New and Forthcoming Titles – June 18

New Fiction

Immanion Press is releasing two fiction titles this month. ‘Mythumbra’ is the fifth collection of short stories by Storm Constantine, gathering all of her uncollected works. The previous volumes were ‘Mythophidia’, ‘Mytholumina’, ‘Mythangelus’ and ‘Mythanimus’.  This new book collects stories from various magazines and anthologies published over the last couple of years. It also includes a previously unpublished piece, ‘Master of None’.

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‘Long Indeed Do We Live’ is set upon a desiccated, barren future earth, where life exists only in artificial domes. But the spirit of nature – perhaps vengeful – is persistent and can find its way through the cracks. ‘From the Cold Dark Sea’ is a Lovecraftian story of the peculiar inhabitants of a mansion, next to the ocean in Cornwall. A young woman goes there to restore a mysterious old book that seems to tell a weird history of creatures of the sea. The peculiar inhabitants of the nearby town might well have stepped from the pages. ‘A Winter Bewitchment’ spins an elegant tale of fantasy, exploring the mysteries of feminine allure. A countess, bored of her marriage, wants one last splendid fling, but it’s the witchcraft of her young companion which enables this, and the results are unpredictable. ‘The Saint’s Well’ is a tale of the unseen in the landscape and how ancient beliefs persist in hidden corners of the countryside. An agent of the Vatican investigates the alleged manifestation of a saint in a small Welsh village in the 1950s. Is this down purely to the imagination of a child, or something more – and of much earlier times. These are but tasters for the tales within this collection, which presents Storm Constantine at her story-telling best. Includes black and white illustrations by the author and Danielle Lainton. Cover by Danielle Lainton.

Contents:

The Drake Lords of Kyla, Long Indeed Do We Live, A Winter Bewitchment, The Saint’s Well, At the Sign of the Leering Angel, Master of None, In the Earth, From the Cold Dark Sea, In Exile, The Secret Gallery, The Foretelling.

Para Spectral is the fifth in the ‘Para’ series of anthologies, stories written by various writers within Storm Constantine’s Wraeththu Mythos. Each volume has had a theme for authors to play with, and the most recent book, subtitled ‘Hauntings of Wraeththu’ is essentially a collection of ghost stories – although with unusual twists. The tales have been written by regular contributors to the Mythos and we welcome a new author to the ranks in Zane Marc Gentis.

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Hara are by nature acutely psychic, able to perceive far more beyond physical senses that humans ever could. In a haunted spot – whatever its nature, if only a lingering sense of guilt or terror from a past conflict – hara are more susceptible to witness whatever might have remained hidden to the majority of human eyes.

What ghosts might haunt a Wraeththu har? Phantoms of the dead – whether humans, hara or something else? Perhaps they perceive ‘stone tape’ memories of the past that have soaked into buildings, fields and forests to replay ancient events at certain times? They might face chaotic entities that cause havoc, or manifestations from etheric realms, beings that leak into earthly reality from the otherlanes. They could even experience inner hauntings, where a har harbours secrets of which he’s never spoken that come to plague him. All these and more manifest in Para Spectral. Includes 7 b/w illustrations by Storm Constantine. Cover by Ruby.

Contents:

Introduction – Storm Constantine
The Wraeththu: A Brief Definition of Their Origin
Recalled to Life – Maria J. Leel
A Handful of Sea Coins – Nerine Dorman
The Museum – Amanda Kear
The Kinder Lie – Fiona Lane
The Hardest Hue to Hold – E. S. Wynn
The Ghost of Who I Was – Zane Marc Gentis
Winds of Vengeance – Martina Bellovičová,
The Strangest Ghost of Apaley – Christiane Gertz,
The Emptiness Next Door – Storm Constantine,
Alas, What is Done in Youth – Wendy Darling

Future Fiction Releases

We’ve had inquiries about future Wraeththu Mythos novels. So, to answer readers’ questions: ‘Last Ride to Lyonis’ by Maria J. Leel is currently being written – we aim to bring this book out in early 2019. As for ‘Rosa Mundi’ by Kris Dotto – a book that has become almost legendary among Wraeththu enthusiasts – the author has not been able to complete the book. If we get any further news about this title it will appear on our blog or on our Facebook page. E. S. Wynn’s ‘Voices of the Silicon Beyond’, the concluding volume in his ‘Gold Country’ Wraeththu Mythos series will be published in August.

