Monday, June 22, 2015

Freedom Fox Press and IWSG T-Shirt

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I was working with a publisher to set up an imprint that would provide authors the benefits of both traditional and self-publishing. I’m happy to announce that Freedom Fox Press, a division of Dancing Lemur Press, LLC, is now open and accepting submissions.

There are benefits to signing on with a traditional publisher. These include credibility for the author, established distribution, publisher reputation, professionally designed books (cover art, formatting, ISBN, LCCN, etc.), early pre-publication reviews, royalties, etc. Add the benefits of self-publishing (higher profits, more control, etc.) and it becomes a win-win situation.

What are some of the terms, conditions, and benefits of Freedom Fox Press?

• Accepts multiple genres.

• Professional cover art and formatting. They will work with the author on the cover, including using photos or artwork provided by author.

• Review copies sent out to major reviewers three months before release date.

• Marketing support.

• Royalties are based on net profit and the author receives 80% on print books and 90% on ebooks.

Read the submission guidelines HERE.

My duties revolve around the establishment of this imprint and spreading the word via social media. (Dancing Lemur Press LLC is my publisher, so I was already an author.)

If you can help spread the word through Twitter, Facebook, blogging, Pinterest, etc., I’d be grateful. This is an incredible opportunity and hopefully the beginning of a new model of publisher.

Twitter or Facebook:

The benefits of traditional and self publishing - Freedom Fox Press open for submissions

Alex and the The Insecure Writer’s Support Group admins are happy to announce that we have our own t-shirt now, courtesy of Jeremy Hawkins. You can order your copy HERE.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Chrys Frey and Ten Things Witches Do For Fun

I am posting at the The Insecure Writer’s Support Group with a list of self-publishing resources for writers.

Today I welcome author Chrys Fey on her Witch of Death tour.

In honor of my newest short story, Witch of Death, I am sharing a list of things witches do for fun. This list is meant to be fun, although some witches probably do several things on the list.

Ten Things Witches Do For Fun:

1. Cast spells.
2. Ask leprechauns for luck.
3. Jump around the house on a broomstick.
4. Tell their nieces and nephews they’ll turn them into toads if they’re bad.
5. Talk to animals.
6. Mediate on the beach.
7. Shop not for shoes or clothes but for magickal tools (candles, stones, charms, etc.)
8. Watch a marathon of Charmed.
9. Leave sparkly things in the garden for fairies.
10. Go to animal shelters and play with all of the black cats.

QUESTION: What do you do for fun?

Witch of Death:

Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

Book Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Wild Rose Press / Nook / Kobo

Also available: GHOST OF DEATH

Book Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Wild Rose Press / Nook


Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes and 30 Seconds. She is currently working on the sequel to Hurricane Crimes that’ll serve as book two in the Disaster Crimes series.

When Fey was six years old, she realized her dream of being a writer by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen. Fey lives in Florida where she is waiting for the next hurricane to come her way.

You can connect with her on Facebook and her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!

Author Links: Facebook / Blog / Website / Goodreads

Monday, June 08, 2015

Publishing Terms Defined

I was delighted with all the interest in the publishing imprint I mentioned last week that I was working with. For those who missed it, this new imprint will be designed to work with authors who want the perks of self-publishing (more control, higher royalties) but with the benefits of traditional publishing (pre-publication reviews, wider distribution, publisher clout, and no author expenses.) It will launch this summer - if you want to be the first to get information, email me or leave a comment.

Several of you asked what an imprint was. I thought this would be a good time to define not only imprint, but a few other publishing terms that might be confusing. Here is a list:

Imprint - A publishing company might have multiple imprints, often with different names but still falling under the parent company, each of which focuses on a specific genre or reader demographic.

CIP - Stands for Catalog in Publication. This information is prepared by either the Library of Congress or a trained CIP block designer and assists with cataloging books for libraries. Located at the bottom of the copyright page, it includes the Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) or PNC number.

ISBN - Stands for International Standard Book Number. This identification code is assigned to each unique format of a book (hardback, paperback, ebook) and is located on the back of the book, usually in the bar code. ISBNs can only be purchased from R.R. Bowker and cannot be transferred. The person or company who purchases the ISBNs is forever the one on record as the publisher.

POD - Stands for Print on Demand and refers to digital printing. (The other form of printing is offset which is done with printing plates and presses.) POD printers are not to be confused with POD publishers.

BISAC - Stands for Book Industry Standards and Communications. They set the standards for genre classification of books through subject headings in the USA. In the UK, it is the Book Industry Communication who performs this task.

Form more terms, see either Glossary of Book Publishing Terms or The Glossary of Book Trade.

Do you feel smarter already?

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Insecure Writer's Support Group and Exciting New Publisher Imprint

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

Writing hasn’t been a big thing for me lately. I still have several novelette length stories waiting for editing, plus I’ve been editing some older works.

I have been busy with my seminars, which I love. I’m even working with a NC college to offer my seminars as interactive day-long workshops. That will require a lot of planning this summer, but doing them will be a lot of fun.

I also have a new venture as I am working with a publisher who wants to set up an imprint. This is very exciting, as it will involve very new and greatly needed in the industry. This new imprint will be designed to work with authors who want the perks of self-publishing (more control, higher royalties) but with the benefits of traditional publishing (pre-publication reviews, wider distribution, publisher clout, and no author expenses.)

The imprint will launch this summer. If anyone is interested in being the first to receive information about this imprint, email me or leave a comment.

Ready to go for a ride?