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December 15, 2003
Volume 1 No. 34
ISSN 1530-5287

eBook Ecstasy

The newsletter has been on hiatus since June 2003 due to a lack of significant epublishing news. November and December 2003 ebook releases with four star reviews have been combined in this issue. Also in this issue are articles by Barbara M. Hodges.

eBook Ecstasy is a free monthly newsletter aimed at introducing readers to great ebooks. In upcoming issues, we plan to include information on worthy ebook news. So, epublishers can feel free to send us their press releases about innovations, authors should send notification of book signings, awards or other achievements and readers should provide feedback as to the features you would like to see added to eBook Ecstasy. This is *your* newsletter.
 

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Contents

Special Announcement
ePublishing News
Market News
Sponsors
Tech Corner
E-Book Corner
New Releases
Classifieds

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Featured E-Author: Michele Bardsley
Featured E-Publisher: Janet Musick
Behind the Scenes: Elizabeth Burton
Featured Reviewer: Mayra Calvani
Featured Reviewer: Rae Douglas
Featured Reviewer: Dallas Hodder Franklin
Featured Reviewer: Cindy Penn

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***Special Announcement***

eBook Ecstasy was about to close unless someone came forward to take over publication. Glenda D. Tudor was the founder of the eBook Ecstasy newsletter and turned over publication to Lida E. Quillen in May 2001. Since that time several issues have been produced each year until 2003 when only three issues were published.

At this time I am very pleased to announce that a publishing professional, Janet Musick, has graciously agreed to take over publication of the ebook ecstasy newsletter. Janet is the founder and publisher of Tigress Press and the featured epublisher in this issue.
http://www.tigresspress.com/

I would like to take this moment to thank all of you who have supported the newsletter with your articles, news items and personal expressions of encouragement. May you have a most successful New Year!

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ePublishing News
 

Announce the release of your new book in the ebook announcements forum at Knowbetter.
http://www.knowbetter.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=11

and list the title in their ebook directory:
http://www.knowbetter.com/ebook/titles/add_info.asp

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Ardy M. Scott's cover artwork for WindChance is a finalist for EPIC's Quasar award.
http://www.epicauthors.org/quasars-best-winners2004.html

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Award-winning children's author Rita Y. Toews is running a Christmas contest. Drawing Dec. 23rd.
http://www.domokos.com/ritastars.html

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Beverly Bateman has an author interview up at BooksWeLove. Beverly's new book, Fade to Black, will be available January 2004 from Wings e-Press.
www.beverleybateman.com/

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Celia A. Leaman announces her new book release, Deceitful Hags, second in the Gale Island series.
http://www.devonshirebabe.com

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Check out Holly Lisle's free ebook on writing fiction, Mugging the Muse.
http://www.hollylisle.com/downloads.html#mugging

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Cybling is a SF, fantasy and horror chat area featuring interviews with the movers, shakers and up-and-comers in the genre.
http://cybling.hypermart.net/flashz.htm

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Diskus Publishing has a fun-filled Winter Wonderland.
http://diskuspublishing.com/Wonderland.html

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ebooklove - new group at Yahoo Groups for discussing romance ebooks.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ebooklove

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EPIC's (Electronically Published Internet Connection) new feature - the Publishers Corner.
http://www.epicauthors.org/pubcorner.html

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Holiday Hearts, an anthology of four holiday novellas, is ebook Pick of the Month at Have You Heard.
http://www.myshelf.com/haveyouheard/column.htm

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In Memorium ~ Ariana Overton
http://www.Novelbooksinc.com/ari_remembered.html

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Mobipocket and Franklin Electronic Publishers opened Ebookbase, wholesale distribution of ebooks targeted for mobile devices.
http://www.ebookbase.com/

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Patricia Rasey is holding a contest with an autographed copy of The Hour Before Dawn as the prize. Contest ends January 30th.
http://www.patriciarasey.com/

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Preditors and Editors (tm) will help advertise your *first* book.
http://anotherealm.com/preditors/publback.htm

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Publishing and marketing for new authors - an email list.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/newauthors

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Robina Williams announces her new book release, Angelos. The Quantum cat is back!
http://www.robinawilliams.com/

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Sally Odgers is running a contest for 'first chapter of an unpublished book.' Contest ends Dec. 31, 2003.
http://sallyodgers.50megs.com/1stchaptercontest.htm

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Steve Lazarowitz has a new author interview up at Write Australia.
http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/7033/104708

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Susanne Marie Knight is author of the month for December at A Romance Review.
http://www.aromancereview.com

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Tamara Hoyt has just finished the screenplay to her book, City of Grateful Night which was picked up for a movie deal earlier this year. She also has a new book release, The Cracking of Deacon's Bench, a paranormal timesweep.
http://twilighttimesbooks.com/authors/Hoyt.html

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The Canadian eAuthors Association is launching its first annual short story contest. Open to unpublished writers who are Canadian residents only. Deadline Jan. 15, 2004.
http://ceauthors.com

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The Talisman by Karin Huxman received a five star review from The Romance Studio and another great review from Romance Reviews Today. Available from New Concepts Publishing.