The final volume of the new editions of Tanith Lee’s ‘Blood Opera Sequence’ – ‘Darkness I’ – will be published in July with cover art by John Kaiine, 7 interior illustrations by Freda Warrington and an introduction by Sarah Singleton. John Kaiine has also asked us to bring out a new edition of Tanith’s novel ‘Vivia’, which we aim to publish in the last quarter of 2018.

Non-Fiction News

The Heart of the Elders: Good Elders and Their Influences’, by Lillith ThreeFeathers and Joy Marie Wedmedyk, will be published early this summer. The authors share astounding real-life experiences, magical blessings, and spiritual connections that prove the importance of Elders in Paganism. They provide essential advice to students and Elders on dedication, patience, accountability, being present for the experience, and using personal failure as a stepping stone. Building upon decades of unique personal experiences, they offer a practical guide to navigating respectful relationships across spiritual traditions. They include insights from interviews with more than thirty active Pagans/Neopagans, including noted teachers, writers, and Elders. No other book deals with the particular challenges of identifying Elders, their roles in our culture, and their impact on those they guide. The information gathered by the authors offers an adventure that will support your own personal path.

We’ve recently begun to work with author Simon Court on ‘The Inner Ways of Magic’ a four-volume series of books on path-working and visualisation. The series presents a complete manual of magic in the Western Esoteric Tradition, but focusing entirely with “inner” work, exercises using the imagination – also known as pathworking, the term used within the Tradition for vivid fantasy journeys. The first volume in the series ‘Paths of Earth and Moon’ will be released in the autumn and the subsequent titles will be published every 6 months.

Cornelia Benavidez’s new book ‘Transpiration: Poetry and Storytelling’ will also be published later this year. The first part of the book covers the author’s extremely interesting life growing up, and how her spiritual path developed. This is followed by her visionary and magical poetry. In the author’s own words from the introduction:

“All people wish and endeavour to be understood and to test boundaries for themselves. We desire to test and affirm what is true, for life is full of theories, possibilities and mysteries.  Storytellers, poets, scientists and adventurers all mine for their own kind of gold and, when they find it, their triumph is in not just the eureka of the find but the joy of sharing the journey as well as the discovery. In sharing with others, we are not just entertaining one another but teaching others of the joys and perils of the quest, be they internal or external. Perhaps one reason we have the drive to quest so bravely is to satisfy our hope of the other realities and possibilities available to us in life and beyond.  In this work are some of the highlights of my journey, what I have experienced and learned that has shaped my creativity and spiritual leanings. I hope that my journey from child to now makes you smile and encourages you to love in the face of our complex human existence and, most of all, teases your heart to write and speak of your own journey of experience and discovery.”

An as yet untitled book on dark goddesses, including pathworkings to visit these intriguing and sometimes almost forgotten deities, is still being written. It will include contributions from Caroline Wise, Andrew Collins and Storm Constantine, among others. More news when the project is further under way.

 

 

 

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Forthcoming Titles News for April 2018

Forthcoming Book News

We have two new titles for April 2018, which will be published on April 24.

For the fiction list we have ‘Venus Burning: Realms. The Collected Short Stories from ‘Realms of Fantasy’ by Tanith Lee. This volume collects, for the first time, all the stories Tanith wrote for this seminal US genre magazine and includes a Preface by the magazine’s founder and editor, Shawna McCarthy, who was a close friend of Tanith’s. There’s also an introduction by Jeremy Brett, who’s the curator for the SF/Fantasy Archives at the Cushing Memorial Archive and Library in Texas. The Cushing Memorial has been very helpful to us over the past few years, providing scans of Tanith’s rarer stories for the collections of hers we’ve published.

