Category Archives: Traditionally Published

When they say yes, writing focus changes for a while.

Another Publisher Gone

Every time I turn around my writing resume gets shorter. J Taylor Publishing, headstone-312540_1280first to give me a break, closed their doors and returned my rights to my first published short, Time Piece.

I submitted the short not because I wanted to write young adult sci-fi, but because the opportunity came up. I couldn’t resist testing the waters. Not only was Time Piece accepted and included in the One More Day anthology, it received some positive reviews.

Encouraged, I tried a fantasy and submitted to Roane Publishing. All this effort was to make my bones and to learn about the industry. I thought I was getting somewhere. I had a list of published works and a better understanding of what was expected of me.

I’ve moved on to writing longer works. Unfortunately, it takes time to write, polish, and submit them. And if each year I keep losing publishers, I’ll lose the head way I’ve made so far.

And here’s the rub: If I go too fast, I won’t produce a decent work and I’ll lose the few fans I have. I’m feeling a fair amount of pressure to get something else out in the writing world.

So I have had to bottom line it for myself.

social-1206612_1280I must forget about what is happening around me and let it go. Focus on working at a pace that is comfortable for me, produce something I’m proud of and cross my magic fingers that is enough.

My confidence is waning. What do you to keep your chin up? If you have the time, I sure could use a pep talk right about now.


Over the weekend I checked out the INDIE AUTHOR FRINGE 2016
and loved it. Mostly because it was free, online and full to bursting with advice.

Here are my favorite posts:

Five Steps To Writing Diversity Right: Yen Ooi 

Publishers are looking for more diversity, and I live in a small town full of Russian and Anglo-European (fourth generation) descendants. I had all but given up trying to figure out how include characters with varied heritages.

Then I read this:

Broaden your horizon to include more diverse literature in your reading, whether it’s within your genre or outside.

If I had any sense, I would have thought of this myself.

Just like doing research for historical fiction, reading diaries or other data written from a specific time, I could read diaries and other historical information about any heritage I choose. Finally, my door is open.

The Future of Publishing 7 things an Author MUST Know: Jane Friedman

I found Jane’s video presentation insightful. She spoke mainly on social media and measuring marketing results. I don’t know about you but I’m not a natural with any of this and need all the help I can get.

Designing Book Covers that sell – the 7 Must-Haves: Derek Murphy 

I really enjoyed this video presentation. Derek offered some suggestions on how to create a great cover. I won’t give you any spoilers, but he does show excellent comparisons from amateurish to professional which I found insightful.

The writers conference was posted over a twenty-four hour period. It included a wide range of topics, giveaways and will return several times a year. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to them.

Have you ever been to something like this online? Tell us about it. 🙂

Got another Gig

I Googled, “calls for submission” a while back, and found this little gem. I do like a good fantasy, and I was in the mood for dragons. So . . . I submitted to Roane Publishing Special Call–Portals.

bookcover portalsThey gave me a picture to tempt me, to tease a story out of me.

I couldn’t resist.

The best news is I’ve gotten another piece accepted to be published. Now last time I was very shy about it. Freakingly so. But this time I’m letting myself go, and not holding back at all.

Every time I try to share I start jumping in my chair. 🙂

I asked myself what if all the magic from fairy tales came from one place, from dragons and the only way to get the magic back was through a portal. What would a king do for his kingdom? Who would he send to an unknown land? In my story he sends Mexmur, the huntress. The story just poured out of me so fast I kept stopping myself and rereading bits and pieces. In the end I couldn’t help but feel pleased.

With the idea captured, I needed feedback. Lucky for me a good friend was there to help with a quick beta read. We all know Erika from Cloud Nine Girl. Thanks, Erika. You’re the best. 🙂

After Erika’s okay, off it went. I can tell you while I waited my  heart stopped beating. I know! I thought I was going to die, so freaked–oh, I’ve said that.

Anyway Roane Publishing is taking a chance on me.

I’ll keep you posted as things unfold. Excuse me, but I have to happy dance in private–no art butterfly flowerspoint in embarrassing myself further with another crazy public display.

One more thing. Roane is still looking to fill a spot or two. If you like to write fantasy and can imagine a story through a portal, please submit here. I’d love to have you there with me. That way we can both jump around like fools.

Can I have a whoot–whoot. 🙂

Thank you . . . thank you very much *me using an Elvis voice.*

Emaginette, I’m an Author II

If you looked at my March 27th post you’ll know I was signed by J. Taylor Publishing. I am one of seven authors that will be contributing to the One More Day Anthology.

I’m so excited I feel like shouting it out—loud, very, very loud. At the same time I don’t want to sound like a new mother. You know what I mean. Every sentence leads back to my baby. I worry I’ll go too far, cuz the ebook won’t be published until December 2, 2013.

That’s a long time.

I did learn something new that I think is important. It has to do with being a Canadian and being paid by a US publisher. I thought that would get your attention. I needed to fill out a W-8BEN form which is a Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding. It registers royalties with the IRS and allows some funds to be with held for the tax year.

Simple until you need to fill-in the line six. Not only did I need my Social Insurance Number (line seven) I also needed ITIN. All this led to the next form called a W-7, and titled Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. I expected this to be simple too, but it is much more serious. I needed a copy of my passport notarized by an US citizen. Because I live close to the States taking a trip down to Colville, Wa. wasn’t that big of a deal.

If you don’t live by the States or don’t mind spending the money  you’ll need a IRS Certifying Acceptance Agent to take care of this.

