The Importance of Catalog Representation for Your Book Marketing Plan

ibpa-default-article-coverOne of the biggest questions authors ask me is: “My book has been published for over a year, now what do I do to help keep it going?” Our advice is similar to what it would be for a newly published author, some of which includes:

  • Work on getting professional reviews and blog write ups
  • Blog content directly from your book on your blog or website
  • Build up your social media presence
  • Build up your contact list

Another effective strategy is to try to get your book into as many catalogs as possible. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), in which SDP is a member, offers several channels to promote your book to libraries, booksellers, reviewers, and the media. The IBPA’s cooperative book catalogs come in both print and digital.

Catalog Options:

  • Library Market E-Blast – Members present their titles alongside only 14 others in a special e-blast sent to 5,000 qualified collection development librarians. Three options: Public Library, K-12 Library, or College Library.
  • Books for Review E-Blast (new) – Members present their titles alongside 11 others in an email blast sent to approximately 3,000 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers across the U.S. Each title featured includes multiple links that allow reviewers to reach out to members via email and request books for review.
  • Books for Review Catalog – Members add information about their title (cover image, short description, contact, and ordering information) to a four-color catalog. The catalog is mailed to newspaper, magazine, and media book reviewers throughout the U.S. Cost is $210 per title.
  • Bookstore Catalog (new) – Members add information about their title (cover image, short description, contact and ordering information) to a four-color catalog. The catalog is mailed to approximately 3,500 booksellers throughout the U.S.
  • Books for Review/Bookstore Catalog Bundle – Members add information about their title (cover image, short description, contact, and ordering information) to both the Books for Review AND Bookstore Catalogs. The four-color catalogs are mailed to newspaper, magazine, and media book reviewers as well as approximately 3,500 booksellers throughout the U.S.

Click here to find out more about their list of marketing services and catalog publishing schedule.

Not yet a member of IBPA? Click here to join: http://www.ibpa-online.org/join/.  We highly recommend the “Books for Review/Bookstore Catalog Bundle.” Please contact us for more information about these programs so that we can help get you on your way for maximum exposure in 2015!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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SDP Publishing Author Donna LeBlanc’s Explorations of Commander Josh: In Space Receives Great Reviews from Midwest Book Reviews and Stevo’s Book Reviews on the Internet

CommJosh_FrontCover_SDPWe’re always so pleased when our authors receive great reviews. Our most recent congratulations go to Donna LeBlanc and the first book in her series: Explorations of Commander Josh: “In Space.” Below you can read some of what the reviewers wrote:

From Midwest Book Review:

“… Author Donna LeBlanc crafts a unique world in which readers can play and explore, with the promise of many more adventures to come! Solidly entertaining from beginning to end, Explorations of Commander Josh: “In Space” is especially recommended for family, school, and community library collections….” ~Midwest Book Review

Recommended reading by Stevo’s Book Review:

“This first installment of the Commander Josh series, ‘In Space,’ takes readers on a high-flying adventure into the great unknown! Join the lovable Josh, who-with ideas from his favorite travel shows and his mother’s laundry basket-uses his brilliant imagination to take off for the stars. With Explorations of Commander Josh, Donna LeBlanc crafts a unique world in which readers can play and explore, with the promise of many more adventures to come!”

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Now on Sale: David Di Paolo’s The Artemis Connection Ebook is only $1.99 through the End of this Month!

9780990559634-Artemis-Perfect_cover_11-04-14.inddShe doesn’t believe in witches or curses or spells. The doctor doesn’t believe in anything that science can’t explain, but Diana Valleverde is about to learn that knowledge is an evolving proposition. Her research into brain function is uncovering secrets within the mind, but none like the one kept hidden from her since before she was born. When her brother, a curator at the university museum, gives her a family keepsake from their recently deceased grandmother, Diana begins a journey that will take her from Pennsylvania to Milan and the Italian Alps, to discover what lies hidden inside and what has caused her recent affliction by what she knows must be sleep paralysis attacks, a frightening condition in which she awakens, unable to move or cry out, with the overwhelming sense something unseen is suffocating her. There must be a medical explanation for these attacks. There must be . . . Right?

