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Hello Monday: August 2020

Updated: Aug 12


Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/etmyYZjMnRA or read the transcript below.


Welcome to Hello Monday, the monthly, company-wide show for the volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit, Blue Legacy. We were founded in 1989 to empower underrepresented storytellers, bring diverse people together, and make storytelling accessible across all mediums.

The first Monday of every month we share all the announcements, casting calls, job openings and news for our four divisions that each focus on a different medium: Blue Forge Films, Blue Forge Press, Blue Forge Gaming, and Blue Forge Records.

If you are one of the artisans who work with us – an author, musician, game designer, filmmaker or actor – keeping up with Hello Monday keeps you in the loop. And you don’t have to watch: You can just listen to the episode or you can read the transcript at the www.MyBlueLegacy.org (just click Blog).

My name is Jennifer DiMarco and I’m a director and author at Blue Legacy and also the CFO. I’m also your host for today’s episode.

We have eight topics today but we’re going to start with questions from artisans:

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Questions from You. The first artisan asks, “I didn’t know a premiere was held for a film I appeared in. Why wasn’t I told?”

The fast and easy answer: Your email bounced back to us or our message wound up in your spam folder and you must not follow us on any social media.

Premieres – all our events, actually – are listed sometimes months in advance at the Events link from every one of our websites: MyBlueLegacy.org, BlueForgeFilms.com, BlueForgePress.com, BlueForgeRecords.com or BlueForgeGaming.com. We also tend to post event announcements on the company’s Facebook page.

There are ten events listed there right now!

The second artisan asks, “I messaged Jennifer on Facebook Messenger. Why hasn’t she seen it?”

Because a year ago we announced in Hello Monday that we were no longer using Facebook Messenger for business matter after the wife of an artisan messaged me with deeply personal information about her husband and we realized that we were being too accessible. For changes in policies and to stay in the loop, please watch Hello Monday and don’t contact us through Facebook Messenger. Thank you.

The third artisan asks, “This virus is no different from the regular flu. Why can’t you have more artisans at the Feast of Words since you’re being so safe with masks and plexiglass shields? Also, masks don’t stop the virus; it’s too small.”

Your science is a little skewed. During a bad flu season, we lose 1% of Americans who catch the flu to complications. We lose 3.4% to COVID-19. That number does not count the deaths due to under-staffed hospitals as medical personnel are stretched to thin with COVID-19 cases to always have the time and resources to treat heart attack patients and others.

However, you’re absolutely right: Standard masks don’t stop the virus; it’s too small. And if the virus were airborne, this would be a very big problem. But COVID-19 isn’t airborne. Masks stop droplets of saliva. If you’re infected, the virus is in your saliva – even if you’re asymptomatic. So masks do work if worn properly, not constantly touched, and properly washed.

Additionally, in Washington State, in Kitsap county, outside gatherings are limited to five people at a time. This allows for one or two artisans (from the same household); one or two staff members (from the same household), and customers coming and going. As it is, we now keep staff out of the tented area and they’re only waved over when a purchase is needed.

A fourth artisan asks, “When and how are royalties paid? How do I search Hello Monday to find those answers myself?”

How and when royalties are paid was indeed covered in Hello Monday episodes 96, 104, and 118. One of the best ways to quickly explore Hello Monday is by visiting MyBlueLegacy.org, click Blog, then scroll down to the Hello Monday video playlist. The episode icons are bigger there and they display the topics covered in every episode without having to play the episode.

Do you have a question you’d like address in September’s Hello Monday? Send your question to blueforgegroup@gmail.com. Let’s move into our monthly topics:

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BlueForgeRecords.com. The Blue Forge Records website is very robust with purchase links, samples to listen to, and embedded music videos. But we’ve now added wholesale links for artisans and venues to purchase albums at discount for resale.