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The stories in this collection are among her best work, in which Tanith takes myth and fairy tale tropes and turns them on their heads. You might find fantasy swordsmen (Woman in Scarlet), vampires (Israbel), werewolves (Moonblind), dragons (The Children of his Old Age), ghostly dolls (Doll Skulls) and tales reminiscent of the Arabian Nights (I Bring You Forever), but these are nothing like stories of those genres you’ve read before. Lush and lyrical, deep and literary, Tanith Lee created fresh poignant tales from familiar archetypes. This book also includes three previously uncollected stories from her Flat Earth mythos.

“We published fifteen of Tanith Lee’s brilliant works. All of those wonderful, mystical, gorgeous, glorious stories are in this volume, and I’m so glad that Immanion Press is sharing them with new (and old) readers.”

Shawna McCarthy – founder and editor of ‘Realms of Fantasy’

Table of Contents:

Preface by Shawna McCarthy; Beauty, Darkness and Sensuality: The Magic of Tanith Lee’s Writing: An introduction by Jeremy Brett

The Story Told by Smoke (From the Journals of St. Strange); Doll Skulls (a Paradis novelette); Death Loves Me; Old Flame (From the Journals of St. Strange); The Lady-Of-Shalott House; I Bring You Forever; The Woman in Scarlet; The Children of His Old Age; The Man Who Stole the Moon (A Story of the Flat Earth); Moonblind; Israbel; Stalking the Leopard; En Forêt Noire; The Snake (A Story of the Flat Earth); Our Lady of Scarlet (A Story of The Flat Earth)

 For the non-fiction list, Megalithica Books, we’re publishing ‘Zodiac of the Gods’ by Eden Crane.

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The Dendera Zodiac, an elaborate bas-relief sculpted on a twelve-inch stone disc, was found on the ceiling of a chapel in the Temple of Hathor at Dendera in central Egypt. This artefact revealed how the twelve months of the Ancient Egyptian year were presided over by a particular god, goddess or mythical creature – creating a system of ‘natal signs’ similar to western astrology. This book presents a new interpretation of the Dendera Zodiac, exploring character analysis for each sign, revealing your relationship with the god or goddess who presides over your month of birth.

Zodiac of the Gods also offers a primer for Egyptian magic, focusing upon the deities of the year. The vivid pathworkings enable you to connect with these ancient gods and goddesses, and work with their energy to influence and improve your life, to help you realise your goals and desires.

When you engage in ritual, you put your intentions out into the universe, connecting with the source of all, whatever you believe that to be. Within this book, the gods and goddesses are imagined as different masks for the universal life energy, so that you can relate to it more meaningfully and visualise it easily.  Understand what the ancient divine forms represent, learn about their symbols and meaning, and how these aspects are mirrored within you, and you’ll come to know more about yourself.

Should you want to receive a review PDF of either of these titles, or interview the author of Zodiac of the Gods, please mail Storm at editorial(at)immanion-press(dot)com

 

 

New Titles for December 2017

Immanion Press is holding a launch event on December 7th in Stafford UK to celebrate the publication of six titles.

Two of the new releases are hardback limited Collectors’ Editions of the Grimoire Dehara series – Book Three Nahir Nuri, which Storm Constantine co-wrote with Taylor Ellwood, and also a reissue of the hardback of the first volume Kaimana, which came out in 2005. While the first volume’s text hasn’t been expanded or changed, (other than a few errors corrected), it does include several extra illustrations from artist Ruby, and one by the late Billie Walker-John, who did quite a few Wraeththu Mythos illustrations back in the 90s.

The new Grimoire Dehara book is also being released in paperback at the same time.

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On the fiction side, we have ‘Dark Dance’ by Tanith Lee, the first in her Blood Opera Sequence, (long out of print), featuring an introduction and interior illustrations by Storm Constantine. The second volume, ‘Personal Darkness’ will be released in early 2018, and will feature an introduction and interior illustrations by Freda Warrington. The third book in the series, ‘Darkness, I’, will be published one to two months after the second volume, and will feature an introduction by Sarah Singleton. All three books will have cover art by John Kaiine. The ‘Blood Opera Sequence’ is Tanith’s unique and baroque exploration of the vampire myth.

