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Christian Henry Tobler
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct, 2011 7:50 pm    Post subject: It's here...the Freelance Academy Press Blog!         Reply with quote

We are very pleased to introduce the Freelancer, the on-going blog of Freelance Academy Press!

It seems that everyone has a blog these days, whether there is a reason to have one or not. Therefore the first question we asked ourselves was “what is the point in having a blog?”

The answer was you.



As a niche publisher, we cater to passionate readers. Whether you are a martial artist who spends long hours in the training hall or a history buff with twenty or thirty titles on hand that you are “getting to”, if you are one of our regular customers, the odds are that your interest extends well-beyond a casual read of one or two books on the various subjects we cover.

When we created Freelance, we said that our goal was to be more than just another publisher. We promised readers a “historical journey” that did not merely start and end with a book. Today, a press must be about communicating ideas, not merely printing books, which was why we pledged to “facilitate our readers’ on-going development by providing training packages, supplemental online material, DVDs, featured interviews and Q&A’s with lead researchers and instructors.”

We began that process with our newsletter, news page and article library, and we will continue to develop those tools, as well as developing a growing library of video downloads and white papers. This blog will support those media to provide a home for a variety of short essays by our staff and guest writers, event reviews, embedded video clips, updates on our authors’ and their projects, teasers and interesting news links on related subjects.

There is already a growing set of posts, including discussion of words and their forgotten relationship to swordsmanship, a review and video-clips of the 2011 Western Martial Arts Workshop, a little 15th c Italian poetry by one of the era’s more famous despots, and more!

This is just the start. Keep checking in, as the blog will be perpetually growing. We want it to be someplace you’ll want to come to again and again, and we can do that best by making it someplace too interesting to forget.

So welcome and happy reading!

The Freelancers

Christian Henry Tobler
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Freelance Academy Press: Books on Western Martial Arts and Historical Swordsmanship

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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct, 2011 8:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very good news indeed. Big Grin Cool I just " BOOKMARKED " it on my i-MAC.

Only had a quick look at it but it looks like it full of interesting content. Happy Cool

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Sean Hendriks




PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Could use a bit of editing, but nice work regardless!
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PostPosted: Fri 14 Oct, 2011 2:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sean,

Nice thing about blogs - we can retro-correct in a way we can't with published works! Wink

We've been sitting on some of these posts and articles while getting the next to projects off to the printers, and we finally realized that if you sit on a post too long, it ceases to be interesting! Wink

Anyway, we wanted to launch with enough posts to make it worth reading right away, and we intend to keep it current, so I hope not to disappoint all of you who have added us to your bookmarks!

Happy reading,

Greg

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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Fri 14 Oct, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Greg Mele wrote:
Sean,

Nice thing about blogs - we can retro-correct in a way we can't with published works! Wink

We've been sitting on some of these posts and articles while getting the next to projects off to the printers, and we finally realized that if you sit on a post too long, it ceases to be interesting! Wink

Anyway, we wanted to launch with enough posts to make it worth reading right away, and we intend to keep it current, so I hope not to disappoint all of you who have added us to your bookmarks!

Happy reading,

Greg


Didn't notice a discussion Forum there ( maybe just blind Question Laughing Out Loud ), or maybe with comments activated discussions to be had? Well, that would take some moderating just in case of offensive posts by Trolls ..... just an idea.

Found it very interesting and should get better as the Blog accumulates content and or discussions.

Anyway, a good way to attract readership on the Blog, share information and not a bad thing if it helps selling books and DVDs. Big Grin Cool

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PostPosted: Sun 16 Oct, 2011 8:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

[quote="Jean Thibodeau"][quote="Greg Mele"]Sean,

Thanks Jean. We will likely set comments on/off based on the topic. There is a wealth of good forums out there (like right here), so we didn't see a reason to create another, although we have thought about some sort of Q&A function for the various authors. Still brainstorming!

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