Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Deal with Flux!!!

I'm thrilled to announce my YA novel, FIX ME will be coming out this November from Flux Books.

It took me a long time to get to this point. Years of rejections, not just on this book, but all my books. But I've always pushed through, revised, researched and I always kept submitting and it finally worked out.

Never give up people, NEVER! Always keep your dream alive by writing and submitting, revising and working, research and editing, anything that pertains to your writing career. Keep going!

More info on the book here

For reputable publishers to submit your novel, be sure to check out my lists. Some offer advances and you can submit directly without an agent. Good luck!

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Fun and Easy Way to Look for Publishers

For anyone looking to publish with the right publisher, here is a fun and easy way to look! Go to Publisher's Weekly Deal Announcements. Here you will find publishers A to Z. As you're perusing the list, you'll be able to better tell what books they're publishing, whether it's PB, MG or YA. For each book, there is a small description of what the book is about. This will give you a better indication on if your book is the right fit. Now granted, some of these publishers you would have to have an agent for, but if you don't, don't worry. There are many publishers listed that take submissions directly from the author.

If you spot a publisher that you're interested and click to view the site, find the submission guidelines if they have them and always be sure to read carefully.

The list is huge so that's always a good thing. The more the merrier! I know it can be hard and daunting to look for a publisher sometimes, but researching is always worth your time. As I mentioned in my previous post, it's best to do all your homework on that publisher before you submit. This will save you time and headaches. You don't want to submit your YA fantasy novel to a publisher that only takes YA mystery. It only makes sense to look into the publisher first, see what they publish, read the blurbs of the books and what they're about. You can even go the extra step and reading a few of what the publisher has to offer. This extra step will help you determine if they are good with editing.

Always keep your eyes out for the right publisher that will fit for you. Also check my blog for YA publishers that pay advances and are accepting unagented submissions. Good luck and happy writing!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Writers Beware: Research Before you Submit

I’m seeing more and more writers jump from querying agents to submitting to small publishers. There are a lot of mid size publishers that pay advances and are very reputable that accept author submissions directly. Too many times I see writers on my writing sites totally miss this next step. This is due to a lack of research. You don’t want to be pitted with a contract from a small publisher you never heard of, or has barely any web presence and have to consider it. Don’t. At least do all the research possible about the publishing company before you make any decisions.

Don’t just submit to the first thing that pops up on Google. You should investigate thoroughly before submitting. Even if that means looking on the 25th page of Google. There are many sites to help you along the way. AbsoluteWrite: Bewares, andBackground Checks is a great source for writers. If you don’t see the publisher listed, become an active member and post a thread about that publisher. Find out if anyone else has had experience with that particular publisher. Ask a lot of questions. Get in touch with the authors. Check their books out on Amazon. Do they have good rankings? Can you find their books in the libraries? Find out their distribution and how they market the book. To widen your search get the Writer’s Market books. Inside you find out more info on if they pay advances, what books they publish and so on.

If you are iffy about a publisher, listen to your gut. It is trying to tell you something. Don’t just take the deal because you desperately want to get published. Do all your homework. If you are having a horrible time trying to find an agent and have pretty much exhausted the list, don’t just start submitting to small publishers. There are still big to mid size publishers you can submit to. Find out what genres they take, read all the guidelines and follow them properly. It might take a long time to hear back, but don’t give up. Don’t just slide down the publishing pole to the smallest of publishers.

Now I’m not saying that every small publisher is bad. Some are very reputable and will help you with your publishing career. It is a good stepping stone to getting published. You will build your publishing history and will develop followers. But don’t expect everything from them.

I am going to say it again, RESEARCH your heart out first before you actually sign on the dotted line. Ask yourself what you really want out of this? Is it just to be published? Do you expect to earn money from this? What are your long term goals in publishing?

I know it’s very difficult and when you finally do get that acceptance letter from somewhere, it may seem great.  But when you find out the publisher is not what you thought, run like the wind. Always, always, remember, it is better to be unpublished than published by a bad publisher. It’s hard to get your rights back and even harder to sell it as reprints.

You’ve put your whole heart and energy into your writing. You owe it to yourself to put that much effort or more into finding the right publisher. Never make any decision in haste. You may regret it in the long run. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

More YA Publishers (some paying advances)

Even though some of these publishers don't pay advances, I do still think it's a good way to get published and get your work out there. Starting small for your first book (or even your first few books) isn't such a bad idea. This is how I started out and I grew from there. Some of these publishers marked with the letter N means they promote their books on Netgalley. This gives you a better chance at getting reviews and getting into libraries. So let's start, shall we?