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Whiskey Creek Press has a holiday special - buy one book, get a certificate for a free ebook. Offer ends December 25th.
http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/
 

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Market News

Baen Books now accepts electronic submissions. Prefers 100k - 300k word novels.
http://www.baen.com/

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Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest in Clermont, KY offers a funded Writing Fellowship and Arts Fellowship each year. No application fees. Submissions deadline has been extended until Jan. 31, 2004.
http://bernheim.org/arts.htm

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Black Medina is a new online literary magazine. Open to submissions.
http://www.blackmedina.net/

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Bobbing Around, Dr. Bob Rich's newsletter, is accepting short articles, announcements and brags.
http://mudsmith.net/bobbing.html

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Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. currently seeking 50,000 - 90,000 word SF/F and SF romance novels.
http://www.dragonflypubs.com/dfp/subs.html

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E2K a journal for the new literary paradigm. Pays $25.00 for article, essay or story and $10.00 for poetry on publication.
http://www.netauthor.org/e2k/

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Moonlight Publishing is open to submissions. Send query letter only.
http://www.moonlight-publishing.co.uk

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Mundania Press is open to submissions. SF/F, mystery, horror, romance, paranormal and erotica.
http://www.mundania.com/submissions.html

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Odyssey Summer Writing Workshop announces 2004 session with George R. R. Martin special writer in residence. Odyssey is a highly respected creative writing workshop for science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors.  It was founded nine years ago to provide up-and-coming genre writers the guidance and support necessary to become professionals, and it has quickly become one of the premier genre workshops in the country.  Forty percent of Odyssey’s graduates have gone on to be published, a staggering statistic for a creative writing workshop.

Featured 2004 guest lecturers include award-winning authors Catherine Asaro, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Barry B. Longyear; bestseller Bob Mayer; and award-winning editor/writer Gardner Dozois. Further information and an application is available from the website. Students must apply by April 15, 2004.
http://www.sff.net/odyssey

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Runestone Publishing LLC is open to submissions. SF/F, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense and thriller.
http://www.runestonepublishing.com/

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Tigress Press is open to submissions. Particularly interested in fantasy or romance or a combination of the two.
http://www.tigresspress.com/

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Twilight Times Books was founded January 1999 as an epublisher. In 2004, TT Books will evolve from an Internet epublisher to a traditional small press print publisher. Open to submissions Feb. 15 to March 5, 2004. Especially interested in professionally written SF/F, literary and mainstream novels as well as literate non-fiction.
http://twilighttimesbooks.com/subs.html

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Rumor Mill

Bookzone, founded by Mary Westheimer, and a part the publishing industry since 1994 has a change in ownership. The domain and many of its assets have been purchased by Wheatmark, Inc. Expect the BookFlash and Literary Leaps web sites to be re-launched soon.

eNovel.com has closed operations per a notice on their web site. May restructure as an authors cooperative.

ePublisher Nitelinks is no longer in business according to a message on their web site.

Zander eBooks web site down Dec. 18, 2004.

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http://www.sellwritingonline.com/

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SpecFicWorld.com has a new look and a few new features. They will also be publishing three new anthologies this year along with adding a new speculative fiction contest.
http://www.specficworld.com/

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The Blue Iris Journal reviews books in all formats. Monthly column, "Sahara Ice," by Steve Lazarowitz.
http://www.blueirisjournal.com/

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The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Web Site. Seeking author bios, sample chapters, interviews, and book reviews. If you contact Steve or Leslie Mazey, let them know you're an eBook Ecstasy subscriber.
http://www.eternalnight.co.uk

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The Writer's Life is an online interactive writing source for published as well as unpublished authors.  It is your place for writing tips, short stories and poems by various authors, freelance opportunities, freelance success stories, paying markets, publishing links, awards, newsletter, writing group and more!
http://www.thewriterslife.net/

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Twilight Times Books offers some exciting fantasy ebooks along with The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy. A complete fantasy resource in one volume - Character Creation, Clothing and Weapons, Combat, Health and Medicine, Magic, Mythology, World Building and much more.
http://twilighttimesbooks.com/

