AURA DIGITAL FILE IS HERE

At long last, I’ve resolved the AURA digital file distribution dilemma.

The challenge was to create a digital file that would be low-res, read-only and share-proof. Low-res, no problem. Read-only—not printable or alterable—check. But protecting it from being shared? Huge challenge.

The more I found out, the clearer it became that preventing sharing isn’t feasible. Explaining to people who bought AURA that the whole publication is suddenly online would be tough. How to resolve? Here goes:

Here is the digital file: AURA LOW-RES WATERMARKED FILE. I will also post the link on Twitter and on various Facebook pages.

—To those who purchased the printed AURA magazine:  I know the heavily watermarked digital file will be annoying, but it may free you from having to open your printed copy as often.

—To those who purchased the digital file only: I will refund your US$10 via PayPal. Email me if you don’t receive the refund in the next few days.

If this watermarked digital file is shared—no worries.

Thank you for your patience. I hope you understand the dilemma and why I’ve resolved it this way. Any Qs, contact alice@plumcomm.com. If you decide to order a printed copy of AURA, go to: https://adamlambertaura.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/special-holiday-offers/

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SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFERS

This past Wednesday, November 20, on the BlogTalkRadio show about AURA, Paula Long, founder of Wear the Music (@WeartheMusicCo) surprised listeners by announcing she is offering a special pendant for one lucky AURA purchaser!

The pendant Paula is donating is “Underneath” in Bronze, which she says looks similar to 10K Gold. http://wearthemusic.co/adam-lambert.htm#Design24 Alternatively, if her brand-new piece resonates more with the winner, she’ll substitute this piece in bronze! http://wearthemusic.co/adam-lambert.htm#Design27

How will the winner be selected?

A random number generator will help identify the winner. When I enter the number 1 and the total number of copies purchased through Tuesday, November 26, in the online random number generator, the program will select one number within that range. Then I’ll count through the PayPal and check purchases to identify the person who bought that copy of AURA. If you have already bought one or more copies, you’re in the running. Multiple copies increase your chances, whether you bought multiple copies all at once or over time

The random number will be generated Wednesday, so if you plan to buy a copy of AURA, do so by Tuesday to be eligible for the pendant.

Thanks to Paula for her kindness, generosity and incredible creativity.

Black Friday Offer

Paula’s generosity prompted me to offer a Black Friday special through Monday December 2. If you buy 1 copy, you can buy a second one for 1/2 price. A total of US$36 instead of US$48—$12 savings. And reduced holiday shipping fees still apply.

AURA Angels

If you or someone you know is willing to gift one or more copies of AURA, email alice@plumcomm.com.

To buy AURA now, go to https://adamlambertaura.wordpress.com/…/aura-for-the…/. Use Black Friday special prices and holiday shipping fees to calculate your order. For Qs and to order by personal check, postal money order or Western Union, email alice@plumcomm.com. Thank you.

Wishing you and yours a joyful, safe and healthy holiday season.

GOT AURA?

Want to order AURA magazine and receive a digital version free of charge?

To order your copy, 1. go to PayPal; 2. access your PayPal account; 3. select Send Money; 4. send payment to adamsaura31@gmail.com. Be sure to type this email address correctly for the order to be completed. You will receive a confirmation email from me when I receive confirmation from PayPal that the transaction is complete.

For information on how to pay by check or money order, please email alice@plumcomm.com.

  • Price:  USD $24.00 per copy
  • NOTE: International postage rates have gone up since we first announced AURA in January. U.S. rates remain the same.
  • Please add postage and shipping as follows for each copy:
    • $3.50 per copy for delivery within the United States
    • $13.00 per copy for delivery to Canada.
    • $20.00 per copy for delivery outside the U.S. and Canada.
    • THANK YOU!!

AURA COVER

AURA PACKED AND READY TO GO!

As you may know, the shipment of AURA magazines arrived from the printer on Friday, July 5, as scheduled.

Yesterday, my son and I packed all the AURA orders. See photo (below). Starting tomorrow and continuing for a few days, all current orders will be mailed out.

Some extra copies remain, but not a lot. If you want to order a copy to keep drool-proof, send one to family or friends because your story is included, or send one as a gift you can still place an order. When they’re gone, they’re gone .  .  . unless or until we get orders for another 500 magazines, at which time we can go back to press.

Some vital statistics:

  • AURA is a long, slender 9x12x.27 inches, with 140 pages plus front and back cover illustrations, weighing in at over a pound.
  • The stunning cover photograph of Adam was taken by Claire Low, @GlambertPianist, during his Singapore WAG Tour concert.
  • The exquisite back cover drawing was created by Svetlana Egorova, @ListoffSAY, after Adam’s Life Ball performance in Vienna, Austria.
  • Words and images were submitted by fans and professionals from 27 countries.
  • Fans from 25 of the 50 United States are represented.
  • While not a chronological record of Adam’s journey since Idol, AURA is organized into loose time-frames preceded by a section of stories that set the scene: Introduction; American Idol 2009; FYE/Glam Nation Tour 2010; Trespassing 2012, including a photo-rich section on Queen & Adam Lambert; and Globetrotting/WAG Tour.
  • Beyond fan art and impact stories, AURA includes insights and perspectives from people who know, respect—and  love—Adam: e.g., Michael Orland, Adam’s Idol coach and pianist; Brian May, yes THAT Brian May;  Adam’s long-time friend Eden Espinosa; AI8 contestant Michael Sarver; et al.