You can buy The Artemis Connection for only $1.99 from:

Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/The-Artemis-Connection-David-Paolo/dp/0990559637

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-artemis-connection-david-di-paolo/1120754980?ean=9780990559634

SDP Publishinghttp://sdppublishingsolutions.com/bookstore/the-artemis-connection/

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book! google.com/+Sdppublishingsolutions

Author’s Corner: Susie Rich, Author of How My Daddy Taught Me to Dance and Too Much Hopscotch

Susie Tells Us How Everyday Family Obligations Inspired Her to Write Children’s Books, and How She Finds Inspiration in the Simple Things in Life

SusieRichSusie Rich was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has spent her career working in the social work/homelessness prevention field. Several years ago, she began to pursue her passion for writing. Prior to her two recently published children’s books, How My Daddy Taught Me to Dance and Too Much Hopscotch, she published “Beauties, The Eye of the Beholder,” in an Ohio magazine. She has also written a number of short stories and is currently working on a novel. She resides near Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband, Douglas.

Have you always wanted to be a writer? When did you start?

“I did not always want to be a writer but I have always enjoyed writing. I wrote poems that I didn’t share with anyone. I started sharing my poems with family around high school.”

Could you tell us a little bit how How My Daddy Taught Me to Dance and Too Much Hopscotch came to be?

How Daddy Taught Me to Dance and Too Much Hopscotch along with many other stories were the result of me occupying my time while waiting for my children to complete their activities. Football practices, baseball games, dance classes. I wrote while they played and practiced.”

Where do you get your inspiration?

“My inspiration comes from many places and takes many forms. It can be as simple as the sound of leaves rustling, the scenery while driving, or a single word said in a casual conversation. Inspiration for me is everywhere and it comes from things going on in my life.”

Do you have some Authors that you really admire or that have helped to shape your work?

“I do. I enjoy science fiction quite a bit. Although these authors did not help shape my writing directly, the works of Arthur C. Clarke and J.R.R. Tolkien were among my favorite reads.”

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?

“My intended audiences are children and parents who enjoy fun and interesting stories with a positive message presented in an entertaining way.”

Have you written other books, articles, etc.? If so, where can we find them?

“I have written other stories in addition to How My Daddy Taught Me to Dance and Too Much Hopscotch. Currently you can find my published story Beauties, The Eye of the Beholder under the Additional Works page on my website SusiesStories.com.”

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively since you started writing?

“Since I started writing, my creativity has evolved with experience. Family, friends, and life in general have greatly influenced the progression of my work.”

What is the most difficult thing for you when it comes to writing?

“The most difficult thing for me when it comes to writing is getting the idea down on paper. Since inspiration can come in any form and at any time, getting the idea down on paper before the thought or phrase is gone can sometimes be a challenge. While driving down the highway, in the middle of a business meeting, or at the register at the grocery store, I try to find interesting ways to keep the thought intact until I can get it down on paper.”

What is the easiest thing for you when it comes to writing?  

“The easiest thing for me when it comes to writing is picking up where I left off. If I have started writing a story, I do not have a problem coming back to it and continuing the story line.”

Do you ever get writer’s block?  What do you do to get around it?

“So far I have been very fortunate (fingers crossed) that I have not experienced writer’s block.”

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

“I would definitely say to keep at it. Anything you want to say in the form of writing, be it a story, poem, or novel; just keep it going whether or not you think it will be published or even seen by anyone. If writing is what you want to do and it makes you happy, that passion has already brought you to a wonderful place. Sometimes with our obligations in life, we cannot always get to our writing but make a commitment to try and do at least one hour a day and you will get it done.”

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

“You can find out more about my stories on my website Susiesstories.com, through Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SusiesStories, and you can also contact me at Susiesstories@yahoo.com.”

Can you talk a little bit about the process of working with SDP Publishing and going through the process of self-publishing?

“Working with SDP Publishing has been a wonderful experience. I would not have my beautiful finished products without SDP Publishing. From the very first interaction it has been a positive and professional collaboration. My profession is in the Social Services field and not in publishing. SDP Publishing has been positive, professional, and patient while helping me navigate through all aspects of the publishing process.”

Do you have any suggestions to help other writers who are thinking about going the self-publishing/indie publishing route? If so, what are they?

