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1. Authors looking for a publisher (maybe Artifex?).

2. Clients.

3. Jobs.

4. Contribute to "Block Notes".
4.1. Ex Libris.
4.2. Poetry.
4.3. Reviews.
4.4. Guidelines (how to write).

5. Other questions.
5.1. How to commission an Ex Libris?
5.2. I wish to exchange my Ex Libris.

6. Letters.

7. Contribute.


1. Authors looking for a publisher (maybe Artifex?).

Q - Getting published by Artifex.
Dear Publisher, my name is Name Surname, I'm  XX years old. I wrote around XXX poems, published in many  books/magazines/collections. Many critics and local/nationwide magazines talked about me in favourable terms, comparing my verses to those of Baudelaire/Luzi/Montale and making connections to paintings of Morandi/Picasso/Van Gogh. Although I received a number or proposals, I still did not publish my collections. I send to you my first two collections, titled "Origins" and "The flooding blood of my birthplace town" to let you read them, tell me what you think and evaluate the chance to PRINT, MARKET, SELL them. Sure of your interest, I thank you for you time and effort. Your sincerly. Signature. Name Surname - Jones Q. Street - London - UK

A - Dear Mr. Surname, if you browsed through my site, you certainly realized that I publish books with ex libris subject only. Why did you write to me, then? On the other hand, if you did not browse through my site, why did you write to me? I figure out that you wrote the same letter to all the publisher you came across on the Internet - with an email address, and that maybe two or three of them bothered to reply (saying that they are not interested in it, blaming various excuses, and so on). If you want to get published, by any publisher, you have to write the correct letter to the correct publisher. Your letter is incorrect, as I said earlier. You should be aware that a good first impression is  fundamental: every publisher is different, you should focus on the publishers that actually publish woks similar to yours and write a letter accordingly. I publish works on the Ex Libris. I would be glad to read your original contributions to the matter: here, it is not important from where a writer comes from. Articles are not required and not paid, I keep the right to publish them only on the Internet, and I publish them on "Block Notes" and through this mailing list (of which an Italian version also exsist). Best wishes.

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2. Clients.

Questions? Click here!

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3. Jobs.

Currently, there are no jobs vacancies at Artifex. Please come again and check this page if interested.

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4. Contribute to "Block Notes".

Any material, if different from what is required as follows, will not be taken into consideration.

4.1. Ex Libris.

We look for news regarding exibitions, conferences, competitions. We take into consideration the publication of biographical profiles of artists (living and not), great collectors (living and not) and high profile scholars (living and not). Reports and inquiries are welcome. We also welcome works lists of artists of international reputation (living and not). The interviews are well accepted, ** BUT ** please get in touch with us in advance. Before sending the material, any material, please get in touch with us (click here).
N.B. The contributions are free. Before writing, please read here.

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4.2. Poetry.

Please **DO NOT ** send poetry, we **DO NOT **  read it and we **DO NOT ** publish it.

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4.3. Reviews.

We publish only those we commission: please do not fill our mail boxes (electronic and not) with book reviews that we will never read... thanks for your understanding.

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4.4. Guidelines (how to write).

We ask for ** ORIGINAL ** material , of which we'll hold the sole rights of publication. Artifex pays 5,00 (five) euros per page or fractions, with a minimum of 10,00 (ten) euros per article. A page is 60 letters for 30 rows, equals 1.800 letters (spaces included).
We ask for concise, simple style, understandable also to "beginners".
 The contributions, ideally, would not exceed the 1.500 words, even if we take in consideration longer articles. We are happy to discover new talents: we are keen to help/tutor/correct/encourage beginner writers/journalists/essaysts (young and not).
When you write, please ** ALWAYS **  tell your data: name, surname, complete address, email,  telephone and fax numbers, your short profile. Photographs and prints accompanying the text should be identified with the name of the artist, title and date of the artwork, media, size and name of the photographer. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain any reproduction permission.
If you send the files by email, please ** DO NOT ** send them as attachment, ** BUT ** (with copy and paste it is simple) as text. Thanks. We do not give back the material that has been sent unsolicited - otherwise please include a self addressed stamped envelope. 

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5. Other questions.

Q - 5.1. How to commission an Ex Libris?
Dear Sirs, It's a long time I wish to have an Ex Libris for myself and also 1/2/3/5/10/20 Ex Libris for the many friends I have that love the books as much as I do. Might you help me? Where may I go? Thanks. Kind regards. Mary C.

A - Dear Ms. C., if you go to the links page, you'll find liks to other Internet sites, belonging to Italian and International artists, who make Ex Libris by commission. They'll be happy to assist you. You could also take a look at our forum and post a message there. Thank for writing. Might you keep me updated, please? Kind regards.

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Q - 5.2. I wish to exchange my Ex Libris.
Dear Mr. Nicoli, I'm an Ex Libris and small graphics collector. I'm an artist as well, I make xilographies/etchings. My collection, started by my grandfather/my father/me amounts at 10/100/1.000/10.000/100.000 units. I collect these sheets by technique/nation/author/subject. Is it possible to exchange a few Ex Libris with you? I'm looking for catalogues, magazine, books on the subject. I'd be grateful if you'd pass my address to other collectors. With kind regards, Exlibris Collector.

A - Dear Mr. Collector, you'll find on the links page a number of websites of interest to you. You could also leave a message on our forum. You could also try and join the Ex Libris Group, probably the largest mailing list devoted to the ex libris. The official language of this group is the English. Thanks for writing. With kind regards.

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6. Letters.

Your letters are welcome and should be addressed to Artifex, P.O. Box 80, I 22070 Appiano Gentile (CO). Also, you can write to us using the module you find here.

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7. Contribute.

Reviews: we only publish those reviews we ask for: please do not fill our mail boxes (whether electronic or not) with reviews we'll never read... thanks for your understanding.

Events: if in your city there's an exibit, a lecture or another cultural event regarding the Ex Libris, you can tell us: click here - or mail to Artifex, P.O. Box 80, I 22070 Appiano Gentile (CO).

Reports and enquiries are welcome.

Contributions: we only accept original contributions that have to do with the Ex Libris (send to the above addresses).
We'll not even read contributions that have to do with any other subject different from the Ex Libris.

Thanks. Peace and good things to everyone.


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