Posts Tagged ‘book publishers’

The FREE Muse Online Writers Conference Deadline

The FREE Muse Online Writers Conference is a fantastic conference to attend in October 11-17. You can go in your jammies, eat chocolate at your desk, and catch up on laundry while you meet esteemed writers, publishers, workshop leaders, and writers of all genres.

You may attend the forums and interact any time of day or sign up for scheduled workshops that work into your day’s activities. The workshop  handouts are packed with information that you can save and peruse later at your leisure. (I know, what leisure???)

The Muse Online Writers Conference is FREE if you sign up before August 15. A nominal charge of $5.00 is added after August 15. (Just think, you aren’t spending any gas money to get to the workshops…) Registrations will not be accepted after September 10.

This workshop has been valuable to the development of my career. I think you will pick up a nugget or two that will help you in your writing as well as meet some wonderful, helpful, sincere folks at the conference.

Let me know if you sign up.  I will look for ya’!!!

Signed a Contract for my book!

Good news! I signed a contract for my mystery/horror novella, Sunshine Boulevard, with Muse It Up Publishing! The ebook is tentatively set for release in March 2011. I am doing a happy dance.

As you may recall in a post on May 5 entitled Rejected Again, I complained about publishers leaving a writer hanging by not responding to the submission.  I emailed my full ms to Lea Schizas of Muse It Up Publishing. She told me she would notify me within two weeks of a decision. Well within that alotted time frame, she emailed me. She wrote, “The editorial department came back with an assessment. We loved your writer’s voice.” She went on to say the contract and other paperwork was attached….I stopped reading and started again from the top. I read it all again to believe that I actually had a contract for this crazy book! I can’t stop dancing!

Muse It Up Publishing is  a small and upcoming royalty paying independent e-publisher. The official opening is in December 2010. But don’t wait to look them up because they are on the web now with submission information, authors, and book titles. It is an exciting time for everyone at M I U Pub. I am sure readers are in for a feast for the eyes and mind and heart with the talented authors already contracted and diverse genres.

Check out the authors page. My pen name is J Q Rose. I’ll keep you updated on this new adventure. Okay I’ll stop dancing now..for awhile.

Rejected again..I think…

I am dealing with rejections again, I think. Within the past six months I have had two different publishers request full manuscripts on two books. I have not heard from them within the time frame allotted. So does that mean that my mss were rejected or that they were running out of time to notify me? Both of these mss were submitted via email. I would think it would be easy to just click reply and say, “Thank you, Ms. Glaser, we have no plans to publish your book although it is the most fantastic, well-executed story ever written.” Um, okay, I added the last part….

Four years ago when I began submitting books to pubs, I usually sent the query letter, 2 or 3 chapters, bio and used snail mail. I always enclosed an SASE (stamped self-addressed envelope) for a reply. And, lo and behold, I almost always received some kind of an answer (rejections).  Some had suggestions for pubs that might be able to use the book, great remarks about the ideas and stories, and some just a form letter stuffed into the envelope. But, hey, at least I KNEW. They didn’t keep me wondering.

I hate to send the ms to another pub if the one who has it has invested time and money in reading it and it may have a chance, albeit small one, that the pub may still have it under consideration.

I know the simple thing is to just ask. I did. Still no reply. I guess I might as well face it…They don’t want the books. sigh

The one thing I have learned after receiving a rejection is that I have improved the book(s) each time. In fact it makes me focus more on what I am trying to achieve with each book and make revisions accordingly.

I must give kudos to the new website for children’s stories… Smories. They closed their contest to choose 50 stories for the site on April 30 and told all the submitters they would let them know if the stories were accepted by May 5. In fact they did let me know May 4. Unfortunately my story was not accepted, but I enjoyed knowing where I stood. The rejection letter was very kind and supportive encouraging me to keep sending stories. (Okay, I know this same email was sent to every one of the thousands of writers who submitted, but give me a little break here.) It is comforting to know they responded, so I will probably consider submitting another story to them when I have a worthy one.

Rejections are hard, but having your story, your book, your article rejected by a pub/online/magazine is not the end of the world. Timing is everything. Just be determined to make it better and to submit it to the right publisher where it will fit with their guidelines. Good luck!  And yes, a lot of luck is what determines your acceptance.

