Sunday, May 22, 2016

4RV Publishing Open for Many Genres, Artists and Illustrators

Based in Edmond, OK, 4RV Publishing, located at 2912 Rankin Terrace, Edmond, Oklahoma, ranks high in the publishing industry, and won the coveted “Best of Edmond Book Publisher 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015”

Be sure to check all the links at the top of their website before deciding to submit your work. Currently, New submissions for Tweens, Teens, Young Adult, New Adult, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Biblical Based are open for submissions.
The home page also lists genres that are currently closed, and provides vacation dates.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What Happens To Your Books and Career When Your Publishing Quits?

I requested this guest blog from Pat Brown because you'll learn from her what happens when your publsiher goes out of business, or sells to some other publisher.

Revising Earlier Novels, by Pat Brown

Earlier this year one of my publishers went out of business. This happens frequently today—publishers exist on a very narrow margin of profit and it doesn't take much to tip that margin into the red. So what happens then? If you were smart you have a contract that spells out exactly what happens under these circumstances. Usually, it's that the rights to your works return to you, meaning they are yours to do what you want with. 

In my case, I got the rights back to four books and one novella. The publisher was even kind enough to send me copies of the formatted manuscripts that are completely editable. So what do I do with these five works? Turn right around and self-publish? I've considered self-publishing a book more than once. So far I haven't. I like the luxury of someone else editing my manuscript and preparing a cover for me, saving me the expense. 

Can I find another publisher for it? Some publishers reject re-publishing a work. They only want first rights.  A little research online will answer that question. I decided I was going to look for a new publisher(s). I've actually gone through this before, except the publisher didn't go out of business, we just mutually parted ways. The new publisher edited the old manuscripts just like they would have for a new submission. In my case I think the books were improved by the editing—another set of professional eyes never hurts. I was also able to update the books' police procedures as both my own knowledge had increased and some technologies had changed. Win-win all around. 

Is there any reason to do more than window dressing? After all, the novel was good enough to sell the first time, right? Why make more work for myself?  Except one of those books is Latin Boyz and I've been itching to get the rights back for it for the last two years. It never sold well; I believe it was not marketed well. Not anything the publisher did, but the title was horrible—it made the book sound like a gay porn—and I did something a writer should never do. I gratuitously added sex scenes or added unnecessary detail to existing sex scenes. Not enough to make it true porn, but more than the book called for. The story is actually more a coming of age story about a young Hispanic man coming to terms with his gayness and accepting the love of another man. None of that was conveyed by the title, the blurb I provided or the cover. I hope to remedy that with a new publisher. 

I vowed to rewrite the whole thing. Then I took the opening to my writer's critique group, where I got positive feedback but also an interesting suggestion. The book is primarily written in first person and the idea was thrown out that it might be more powerful if it was close third instead. It was almost  like a light went off. Something had always bugged me about the book, but I could never pinpoint any reason for the unease. Now I had an idea to explore. I went home and took a good look at the manuscript and decided to commit myself to do just that. Rewrite a 92,000 word novel, changing the main character's POV entirely.  I made a new folder and renamed the file with the working title Burn and launched a massive revision. It's too early to tell if I'm on to something, but I have a good feeling about it. 

Time will be the final arbiter.##

Pat Brown is the award winning author of gay police procedurals under the pen name P.A. Brown, including the L.A. series featuring LAPD Homicide Detective David Eric Laine and his lover Christopher Bellamere. These include L.A. Heat, L.A. Mischief, L.A. Boneyard and L.A. Storm. And the Geography series, featuring Santa Barbara cop Alexander Spider and his lover Jason Zachary in Geography of Murder  and A Forest of Corpses.
As GK Parker she is the author of two historical novels.
Ashes & Ice is the story of two Irish immigrants who flee the oppression and crushing poverty in Ireland to find a better life in the New World. Instead, they find themselves struggling to survive the streets of the Lower East Side in the infamous Five Points slum.The sequel to Ashes & Ice will be released in several months. The title is The Perfect Tree and it picks up 16 years later. The survivors of New York City land out west ranching in the foothills in Central California.
Her second historical novel is Indifferent City , set in Los Angeles in 1929, in a time when the only difference between the cops and the bad guys were their badges. LAPD officer Billy Brewster gets mixed up with the wrong people in this gritty tale of corruption and love gone bad. A crooked cop, a mysterious, classy dame; what could possibly go wrong?

GK Parker Website

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fees for Copyediting Journal Articles

  • When writers asked what to charge for copyediting journal articles, ie: correct grammar, spelling, and format information, provided by Internet Writing Workshop members may be helpful.
  • Between $2 and $6 a double spaced, hard-copy page, depending on the kind of editing required and the difficulty of the manuscript.
  • Typically around $2 per page for copyediting.
  • By the page: $2 to $4; by the hour: rates start at $25 and go beyond.
  • Even iff what’s wanted is light editing you should leave yourself some wiggle room, maybe 10 percent more, in case some pieces turn out more time consuming.
A page normally means 250 words.

