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Long Live The Emperor Italian Translation Done!

We are excited to announce the completion of the Italian translation of “Long Live The Emperor”!  It was so awesome to work with our translators and to see this work written in Italian was so exciting for us. 

During the time of this work being translated our translators Alessandra and Francesca won the national prize for translation issued by the Italian Ministry of culture! It’s the most important translation prize in Italy

Here is some more about them:

Alessandra Repossi, professional literary translator, has translated over 130 novels and essays for major Italian publishers, from English, French and Spanish into Italian. Together with Francesca Cosi she created a new method of literary translation as a collaborative duo which sparked great interest in translation schools. Among their most recent translated books three works stand out, which show a neat literary style: Rae DelBianco’s novel “Ruvide bestie” (Rough Animals), which takes place in the wide spaces of the American West, “Autobiografia per sommi capi”, a collection of little-known essays by George Orwell, and “La fine delle epidemie” (The End of Epidemics) by Jonathan Quick, which deals with the most discussed topic today. 

We are so grateful to them for their wonderful work and we hope to have the Italian version ready for release in the next couple week! 

Italian Translation of Long Live The Emperor available soon!

We found wonderful translators for “Long Live The Emperor” after a couple weeks of researching.  Alessandra and Francesca work together translating English into Italian professionally.  This is a little about them directly from their website:

“We are professional literary translators belonging to the Italian Association of Translators and Interpreters as qualified members, and to the American Literary Translators Association. We were both born in Italy. After spending many years abroad honing our language skills, we are now living in Tuscany — the region of Florence, Siena, and Pisa, where good wine and food abound, and beautiful scenery meets the eye around every corner. We have an enormous library where books in English dominate. We keep improving our translation skills when we’re not working by reading the masterpieces of literature both in English and in Italian.”

Alessandra and Francesca have translated over 150 books in their 25 years of translating and we are so happy to have them as a part of our Summer Time Studios family for present and future translations of our work! We hope to have the Italian version of “Long Live The Emperor” released by the end of November!

Summer Time Studios going International

We have made the decision to go international with our publications!  After the success of our marketing campaigns with Metatron (who is based in Italy) and much discussion about the direction we wish to go we have concluded that going international with our publications is the best way for us to connect with the global family. 

This means we are getting our works translated into multiple languages beginning with Italian to honor our new friends in Italy who have supported our studio and purchased “Long Live The Emperor”

We are researching potential translators and going with advice Metatron gave us about what criteria we need in a good translator.  Metatron worked as a translator in his past and is phenomenal in his understandings of linguistics (see his video below about the Lorica Segmentata in Classical Latin!)   With his help we are confident we will be able to find the perfect translators for our works and begin the journey of learning how to share present and future publications with a global community! 

Long Live The Emperor Anniversary

Its been one year since “Long Live The Emperor” was published and we are shocked how fast this year has gone by!

2020 was a rough year to publish new works due to the global meltdown of the pandemic.  We prevailed however in many ways despite the difficulties getting traction for marketing due to communication lines being clogged up with collective panic and fear! 

Looking back had we known what was going happen after we did our official release we may have postponed until the dust settled and things calmed down.  Even as we write this post the chaos is still spinning in many ways and we have been informed supply chain issues will be the next wave of this fragile human system collapse! 

We are dedicated to the long haul however so over this past year we have cultivated extreme patience and tenacity.  Today we were presented with the “Hang In There” Award:  For Persistence and Perseverance in the Face of Ridiculous Odds!  

We have made excellent progress on scripting Lateefa of Mirea and illustration has begun as well as many pages of illustrations of Book II of the Tales of Orlen Series “Mercenary and the Crystal Eye

E-book sales of Long Live The Emperor have been successful enough to pay for ongoing marketing expenses which is wonderful and we are looking at the possibility of translating the work for international publication.   We are so grateful to everyone who has purchased the e-book and supported our launch of our studio.  We look forward to sharing more in the coming months as summer comes to a close and we begin a new year! 

Summer Time Update – Literally

The peak of summer is always our favorite time of year.  We have been of course working on our new upcoming books in between riding our new electric bikes in the mountains and river-boarding to cool off from the hot days.  The long days are filled with many inspirations and we are grateful to all of our friends and family who are supporting our work.  

Our Metatron marketing campaign is doing great and we are so thankful for Metatron’s help with getting “Long Live The Emperor” shared within his noble community of the sword! 

We spoke in our last post that we intend to try a new approach to publishing –

“Our works will always be tailored to an audience that have high standards based on sound values/principles and who have an appreciation of classical beauty as well as a love of history.  This audience we will want to form our community around is a ‘niche’ audience so to speak and we want to have a more personalized connection with them rather than blocking them into a mass audience and labeling them ‘fans’.  We want to be able to call those who appreciate and support our works ‘allies’ and friends.  That means we will not be going through established channels like Amazon or participating in mass marketing.” 

Our desire to share our works outside of the mainstream publishing paradigm has many built in challenges of marketing and distribution that we will be navigating in the present and coming years.  One of the biggest challenges seems to be succeeding in simple communication via email.   We have decided we are going to go back to old fashioned ‘snail mail’ correspondence because it seems like emails just get lost in some kind of a vacuum despite our best efforts to ‘google’ verify and all the other ‘safe guards’ that they claim are needed so that one’s email doesn’t end up in spam!    There is something charming about putting letters in envelopes and placing stamps upon them which we enjoy.  Our world has become too crazy fast and therefore it seems many opportunities are simply being missed because everyone is in hyper drive.  

