Grace's Mosaic Moments


Saturday, November 10, 2018

More on What's Next




This gem found on Facebook

For my foreign readers who might find this one a bit of a challenge: The word wanted is "retinal." 
"Rectal" refers to a part of the body—ah—somewhat south.


How anyone learns English, including Americans, is sometimes beyond comprehension.
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WHAT'S NEXT?
Part 2

Okay, your manuscript has been polished until it shines, and now you're faced with the challenge of what to do with it. After my first post on What's Next, I was curious to find out how much the world of publishing has changed since I went indie in 2011.  The answer: A LOT. There has been a huge amalgamation among print publishers, so many of the well-known publishing houses are now divisions of the Big Five: Penguin Random House, Hatchette, Austin Macauley, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster. Some of these "biggies," however, have electronic publishing divisions that accept Direct Submission from authors. Below, I am going to attempt to pass along some of what I discovered, but in the end the research and decisions are up to you. Remember your choices: 1) the generally long-term effort to find an agent, who will then submit your manuscript to the publishers he or she thinks best-suited to your work; 2) submitting your work directly to an online publishing company which, if they accept your work, will take care of editing, cover, publishing, and marketing on their website; 3) preparing and uploading your manuscript yourself to Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, or other online VENDORS. Please note these are not "publishers." For #3, YOU are the publisher. You edit, provide a cover, and do the marketing. You also get a hefty share of the sales.

In Part 1 we talked about finding an agent and how to find guidelines for indie publishing. The information below is devoted to #2: how to find electronic publishers to whom you submit your work as you would to a print publisher. These e-publishers who will accept or reject your work, and if accepted, will act in the same capacity as a print publisher, taking over your rights and taking care of all the details. (Although additional marketing on your part will almost always help.)

Here is a link to a recently updated blog by Joan Edwards titled, "50 Publishers who accept Unagented Submissions":  To view, Click here. 

Here is a list of the online publishers I discovered that accept Direct Submission:

For Harlequin/Silhouette (print & e), click here.


For Avon's Impulse, click here. (Harper Collins)

For Kensington's Lyrical Press, click here. 

For Forever Yours, e-division of Grand Central, click here. (Hatchette)  

For Austin Macauley, click here.

Macmillan - see Austin Macauley  

Simon & Schuster appears to have established a division titled Archway, which aids in self-publishing (as in Amazon, Smashwords, Nook, Kobo, etc.) I.e., acting as a VENDOR not a publishing house.

I also found a link called, "How to Self-publish Poetry":  To view, click here. 

Independent Online Publishers:

For Entangled, see their blog. To view, click here.

For Soul Mate Publishing, click here.

WARNING! 

Do NOT choose a publisher who asks for money upfront. Yes, if you are indie publishing, you will have to pay for a cover and possibly for editing, but no reputable online publisher should charge you for anything except buying copies of your own book (at cost).

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That's the best I can do, friends. There are opportunities out there. All forms of publishing require research, work, and patience on your part, whether you are staying traditional, submitting to an online publisher, or going indie. Each has its own set of challenges. But whichever way you go . . .

1. Make sure you are submitting a highly polished manuscript.

2. Research publishers, research agents. Find the ones who publish or handle the genre you write.

3. Submit! I strongly advise every author to enter writing contests and submit to a variety of publishers before going indie. Get feedback if you can. Explore the market. Learn! Never think you got it right the first time!

4. After you've suffered through the learning curve, then - and only then - consider Do-it-yourself. 


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For a link to my Christmas novella, A Lady Learns to Love, on Amazon Kindle, click here.
For a link to Smashwords, including a 20% free read, click here.


For a link to Blair Bancroft's web site, click here.

For Blair's Facebook Author Page, updated 11/5/18, click here. 


For a brochure for Grace's Editing Service, Best Foot Forward,

email: editsbyBFF@aol.com 
 

Thanks for stopping by,
Grace  

Saturday, November 3, 2018

A Lady Learns to Love

Although this week's Mosaic Moments is about my latest Regency Christmas Story, there is something of greater importance that needs to come before the cover & blurb for my latest book. Here is the text of a new hymn written after the massacre at the synagogue in Pittsburgh. This is a tragedy for people of all faiths, for all times. Posting this hymn is my small contribution to the fight we all must make against Hate and Evil.


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A LADY LEARNS TO LOVE
A Christmas Story

When writing a blurb, I don't usually lay out the whole story, but this time I did. Perhaps to make it clear that this tale of Christmas isn't all sweetness and light, carols, wassail, mistletoe, and presents. It's a serious approach to the holidays, with a heroine not quite as difficult to please as Scrooge, but well, you'll see . . .



Author’s Note: This novella was first published in a Christmas Anthology as THE LAST SURPRISE, but I always felt more scope was needed to tell the tale of three girls who are orphaned while the eldest is in the midst of a glorious London Season. Therefore, more than ten thousand words have been added. A LADY LEARNS TO LOVE is a poignant tale of those faced with tragedy, amplified by unforeseen circumstances, who still manage to survive, aided by the spirit of Christmas.
                                       
The story:

Lady Christine Ashworth is enjoying her second London Season and about to receive an offer of marriage, when the sudden death of her father, the Earl of Bainbridge, results in Christine and her two younger sisters being exiled to relatives in Yorkshire, while awaiting the return of their father’s successor from the wilds of western Canada. Christine is promptly deserted by the man who thought to become her fiancĂ© and constantly importuned by her Yorkshire cousin who is eager to add her inheritance to his family’s coffers. Her sisters are also miserably unhappy.

No wonder then, when Christine finally meets the new earl, she begs him to allow them to come home. But he is not married and the solution to this problem is painful—for Christine, who has become disillusioned with men, and for Harlan Ashworth, who never expected to inherit an earldom, the responsibility for three females, nor find himself married to a woman he just met. Not surprisingly, the marriage of Harlan and Christine does not get off to a good start and goes downhill from there. Only with the help of the youngest Ashworth and a hefty dose of the Christmas spirit is Christine able to lose her prickly edges and learn the true meaning of love.





For a link to A Lady Learns to Love on Amazon Kindle, click here.


For a link to Smashwords, including a 20% free read, click here. 

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Next week: More on "What's next?" 

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For a link to Blair Bancroft's web site, click here.

For Blair's Facebook Author Page, updated 11/5/18, click here. 


For a brochure for Grace's Editing Service, Best Foot Forward,


email: editsbyBFF@aol.com 
 

Thanks for stopping by,
Grace