The point I’m trying to make is that without that ITIN card your publisher can’t pay you. That alone can complicate your submissions, and the following contract. So consider applying for the ITIN when it is convenient for you like when you are visiting the States or a town that has an International Accountant Firm or Acceptance Agent. Also keep in mind that the US has different tax rules than Canada for more info take a look at this old post.

I’m hoping with this post that I’ll save some Canadian writers some grief.  If you have any questions don’t hold back. If I know I’ll tell; if I don’t I’ll tell you that too.

Emaginette, I’m an Author I

J. Taylor Publishing Signs Seven Authors To One More Day, A YA Anthology To Release December 2, 2013

Six authors to be featured with L.S. Murphy in Young Adult Anthology, One More Day, from J. Taylor Publishing.

Apex, NC – March 27, 2013 – On December 2, 2013, J. Taylor Publishing will release One More Day, an anthology of seven short stories written for young adults, with a world’s end theme.

The anthology’s theme, centered around what would happen if ‘tomorrow’ didn’t happen, produced dozens of entries with seven stories selected. “We asked authors to think on a prompt, particularly what happens as characters feel the stop, feel the shift, as they realize, only they know how to make everything go back to normal,” says J. Taylor Publishing.

With a singular theme, one might expect all stories to be “the same”, but in One More Day, the challenge to create something completely unique was met by all authors. From contemporary to paranormal, fantasy to comedy and mixes of multiple genres, each of the seven stories represents the author’s interpretation and method of ensuring the world doesn’t end—somehow, someway.

About One More Day
The anthology will open with Anna Simpson’s Time Piece, a contemporary romance centering on a girl’s first kiss. Transitioning to a darker sci-fi, paranormal will be Marissa Halvorson’s Dark Rose. The anthology will then move into a more whimsical, twist-filled story, Dragon Flight by J. Keller Ford, perfect for those on the roller coaster ride of love. Anchoring the center is L.S. Murphy’s The 13th Month, a ready-made fight to the end. Following comes a different take on an old fairy tale with Kimberly Kay’s Sleepless Beauty, and afterward, Erika Beebe’s Stage Fright, which is exactly how it sounds. Rounding out the anthology is Danielle E. Shipley’s A Morrow More, concluding with a bit of humor intertwined with fantasy.

“In choosing the stories, we looked for diversity, unique, intriguing stories and solid writing. In our six additional authors, we found a wonderful collection to add to L.S. Murphy, who’s debut Young Adult novel Reaper, released in January 2013,” says J. Taylor Publishing.

About Anna Simpson
Anna Simpson, mother of Bossman, enjoys living the good life near the US-Canadian border, in beautiful British Columbia. You will have better luck Googling Emaginette than her given name. Anna chose a web persona that would standout; so far it’s one of a kind.

About Marissa Halvorson
Marissa’s dream of writing came about when she was ten, after reading a particularly inspiring story of dragons and elves. She instantly fell in love with the fantasy genre, and characters soon began to manifest to satisfy her adoration. It started with a forty page handwritten novel, which she dubbed “Dragon Girl” and continued on to more challenging (and better written) works.

Now, Marissa can often be found to be studying literature in English class, curled up at home with one book or another, or with her eyes glued to the computer screen as her newest set of characters manifest.

About J. Keller Ford
J. Keller Ford is a quirky mother of four, grand-mother and scribbler of young adult fantasy tales. She has an insatiable appetite for magic, dragons, knights and faeries, and weaves at least one into every story she conceives. Her muse is a cranky old meadow gnome that follows her everywhere she goes and talks incessantly, feeding her ideas for stories 24/7.

When she’s not writing or blogging, the former Corporate Paralegal enjoys listening to smooth jazz, collecting seashells, swimming, bowling, riding roller coasters and reading. Jenny lives minutes from the beaches of the west coast of Florida with her husband of twenty years, her two sons and a pair of wacky cats and three silly dogs. The pets have trained her well.

About L.S. Murphy
L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for young adults and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to her menagerie of pets as well as her daughter and husband.

About Kimberly Kay
When Kimberly was younger, she was incredibly timid. She didn’t talk much because she was afraid of what others would think of her. Instead, she expressed herself through drawing. Eventually, art alone wasn’t enough. There were some things she couldn’t express with pencils, so she began talking, and when she did, she realized she had something to say. Now no one can get her to shut up! Worse, she’s discovered she can put those words into writing to share what she has to say with even more people.

Kimberly writes short stories and novels—usually fantasy fairytale retellings. Scattered within her works are things she loves: horses, fencing, archery, and so much more. With her friends, she writes fun fan-fiction that expands her creativity, (and shows what a nerd she is).

Through writing, she has found confidence and freedom.

About Erika Beebe
Inspired by her first grade teacher’s belief in her imagination from the first story she ever wrote, Erika has been a storyteller ever since. A dreamer and an experiencer, she envisions the possibilities in life and writes to bring hope when sometimes the moment doesn’t always feel that way.

Working in the field of public relations and communications for more than ten years, she has always been involved with writing, editing, and engaging others in public speaking.

Her two young children help keep her creativity alive and the feeling of play in the forefront of her mind.

About Danielle E. Shipley
Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.

The cover for One More Day, and short summaries for each story, will release on May 13, 2013.

About the Publisher
J. Taylor Publishing is an Independent Publisher who, thanks to the Internet, has a worldwide reach. Our debut authors are in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The company produces print and electronic books. For more information about J. Taylor Publishing, please visit: J. Taylor Publishing