Thursday, May 26, 2011
EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition™ is proud to announce the
opening of its yearly contests for electronically published authors and
EPIC’s *eBook** Competition™* is the oldest competition honoring eBooks and
the ePublishing industry and is a premier event for authors and publishing
houses. This competition opens for entries June 1 and closes July 15.
“Literacy is close to the hearts of EPIC members and we are very proud of
our *New Voices Young Writers Competition™*. It is the perfect forum for
young people to learn the versatility of eBooks and to experience a taste of
the ePublishing world,” states Competitions Chair, Debi Sullivan. The
competition encourages young people, whether in public, private or
home-based schools, to read and write, to interact with their surroundings
and explore their imagination. To enter, young writers need to be eleven
(11) to eighteen (18) years of age. The *New Voices Young Writers
Competition™* opens for entries August 1 and closes October 20. Continuing
to inspire young people to be involved in all aspects of electronic
publishing, EPIC also invites young artists (ages 11 to 18) to enter the *New
Voices Cover Art Competition™*. Artwork must be produced by any electronic
method of pen, pencil, and ink, and entered in a JPG format. This
competition opens for entries August 1 and closes October 20.
EPIC's *ARIANA Art Competition™* celebrates art from imaginative and
eye-catching eBook covers with this prestigious award for superlative
ePublishing artwork, applauding the finest artwork of eBook publishing. This
competition opens for entries June 1 and closes July 15.
EPIC’s annual conference*, EPICon**™*, invites industry professionals to
share the latest eIndustry information, hone writing and editing skills, and
explore new markets and promotional ideas. Keynote luncheon speakers range
from world-renowned authors to established publishing houses to eBook and
EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition™ was established in 1997
and is a global organization of published authors and industry-related
professionals who actively advocate continuing education and further
enlightenment of electronic publications. For more information about the
competitions and annual conference, please visit *http://www.epicorg.com*.
-- Celia Kyle
Public Relations, EPIC
-- Debi Sullivan
Competitions Chair, EPIC
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Four or five years ago I had the pleasure of having a piece flogged by Mr. Rhamey - and I have to say it was one of the most emotional, most wrenching experiences of my life because I was new, I had visions of my great talent and skill, and had the ego of a newbie.
So when he gave me his thoughts I was torn...but I realized inshort order that what he said made sense. Not only did I take what he said to heart - but I went on to revamp things and I have to admit that the book he flogged, that I had nearly thrown out, went on to be contracted, published, and made the number 1 best seller list for Champagne books in May of 2009.
If anything, the experience taught me that while the truth isn't always a bed of roses, sometimes you have to pluck out the thorns and keep digging for that one truly exceptional bloom.
For that experience, and for appearing on my blog, I say bravo, and thank you so very much Mr. Rhamey, its been both a pleasure and an honor to have you here, and have you sharing your wisdom with us. I hope to have you back again!
Monday, May 16, 2011
"Thank you for having me."
1. How long have you been part of the industry?
In the sense that I’ve devoured novels since I was a boy, virtually a lifetime. My first interest in publishing sparked when I graduated from college. But I had a degree in psychology, was in Texas, and had a family that I needed to support--I couldn’t figure out how to get into publishing. So I left that ambition behind.
Dissolve to decades later when my advertising career had pretty much run its course due to ageism and economic downturn. I had been writing novels and was a member of a critique group. Based on what I did in our weekly sessions, two members separately asked me to edit their novels. They found what I did to be very helpful.
You should understand that I had a long career in advertising as a creative director, which has a huge editorial function—copy has to be succinct and every word effective. Kinda hones your sense for how language works to affect a reader.
I found an online editorial service that contracted with editors for manuscripts. Very low rates, and they took a big cut. But I passed their qualifying test edit and did that for a couple of years. Some of the testimonials by the writers I edited are on my website at http://www.ftqpress.com/html/testimonials.html.
Encouraged by that, I started my on online editing service in 2001. I began my blog, Flogging the Quill, in 2005.