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‘The Darkest Midnight in December: Ghost Stories for the Winter Season’ features a cover by Danielle Lainton and stories by J. E. Bryant, Storm Constantine, Louise Coquio, Wendy Darling, Nerine Dorman, Rosie Garland, Jessica Gilling, Suzanne Gyseman, Misha Herwin, Rick Hudson, Rhys Hughes, Hannah Kate, Fiona Lane, Fiona McGavin and Adele Marie Park. With seven illustrations by Storm Constantine and Wendy Darling.

The ghost story is a Christmas tradition; shadows looming over the brightly-lit tree in a room where logs crackle in the hearth, and the smell of spice and brandy fill the air. Outside the weather is chill; perhaps snow is falling. The house is far from town – lights twinkle in the distance. And over the festive season, as people gather to celebrate and welcome in the New Year, eerie breath might be heard in a dark corridor, hurrying footsteps overhead, a sigh in the depths of a stairwell. When all are supposed to be happy and secure, the intrusion of fear, grief or sadness are alien, and yet bizarrely integral to a time of celebration whose roots lie in ancient, pagan festivals. What stirs in the darkness?

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Now that humankind is on the edge of extinction and the androgynous Wraeththu have inherited the earth, hara have developed their own spiritual systems, often based upon ancient beliefs that developed when humanity had been closer to the earth.

For Songs to Earth and Sky, Storm Constantine invited some of the Wraeththu Mythos writers to explore the eight seasonal festivals of the year, (plus the ninth minor celebration in early December), to dream up new beliefs and customs, new myths, new dehara – the gods of Wraeththu. These stories delve into magic, nature, the supernatural, and local folklore. As different communities develop among Wraeththu, so fresh legends spring up – or else ghosts from the inception of their kind come back to haunt them. From the silent, snow-heavy forests of Megalithican mountains, through the lush summer fields of Alba Sulh, into the hot, shimmering continent of Olathe, Songs to Earth and Sky explores nine festivals within the Wheel of the Year, bringing its powerful spirits and landscapes to vivid life.

Nine brand new tales, including a novella, a novelette and a short story from Storm herself, and stories from Wendy Darling, Nerine Dorman, Suzanne Gabriel, Fiona Lane and E. S. Wynn. The Deharan system of magic explored in these stories reinvents the Pagan Wheel of the Year with an androgynous focus, and will be fascinating both to fans of the Mythos and those who are new to it.

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Review PDFs of any of these titles can be obtained by mailing editorial(at)immanion-press(dot) com. More details can be found on our web site www.immanion-press.com

New Fiction Titles for June 2017

We’re pleased to announce two new fiction titles this month. First up is Storm Constantine’s ‘A Raven Bound with Lilies: Stories of the Wraeththu Mythos‘.

Wraeththu – a new species or the next step in the evolution of humankind? Androgynous, and stronger in mind and body than their human predecessors, Wraeththu rose from the ruins of human civilisation to start afresh. New custodians of a battered planet, they have a choice:  work and grow to become worthy custodians of the world, or succumb to the lingering humanity within them, and perish as their forerunners did. Naturally magical, often possessing unearthly beauty, and sometimes deadly, the Wraeththu have captivated readers since Storm Constantine’s first novel, The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, was published in 1988.

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Since then, the author has completed three trilogies, three novellas and numerous short stories. This anthology collects all her published Wraeththu stories into one volume, and also includes extra material, including the author’s first explorations of the androgynous race and their world, dating back to the late 1970s.

From the ‘creation story’ Paragenesis, through the bloody, brutal rise of the earliest Wraeththu tribes, when hara fought for control and power, (Pro Lucror), and on into a future where they have overcome their savage beginnings, and strange mutations are starting to emerge from hidden corners of the earth, (Painted Skin), the fifteen stories within this book explore different shades and colours of the Wraeththu world.

With sumptuous illustrations by official Wraeththu artist Ruby, as well as pictures from Danielle Lainton and the author herself, A Raven Bound with Lilies is a must for any Wraeththu enthusiast, and is also a comprehensive introduction to the mythos for those who are new to it.