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Tech Corner

Book promotion newsletter.
http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com

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Booklet Printing
http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQS/Formatting/BookletPrinting.htm

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"Contextual Ads and the Little Guy" by Danny Sullivan.
http://clickz.com/search/opt/article.php/2224611

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EBook Apprentice - free tutorial on creating, publishing and marketing ebooks
http://www.ebookapprentice.com

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Free PHP script that tracks spider visits and generates a report about the web activity of web robots on your site.
http://www.robotstats.com/en/

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Froogle - google search engine for products
http://froogle.google.com/froogle/merchants.html

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"Frugal Marketing Tips" by Shel Horowitz
http://www.frugal marketing.com/marketingtips.shtml

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"Promoting Your Business Online" by Jane McClain.
http://www.eclaunchsite.com/ECLpromotingonline.htm

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Resources and links for creating custom favorite icons
http://hostingct.com/design/tutorials/favicon.shtml

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Search Engine Fundamentals: The Meta Tag
http://www.webpronews.com/2003/0610.html

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Search engine copywriting(tm) strategies for your web site
http://www.searchenginewriting.com/writing_searchengines.html

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Selida - an advanced HTML editor (free)
http://www.amaryllis.8m.com/

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"Thirty Creative Ways to Use Business Cards" by Linda Elizabeth Alexander
http://www.ideasandtraining.com/Business-Card-Article.html

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(1) FEATURED E-AUTHOR

Interview with Michele Bardsley.
Questions by Barbara M. Hodges

Michele Bardsley. Wow. . . a woman with so many hats you’d think she need three different identities to go with them; mother, wife, senior editor at Hard Shell Word Factory, and multi-published author.

Michele received her first taste of recognition as a writer while still in high school where she placed third with a patriotic essay. Her love of writing led to work on her high school paper and yearbook.

She has been published in short fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous awards for her writing from magazines, colleges, and writer's groups---including Byline Magazine, Writer's Digest, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Scribe & Quill, and Tulsa Community College.

Her professional affiliations include the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, The Electronically Published Professionals, and Web Writing Women.

Four of Michele’s novels, Bride In Training, Daddy In Training, Husband For Hire and Housewife For Rent, are available at Hard Shell Word Factory  http://www.hardshell.com. Go check them out.

Now, Let’s Talk to Michele Bardsley.

BMH: What do you do to promote your books?

MB: Offer my firstborn as a babysitter/housewife combo. <g> Actually, that wouldn't work…would it? Hmmm… Seriously, the two best promotion techniques I've found are meeting readers and getting readers to spread the word about my books. When someone loves a writer's work, they'll tell everyone they know—and when they meet the author—either through e-mail or at conferences…wow! Their enthusiasm is a great selling tool.

BMH: What do you find that has worked the best?

MB: From an e-book author's perspective, what has worked the best is being active online. I post to several lists, put out an e-newsletter, update my site (obsessively), and stay in touch with fans who e-mail me. I LOVE hearing from people who've read my work and rave to me about it. It's better than chocolate. I highly recommend the book by Seth Godin called The Idea Virus. Visitors can download it for free at his website:
http://www.ideavirus.com (Click the "Get It" tab at the top of the page.)

BMH: What has been the worst return for your time and dollars?

MB: The worst return for my time and money has been participating in group ads in national magazines. It's "inexpensive" in terms of what it would cost to have my own full-page ad, but I'm one author among many. Group ads work better when one sub-genre is represented or when the group is small—five people or less.

BMH: What do you feel is more important, money spent or creativity as far as marketing and promoting are concerned?

MB: Most writers I know would happily hire a publicist if they had the money. Promotion is a necessary evil in this business. Authors promote because they have to if they want sell their next book and move to the next level of their careers. I write because I love it, but my next greatest obsession is to find readers for my novels. Sometimes it translates to sales and I make a little money. Since most writers like have a roof over their heads and like eating more than macaroni-and-cheese for dinner every night, they go for cheap, creative promotions instead of big ad campaigns (which don't necessarily work well anyway). Creativity is more important than money but only because I can't afford a publicist. <g>

BMH: What has been the most creative thing you have did to promote yourself and your books?
MB: Oh man. How do I answer this one? I once wrote "creative" press releases (both are still available at Earthly Charms  http://www.earthlycharms.com/free_article_3.htm ). For HUSBAND FOR HIRE, I wrote the release as if it were an article about the characters in my book. For HOUSEWIFE FOR RENT, I write the release in the point of view of the heroine's teenaged daughter. I created a website to showcase my "…In Training" series: http://www.daddyintraining.com

BMH: What do you see in the future for electronic publishing?