Want to order a copy? Go to PayPal.com, open your account, type in the AURA email address CAREFULLY—adamsaura31@gmail.com. Magazines are each $24 plus shipping/postage; provide postage for each copy. In the US, add $3.50 ($27.50 per copy). In Canada, add $6 ($30 per copy). For all other countries add $13 ($37 per copy). If you purchase a magazine, a complimentary digital file will follow soon. If you want a digital file without purchasing the magazine, it’s $10 via PayPal or by check.

Want to know if your story or artwork is in the magazine? What page your work is on? How to pay by check for the magazine and free digital file or just a read-only digital file? Email me at alice@plumcomm.com.

AURA. It’s Finally Happening.

AURA orders being packed 7/6 for 7/8 mailing.

AURA orders being readied for mailing.

IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING

The AURA magazine shipment is set to arrive in New York from the printer tonight!

We’ll be packaging the orders during the weekend and start mailing them Monday. If I’ve sent you an email asking for your address or to confirm your order, the sooner you reply the sooner I can mail your magazine.

We currently have extra copies should you decide you want to order one, keep a second copy droolproof, send one to family or friends as a gift, etc. To order, go to:  https://adamlambertaura.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/pre-order-aura-now/.  The magazine is $24 plus shipping: $3.50 US, $6 Canada, $13 elsewhere.

When the supply of AURA magazines is gone, it’s gone, unless or until groups of state or national fans pool their orders, totaling 500 copies minimum. At that time, I can place a new order with the printer.

Thank you for your patience. I hope you agree it’s a worthy tribute to Adam and his awesome fans.

READ-ONLY AURA EBOOK NOW ON SALE

As you may know, when you purchase a printed, hard copy of AURA, you will receive the magazine plus a free-of-charge read-only eBook.

If you want to order an eBook ONLY—that is, without the printed magazine—you may now purchase a read-only eBook on PayPal.com at the same email address: adamsaura31@gmail.com. The price: USD$10.00.

NOTE: For those who have asked me to add a BUY NOW button to the PayPal site, I hear you. But despite following all directions and tutorials, unlocking the key to the BUY NOW button kingdom remains beyond my grasp. I remain optimistic, however, that I will find a PayPal muse willing and able to make this happen.

Want to help? Please leave a comment on this post. Thank you.

SPECIAL SHIPPING OFFER FOR FANS OUTSIDE U.S. & CANADA

AURA will be printed in late April. If fans outside the U.S. and Canada place a group order of 100 copies or more, the magazines can be bulk shipped to you at significant savings.

Here are the steps:

1. Reach out to fans in your country and see how many people are interested.
2. Assign a reliable point person (or a team of 2 or 3 dedicated, responsible fans) to collect the funds ($24 per magazine plus local postage), names and postal addresses. Don’t send the money yet.
3. Send an email to adamsaura31@gmail.com telling the number of copies being ordered and the address where the bulk shipment will be sent. We will get back to you with an invoice and payment instructions from the printer.
4. When you receive the bulk shipment, you and your team will be responsible for delivering issues to the local purchasers.

WAG RECAP TO CONCLUDE AURA

A funny thing happened on the way to wrapping up AURA‘s coverage with December 2012. A little thing called the WeAreGlamily mini tour.

Given the choice of keeping this tribute magazine neat and tidy with a 2012 close or closing the issue with this dramatic, colorful Trespassing finale, I’ve decided to conclude AURA on this major high note—the final chapter of Adam’s historic Era 2. No other ending seemed complete.

So whether you attended one or more of the mini tour concerts or watched each show vicariously on blogs and video sites, you probably have an anecdote, a moment, to share.

Don’t over think this. What was your reaction when you first saw the Trespassing stage? Did you cry when Adam sang “Stay”? Were you thrilled the first time—and every time—non-English-speaking audiences sang the final “Broken English” for Adam? Did you love when Adam joked with Japanese fans about the “banana”? Did you gasp when Adam sang “Time for Miracles”?

Keep it short. 50-100 words. Send one memory or a bunch. From one concert or several. Send a few tweets to complete your thought and I’ll piece them together.

Want to send photos with or without a story? How about pictures showing the massive crowds. Or fans decked out in their Trespassing best. Maybe bundled up waiting in line in below freezing temps. Please send 1 or 2 4×5 jpegs approx 1MB or 2MB. Make sure you include: photographer’s name/hometown, names/hometowns of people shown (in your group), city and name of venue, date. NOTE: My thinking here is to mention everyone’s name to avoid hurt feelings. If you want to leave out everyone’s names at least say where you’re all from to underscore how international this fandom is.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 29

A recap of the concert cities may be helpful:

  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Tokyo (3 shows), Kanazawa, Nagoya and Osaka, Japan
  • Shanghai, China
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Singapore
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Minsk, Belarus
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Kiev, Ukraine
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Helsinki, Finland

Can’t wait to create this WAG mosaic of our thoughts, feelings and images. I envision it as being a colorful, emotional “exclamation point” to our tribute to Adam. One final expression of the magic, the joy, the goodness, the aura that surrounds this unassuming, fierce and beautiful man. The treasure we call ADAM.

Thank you.

Alice