The second new titles is from Rhys Hughes, a prolific creator of strange and wonderful short stories. Salty Kiss Island collects for the first time Rhys’s fantastical love stories.

What is a fantastical love story? It isn’t quite the same as an ordinary love story. The events that take place are stranger, more extreme, full of the passion of originality, invention and magic, as well as an intensification of emotional love. Also, the voice that tells them has rather a different tone to a conventional romantic narrator.

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The stories in Salty Kiss Island are set in this world and others, spanning the spectrum of possible and impossible experiences, the uncharted territories of yearning, the depths and shoals of the heart, mind and soul. They are adventure yarns, whimsies and comedies, tragedies and paradoxes. They are melancholy, gleeful, philosophic or mystical. A love of language runs through them, parallel to the love that motivates their characters to feats of preposterous heroism, luminous lunacy and grandiose gesture. They include tales of minstrels and their catastrophic serenades, dreamers sinking into sequences of ever-deeper dreams, goddesses and mermaids, sailors and devils, messages in bottles that can think and speak but never be read, shadows with an independent life and voyagers of distant galaxies who are already at their destinations before they arrive.

The authors of these books are available for interview, as well as guest posts on blogs, and review PDF copies can be applied for by mailing info(at)immanion-press(dot)com.

Nothing But a Pack of Cards – New Release

We’re pleased to announce the release of S. Rune Emerson’s new book, ‘Nothing But a Pack of Cards’.

In this handbook on the practice of sorcery using tarot cards, S. Rune Emerson utilizes the Rider Waite-Smith tradition of tarot art to teach the myriad practices of the Art Magical.

Included in this book are:

A modern look at sorcery through the eyes of the Rider Waite-Smith tarot cards and their derivatives, including laws and fundamentals of magic, and how magic actually works. An explanation of the twelve categories of commonly cast spells, the six kinds of magical initiation and quickening, and the four great tenets of a sorcerer’s philosophy, all encoded within the Major Arcana. Methods and ritual practices which help you employ the basic principles of sorcery, and learn how to become a sorcerer. A series of spells and techniques crafted from the study of the Pip and Court cards, as well as appendices on group work and ritual tokens. And more!

Any magician, whether long-experienced or just beginning, will find unique and useful information in these pages. If you want to learn how to use that tarot deck for more than just card games and fortune telling, this book is for you.

If anyone would like to review this book, please mail us for a PDF at editorial(at)immanion-press(dot)com. The author is also available for interview.

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Nothing But a Pack of Cards by S. Rune Emerson

The Reality of Amazon in Publishing

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Every so often, one of my authors will email me or instant message me and ask about something that has occurred on Amazon. Maybe they can’t find their book or maybe their book is being offered at a discounted rate, or maybe its something else. What they want is for me to solve the problem. However what they don’t realize is just what a complicated relationship there is between Amazon and publishers. Actually that’s true of distributors and retailers in general. The following may shed some light on the realities of dealing with any retailer, as well as some specific aspects of dealing with Amazon.

1. Publishers make prices, but retailers can change prices. A publisher can decide that a book is worth $20.99 and that’s what the book will cost on the publisher’s website. It’s also what the book will cost if you buy it direct from the author. But if you buy the book from Amazon or some other retailer, you may note that the price is sometimes discounted. Sometimes the discount is small and sometimes its large. This discount can effect royalties authors receive. The publisher has little control over the discount, because the book is being sold by a third party.

2. Kindlelicious. Another service Amazon provides is Kindle. Publishers can sign up for different types of kindle accounts. For example, you can sign up for a kindle account where you only offer e-books through kindle or you can sign up for one where you offer e-books through other sites. Obviously Amazon prefers you sign up for a kindle only account. There are some features you will get with Kindle only, but its always a toss up because not everyone wants to use Kindle.

3. Subscription based reading is becoming a reality. Amazon has set up a subscription service where you can read over 70,000 titles if you pay a monthly fee. The books aren’t free (the subscriber is paying a fee) but you won’t get as much royalties as you’d like because its essentially a library. This will become more of a reality for the publishing industry and you can’t do much about it because the retailer is still paying you for the content.

