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What is Mnemo Press?

What kind of books does Mnemo Press publish?

I have a great idea, but I'm not sure I'm a great writer. What do I do?

I have a great idea, but it's a little edgy. Can I publish with a pen-name?

What is Mnemosyne magazine?

What is the Mnemosyne Workshop?

What can Mnemo Press do for me?

What are my responsibilities as a member of Mnemo Press?

Can't I just make my own website?

Will Mnemo Press claim any rights to my work?

What publishing services does Mnemo Press provide?

Can I be a member of Mnemo Press, but publish my book under my own imprint?

How much does all this cost?

If I sell a book on the Mnemo Press website, how do I get paid?

Do I need to be a member of Mnemo Press to submit an article for Mnemosyne magazine?

So... how do you expect to make money, if all this is free?

Sounds great! Where do I sign up?

 

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What is Mnemo Press?

Mnemo Press (pronounced "NEE-mo," like the captain... or the fish) is a nonprofit member benefit organization serving authors who share an interest in the literature and science of mind. In addition to providing a community for creative people with similar interests, we provide a nexus on the web for potential readers and an imprint which readers can associate with material of a particular "flavor." We also share resources for publishing.

What kind of books does Mnemo Press Publish?

Mnemo Press publishes fiction and nonfiction books about dreams, memory and mind. We are also open to publishing visual and audio works, as well as interactive art and games. We'll publish work on topics including (but not limited to):

  • the nature of identity: "who am I?"
  • theory of mind: "how can I know that others think as I do?"
  • the Other mind: not everything does think as we do
  • sleep and dreams and their relationship to waking consciousness
  • memory: where does it come from? where does it go?
  • memory beyond mind: genes, language, culture, history
  • emergent minds: complexity, chaos and agent-based systems
  • artificial intelligence

Not sure if your work fits our style? Pitch your idea to Mnemosyne magazine. An article in Mnemosyne is a great way for you to introduce yourself to the writers and readers of the Mnemo Press community.

I have a great idea, but I'm not sure I'm a great writer. What do I do?

Writers' workshop groups are a great way to develop your writing style and your "voice." If you live in a large city, there are probably some groups near you. There are also many groups online. Critters began as a free online workshop for science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. It has since expanded to many other genres and has hundreds of writers reading and critiquing one another's work.

If you have a unique view on a topic of interest to Mnemo Press, you might consider submitting a project proposal to Mnemosyne magazine, and participating in the Mnemosyne Workshop.

I have a great idea, but it's a little edgy. Can I publish with a pen-name?

Absolutely. In fact, we encourage our writers who work in academia to use pen names. It allows them to explore questions and ideas they might not voice in other, stuffier, circles. We don't want you worrying about that next grant proposal as you write a provocative, exciting piece of (let's face it) speculation. If you later find that the idea you'd believed to be wild speculation has turned out to be brilliant and prescient, we will be glad to verify you as the source of the book or article.

What is Mnemosyne magazine?

Mnemosyne magazine is the public face of the Mnemo Press community. It's where readers and writers who share a fascination with the mind can come together and explore. Writers can introduce readers to their style and their ideas. They can offer previews of upcoming novels and other works. Readers get a taste of a wide variety of writers and ideas, and get a chance to join the conversation.

All articles and stories will be attached to a discussion thread where readers can discuss the work with the author and with other readers.

Publishing an article in Mnemosyne is a prerequisite for authors who wish to develop books with Mnemo Press. It's also highly recommended that you develop your article in the Mnemosyne workshop, so that we (and you) can get a sense of how well you and your ideas fit into the Mnemo Press family.

Mnemosyne is an online magazine. There is no print edition. A magazine is an inherently transient product, and we don't want to waste paper on something which many will discard when they have finished with it. Furthermore, Mnemosyne encourages submission of appropriate works composed in audio, video and rich media. A paper edition would have to omit a potentially significant portion of the magazine's content.

Mnemosyne is not currently available as an app for Android or iOS. If you would like to develop a Mnemosyne app (pro bono), we might be interested. Contact us.

What is the Mnemosyne Workshop?