MB: People can yell and rail and act like goobers when it comes to e-books and e-publishing, but their opinions and predications won't change the fact that we love portable, electronic devices. When I travel, I'd much rather pack my single Rocket eBook with a dozen novels on it than figure out how to get a dozen paperbacks into my suitcase. My daughter plays her color Gameboy while listening to her Walkman … at some point she's going to be running around with a portable computer or PDA doing her homework and reading the seventeenth book in the Harry Potter series. In the beginning of my e-book career I wasted a lot of time, energy, and emotion on the Great E-publishing Debate until I realized I was banging my head bloody against an immovable wall. There were people out in world open to the idea of reading digital books and those are the ones I wanted to reach. I found this quote the other day: "The people who oppose your ideas the most are those who represent the establishment that your ideas will upset."—Anthony J. D'Angelo

The future of e-publishing? Let's just say that there IS a future for e-publishing.

BMH: What about short print runs?

MB: I figure short print runs are transitional—the step between big print runs and print-on-demand. POD makes ecological and financial sense. Only make a book when you sell it—what a concept! Once the cost is no longer prohibitive, the big publishers will embrace POD and that will be that.

BMH: Do you think it makes a difference as to how print-on-demand books are named?

MB: Right now—yes. Using the dreaded term "POD" automatically turns off some booksellers and readers. It turns off booksellers because they don't have return privileges and they're stuck with a 40% or less discount; it turns off readers because they associate "POD" with crappy books. For some reason, the term "trade paperback" goes over better. I don't mention POD in association with the print editions of my books unless I'm specifically asked.

BMH: Have you done booksignings? If so how about some advice for someone who has yet to do their first one.

MB: The first booksigning I participated in was at a conference. In fact, all subsequent booksignings have been at conferences. It's only recently that I've decided to venture out into the local market to see if I can arrange in-store signings. At a conference booksigning, you have people to talk to when readers ignore you and your disks. <g> When I became e-published, I observed the failures of my fellow e-authors as they attempted to do the same kinds of promotions traditionally-published authors did. Booksignings, big print ads, bookmarks … I realized e-book authors had to look at their target markets—and those markets were not the same as someone published by a New York publishing house.

BMH: Do you think public appearances are important for promoting?

MB: If you mean "public" as in online chats, forum discussions, list participation, and networking online every day, the answer is yes. If you mean brick-and-mortar booksignings, appearing on Oprah, and doing a string of radio interviews, the answer is not necessarily. Authors need to define their own successes. They need to plan and to target and to persist in their efforts. I have no desire to do radio or television shows, but gimme a chat room or an e-mail list and I'm there.

BMH: What has been your worst moment in marketing?

MB: Nothing pops into mind. I mentioned that group ads were not successful ventures for me. I try not to view things negatively. Take the mondo mistake I made in my romantic comedy BRIDE IN TRAINING. After I discovered the boo-boo—my own screw-up—I turned into a contest and used it a promotional gimmick. Check it out here: http://www.michelebardsley.com/entercontest.html

BMH:  What has been the most fun in your writing career?

MB: The writing part. Actually, the re-writing part. I'd much rather rewrite than write new material. Getting through the first draft of a book is torture. My enthusiasm wanes by Chapter Five. <g> The really, truly, wonderful part is getting to know my readers. When I get an e-mail from someone who read my book and loved it, it makes all the blood, sweat, and tears worthwhile.

Michele Bardsley
http://www.michelebardsley.com/

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Author Info:

Barbara M. Hodges lives in Nipomo, California, a small town on the central coast. She shares her life with her husband, Jeff, a sassy cat, Cleo, and two basset hounds, Winston and Sydney, who are her role models for Maggie the basset hound in her novels.

Her latest novel, The Sword and The Flame, co-authored with C.R. MacPhadrick is now available, and watch for her third novel, The Emerald Dagger coming soon.
http://barbarahodges.gobot.com/

Copyright © 2003

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(1) FEATURED E-PUBLISHER

Interview with Janet Musick, publisher of Tigress Press.
Questions by Barbara M. Hodges
 

Janet Musick’s day job is as an administrative services supervisor/telecommunications manager for a large Midwestern agricultural cooperative. She is also a freelance writer and editor who has been writing poetry most of her life. She admits to not being a traditional poet, but considers her work more an expression of her feelings and experiences in life. She earned a B.A. degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, graduating with a major in English and a minor in Music. Her degree, along with more than 35 years of experience in corporate and association communications, has provided her the background necessary to enter into the world of publishing. Janet was also the copy editor on eight titles for Pulsar Books, and two for Highlands Keep Publishing.  Along with her publishing and editing hats, Janet also dons her author’s hat and is working on a fantasy trilogy herself.