4. Publishers print the books and ship them out, but retailers sell the books and hold the balance of power. Publishing has always been an industry where the retailer holds the power. The retailer is the middle person in the equation and as such is for the most part dealing with the customers. Publishers accept this because of the exposure books get, but also accept that as a result retailers set a lot of the rules for the relationship.

Even if you self-publish, you still end up dealing with retailers of some type. For example, if you write a book and want to sell it, where do you go? Amazon, because you know amazon provides you an opportunity to get in front of your audience. But when you do that you also understand that Amazon is dictating the terms because you need them more than they need you.

My point in writing this post is just to explain that while publishers can and will do their part to represent their authors interests, they nonetheless have to deal with the retailers and that relationship isn’t an equal one by any measure. Knowing that can help you the author understand why some things occur on amazon and other retailer sites.

How to work with Bookstores to Market Events

 

You’ve found a bookstore that will host your workshops. It’s pretty exciting, but now comes the tough part of marketing the event, plus doing due diligence on your part to make sure that both you and the store are successful. Both you and the bookstore owner need to be on the same page if your event is going to be successful and this isn’t always as easy as you’d think. The following tips can help you work with a bookstore to market your event as well as handle all the other due diligence issues that need to be raised.

1. Agree on the price, date, & workshops. Ideally you should contact a shop no later than 2 months out from the proposed date (I’d recommend 6 months so you can plan your marketing campaign accordingly). Figure out a date, time, and workshops you’ll be offering as well as what the price should be. Typically shops will make an arrangement of 70-30% split with you receiving 70 and them receiving 30. Email them your workshop description.

Now this is where a lot of authors and bookstores stop. The date has been set, the price set, and the workshops figured out and sent for the shop to put on their website…however there’s a lot more which needs to be done if you want a successful event, and both the author and bookstore need to do some work if your event is going to be successful.

2. Make sure the bookstore is going to order your books for the event. There’s nothing worse than showing up to a bookstore, with no books for your event, because the bookstore didn’t order any. Make sure the owner knows which books need to be ordered, as well as providing them the contact information for your publisher or distributor. Don’t assume that they have this information. Send them an email with suggested books they can order for the event, as well as the necessary contact information to order the books.

3. Get your marketing materials together. It’s not enough to write-up a workshop description and post it on your website and on the bookstore’s website. You need to market your event using multiple marketing channels that will help you raise awareness and interest in the event. The bookstore needs to also help with this effort, since they, like you, should have an existing audience. So what should be done:

  • Promote the event through your e-newsletter and make sure the shop is doing it as well.
  • Set up a Google Plus and Facebook Event for your workshop. Don’t use just Google Plus or Facebook…use both because different people prefer different platforms.
  • Make sure the store has a Google Plus Community and a Facebook Group for their shop. Don’t post to their business page, because the reach is poor. Having a Facebook group and Google Plus community on the other hand can be very effective reaching out to the community that goes to the store. Make sure you aren’t just promoting your event. Make sure you also are posting excerpts from your blog, which allows you to share content with people and build a relationship (To learn more, go here). Interacting with people ahead of time will generate interest in you and your workshops, especially if people don’t already know who you are.
  • Get physical flyers made up and emailed to the store so the store can have them on site for people who are come into the store. Need help developing a flyer? I recommend Shauna Aura Knight‘s services. Also if you are doing other events in the area ahead of time, take flyers with you to give to people attending the event.
  • Schedule a call with the shop owner to discuss what each of you can do to market the event and also to check in ahead of time to make sure people are signing up for the event.

4. Launch your marketing campaign. Once all the pieces are in place, launch your event. This means you post your newsletter, post on your social media, have flyers on hand, and otherwise talk up the event when its relevant to do so. The bookstore should also be posting about your event and telling their customers about it when they stop in the store.

Doing all of these activities will help you make the event successful by getting people into seats. However, it is important to get the bookstore on board and doing marketing as well. Some owners and employees will be easier to work with than others, but be persistent and if necessary be willing to provide some ideas on how they can market the event.