page. And here it is below:




 

Eastlit Courses

Eastlit is now offering the following online courses:

  • Activaing Creativity
  • Creative Writing

If you would like more information, please contact us.

Eastlit September – Other Things

We are taking submissions for the next 6 issues right now, so don’t be shy. Send them in.

The Android app is going through gradual development. If we can raise the money, we will also publish an app for iPhones. It is already made!

OK enough from me.

Cheers

Graham