She discovered her true love of writing and editing while working on a novel about the Mormon Trail, titled The Strength of Her Spirit. The book is an upcoming release from Tigress Press. Tigress Press also has two other imprints; Silver Tigress and Satin Tigress. Silver Tigress will feature novels with mature characters and story-lines and Satin Tigress will be Janet’s erotica line.  All of the books will be offered in both print and electronic formats.

In her "spare" time, Janet enjoys her cat Missy and her daughter Cathy.

Let’s talk to Janet Musick

 BMH:   Janet, you were a freelance editor for Pulsar and Highlands Keep Publishing before starting Tigress Press. Why the change?

JM: With Pulsar, it was an easy choice to move on to other projects. The company was not as stable as I would have liked, and I believe it is no longer operating as a publisher. As for Highlands Keep Publishing, the publisher has not been able to devote much time to the project. Like me, he’s trying to do a “day job” while handling the task of managing a second company. I want to move things along at my pace, and starting my own company lets me do that.

BM: How many hats are you wearing now, and which do you enjoy the most?

JM: Here’s a list: publisher, senior editor, CFO, business manager, general flunky. There are many details involved in bringing a book to press, and right now, I’m handling them all. At heart, though, I’m an editor. More than that, I like to think I am also a teacher, and I love working with authors and helping them become better writers.

BMH: What has been the most unexpected thing you’ve discovered since starting your publishing company?

JM: Everything! I’m learning so much, and there are so many people already involved with publishing – publishers, authors, editors, marketing experts – who are willing to share their experiences with me as a newcomer to this field.

BMH: What has been your biggest challenge?

JM: It’s a toss-up – trying to do everything myself, and trying to pull together the financial resources to let me contract some of it out.

BMH: What has been your biggest reward up to this point?

JM: Finding out that many of my resources are people I already know. I’m fortunate to have found an outstanding artist, Joy Page, who is designing our book’s covers. Her ability to grasp a concept and put it into graphic form amazes me. I also work with Vickie Kersey DuBois, who has prior experience in book production. Vickie is creative and patient, never gets rattled, and has been a constant source of support. My copy editor is Jeannie Eddy Worthen, my sister, and she goes through our manuscripts with a fine tooth comb. I’m the senior editor and, between the two of us, I’m proud to say we turn out books with very few errors.

BMH: What do you see as the future of independent publishers?

JM: This is a question that, because I’m a novice, I may not be able to answer fully. But I see independent publishers as the answer for good authors who can’t make it past the doors of the big publishing houses. I’ve seen many excellent manuscripts that have been turned down by some of the more widely recognized companies perhaps, in some cases, because there is not enough of a review process, or they’re not represented by an agent, or because they look like too much of an editorial challenge. I believe there are people writing out there who have a gift for plot but are just not very good at the mechanics of writing, and I think independent publishers will bring those people to market.

Independent publishers do have two major hurdles, and they are interdependent. The first is breaking into accepted distribution channels. The second is that some independent publishers don’t have their manuscripts edited by a professional, and this creates an impression of nonprofessionalism. It’s created something of a black eye for the industry, and it’s something distributors are well aware of.
 
BMH: What about ebooks, is there a place in the future for them?

JM: Right now, that market still has some growing to do, but I don’t think anyone should underestimate the potential. We live in a time of extraordinary technology, and e-books, by taking advantage of that technology, can be distributed widely and at less expense than traditional books. Being something of a purist when it comes to reading, I still prefer to hold a paper book in my hands; however, the generations coming behind us are more computer- and PDA-literate, and I think e-books have a strong future.

BMH: What do you as a publisher do to market and promote the books and authors contracted to you?

JM: That’s a new area for me, but I’m learning. Fortunately, I work with authors who have taken a strong role in marketing their own books, and I like to think I’m exchanging editing knowledge for marketing knowledge. I also read everything I can find on the subject.

Independent publishers need to establish contacts with distribution channels like Ingram and Baker and Taylor, and we also should work with libraries and independent bookstores. It’s got to be an ongoing effort, and I believe we have to involve our authors in the marketing plans for their books.

BMH: You also offer services for authors. Can you elaborate on those?

JM: Yes. Tigress Press won’t be able to publish every author who submits work. Like many publishers, we want to read a synopsis and the first three chapters of a book. We make our decision about whether to publish an author based on the plotline. If it’s a strong story and fits into our publishing plan, we edit it to meet our standards of editing excellence.

