Tuesday, January 15, 2019

#IWSGPit Twitter Pitch Party and #Illogicon

#IWSGPit is today - January 15, 2019
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

Visit the #IWSGPit site for the rules and hashtags.

Dancing Lemur Press will be watching the feed, especially for #SF, #F, and #MG (with historical aspects.)

Last weekend we had a booth at IllogiCon VIII. We had a lot of interest in both the books and our prints, plus some asking for autographed copies (hint - work on that for the next con) and a couple people asking when Alex J. Cavanaugh’s next book would be out. (BIG HINT, ALEX!)

We got to meet fellow IWSG member, Samantha Bryant.

And here are some of the characters we met:

Are you participating in #IWSGPit? Dancing Lemur Press has signed two authors from this Twitter pitch party.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The Insecure Writer's Support Group Anthology Contest Winners

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Today’s option question:
What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

I’m not sure I have a favorite. Questions regarding the characters and stories are always wonderful, because that means the person read and enjoyed the book.

My least favorite questions have to do with people wanting me to read their work or write their story for them. (Or they want to go into great detail about what they are writing or would someday want to write – oh, and would I publish it for them?)

The next #IWSGPit will be in January 15, 2019
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Visit the #IWSGPit page for rules and hashtags to use.

The IWSG announces the winners of the anthology contest today:

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian

The top story has the honors of being included in the title. LG Keltner’s story came out on top! The official title of our next anthology – Masquerade: Oddly Suited. Congratulations, LG. (She was also in the top spot for our first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here.)

The IWSG Admins spent many hours reading the entries and fourteen were sent to our special judges. We certainly wish to thank them for taking time away from their own work to read the entries:

Elizabeth S. Craig, author
Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency
Elana Johnson, author
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
S.A. Larsen,author
Kristin Smith, author
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner

Look for Masquerade: Oddly Suited late spring!

These are the WEP challenges for the year:

Dancing Lemur Press LLC will be appearing at two science fiction conventions in January:

January 11-13, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton - Raleigh Durham Airport Brier Creek
8001 Arco Corporate Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27617

January 18-20, 2019
Doubletree Williamsburg Hotel
50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg VA.

Look for our booth and watch out for the irradiated lemurs. See you there!

What are your favorite and least favorite questions? And have you ever been to a sci-fi/comic con?

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The Insecure Writer's Support Group, WEP, and Otter Tales 2

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Today’s option question:
What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?

A DKnight wireless boom box.
Several notebooks of publishing and schedule info.
My to-do list.
My reading glasses. (The evils of getting older.)
Of course, I’m surrounded by Minions in the Minion shrine.

Since I just read two entries from people with fans in their writing area, I'm going to mention the most wonderful little space heater in mine. It's winter here and we keep the house at 68 degrees during the day. Without that space heater, I would freeze. (Never ask a skinny woman if she's cold because the answer's always YES!)

This month, we have another WEP Challenge:

Here are the WEP Challenges for 2019:

Every year, I do a special project with a local school or two. I do a characterization session with the kids and then they write stories based on their characters. The best ones are published in an anthology - children writing stories for children.

Yesterday, Otter Tales Volume 2 was released.

Otter Tales Volume2
Edited by Michelle Rutledge and Lorie Tillman
Print ISBN 9781939844583
EBook ISBN 9781939844590
Juvenile Fiction

It’s an Otterly Amazing Adventure!

Don your armor and prepare for adventure!
From the far reaches of space to the North Pole, you’ll set off on a quest filled with the exploits of princesses, heroes, and real life journeys.
From the imagination of children, these stories will delight and inspire with their originality, courage, and heart.
Speak with animals. Fly on a robotic dog. Shift into a unicorn. And even battle some zombies along the way!

Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo

Holiday Specials

See Dancing Lemur Press for a list of available titles.

To redeem and conditions:
Purchase a print, audio, or eBook from any retailer and send a copy of your receipt, less payment information and shipping, to inquiries @ dancinglemurpressllc.com State the free eBook or audio book you wish to receive.
Books purchased directly from our site will automatically get swag and a free book shipped.
(Free eBook cannot be over $2.99. CassaSeries audio book excluded in the free giveaway.)
Offer good until December 15, 2018. Delivery of print books not guaranteed by Christmas after December 10, 2018.

What’s in your writing space? Are you giving books for Christmas?

Thank you to all who visited my post two weeks ago covering What Does a Publisher Do?

Monday, November 19, 2018

What Does a Publisher Do?

At events, I get asked a lot of questions. It’s made me realize that a lot of people don’t know what a publisher does.

Here is a basic outline of what a publisher does followed by some crazy questions I’ve been asked.

A traditional publisher...
  • Receives query letters from writers.
  • Reads through the submissions.
  • Selects the best and most marketable stories and offers the writer a contract.
  • Goes through several rounds of edits with the writer.
  • Sets release date and assigns ISBN.
  • Creates cover art and other graphics.
  • Creates a marketing plan and marketing items and starts promoting.
  • Formats the book for print/eBook.
  • Sends files to printer for print book.
  • Sends files to eBook distributors. Print books go to print distributors.
  • Sends review copies to reviewers.
  • Goes through more edits with writer.
  • Finalizes book and sends to printer/distributors.
  • Continues marketing with press releases, info to bookstores and libraries, events, ads, etc.
  • Pays royalties to the author.

There are a ton of other details (Library of Congress Control Number, bar code, etc.) but that’s the basics.

Now, here are some of the questions I’ve been asked:

You sell books? You’re a bookstore?
No, we’re a publisher of books. We do sell direct, but we rely on distributors to sell to stores, libraries, and other retail outlets.

You print books? You have a printing press at your place?
No, we have a couple book printing business we use. We send the files to them and they print the books.

Can you publish my book for me?
You have to check our submission guidelines and if we are a good fit, then send us a proper query letter.

How much do you charge?
Nothing. We are a traditional publisher, not a subsidy press.

Can you take a look at my story?
Send a proper query letter first.

I have a bunch of recipes I’ve collected from the Internet over the years. Do you publish that?
We don’t publish cookbooks. And oh by the way, that’s called plagiarism and it’s illegal.

And my most favorite question when people see our display at events:

You wrote all of these books?
Yes, I did. Almost fifty titles in nine years. I’m good.

There you have it! Any other questions?

Don’t forget Dancing Lemur Press’ holiday special. Support an author and give the gift of reading.