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Legacy Concert Dome & Purple Door Studio. In September, we’re preparing to launch a campaign to fund the construction of the Purple Door Studio which will include a domed concert space with a synchronized light-and-sound system. This studio will be able to safely host larger scale film projects with Union-approved physical distancing regulations and host live streams of concerts and other events. All artisans will be allowed to use the studio for no charge for any Blue Legacy-related projects.

If you’re interested in participating in the fund-raising for this project, please reach out to blueforgegroup@gmail.com.

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BlueForgePress.com. The Blue Forge Press website has been updated. It now lists every active author, every current title, and provides alphabetized lists by author, title, and genre as well as purchase links, cover art, and wholesale links.

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Audio Books. Links to purchase all Blue Forge Press audio books will be added to blueforgepress.com this month. Right now, only a handful of them are there. But they are all coming. This is the timeline:

1. Uncertain Journey and Free Range Protocol audio editions are already there.

2. All audio books completed through ACX will be added next.

3. Audio books that have not yet been released but whose books were released prior to quarantine will be added next. (This includes an audio edition from David Martyn.)

These will all occur this month. After that as we move into the rest of the year, we’ll see audio editions for new books added, and brand new audio books.

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Don’t Do This When You Get a Proof. We’ve covered this before in Hello Monday but artisans seem to need a little reminder:

Authors are sent proofs of their novels prior to those novels being sent to the printer. These are formatted, laid out versions of your book sent to you as a pdf. Unfortunately, especially for new authors, not knowing what you can and can’t change at this point impacts Brianne’s schedule dramatically and also impacts every single author who is waiting for their proof from Brianne.

It’s very straight-forward: At the proof stage you can ask for typos and formatting errors to be fixed in your interior proof. That’s all. Never turn in a novel that you haven’t taken as far as humanly possible for you, as polished as you can make it. NO creative changes can be made at the proof stage.

In terms of your cover, you can discuss changes with Brianne at length and in-depth. But for interiors, typos and formatting errors are the only changes.

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Books Coming Out in September. We released six new books, one new album, and four new films last month alone. Find these at BlueForgePress.com and BlueForgeFilms.com. This month we’ll be tackling several projects and September – when the company turns 31 years old – we’ll be adding these additional books:

Cascadia Anthology

Tales of the Slug Anthology

Super Anthology

Trinity September

Take Flight!

Shadow Canyon

That’s the minimum we’ll be adding.

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Signing up for Feast of Words. As we announced in June, Feast of Words is up and running again every single Saturday in Port Orchard hosted by Book’Em Bookstore. All spots were filled in July and all spots have been reserved for August. However, all four Saturdays (noon to 5pm) are open in September. To reserve a spot – one Saturday only and you must stay the entire time – please email blueforgegroup@gmail.com. Spots will be given on a first-requested, first-granted basis.

At this time, we do not plan on continuing the Feast of Words past September. We intend to take October through January off from outside events and return in February 2021. This winter is the time to up your social media game and launch an author page on Facebook or your favorite platform.

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Don’t CC: Writing to the Right Division. If you have a question about royalties, fund-raising, finances, or the company, please write to blueforgegroup@gmail.com. If you have a question about a book project, please write to blueforgepress@gmail.com. If you have a film project, please write to blueforgefilms@gmail.com. If you have a game project, please write to blueforgegaming@gmail.com. If you have a music project, please write to blueforgerecords@gmail.com. If you have questions about both a film project and a book project, please write two separate emails. Do not CC more than one division.

If you wait more than 48 hours for an answer, please text the office at 360-550-2071 and let us know the details.

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That’s all the news for this month. If you have questions or would like us to cover something next month, please post a comment below.

As these unprecedented months continue, please keep in mind that everyone manages long-term stress in a different way. Some of us need to slow down and hibernate. Some of us need to work extra hours and create as much as possible. Don’t attack each other for what your peers are doing or not doing. Compassion is a priceless virtue.

And, as always, remember: Monday doesn’t have to be a day you dread. Monday can be the first day in the best creative month of your life. Even if your best creative month is full of reading, jigsaw puzzles, and long walks with your dog.

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