However, some books may never get published by any publisher because they need serious editing. Some of those manuscripts might sell if edited BEFORE being sent to a publisher for consideration. Tigress Press has an editing service, B4Deadline, separate from the publishing business, and is willing to work with authors to help make their manuscripts saleable. We’ll also edit a synopsis so it will have a better chance of catching an editor’s eye, and will work with authors to create their profiles, marketing materials, press releases, etc. We’ll even try to place books with suitable publishers if the work is something Tigress Press doesn’t publish or can’t take on. There’s a charge for these services, and authors can contact me at janetm1943@aol.com for more information.

BMH: What do you see for Tigress Press five years down the road?

JM: My dream for several years has been to work for a company where I can help promising writers develop their skills and to give every writer a chance to be read. As a matter of fact, our mission statement says just that. Here it is: We believe every author should be read. We believe every author should be critiqued honestly. We believe every author we publish should be as excited about writing as we are. Because that goal wasn’t being met for me as a freelance editor, I decided to start Tigress Press.

Five years from now, I hope Tigress Press will have published a long list of exciting writers with compelling stories. I want the company to be successful financially, but I would also measure its success by the number of fresh, talented writers we can bring to market.

Tigress Press
http://www.tigresspress.com/

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Barbara M. Hodges lives in Nipomo, California, a small town on the central coast. She shares her life with her husband, Jeff, a sassy cat, Cleo, and two basset hounds, Winston and Sydney, who are her role models for Maggie the basset hound in her novels.

Her latest novel, The Sword and The Flame, co-authored with C.R. MacPhadrick is now available, and watch for her third novel, The Emerald Dagger coming soon.
http://barbarahodges.gobot.com/

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(1) BEHIND THE SCENES

Elizabeth Burton, founder and publisher of The Blue Iris Journal, is delighted to announce that the review, which has had spotty publication the last half-year because the press of her other job at Zumaya Publications, will once again be appearing monthly under the excellent and talented guidance of Natalie R. Collins and Laura Mazzuca Toops.

Ms. Collins, whose novel Sisterwife was released in April by Zumaya, is a writer and editor with more than 20 years' experience and has won numerous awards for her writing of fiction and nonfiction. She has worked in newspaper journalism, advertising, and served as an editor for the 2001 and 2002 Sundance Film Festivals. Visit her website at
http://www.nataliercollins.com/.

Ms. Toops is a Chicago-based writer with more than 15 years of professional experience. Her writing, editing and reporting experience includes stints at Chicago's legendary City News Bureau, Crain Communications, freelance work for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times , and other local and national publications. She also worked for five years as a film critic for a Chicago monthly entertainment magazine. Her short fiction has been published in several local little magazines, and she has studied at writing workshops at the University of Chicago. Her nonfiction book,   A Native's Guide to Chicago's Western Suburbs, was published in August 1999 by Lake Claremont Press. She currently teaches fiction writing at several local venues, including the College of DuPage.

"I'm thrilled that two people as talented and experienced as Natalie and Laura were interested in picking up the reins at the Journal when it became clear I could no longer do it myself," notes Burton. "The review has always been special to me, a place where otherwise overlooked authors can have their work reviewed and placed before readers, and it's a great relief to know it will now continue as before in these capable hands."

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E-BOOK CORNER

Title: Alien Heat
Author: Susanne Marie Knight
http://www.susanneknight.com/
Wings ePress
http://www.wings-press.com/
ISBN: 1-59088-247-4
SF romance

Glyneth was different. She could hear the earth speak. She heard it moan and cry but never understood why. She had a gift for healing, using the energy of life that surrounded all things to help augment the body’s natural healing. She also had a gift, or curse, where her skin took on the color of her surroundings whenever she reacted excessive emotion. For this the villagers named her Witch and Mutant. Her life started by her mother getting pregnant after one of the Outsiders raids on her village and ten years later her mother had been taken away on that raid. Glyneth had every reason to hate the Outsiders. Especially the one who
was her father.

Major Lucas Jefferson was an Heir to the ten Son’s of Canusa. Why he had been sent on so menial a task as a bridal raid had him puzzled. However, the Great Canusa had commanded he go, and no one said no to the most holy of holies. He was especially troubled because his father’s health was failing, and though no one said, he knew that the end for the dear man was near. Lucas was a soldier and to him emotional outbursts were signs of weakness. So why he returned the plump beauty for the skinny runt was not something he wanted to delve deep into. Besides he was contracted to marry Althea, the daughter of one of the Ten Son’s of Canusa. He had no time for such silly things as love. His marriage was to bring him esteem in the eyes of the Holy Canusa, since he had no heirs of his own one of the ten son’s would be his successor.

