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Old 08-30-2005   #1
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Has anyone any views on considering fiction for publication when still anonymous and then publishing it (at least initially) when still anonymous as happens with 'Nemonymous': http://www.nemonymous.com ??
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Further notes:

Nemonymity:
Anonymity as name-removal or name-changing in the form of an artistic statement or a new slant within Aesthetics theory.

Weirdonymity
Anonymity as name-removal or name-changing in the form of inexplicable or gratuitous or 'Absurd' acts.

Wordonymity
Anonymity as the disguising (changing the 'semantic name') of words so as to provide a meaning beyond themselves or to derive a poetic/plotic force from texture as well as text.


The above are distinct from the more usual meaning of Anonymity, i.e. for devious purposes.



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The Two Ways of Anonymity:-

(one) The most common way - to say something you don't want to be known as saying, i.e. for *devious* purposes (which could be spite, nepotism, insult, cruelty, dubious joke etc etc.) -- or publishing pornography, or issuing a Valentine's card, or hiding one's identity to avoid reputation depletion etc.

(two) The Nemonymous way,
(i) whereby the fiction author wants some objective view of his work to be made without his name getting in the way -- and I, as an editor, equally don't want it to get in the way when I consider his submission for publication and
(ii) as an experiment in fiction anthology presentation as a new gestalt reading experience (i.e. stories written independently and remaining separate yet somehow more 'together') and
(iii) leading to a brainstorming approach to reviews and critical appreciation and
(iv) bringing fiction nearer to the artist-naming (late-labelling) approach of other arts such as fine arts, architecture, music etc. (instead of having the name on the spine, on the title page and, often, on the top of each alternate page throughout the book) and
(v) trying to bring fiction more easily to an interstitial or between/cross-genre optimum, thus bringing more readers for each of the separate genres themselves.

Regarding (iv), it may sound dubious – but I believe writers actually *lose out* by direct by-lining, i.e. without the advantage of the variously gradated ‘late-labellings’ that other artists enjoy.

I think it true to say that (one) above brings anonymity into disrepute, a cross which Nemonymous has to bear.

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AUTHOR AS ARBITER

1) Fiction/Poem = Original Text placed in the audience arena. Nothing can change that. It is everlasting and immutable. (If it is changed, ie revised or translated, this becomes a new work, a new immutable entity).
(2) What can be taken from or given to the Text = reader's 'opinion' or 'reaction' or 'knowledge' -- countless opinions and reactions and degrees of knowledge: all different and mostly unknowable but all added to the aura of the work whether they are physically annotated on the printed page in pencil or kept inside the head.
(3) Creator (or First Mover) of Text (ie its author) = Just another reader with fallible rights to describe/interpret/evaluate Text, i.e. after it has been placed in the audience arena as a discrete 'sculpture' or entity of creativity.

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Re: Nemonymous

Grand . I'm revising a story and have given it a new title. It's called "Oceanside View, Dorchaill". It's a short horror story (surprise, surprise) which hints at the Cthulhu Mythos in a very subtle way. It was formerly known as "The Grotto", but the original's ending was a bit too revealing and a little weak, and I thought I could do better on certain things. The revised edition could be compared to the original like M.P. Shiel's "The House of Sounds" compared to the original "Vaila": Stronger, creepier, and with a better structure.

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Re: Nemonymous

The more I think about it, the more I would appreciate getting published anonymously (but don't confuse this word with Nemonymous) when no one knows if I'm a man or woman, young or old. I have to admit that when I go to the library, sometimes the author's name reflects if I get the book or not -- not totally, but somewhat. For instance, how many people would buy (or even read) a book by Stephen King if they didn't know it was King who wrote the book?

I found the following information on the internet about Nemonymous, a publication edited by D.F. Lewis:

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Nemonymous is an experimental literary "megazanthus" (a portmanteau word combining magazine and anthology) that publishes short fiction. It originates in the United Kingdom and is edited by British writer D. F. Lewis.

This publication is unique in that all stories are published anonymously, with the identities of contributing authors being normally withheld until the following issue comes out. This arrangement temporarily strips the reader of any prejudices surrounding the author's name (including popularity, gender and place of origin), and thus levels the playing field for the writer.
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Out of context somewhat, how many of us have gone to a meeting, a party, or a family affair because there would be a "certain" person there. Ridding a story of an author's name, sex, etc., for me, would add as much to the story of guessing at least the sex of the author and trying to find information within the fictional story to see if I could decide what part of the world the author is from.