Writing Projects at the Publisher

I try to be upbeat about my writing projects, but I am disappointed and befuddled at my latest experiences. My March 4 blog questions if a publisher is in business. I made another attempt to connect with this publisher after finding another email address to use, but once again, all email addresses come back as not deliverable.

I have a book at a publisher who asked for a full ms in October. I heard from her in November that it was under consideration. I emailed last week wanting to know where it was in the decision process. No answer. I certainly don’t want to send it out to another pub if my ms is still being considered. Remember all those warnings to make sure you don’t send out simultaneous submissions unless you include that info in your cover letter?

I have sent my ms to pubs who require exclusives, but I will do that no longer.

I understand why writers are turning to self-publishing where the writer is in control of the project. I truly would like to have a partnership with an editor at a publishing house who will help guide me and improve my writings. I want to deliver the best book I can to my readers.

New Publisher Opening Its Doors

Muse It Up Publishing is opening its doors for business. Lea Schizas, the energetic whirlwind, is launching this new business and is looking for submissions. Click here for genres and more information.

If the dedication she has for her well-organized, award winning free online conference is any indication, I am sure she will operate this publishing company with the same degree of attention to detail and accessibility. The Muse Online Writers Conference, the brain child of Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, is a week long opportunity for writers, editors, publishers to network and learn from the numerous workshops offered on writing techniques, platform building, writing business, queries and book proposals, etc. Schizas offers this outstanding opportunity FREE–no strings attached.

If nothing else gets you to check out this new publishing company,  launching their new website in April, perhaps this quote from Schizas will peak your interest.  In an email, she said, “I promise to be a nice publisher.”

Best wishes to you, Lea and the staff at Muse It Up Publishing!

Publisher Out of Business?

I have spent two years writing a small novella. I began the book as a project for National Novel Writing Month. Nano challenges a writer to produce a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I didn’t make it to 50,000 because I told the story in about 25,000 words and I just didn’t feel it is fair to a reader to pad the books with 25,000 words of nonsense just to make the number. For the past couple of years I have occasionally taken out the book which languishes in a Word file in my laptop and revised the story.

It is a fun story to write and one genre that I never write in–horror. But since horror stories are so popular, I thought I’d give it a go. I had a riot with it..the plot, the setting, the characters all fell into place. I shared it with my writers group last summer, and we cackled over the possibilities of situations in the story.

I decided to look for a home for the ms.. a publisher. So I sent the ms to my First Readers for feedback and suggestions. After receiving excellent ideas for improvement and encouragement when they said they couldn’t put it down, I worked more hours on editing and revising.

I found a pub who wants novellas. Believe me, most pubs are not requesting novellas or short stories. They seem to prefer 60,000 words and no way was this gal gonna add that many words to this book.

So I queried a pub and the editor immediately emailed me back asking for the ms, cover letter, and marketing plan. I emailed the documents back in less than two weeks from her contact. Lo and behold, the offices are closed, but will re-open in February. Hello? This is March.

I checked the website and it was a blank page…not that it didn’t exist anymore. Today I checked and the page is up, but with a note they are having problems with their site.

Sooooooo—-now what? I guess I’ll give them a couple of weeks and then email to see if they are still in business. I know that there are more possible publishers out there, but I really like this one, so I hope they are doing fine and will be in touch with me very soon. Oh, and yeah, I hope they like the story so they will publishe it!

Ah, the life of a writer…….

Writer Scams

Unfortunately in this writing business, as in most industries, there is always someone trying to scam unaware, stars-in-their-eyes writers. You must do your homework before you sign up with a publisher, ezine, or content site. 

A site that keeps track of publishers who are good and bad according to info they receive is Preditors and Editors. Just click on the beginning letter of the publisher’s name.  Scroll through the list for the pub to see if they are included as recommended or one to avoid.

A “watchdog” blog is Writer Beware. It ” shines a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls. We also provide industry news, advice for writers, and a special focus on the weird and wacky things that happen at the fringes of the publishing world.”

Be careful! Writer scams are everywhere.  Be aware!