“What I might suggest is to find trusted partners who can help you through the self-publishing/indie publishing process. People who have experience in the industry and can guide you, and help you deal with unexpected details that are unique to this business.”

What can we expect from you in the future? Are you working on any new projects?

“I am working on several different projects and have completed several others waiting to start the publishing process. I am also working with SDP Publishing to complete two other children’s books that are currently being developed.”

Can you tell us where we can find out more about your work?

Website: Susiesstories.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/Susiesstories

Amazon Author Page: SusiesStories Author Page

Goodreads: Susie’s Goodreads page

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Celebrating SDP Publishing Authors’ Successes, and Looking Forward to 2015!

9780991316724-Perfect-cvr-DreamsTouch-6x9_02-11-14_R2.inddAt SDP Publishing, we love it when our authors and their books get recognized by reviewers, bloggers, or other media outlets! This year has been a great one for many of authors who have received awards, great reviews, news coverage, and mentions on prominent blogs in their fields. Looking back on the year, we’re very proud of all of our authors and their successes. Congratulations to all of our authors who have been recognized and our authors who released books this year. We can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring! Below are some of the highlights from 2014.

Rosemary Hanrahan Edwards, whose book When Dreams Touch Received High Praise the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Here is some of what the judge had to say:

“This was a heart wrenching story that still manages to capture you, inspire you, and leave you with a smile. . . . The author’s voice is smooth and professional and she has a way with words that will pull you in and entertain you. . . . In fact, I found it really hard to part with. I’m very impressed with the skill here. . . . All in all a wonderful read that I highly recommend.”

—Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

In addition to great commentary from the judge, the book also received a 5/5 for Production Quality and Cover Design, and a 5/5 for Character Appeal and Development. Congratulations, Rosemary!

Yvonne deSousa’s MS Madness! Reviews by BookLife by Publishers Weekly and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of 

MSMadness_FrontCover_SDPWebsiteAmerica’s publication The Motivator

Yvonne deSousa’s MS Madness! recently received some great reviews from BookLife by Publishers Weekly and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s publication The Motivator. You can read the full reviews on our website. Congratulations to Yvonne!

Six Weeks to Love Running Author Dr. Julie Sieben Featured on BeautyHigh.com

SDP Publishing author Dr. Julie Sieben and her book Six Weeks to Love Running were mentioned in this wellness piece as well as many fitness media channels this year. We are very proud of her success!FrontCover#1_1_1-31-14

Check out her advice in this great piece, The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Working Out, on BeautyHigh.com.

Phyllis R. Brown, recently received a fantastic endorsement for her book, Help Me! I’m Slipping, from Patricia White, Memories From My Life Blog and Founder, PostersAsTherapy.com

Congratulations, Phyllis! You can read the endorsement below.9780989972383-Perfect_cover_HelpMe_04-24-14.indd

“Phyllis Brown did not sit idly by as her husband’s dementia deepened. Using every opportunity along with her creative resourcefulness she helped her husband to enjoy life to its fullest, adjusting to his condition, for as long as he lived. She shares freely what worked for them in the form of strategies and tips along with suggested activities. If asked to recommend one book as a resource to caregivers, it would be Phyllis Brown’s book.” ~Patricia White, Memories From My Life Blog, Founder, PostersAsTherapy.com http://memoriesfrommylife.wordpress.com/

F.G. Capitanio’s Mariner’s Hollow listed in November on Stevo’s Book Reviews on the Internet and was Gold Winner in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award for Teen Fiction!

You can see the full list of Stevo’s Recommended Reading for November here: http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1/messages?msg=200.1

Mariner’s Hollow is the Gold Winner in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award for Teen Fiction!

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which includes 52 categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national Ja-FINAL VERSION-Front_GoldStar_6-5-14honors for independent publishers.

Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of being named as a winner of this distinguished award. In addition, Gold winners receive an engraved crystal trophy.

Great job!

Gina Tempesta’s upcoming book, Boston’s Other Green Monster: A Story about the Big Dig, Featured by Local Paper

Gina Tempesta and her upcoming book, Boston’s Other Green Monster: A Story about the Big Dig. Please read this article written by Melrose Wicked Local, “Melrosian pens Big Dig book for little readers.”