The second biggest challenge is in getting print on demand (POD) for printed versions of our work streamlined so that when someone orders a hard copy of a book it can be easily drop shipped from the printer at a cost that is reasonable.  We are working on getting “Long Live The Emperor” printed so that folks can order a copy easily without us having to bulk order and then mail ourselves.  Many of our recent sales have been international so if we cannot find good overseas POD we won’t be able to offer printed versions to folks in other countries – the shipping would cost more than the book! 

Long Live The EmperorOur family publishing company – ReGenesis Media – is doing outreach on this matter and we hope to have something resolved by this coming autumn.  It will be wonderful to be able to offer printed versions.  Until then we will continue to offer our works in simple e-book downloads and we thank everyone who has purchased our work and appreciate your wonderful reviews! 

Here is the latest Metatron video “Long Live The Emperor” sponsored…

Long Live The Emperor & Metatron Alliance!

After months of working on promoting “Long Live The Emperor” and doing outreach to individuals who we deeply respect we are so happy to announce our first promotional campaign on the “Metatron” YouTube channel.  Jaron has been a big fan of Metatron’s shows and has learned a great deal about history, languages, and medieval weapons/armors which inspired him while working on “Long Live The Emperor”. 

When developing a marketing strategy for all Summer Time Studios works we had deep discussions about ‘what audiences do we wish to reach’ and ‘what methods of marketing and distribution do we wish to use’.  We have always walked our own path in life and when we looked at the mainstream publishing and marketing methods we made a decision that we don’t want to participate in that paradigm. 

Our works will always be tailored to an audience that have high standards based on sound values/principles and who have an appreciation of classical beauty as well as a love of history.  This audience we will want to form our community around is a ‘niche’ audience so to speak and we want to have a more personalized connection with them rather than blocking them into a mass audience and labeling them ‘fans’.  We want to be able to call those who appreciate and support our works ‘allies’ and friends.  That means we will not be going through established channels like Amazon or participating in mass marketing. 

We want our works to be promoted by people we respect and admire which Metatron is at the top of the list.  We are proud to be able to call Metatron our first official Ally on this path of bringing our creative works to our human family!  Please visit his channel to support his wonderful work! 

Here is the full video that has our first official promotion in it at the 3:38

Lateefa of Mirea Series

Since 2013 Summer Time Studios has been working on a series of ideas that would eventually become Jade Green’s literary graphic novel series “Lateefa of Mirea“.  

This epic tale is the creation of Summer Time Studios Green Brothers over the years with both contributing to the characters, plots, and world building.  In 2019 Jade Green took the helm on its final development and has been writing and illustrating the series for its final release and publication.

Series Description:

“Within the Celestial Family of the Apsu there is a great world known as Tiamat.  As a blue and green gem Tiamat hovers in the heavens and upon Her lives the creatures known as the Tohn.”  

Two Amanian Tohn

The Tohn can be somewhat of an enigma existing between that of a wild beast and a civilized creature.  Being happy to live amongst the grasses of the vast plains of Mirea or to build small settlements and farm the land the Tohn are possessed with great curiosity and have a love of learning.  They could have a great civilization if they wanted to focus but their minds often dwell in the happy-go-lucky-silly-playfulness that exists in their hearts.  The Tohn also share the world of Tiamat with the macho yet kind ‘pig’ like Gonahein and the proud and noble Griffins as well as many other fantastic creatures. 

The story of Lateefa of Mirea takes place within this world where we will follow Lateefa and her friends as she seeks to understand the Tohn and her place amongst them because although she is a Tohn she was raised among the Griffins.   Lateefa of Mirea is a Fairy tale Mythos having the levity and fantastic nature of a fairy tale yet grounded in the foundation of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Sumerian Mythos.  

The first book is currently being illustrated and will be completed by sometime in 2022. 

 

 

Earth Day…I AM the Earth

We at Summer Time Studios have celebrated Earth Day every year since we were born with our mother who has taught us that ‘Earth Day is about caring for our community” which is not just our human family but all life on our beautiful planet.  We have been sad to see this annual celebration get hijacked by ‘climate change’ and other political crazies over the years because it has robbed people from being able to simply come together in honor and celebration of the beauty of our world, the appreciation of our families/communities, and do fun things like learn about our big blue planet in this mysterious and amazing universe. 

When we were little we would sometimes spend this day simply choosing a place to go that we could do a clean up project or have a picnic with friends.  Our mother sometimes was part of organizing events or festivals but she left that arena when the ‘green’ movement strayed away from happy celebrations of life to lecturing about how doomed we all are. 

One of our favorite songs that we feel really captures the spirit of Earth Day was created by a composer Glyn Lehmann and performed by a children’s choir.  The animation in the video was created by children from Marryatville Primary School, South Australia in 2008.  We wanted to share it with everyone on this Earth Day to help lift spirits and bring smiles!

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

Long Live The EmperorAt the beginning of March Summer Time Studios publisher, ReGenesis Media, submitted “Long Live The Emperor” for consideration of nominations for the 2020 graphic novel and comic book awards.   The title was submitted to be considered for the following categories:

  • Best new series
  • Best publication for kids
  • Best publication for teens
  • Best graphic album–new material
  • Best writer/artist
  • Best painter
  • Best coloring

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry, are handed out each year in a gala ceremony at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and pioneer of the graphic novels), the Awards are given out in more than two-dozen categories covering the best publications and creators of the previous year.”  Official nominees will be announced in May and winners will be announced at the annual gala ceremony in July!  

Needless to say we are very excited to be able to participate in this prestigious contest with our first publication and are hopeful to have this first Summer Time Studios publication recognized for its high quality art and story.