Whatever you decide, have a contract.

Get Paid to Have Your Flash Fiction Published

If you're interested in publishing flash fiction, where several Internet Writing Workshop  members are frequently published, go to The Flash Fiction Press. They pay $3 per flash fiction.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Highly Recommended Book for Writers of all Genre's

“Self-Editing for Fiction Writers”, by Renni Browne and Dave King is one book highly recommended by many authors on Internet Writing Workshop.

Peter Bernhart summed it up this way
,“The authors point out that writing and editing are two different skills. True. However, both skills are necessary for today's writer who shoots for a publishable manuscript. You have to be able to wear both hats, though not at the same time. So for me, this gem of a book is absolutely essential reading for anyone aspiring to become a professional writer/author.”
Peter's books include, The Stasi File, 2011 ABNA Quarter Finalist, Kiss of The Shaman's Daughter (sequel), and Red Romeo. 
Enjoy Peter's Amazon page and his website: Writing Among Sedona's Red Rocks.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Nom de plume or Alias?

Established authors who change their name on new books they've written is a subject I haven't covered. So when popular author, Carol Crigger decided to make that change, Carol agreed to write a guest blog on the topic.

Nom de plume or Alias?, by C.K. Crigger

"Why are you changing your name?" a friend asked. "How will I know how to find your books?"

"It won't be hard," I assured her. "Im still Crigger, only now it's Carol Wright Crigger instead of C.K. Crigger. Search engines bring either up pretty easily. Carol Wright Crigger is a combination of my maiden name and married name. C.K. are simply the initials of my first and middle names."

"But why did you do it?" she asked again. "Why does anybody?"

 I'm not 'anybody' so I can't fully answer for them. I can only speculate.
  • 1) They're writing in more than one genre and want to set each apart.
  • 2) Earlier books have been unsuccessful and they're starting over.
  • 3) Their name is the same as another author and readers get confused.
  • 4) Their publisher suggested the change.
  • 5) Their relatives suggested the change.
  • 6) They're avoiding the Internal Revenue Service.
  • 7) They're avoiding a hit squad.
  • 8) They're going into Witness Protection.

All legitimate reasons.

As for me? I just plain prefer the way Carol Wright Crigger looks on the cover of a book. And yes, a few other thoughts are mixed up in the decision.

Five Star/Cengage is publishing Four Furlongs, the fourth book in the China Bohannon adventure/mystery series.

New publisher equals new name.

I've since had a contemporary mystery (Hometown Homicide) picked up by Black Opal Books. Even though the genre is different, I've gone with the new author name for that one, too.

If you ran a real survey, I'd bet you'd find the number one reason people vary their author name is because of writing in a different genre. Secondary to that is writing a couple different series. Perhaps one is mystery and one romance. And a literary writer might not want their mainstream books associated with erotica. Or an expose might bring trouble down on a writer's head. Different names give separation. Or maybe denial.

One of my long time publishers recently closed its door. They had published ten of my novels, in print and e-book, which are now looking for a new home. They all were written under C.K. Crigger. These books also are all published by Books In Motion in audio. So now I have a decision to make. Go all in with CWC, or stick with C.K.C. I expect it'll be the latter on those older books, in hopes of avoiding confusion.

Honest, the IRS, hit squads, or witness protection aren't considerations.

Hah! And most people think there's nothing much to this writing business.

Bio: Carol Crigger lives with her husband and a raft of little dogs in Spokane Valley, Washington, where she crafts stories set in the Inland Northwest. She is a two-time Spur Award finalist, in 2007 for Short Fiction, and in 2009 for Audio.

Four Furlongs is available for pre-order on Amazon and B&N. Libraries and bookstores contact FiveStar.Cengage.

Contact Carol at
Carol Crigger's Writing Pages,

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Give Your Creativity a Boost ~ Visit Archives Frequently

Give your writing a shot in the arm by frequently take advantage of all the links in the left panel on this website.

Quite a while back, a member of Internet Writing Workshop, Debi O'Neille, posted a yahoo about the article she had published in a January issue of Connect Magazine. Before I sent her my congratulations, I clicked the link in the signature to Debi's BlogSpot, "writing against the wind"

Because it reminded me that Debi O'Neille's "writing against the wind" is one of the favorites in the left panel on this website, I thought it was appropriate to again encourage readers of MontanaScribbler to take advantage of all the links in the left panel frequently.

Unfortunately, I discovered that a rescent post contained a link to
Internet Writing Workshop  that was erroneous. After updating it, I checked previous posts and discovered the link I'd included didn't take readers where I'd intended. Thus, most of my writing time was spent correcting those links.

In the process, I revisited instructive guest blogs readers who don't make use of the archives are missing. Do yourself a favor and benefit from browsing the archives. They often spark ideas you might not have thought of. You'll also find a wealth of information about marketing that could be very helpful to you.

Members of Internet Writing Workshop receive invaluable free help to successful writing.