We’re looking forward to the finished product!

SDP Publishing Solution’s Own “Dare Bone’s Big Break” Featured on Massachusetts News Channel, NECN 9780982925676-Perfect_Darebones.indd

We are thrilled to share that Dare Bone’s Big Break by Dr. Gleeson Rebello and Jamie Harisiades was featured on NECN, one of the leading news stations in Massachusetts and New England!

Rebello said, “The reason I wrote it was to raise the bar in terms of how kids understand everyday medical practice. If this kind of knowledge was part of a child’s consciousness, like how they would understand construction. So why not understand what we do as surgeons?”

You can watch the full video of the story here

SOUTH SHORE INSIDER: Second-generation publisher finds new niche for family business

Lastly, we were so happy to be featured in The Patriot Ledger earlier this year.

“The East Bridgewater-based virtual company works with both new and seasoned writers – from doctors and entrepreneurs to stay-at-home moms. Akoury-Ross says it offers a cost-effective one-on-one approach to publishing.”

You can read the full article here!

Once again, congratulations to ALL of our authors. If you have news to share with us, please get in touch!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

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SDP Publishing Author, Rosemary Hanrahan Edwards, Receives High Praise from the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

9780991316724-Perfect-cvr-DreamsTouch-6x9_02-11-14_R2.inddAt SDP Publishing, we love it when our authors and their books get recognized by reviewers, bloggers, or other media outlets! Our most recent success story comes from Rosemary Hanrahan Edwards, whose book When Dreams Touch received high praise from the judge of the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.

Here is some of what the judge had to say:

“This was a heart wrenching story that still manages to capture you, inspire you, and leave you with a smile. . . . The author’s voice is smooth and professional and she has a way with words that will pull you in and entertain you. . . . In fact, I found it really hard to part with. I’m very impressed with the skill here. . . . All in all a wonderful read that I highly recommend.”

—Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

In addition to great commentary from the judge, the book also received a 5/5 for Production Quality and Cover Design, and a 5/5 for Character Appeal and Development.

Congratulations, Rosemary!

About When Dreams Touch

Caught between the 1980s HIV/AIDS global pandemic and the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, three women strive to realize their dreams. Pregnant and uneducated, sixteen-year-old Adelaide trades her dream of escaping the grinding poverty of her rural village for hopes of a better life for her unborn child. Kate, a young American physician, often finds her roles as mother and wife to be in conflict with her childhood dream to practice medicine in a third-world country. Giselle, a university-educated artist, lives in Port au Prince. While she sympathizes with the plight of her fellow Haitians, she envisions her and her family’s future as a comfortable life in the United States. When the violent 1991 coup d’etat erupts in Haiti, these three women’s lives intersect and are forever changed.

Despite different cultures and life circumstances, the women share in the vision of a better future for their children and the troubled country of Haiti. Their personal stories of adversity, tragedy, and triumph are embedded in the complex social, political and cultural climate that evolves when international assistance programs influence individuals and communities in the developing world. Often in startling contrast, the women portrayed in When Dreams Touch are united through mutual understanding and respect. With courage and perseverance, they confront the broader injustices of the world they live in and create a legacy of enduring hope.

About the Author:

Rosemary Hanrahan (Edwards) is a physician specializing in Pathology and Public Health. She has volunteered and lived in developing countries, including Haiti, for more than a decade. She has published articles and literary works in peer-reviewed medical and non-profit journals and has enjoyed dozens of speaking engagements with a broad range of audiences about her experiences in Haiti. The mother of two adult sons, she currently lives, writes, and practices medicine in western Pennsylvania, and is a board member and consultant for several international and U.S.-based non-profit organizations. When Dreams Touch is her debut novel, which is published under her pen name Rosemary Hanrahan.

Please visit her website for news about her recently published novel, When Dreams Touch.

www.RosemaryHanrahanEdwards.com

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition – Deadline January 16, 2015

SSS-HeaderThink you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for a chance at$3,000 and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference, PLUS national exposure for your story!

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference
  • Keep your story under 1,500 words to qualify, and be sure to get your work to us by the newly announced final deadline, January 16!
  • NEW: EVERY entrant receives a free pass to a special online webinar conducted by award-winning author Jacob Appel.