Lucas was contracted to marry. So why was he feeling so protective of the skinny wench Glyneth? Her hips did not look big enough to bear one child let alone many, as was their hope for all the women they stole. Why was it that these women, who were exposed to all the radiation after the Great Destruction, remained fertile while back at home more and more of their women were sterile? And what of Glyneth’s claim that her mother had been raped on one of the bridal raids, could it be true? Glyneth hated Outsiders, so why was she healing the wounds of the hated enemy? True he had treated her not unkindly, but still he was the enemy. And what were these stirring inside her every time she touched him?

Susanne Marie Knight has an interesting take on the future of the world with Aliens from Venus thrown in to heat it up. I really loved they way she pulled modern day facts into the story to put a realistic tint to it. Her characters grab you and pull you through the story not letting go until the last page. Once again Ms Knight hits the jackpot with a compelling story and life like characters. So much happens in Alien Heat that I only touched on some of its aspects. What an incredible journey it is. Alien Heat is not to be missed, in this reviewer’s humble opinion.

Reviewed by Rae Douglas for Romance Junkies.

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Reviewer info:

Rae Douglas was a late bloomer as far as reading goes. Having a reading disability made reading a chore not a pleasure. Then, she met her first romance characters at the age of 15. She's had her nose stuck in a book ever since.

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E-BOOK CORNER

Title: Angelos
Author: Robina Williams
http://www.robinawilliams.com/
Twilight Times Books
http://twilighttimesbooks.com
ISBN: 1-931201-56-0
Fantasy

Top rating of 10 from Dallas Franklin.

"Quant, the magical cat that leaps through various worlds and dimensions is back again and in action. In Angelos, the sequel to Jerome and the Seraph, Robina Williams weaves her own storytelling magic and Quant rises to the occasion. This is a fantasy ebook and written so superbly that you become totally engrossed in the tale and forget it's fantasy.

Robina accomplishes this task by not only bringing this world together with the 'dead world' but in Angelos she even incorporates the mythological world. It gives us a whole new perspective on the topic of time and old/new worlds and how they are happening 'now'. Both ebooks give you much to ponder while enjoying a great read.

In Jerome and the Seraph we're introduced to Brother Jerome who has an unfortunate accident in the friary cemetery. Ironically, he falls and bangs his head on a tombstone and is killed instantly. He's not quite sure where he is and when he connects with his beloved cat, Leo he soon learns Leo isn't the cat he thought him to be. Leo tells Jerome he prefers to be called Quant and then helps Jerome travel from the 'dead world' to the 'live world' with some bumps along the way. Some of the Brothers at the friary witness Brother Jerome coming and going and if that wasn't enough to spook them, Quant is seen doing the same thing.

All this spooking comes into play again as Angelos opens with the arrival of the new Guardian of the Order, Father Aidan. The Brothers have all been enjoying a rather relaxed atmosphere but that all changes as Father Aidan begins to impose some strict rules while dealing with his own faith.

As Father Aidan lives through his dark night of the soul, he finds redemption and renewed faith in God through a number of well-known paintings that comes to summation with Dali's "Christ of St John of the Cross." Robina's writing talent connects all the worlds in an astounding tale.

She keeps you reading as you learn what makes each character tick and makes the story even more interesting when Brother Jerome, by another fluke accident, takes a quantum leap to the labyrinth of a Minotaur and the Minotaur ends up at the monastery.

We meet many mythological creatures, gods of the 'old world' and even get to see some characters in other past lives. Or is it a past life? It's a whole new perspective on 'time' and living in the 'now'. While learning all this you're transported to worlds that come to life in a fascinating way.

I loved Angelos as much as Jerome and the Seraph and if you like reading fantasy I'm sure you'll love it too. I highly recommend this ebook and give it a top rating of 10!"

Reviewed by Dallas Hodder Franklin for Sell Writing Online.

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Dallas Hodder Franklin created, owns and operates a great site for writers called Sell Writing Online.
http://www.sellwritingonline.com/

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E-BOOK CORNER

Title: Death on Delivery
Author: Anne K. Edwards
http://www.mysteryfiction.net
Twilight Times Books
http://twilighttimesbooks.com
ISBN: 1-931201-59-5
Murder mystery

When local society matron, Jania Yewbanks, dies of "natural causes", her sister contracts the services of Brom Investigations to look into the case and prove that Jania's husband, Ted, murdered her.

