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!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Writing and God

I went to Catholic school 1st through 8th grade, so maybe that’s why I’m so into God. I don’t go to church every day, maybe on holidays, but that’s it. But I sure do talk to God a ton every single day. And honestly through everything that has happened in my life, I am truly thankful.

I never had it easy. I was a poor reader early on and then later in 7th and 8th grade I got bullied, which lead to bullying in high school till sophomore year. It was bad, got teased and chased all the time. I was praying to God that it would stop. Eventually it did, but I never stopped chasing myself. You live with those fears every day long after you were bullied. You become the biggest bully of all to yourself. It’s not fun. God, and it still happens to me every day. So…anyway, getting back to God.

I was diagnosed bipolar with psychotic features back in June of 2004. There was a build up of problems and it landed me in the psyche ward for the first time. It was there I prayed to God too, to help me get better and back on my feet.

God has blessed me with two beautiful children that are loving and honest and so wonderful in every way possible. God has blessed me with a rock solid marriage. My husband is amazingly good to me and our children.

I had several bipolar attacks after that. Oh, man, they were crazy, running in front of cars half naked and screaming, trying to jump from a 15th floor balcony, crashing our family car. Thank God no one got hurt. He was with me then, and He is with me now.

I got into writing because it was suggested by my doctor to write as a coping skill. Well, it ballooned from tiny little poems to full length novels. Some I’ve even gotten published. So many rejections though. Now I’m suffering even more because I’m setting the bar higher for myself and trying to get an agent.

I’ve written 4 novels after my last published novel back in 2014. So that was two years ago only, so not too long. Anyway, I’m praying really really hard to get through all the rejections, and you know what? It’s working. I’ve been writing another novel, I call it the “Dream Book” and I’m already at 20K words.

I’ve had physical problems and had surgeries. Had skin cancer growing in my shoulder. It was like this golf ball sized thing on my shoulder blade. Well they carved everything out. I had surgery on it twice. It’s all gone, thank God. See what I mean? He is always around.

I hope I’m not sounding preachy. I’m not asking you to believe in God. I’m only speaking of my own experience. I’m just really thankful in this point of the game. Bad things can happen. Horrible things. Devastating things.

But as long as you get through them, it’s gonna be okay.

Writing has gotten me through a lot of tough times. 

So write on my friends! Anything to get you motivated to write. Walk, read and maybe say a few little prayers here and there. It doesn’t have to be to God, just the beliefs you have in yourself. And as long as you believe in yourself, anything can happen. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Writing and Math: How the two add up in a big way

I wrote my first book in 10 days. It totaled 35K words which is kinda more of a novella than a full length novel. But that’s an average of 3,500 words a day! I know some of you writers out there can write this daily word count all the time. If this happens, more power to you. But I’m aiming this article towards the ones that can’t write that much, and the ones that struggle to even write in the first place.

Having a daily word count I think is a great way to stay diligent in your writing. If you can’t write every day, try to average out your word count goal weekly.

Numbers help in other ways and not just word count. You can challenge yourself to write a few pages a day. Learn how little or how much you want your chapters to be. I usually keep them short between 2 to 5 pages, sometimes longer. If you like to read short chapters, then writing short chapters might be the way to go. Same goes for reading longer chapters.

For a standard YA book that runs 250 words per page, a 50K novel would be a 200 page book. I always strive to write more. Many of my books fall on the short end.

When I wrote my first book, it was short. And my second and third. But gradually I was writing longer novels. Then for my 8th novel, it was a short one again. I think it all depends on what you’re writing too. If you’re writing an epic fantasy, you’ll want to strive for at least 80K or more. If you’re writing a short horror novel, you can easily keep it at 40K or so. This low word count usually only works for YA. MG can run even shorter.

Test yourself week by week and watch your progress. If you only wrote 2K words one week, strive to do a little more the following week. Also if you do the math, I want to write a 60K word book in four months, that would be roughly about 500 words a day. I’m using 500 words a day as an example. Maybe test yourself after a week and gauge from there how much you can do.

I strongly suggest staying in your word goal. You can write more than that of course, but don’t overdo it. Sometimes writing too much one day, can cause a lot less the next day or perhaps stalling you all together. I’m only saying this because it tends to happen to me. Everyone is different. But when you can find your writing pace, the writing tends to flow better that way.

So when you’re ready to write a novel, set word count goals and divide and average and come up with a deadline. By January 1st or something like that. This would be your own deadline and if you don’t finish by then, the world isn’t going to end, but your writing will continue to stall.

I know writing can be hard. It seems like it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. But it helps me through my depression. I feel good when I meet my word goal for the day. It’s much easier to do everything else like the dishes and laundry. When I haven’t written for the day, I feel sluggish and unproductive, even if I cleaned the whole house. So writing for me is essential.

So if writing is essential for you too, then keep a habit of it. Challenge yourself even. You’ll be glad you did. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Get to the Point!

Sometimes I don’t know what to blog about or write about. Usually it’s a good idea to have a topic you want to cover or an idea of something. I don’t really have a topic. I’m hoping by writing something, anything, I’ll have a topic at the end of this. Or at least something that has a point to it.

Ever listen to someone and you are waiting to get to the point and sometimes they never do? Well this will probably be one of those posts. If you can get something out of this, great!

This is how I feel about writing. I think most of us want our writing to be meaningful. There is always something meaningful in writing, whether it’d be a poem or article or chapter. Sometimes you don’t know what that meaning is until you fully write it. I think if you are struggling with the meaning or want it to have meaning and you are stumped at writing it, just write it out anyway. Write your thoughts down on paper, or type them out, then look back and analyze. Most of the time, you’ll find meaning in it.

A lot of times, I will write something and then delete all of it because I just don’t think it’s good enough. Or it just sucks, I think. This is just my tastes. It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t good. So what I’ve learned in writing, if you’re blocked. Just write down what you’re blocked about, let your thoughts flow. Write spontaneous verses of something or phrases and phrases of babbling. When you reread, hopefully you will have something of value. You will write a line or two (or more) that you can maybe use for later.

I’m a real fan of spontaneous writing. Gum, a walk in the park. I see two women arguing by the bench there. The moon is rising. Ice Cream truck goes by. Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall back and forth. Be free with writing. Wee this is fun type of thing. You’ll realize it’s better to write it out then to stare at the computer curser blinking in your eye like a heartbeat.

So getting to the point might be easier when you write it out, like I did here. What’s my point? When you don’t know or have writing issues to move forward (like I do sometimes) just keep writing, just keep writing. Like Dory, but swimming in a sea of words.

I go for long bouts of not writing. And for me, as a writer, it isn’t good. So I am trying to practice what I preach. I took the summer off from writing to enjoy my kids, but they will be going back to school and in essence I will be going back to writing. I have a lot of novels built up. I could revise or start fresh with a new idea. When it comes time, I will force myself, butt in chair and write something, anything. Or keep a journal or something, damn it!

So hopefully this will pep you up into the writing gear for the fall too. Maybe your kids will be going back to school too and then you can devote more time to writing. So with that, I am looking forward to my writing career and will forge ahead with writing, hopefully something meaningful and that has a point to it. Good luck on your writing journey too.