I like things that are different. I've said that statement many times. So naturally I find Nemonymous both mysterious and appealing to my mind's eye. I can't wait to read some of the stories in this publication.

My story NOWHERE TO GO was published by PS PUBLISHING in a book titled POSTSCRIPTS #14 in England in 2008. Let me know if you've read it. If you'd like to contact me, send me a Private Message.
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Re: Nemonymous

Thanks so much, Barry.

Coincidentally, today, I have just received the first review of the Nemonymous 5 contents (rather than of its cover) -- not an 'official' review, but the first real treatment of its stories and it happens to be from an ordinary reader:
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Another big big Thank You for your Desnonymous gift...

Have now completed my reading sitting in the garden in sunshine. As the shadows lengthened so will the memory of this exceptional volume. But needless to say, another powerful experience full of bright moments and deep darkness. And, as always with the Nemo experience, something definitely in-between.

And so to the Nemo Book. And, indeed, it *is* a Memo Book of imagined memories.

At first, I even thought some of the stories themselves would go unnamed as the title waited around the corner on the next page. Nemonclature indeed. And how apt your first quotation, for Nemo Five is alive with the sound of children: selfish children, baby demon cheesy children, neutered children (or, at least, well tempered) and children left with a dream of Jovian time. And those children who run away and search for home or just for their parents.

It's also a book of misplaced deaths. By which I mean folk who are unaware they have passed into the dark veil, death resembling life so much nowadays it seems.

A book too of octopi and dark carnivals and illustrated skin. And indeed the kibbutzniks have more than a passing resemblance to the New Martians as they peer into the reflection of a crop circle. I sense impish conjurement, dear Des.

There are unexpected endings and endings that slip delightfully into their planned framework. "Solid Gold" (more childhood echoes, but only through the selfishness of the main character) concluded on a pristine bedroom carpet amidst oil stains. More stains (but this time of the soul) dried-up unexpectedly in that airy room above the pounding waves; the action hitherto being virtually microscopic (or the size of a pinhead).

And some stories semaphored sweetly their intent: George left his bakery in search, not of childhood, but of an actual child. Will he ever come back to sort out the annoying farm labourer? Such tiny niggles leave a big impression. And we all knew that flaming January would come to grief with her tutor and his spectacularless beard in "Well Tempered". Lovely. Perfect.

Some stories rose and rose while others manoeuvred about their small chosen terrain. "Huntin' Season" just got louder and louder: mad, brilliant, the author trying to out-do her/himself at every paragraph. Why not? Whereas "The Scariest Story I Know" was bathed in dark grey with night light points of luminescence. Effortlessly deep. And certainly the scariest story *I* know.

The urgent sinuous rhythm of the whole is testament to yourself, Des. But if I was to isolate a single note I might mention "The Hills are Alive". Just an English ghost story perhaps, with the ending revealed before the story has barely begun. But then there's the snow globe that seemed to come out of nowhere. And the concept of actually being part of a painting as you're painting something completely different. Mirrors on mirrors. And didn't "Don't Look Now" deal with children and death and death in life and the borders where everything meets?

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Re: Nemonymous

Des, one couldn't have asked for a better review. It's making me even more curious about Nemonymous.


My story NOWHERE TO GO was published by PS PUBLISHING in a book titled POSTSCRIPTS #14 in England in 2008. Let me know if you've read it. If you'd like to contact me, send me a Private Message.
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Re: Nemonymous

I'm getting the sense that Nemonymous Five is oozing...

Good news soon about easing up how to buy Nemonymous.

Meanwhile...

At any time, anyone who either

(a) posts a review (good, bad or indifferent) of WEIRDMONGER (Prime Books 2003) on Amazon
OR
(b) successfully orders a copy of WEIRDMONGER from their local library

will be eligible to receive a free copy of NEMONYMOUS FIVE!

(If (a) is to be anonymous, please provide a copy before it is posted, so that your identity is known.)

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Re: Nemonymous

Disgusting? And by whom?

First on-line review of Nemonymous Five here

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/nemo5.htm

includes these words:

"I'm mentioning 'Hunting season' only to tell that, although I'm well used to gore and splatter, I found it absolutely disgusting."