Let's face it: great scientists are not always great writers, and vice versa. We can all benefit from outside advice and expertise, and the editors and contributors of Mnemosyne have a wide variety of skills and interests. The free Mnemosyne Workshop provides a sandbox where they can share their works-in-progress with one another outside of the public view. Scientists-turned-writers can develop their narrative voice. Non-scientist writers can add new perspective to their ideas. We all benefit by becoming better writers, and our readers benefit from a higher-quality magazine.

The forums are private, available only to authors working on projects which have been approved by the Mnemosyne editors.

Participation in the workshop is not required for submission to the magazine; you are free to submit finished articles rather than a project proposal. Also, an accepted project proposal and participation in the workshop does not guarantee that the finished article will be published.

If you would like to participate in the workshop, read the submission guidelines on the Mnemosyne page and submit a project proposal.

What can Mnemo Press do for me?

The net is an awfully big place. Really, really big. Though it's a great market (and may soon be the only market), it is very easy for a small vendor to disappear into the void. Search engines like Google have made it possible for people to find what they want online, but only if they know what they want; serendipitous discovery has been seriously hampered. We at Mnemo feel that's a terrible loss, both for the author and for the reader, and we want to do something about it.

By bringing together authors with a common subject matter, Mnemo Press creates a virtual neighborhood and restores the mutually beneficial practice of browsing. If, for example, a reader has heard of a book written by a member of Mnemo Press, then a Google search will bring them to this site and they'll be exposed to all our other authors. All the authors in the community benefit from increased exposure, and the reader benefits from the chance to discover something new and unexpected.

The Mnemo Press imprint will also assure the reader of quality writing. The bar to entry for authors is so low now that the market is flooded with unreadable dreck. The free content offered in Mnemosyne magazine will demonstrate to the prospective reader our commitment to providing only the finest content about the art and science of mind.

Finally, publishing is a lot of work. It takes time, resources and specialized knowledge. It keeps you from doing what you really love to do: writing. (Click here to hear Paula Hendricks, Design Editor for Mnemosyne magazine and CEO of Cinnabar Bridge Communications, discuss this issue at the Nano-Presses roundtable.) By sharing the work of publishing with the other members of Mnemo Press, every author has more time to write.

What are my responsibilities as a member of Mnemo Press?

Your work will be bearing the Mnemo Press imprint, so your principle obligation is to produce work of a quality consistent with our high standards.

You should also contribute to the Mnemo Press publishing community. Our members have many different skills. For Mnemo to work, we must use those skills to build a repository of resources for members. This doesn't mean that you can't charge for your specialized services. If you are an editor, for example, by all means make yourself available for hire to other members (though a "member discount" would be nice). But you should also use your talent to help the community—for example by creating a page (or a blog) of advice for members, or by hosting a discussion group wherein you answer general questions posed by other members. These sorts of contributions not only help to build a community, they advertise your expertise to the group, increasing the likelihood that others will come to you (and pay you) when they need more extensive help. If you opt to include this content in the publicly-accessible portion of the site, you may attract traffic to the site, including potential customers for your books and services. (If your content is interesting enough that people link to it, it will also increase our ranking in Google and other search engines.)

It is in your best interest to help make Mnemo Press as successful as possible.

Can't I just make my own website?

Yes! You can and you should. You should also maintain an effective Amazon page for your book (if you will be selling through Amazon) and a Google Books partnership. Mnemo Press is not meant to replace any of these resources; it's meant to augment them. Remember that any collaboration with Mnemo Press is nonexclusive. Your author's page at Mnemo can contain links back to your personal web page as well as to retailers of your work, and any articles published in Mnemosyne can contain links either to your home page or your Mnemo Press author's page.

Will Mnemo Press claim any rights to my work?

No! For too long writers have been indentured to publishers—few of us have owned our own printing press—but the new era has changed that; now you can be your own publisher. Mnemo Press is less a publisher than it is an imprint. It provides a label which allows readers to identify your work with a common body of thought, a certain similarity of content. The editor-in-chief of Mnemo, Andrew Logan Haskins, owns the copyright to the name and logo of the imprint, but nothing else; your work is your property.