2. Why did you pick editing?
Editing picked me via the critique group when my high-level talent for it showed up. I’ve always had a knack for the English language—my college English teacher tried to recruit me to be an English major, and my years in advertising honed my natural understanding of how a narrative can work best.
And I enjoy editing. I work to keep the writer’s voice and develop it while improving the flow and pace of the narrative and the structure of the story. It’s like a gigantic puzzle, in a way, in which thousands of little pieces have to go together in the right way to deliver a compelling story. I like that challenge.
3. Your site, Flogging the Quill, has grown in the past few years. Where do you see it growing next?
I have no idea. About three years ago it evolved from posts about writing to primarily critiques of opening pages. That has seemed valuable to readers, it’s fun to do, it helps writers, so I plan to keep doing that for a while.
4. What genre do you find the most interesting?
As a reader, thrillers and suspense novels. As a youth, I read hundreds of science fiction and western novels as well, and my current writing incorporates aspects of all of those genres. I like mysteries, and have read romance novels that I liked. I’m a commercial fiction reader, and sometimes don’t have the patience for what I’ve seen deemed literary novels.
5. What's one of your pet peeves?
Manuscripts that don’t start with the story, which usually means pages of “info dump” exposition or a flashback. Many agents and editors will tell you that they frequently come across manuscripts that don’t really get started until about chapter three.
That happened to me in a critique group. When we came to chapter three of one novel, one member said, “Your story starts here.” He was right. I scrapped the two chapters and the opening was much better.
6. You've got several books of your own; do you find it harder to be an author than an editor?
No, they are very different aspects of being creative. Editing is much more analytical in nature, and, luckily, that appeals to me and I seem to have an ability for it. But my career started in the creative side in advertising, and I love to just do that. I not only write novels, but design the covers and interiors as well (a service I now offer to self-publishers at my website, ftqpress.com).
My current focus is on building my Indie publishing business, offering editorial and design services to authors who want to self-publish, and getting my own novels out there. I have three available in ebook formats, and two of them are also out in paperback. There are samples and info about them at ftqpress.com.
7. What's one thing that you would tell a writer is key to finding success?
The story is the thing. You have to have professional-caliber writing just to get in the door. As agent Kristin Nelson says, “Good writing isn’t enough.” I worked on screenwriting for a few years and mastered the format—I could write a strong screenplay that agents and producers found to be professional. But what I didn’t do was come up with a story that motivated a producer and investors to put up a few million dollars to produce. That’s what you’re asking when you submit a manuscript—for an agent to invest her time and for a publisher to invest his money to produce a story. That story is what takes you to publication, not your writing.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I've had the opportunity to work with him before - he flogged my writing a couple of years ago and it was well worth the searing bit of the whip!
Thank you for coming out - get your questions ready and the line starts on the right ladies and gents...I'll be nice and supply the polysporin :)
The Beta book 3 of The Vanguards is released!
Three days of hell, in charge, and running out of antacids.
As the pack’s Beta, Robert needs to watch over the Vasi werewolf pack for a few days. He hates the responsibility, but his job is to dissolve any problems while his alpha honeymoons. Nevertheless, trouble comes to town and her name is Esther. She's beguiling, beautiful and picks his pocket. Although Robert doesn’t trust her, he still wants to possess her. Esther arrived in Hot graphic werewolf sex, growing body parts, and one pissed off Nosferatu. Buy Link: www.lyricalpress.com/the_beta Want a chance to win a copy? I holding a week long contest at this link.
As the pack’s Beta, Robert needs to watch over the Vasi werewolf pack for a few days. He hates the responsibility, but his job is to dissolve any problems while his alpha honeymoons. Nevertheless, trouble comes to town and her name is Esther. She's beguiling, beautiful and picks his pocket. Although Robert doesn’t trust her, he still wants to possess her.
Esther arrived in
Hot graphic werewolf sex, growing body parts, and one pissed off Nosferatu.
Buy Link: www.lyricalpress.com/the_beta
Want a chance to win a copy? I holding a week long contest at this link.
Thursday, May 5, 2011