And just Just noticed Nemo 5 is currently No 2 in the Project Pulp bestsellers:
http//www.projectpulp.com/bestsellers.asp

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Re: Nemonymous

Hi Des:

The link is:

http://www.projectpulp.com/bestsellers.asp

The ":" after http is required.

Great review:

"I'm mentioning 'Hunting season' only to tell that, although I'm well used to gore and splatter, I found it absolutely disgusting."

Makes me eager to read the story even more now to find out why it's absolutely disgusting.

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I think Nemonymous has done well over the years, bearing in mind what was going against it from day one. Writers were probably Nemo’s most potential customers but they usually need to see their names in print alongside their work and, in many cases, they had a blind spot for Nemo. Also, there was the problem that ‘names’ couldn’t be advertised to sell each new Nemo anthology as and when it appeared. And then of course there was me!!

Nemo has crossed certain boundaries that will leave their mark, no doubt. I base this claim on various factors and reviews linked from http://www.nemonymous.com, if anyone is interested.

The recent Project Pulp sales campaign for Nemo has done very well to date and I have high hopes for it in the long-term future.

However, I've come to the conclusion that it is unlikely that I shall ever have my 'line of sand' or 'glass ceiling' breached by enough buyers. I still have a large stock of traditionally printed, beautiful anthologies (ie Nemos 1 to 5) which will not be sold in the quantities needed for me, in all conscience, to commence work on Nemo 6. I do not wish to give false hopes. I owe it to Nemo to stand by my earlier expressed measurement of its success or otherwise.

I am unable personally to push this further myself with my poor skills of publicity, distribution and web design. Not defeatist. Just realistic. I am not currently investing more money to finance another anthology, although I could do so, if I wished.

Therefore, I cannot realistically ever foresee much beyond me saying now:

I think Nemo 5 will be the last Nemo. This is the only conclusion I can come to.

So there it is; Nemo folded.

It is better to be ‘folded’ than merely moribund, I’m sure you will agree.

Meanwhile, there are several critical reviews of all five anthologies on the stocks, having already been commissioned, and these will soon be published on the Internet to help Nemo be sold via Project Pulp over the next few years. I myself shall be here selling them until I drop.

So please support Nemo in the future whenever you can, as it remains a living vibrant entity inasmuch as it has many printed anthologies for people still to read.

I sincerely thank everyone who has supported Nemo in the past, and those writers whose great stories Nemo featured and still features, and Garry Nurrish who was a great artistic inspiration in its early years, and especially to Andy Cox throughout who skilfully interpreted and implemented my specifications regarding the physical Nemo you hold in your hands.

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Because the authors in Nemo Five will not be ‘denemonised’ in print next year within Nemo Six, as hoped, I think it is only fair that I ‘denemonise’ them as soon as possible. And I show the official list below. I still intend to issue short bios of each one at some stage. Thanks and apologies to them all.


The Robot & The Octopus – Tony Ballantyne
Driving In Circles – Iain Rowan
Running Away To Join The Town – Paul Meloy
Solid Gold – Rachel Kendall
George The Baker – ?
The Hills Are Alive – Scott Tullis
Huntin’ Season – Monica O’Rourke
Well Tempered – Neil Williamson
The Scariest Story I Know – Scott Edelman
New Science – Gary McMahon
Soul Stains – Robyn Alezanders
Grandma’s Two Watches – Lavie Tidhar

As you know, all these stories were categorically accepted before knowing the identity of the authors (and I am the only one who will ever know who wrote ‘George The Baker’ at the author’s request). I feel it is a shame that this type of submission process may now die with Nemonymous – as will the sole opportunity in the market for an author to have a story printed initially as anonymous. Although, I hope others will come to fill the gap. A gap Nemonymous has provided.

I hope this expression of closure does not attempt to overblow the importance of Nemo, either now or in future retrospect. After all it is only one more Small Press magazine folding, as they have done many many times before over the years. I hope you will indulge this editor’s ‘self-epitaph’ for his mag bearing in mind it is only appearing on Nemonymous message boards and Nemonymous mailing lists!

Yours, DF Lewis

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Re: Nemonymous

des,

I'm terribly sorry about the demise of Nemo. Your original vision was admirable and different. (Let ego wait a bit.) On the bright side, you've just created a collectible magazine!

I wonder if D.F. Lewis will emerge again. Or will pseudonyms be employed? Please don't tell....

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