For the integrity of our archives, Mnemosyne magazine requires a limited license for submissions, but all work remains solely the property of the contributing artist.

What publishing services does Mnemo Press provide?

None, per se. Mnemo Press is not a real publisher; it is a label. We will probably buy ISBNs in bulk. If you use a Mnemo Press ISBN, then the publisher of record will be Mnemo Press, but that's about it. Your contract with the "publisher" will grant you 100% royalties for your book. That said, part of the purpose of creating a publishing community is that we work together to publish.

Can I be a member of Mnemo Press, but publish my book under my own imprint?

Yes. You can purchase your own ISBNs and list yourself as the publisher, but it will become expensive if you're going to release your book in more than one format. ISBNs are not required for all books.

If you are going to use a Mnemo Press ISBN, the official publisher of that edition will be Mnemo Press. You can create a separately-named imprint under Mnemo Press if all other members consent to it. However, because the group's ISBNs are purchased in bulk, are registered to Mnemo Press, and are non-transferrable (Bowker's rules, not ours), Mnemo Press will still be listed officially (in the LOC, libraries, bookstores, etc) as the publisher.

How much does all this cost?

The costs for joining Mnemo are nothing right now.

When we reach a critical mass and members are ready to publish, we'll need to decide whether we will (as a group) purchase a block of ISBNs. If we do this, it will potentlially save each of us a lot of money, but it will come with its own hassles. We will need to incorporate at that point, so there will be a nominal annual fee to cover the costs of maintaining the company. Nobody profits directly from this (Mnemo Press is to be a nonprofit LLC), but there are costs associated with incorporation. Mnemo needs to incorporate as a Limited Liability Corporation in order to allow us to share resources while still protecting innocent members from liability in case one member does something stupid and gets sued.

Anyone joining after these base expenses are paid will pay an adjusted (lower) fee, and early members will be reimbursed; in this way all members who benefit from Mnemo Press (including the founder) will share equally in the costs. As a member, you are a part owner of the corporation and share responsibility for the operating expenses. All costs will be fully documented and will be shared equally between members. Ideally, these expenses will be limited to the state's annual fees to renew the incorporation and the cost of purchasing ISBNs; all other maintenance tasks should be shared by members. NOTE: Incorporating in California is more expensive than in any other state; needless to say, we will be incorporating elsewhere.

But don't worry about costs right now. You are not bound to anything until we incorporate, and if you choose to remain as a publishing partner when we incorporate, you will have a voice in the decisions we make.

If I sell a book on the Mnemo Press website, how do I get paid?

Our checkout cart will allow us to sell books from multiple members in a single checkout, while submitting payment information separately to each member's PayPal account. A shared cart will enable readers to buy several books by different authors in one shopping spree; separate PayPal billing allows each member to retain full control over their finances. Payments are not processed by Mnemo Press. We never handle your money, and we like it that way.

Do I need to be a member of Mnemo Press to submit an article for Mnemosyne magazine?

No. Simply follow the submissions guidelines on the Mnemosyne page.

So... how do you expect to make money, if all this is free?

I (that is, Andrew Haskins, the founder of Mnemo Press) expect to make money the same way you do: by selling books. By making Mnemo Press successful, we will all have more eyes—more potential readers—viewing our work.

As I have built a significant expertise in the new (and rapidly changing) publishing world, I will make myself available for hire to those who need a bit more hand-holding. In the spirit of the Mnemo Press community, I will provide free advice on the Mnemo Press blogs.

I'm also a very experienced researcher who's somewhat disgusted by the poor science knowledge exhibited in some sci-fi, and so I am happy to hire myself out as a background researcher and technical consultant for authors.

I will provide these services as my schedule allows (and as my debtors demand). However, my principal motivation for founding Mnemo Press is to bring writers and readers of the topics which I adore together for our mutual benefit, and to give authors—myself included—more time to write.

Sounds great! Where do I sign up?

The first step in working with Mnemo Press is to submit an article for publication in Mnemosyne magazine.


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