Riptide Publishing: N. This is a LGBTQ publisher. They pay advances up to 2,000 for well-established authors. 

Dark Regions: For the dark market: horror, etc. They may pay advances. I thought I read somewhere that they do, but make sure to check around. If you get offered a contract, be sure to make that one of your questions.

Down and Out Books: N. They are closed at the moment, but watch for re-openings of submission calls. 

Bold Strokes Books: N. LGBTQ publisher. Pays advances in most cases. Be sure to check the guidelines for more info.

Some of these publishers accept adult books too so this list isn't only for YA. Like I always say, check Google and AbsoluteWrite for more info on these publishers. If you get offered a contract, please ask all the questions you need to ask before signing. Good Luck and Happy New Year to everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New Small YA Publishers to Add to the List

There's been a few new YA publishers that have popped up on my radar. The ones that are marked with an N means that they are on Netgalley. If a publisher is set up with Netgalley, there's a great chance your book will get reviews. Netgalley's a great source for book bloggers and publishing professionals, librarians. etc.

Before submitting to these publishers, be sure to check out the Bewares Forums on AbsoluteWrite.

Amberjack; N

Blaze Publishing: N

Giant Squid Books: closed to submissions at the moment, but watch for re-open times.

Captured Press: N closed to submissions too, but watch for a re-open date.

City Owl Press; N

Bookfish Books: N (I may have mentioned this in the past, but it's worth mentioning again.)

If you've come across a new YA publisher and would like to add, just let me know. Happy Writing Everyone!

Be sure to check my older posts for more YA publishers.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

An Update on My Writing

Believe it or not, I’m writing novel number 9 and it’s been such a great time. This is the most I’ve written in a short amount of time. 3 months, 60K. And I’m not even done yet! It’s hard to find motivation when the rejections roll in, but for some reason this particular novel is different than the rest. I’ve been writing it non-stop. I haven’t experienced any blocks like I have before on other projects. This one seems to be coming to me and possessing me. I pray every day. I know it sounds silly, but it’s helped me stay focused and motivated.

I don’t know if this one will be published. But for the first time, I am sincerely enjoying the writing process. I started out writing 500 words a day and it’s escalated and is now at a steady pace of 1K or more a day. Hopefully I will finish it in another week or so. Then I will let it rest and print the whole puppy out and revise, revise, revise. I’m really looking forward to going back to the beginning and reading it over again.

And if this doesn’t work, I will write another. Even if they don’t get published, I love writing too much to ever give it up. It’s in my bones and very much a part of me.

I have a lot of faith in this one. It’s written in 6 POVs and all the characters are diverse and distinctly unique in their own way. I prayed (yes, again with the praying) but I prayed really really hard to get an idea, and write the whole thing. Praying for it to be non-stop. After this is all said and done, I can finally say I’ve written a full length novel in 3 months flat. Not many can say that. I wrote some of my other novels pretty quick, but never this much. My first novel, 35K in 10 days, but that was years ago and I was manic then. And I got nothing but rejections the first time around.

I’m happy to say after all these years, I can still write. Don’t give up hope on your first or second or even seventh one. Your writing can only get better. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

More Advance Paying Publishers Accepting Unagented Submissions

It’s that time again where I’m updating my blog for more publishers that take unagented submissions and are paying advances. So let’s get down to it.

Asabi Publishing: Pays up to $500 in an advance. Does hardcover and mass market and trade paperback originals. Genres: Mysteries, classic noir, romance YA

Leapfrog Press: Advances negotiable. Wants beautifully written literary. Accepts YA

Bancroft Press: Pays $750 advance. Mail submissions only

DarkFuse: Dark fiction, accepts novellas too. Unknown advance

TwoDollar Radio: Pays $500 to $1,000 in advances. Contemporary fiction

Meerkat Press: pays up to $1,000 in an advance

CaveHollow Press: Submissions are currently closed but watch for open subs. Advance negotiable

JoFletcher: accepts YA, horror

Permanent Press: Mail submission only

Small publishers worth mentioning

Crooked Lane         

Be sure to check all my lists, I have many. This is for writers that can’t find an agent. You still have a shot at getting published and getting paid for it too! Keep trying, never give up! Also be sure to check all the guidelines and also Absolute Write for further information on these publishers. Good Luck!