Hi Everyone! Happy Monday!
Before I start, I have a few winners to announce.
The winner of PIVOT POINT is JESSY!
The winner of LIES THAT BIND is LAURA PAULING!
The winner of the BOOK LOVERS HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY HOP is ROBYN! CAMPBELL who chose THRONE OF GLASS!
Congrats! E-mail me your address so I can send you your books. Please e-mail me by the end of the day on Wednesday or I'll have to pick another winner.
Today I'm thrilled to be participating in Laura Pauling's Ancient Spells & Crazy Kings Blog Tour. I'm super excited to read this because it involves spells and an ancient Mayan City. It's one of the books I'm taking with me to China to read.
Here's a description of it:
No problem. They’ll find Zeb and zip right out of there. The fact that a crazy king wants to serve Bianca up to the gods as an appetizer is just a minor technicality. But this ancient evil dude has finally met his match.
Published by Pugalicious Press
Laura's going to share a fantastic guest post on choosing a small press. So here's Laura:
Choosing a small press and how to work with them.Many writers are asking themselves: Small press? Ebook only traditional press? Self publish? And the questions are valid.
I was up for self-publishing. I’d already gone through the experience with my first book, A Spy Like Me. The first is the hardest.
But How To Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings is a middle grade. I wanted a strong cover with illustration. And I felt strongly it was now or never!
I’ll admit it helped that I knew the editors of Pugalicious Press. I trusted them. I’d seen the high quality books they’d put out. And the contracts were more favorable than most small presses, from what I’d heard.
The Editing Process.
I went through content edits and then copy edits. When I received them, I put my other work on hold and worked on them right away. Jennifer Carson is an excellent editor and I loved all her suggestions.
I love that Pugalicious chose Ernie D’Elia, an up and coming illustrator from the Boston area. This was his first commissioned cover design and I loved that. I was able to choose from several illustrations and then he went to work. I’m not sure if all small presses will give you that freedom. Make sure to ask about these things.
When the PDF was ready to send out. They showed me the front and back design and the interior design. They did an absolutely fantastic job. I had no complaints. I loved it and I told them so.
I’ll admit. I feel more pressure about the launch of this book with a small press, than with self-publishing. I want the book to do well for them! I can only imagine how authors feel with big publishers where it’s crucial they sell well at the beginning.
A small publisher has limited resources. Expect to market and promote your work just as if you were publishing any other way. Of course, I believe the best marketing is the next book. So write the companion novellas and sequels.
Do your research. Talk with authors who have published with the small presses you’re considering. Study the contract and make sure you understand what you’re signing. Look at their covers and the type of books they publish. Make sure you’re a right fit for them and vice versa.
Thanks, Casey and Natalie, for hosting me on the tour!How To Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings released in November. Pugalicious Press did a fantastic job, and I’m extremely happy with the results. This book would make a fantastic gift for boys or girls who enjoy adventure stories with lots of excitement!
You can purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can read the first chapter here. Check out the teacher's guide.
Thankfully, my journey is just beginning and I’m excited to see where it leads.
Click here for the list of blog tour stops! Enter to win these prize packages!
Prize Package One (signed paperbacks)
Prize Package Two (signed paperbacks)
Prize Package Three
Refresh the page if you can't see the Rafflecopter form!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks so much Laura for sharing all your great advice and your prizes. Good luck with your book!
Laura is generously providing a copy of her book for a giveaway here too. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and ;eave a comment by midnight on January 5th. I’ll announce the winner on January 7th. If your e-mail is not on Blogger, please list it in your comment.
If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. International entries are welcome.
And I want to shout out about an awesome online conference Laura is helping organize. It's INDIE-ReCon. Here's a little blurb from their Website:
INDIE ReCon is happening online from February 12-14, 2013.
INDIE ReCon is a FREE, ONLINE conference that is modeled after the awesome annual WriteOnCon. It is designed to help any writer or author who is curious about the ins and outs of Indie publishing.
However any author or writer can attend because we cover topics all of you may want to know more about (marketing etc)
It sounds like an awesome conference we can all learn from so be sure to check it out. I'm planning to.
Here's what's coming up.
On Wednesday, I have a surprise post. That's all I'll say for now.
Then I'm on a break until January 7th. January is going to be AWESOME!
On January 7th, I interview debut author Ellen Oh and give away an ARC of PROPHECY, her new fantasy set in a Korean-like world. I so loved this book and am excited to share it right after I return from that part of the world.
The following Monday I'm interviewing Maya, a 5th grader and our follower Kristin Lenz's daughter, for my ASK THE EXPERT series. I'm also giving away an ARC of SHADES OF EARTH by Beth Revis. This is a fantastic end to the Across the Universe series and my favorite book in the series. It's amazing.
Friday that week I'm doing a Dreaming of Books Book Giveaway Hop. I'll have a fantastic list of popular books for you to choose from. These book hops are really popular so I'm going to try to do a few more of them this year.
And don't forget our Tuesday Tips and Casey's Thursday agent spotlights.
Hope to see you on Wednesday! For those who can't stop by on Wednesday, Happy Holidays!