Hannah Clare, widow of Brom's ex-partner, cannot settle to be the adoring granny. A sharp mind with a taste for danger, she needs work and action. Knowing her for twenty-four years and seeing her so eager to get back to work, Brom brings her into the case. Ted Yewbanks, now widowed and living alone, needs a housekeeper, and what better person than Hannah to take the job?

Then, in the midst of her investigations, Brom dies for no apparent reason. Stunned, Hannah realizes his death resembles that of Jania's. Something strange and evil is working its way into this small community. During the last few months there have been other unexplained, naturally caused deaths and this fact hasn't escaped Hannah's sharp eyes. Are they all murders?

...The characterization in this mystery really stands out. The minor characters are as complex, interesting, and carefully drawn as the main ones. With an excellent understanding of human behavior and motivations, this author has succeeded in creating a deftly crafted, classic suspenseful mystery that will keep you submerged from beginning to end. The climax made my heart race.

Hannah is certainly a character with her no-nonsense, practical, tough yet sensitive and compassionate approach to life and I look forward to reading more of her future adventures.
Reviewed by Mayra Calvani, author of Dark Hunger.

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Mayra Calvani's stories have appeared in several small literary and horror magazines. Her novel, Dark Hunger, a dark romantic fantasy, is available from Amber Quill Press. Mayra is a member of AEPRA (Association of E-Published Romance Authors). She also writes reviews for EbooksnBytes and The Blue Iris Journal.

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E-BOOK CORNER

Title: Mary's Child
Author: Celia A. Leaman
http://www.devonshirebabe.com
Twilight Times Books
ISBN: 1-931201-71-4
Women's fiction

If you love the era of Thomas Hardy, when England had strictly drawn class lines between the gentry and the commoner, but despair at the bleakness so many authors portray of that era, then Mary's Child by Celia Ann Leaman may be just what's needed

... Leaman weaves a rich tapestry in Mary's Child, giving each character unexpected complexity and depth. It reaches beyond its genre to embrace the flavor of its era, bringing it to life with a vividness seldom matched. The emphasis of the novel is not upon romance, but upon the characters that live within this fascinating world. I couldn't help comparing Tess of the D'urbervilles to Mary's Child as I read, and I must admit that Leaman's novel captures the flavor of that era equally well while reaching a far more satisfactory conclusion. I heartily recommend Mary's Child."
Reviewed by Cindy Penn, Senior Editor, Wordweaving.

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Cindy personally reviews 50-60 books a month.When she's not reviewing or working on WordWeaving, she spends time with her beloved teen sons and soon-to-be husband. Owned by 21 cats, two dogs, four tarantulas, one snake, two bearded dragons, and two fire bellied toads, Cindy threatens to sell tickets to the 'Zoo' to raise extra cash so she can buy more books.
http://www.wordweaving.com/

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E-BOOK CORNER

Title: The Blue Flame
Author: Barbara M. Hodges
http://barbarahodges.gobot.com
Tigress Press
http://www.tigresspress.com/
ISBN: 0-9740848-2-4
Paranormal

Regan Cafferty’s sister Kelsey left to do a photo shoot in Africa seven years ago. It was no secret what Kelsey thought of Regan’s fiance but she was in love and so married against Kelsey’s, the only family she had left, wishes. A marriage she regretted in more ways than one. Now here stood a man telling her he could take her to Kelsey. Her heart said trust him but her heart had been wrong before why should she trust it now?

Kelsey Cafferty had spent the last seven years fighting a war that was not hers. But she was now the Queen’s Commander and without the help of her sister Regan it was a war she couldn’t win. So she sent the Queen’s High Mage off to collect Regan, and hoped that their mothers necklace was enough to bring Regan to her.

Peter Canterville, High Mage to the Queen, was going to take a trip through the rifts that his grandfather had discovered and used years ago. The rifts only opened every seven years and stayed open for only seven days. So he was in a hurry not just because the rift would close but he needed the help of Regan Cafferty now or the war was over and the evil that was growing in his world would be taking over. He sincerely hoped that Regan was as powerful a mage as Kelsey claimed she was.

A fast paced novel with danger, deceit, elves, dwarves, and dragons to contend with. Barbara Hodges does a wonderful job, putting her up there with the greats such as Christine Feehan, Dara Joy, and Ann Rice. This book is destined to become a classic! Do not pass up a chance to read it. A definite must for any collection. The best book, I highly recommend it. Definitely a 5 Blue Ribbon Book!

Reviewed by Rae Douglas for Romance Junkies.

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Rae Douglas was a late bloomer as far as reading goes. Having a reading disability made reading a chore not a pleasure. Then, she met her first romance characters at the age of 15. She's had her nose stuck in a book ever since.

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