How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Entry fees are $25 per manuscript.)

One First Place Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

The Second Place Winner will receive:

  • $1,500 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

The Third Place Winner will receive:

  • $500 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive:

  • $100 in cash
  • Their short story titles published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015Guide to Literary Agents

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:

  • A $50 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Author’s Corner: Paul Janson, Author of Mal Practice, Talks Medicine and Mystery

PaulJansonSDP Publishing Solutions helps authors in all genres – children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, business, and more – to independently publish their books. We love to keep our readers updated on what’s going on here at SDP, including recently published titles and the authors we work with. In this post, we’re joined by Paul Janson.

Janson spent five years practicing as a physician in the coal mining, Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky. He now lives on a small farm in rural Massachusetts with his wife and children and practices medicine in an emergency department. He is the author of a children’s picture book about the adoption of his two daughters. Mal Practice is his first published novel, and it was recently named a winner of the “Independent Publishers of New England” book award.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When did you start?

College. I was an engineer and turned to medical school when my job disappeared. When I got into medical school I wrote a piece about the transition from Engineering to medicine and got it published.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I find that most of life is interesting. It more a matter of paying attention to what is happening. Most people are more interested in themselves than in other people and so they miss the excitement.

Which writers inspire you?

I will have to say that many current writers do not excite me. I like Sue Grafton and Janet Evanavich, but much of literature is violence and sex and offers no solace or inspiration.

What have you written besides Mal Practice? (Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.) Where can we buy or see them?

I blog regularly on WordPress, and write for Emergency Medicine News. The former is spiritual and the latter is political. I have a total of eight novels complete, but unpublished and a book of poetry. I have also written a screen play titled The Manuscript about a literary agent no less.

Give us an insight into your main character in Mal Practice. What does he/she do that is so special?

Joe is in many ways what I would like to be. He is curious, and thoughtful but quiet in his approach to problems. (There is no MEDICAL malpractice crisis, Malpractice is a LEGAL crisis. The lawyers not the doctors must solve it.) That he solves the crime comes almost as a surprise.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

If Meryl Streep would play either leading lady, I would want to play Joe.

Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Mal Practice a mystery of medicine and murder. A pediatrician is the defendant in a malpractice case when he discovers that his patient was murdered. Soon someone is trying to murder him and he must avoid the murder and the police to bring justice.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Anyone with a love of mysteries and who enjoys the intricacies of medicine will enjoy this book. My background in medicine “shines” according to the Kirkus review, and I think I agree (modestly) with them.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I like them all in their own ways. One of the things not yet obvious is that I like to give characters from my other books small cameo spots in other novels. Laura, who easily unravels the computer for Dr. Nelson (Joe) is one of my favorite characters in my other novels and I loved giving her a piece of this one. Of the leading characters, I think I like the sassy Carolyn, but my respect goes to Joe and Natalie.

How about your least favorite character? What makes him less appealing to you?

Lawrence Marshall. He is the CEO which places him in a group of people that I find myself at odds with and he is … well, a man who kills a four-year-old for money. What else can I say?

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

I have been told that the solution is obvious early in the novel. I would have to agree in that there is only one person that the reader really wants to be guilty, perhaps. A little more mystery might serve well, but on the other hand the enjoyment is the unfolding of the story and so the change might not be so good a thing. In the end, I decided to write another novel and let Mal Practice be what it is.

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

Much of Robin Cook’s writing has a similar cast to it. The plots hinge on the understanding of medicine and he manages to explain it well. This is something I have tried to emulate.

What are you working on right now? What’s it about?

The novel I am working on now is titled Scratch. It is about a cat that knows when people are sick and scratches them so they go to the doctor and are diagnosed and treated. The target audience is young adult.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I was advised once and will offer the same advice: If you wish to write; write. Every piece I write is better than the last and I have yet to write my best work. I enjoy it too, which is great.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

I do not like writing about violence. In one of my novels, I had to describe a rape scene and I found it almost intolerable. The lady was not raped, never even injured or disrobed in the sequence, and she was rescued before she was pulled more than a few steps, but I found it possibly the most difficult scene to write about.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

The dialogue just seems to fall out of the character’s mouth sometimes. I cannot even keep up with what they are saying.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to get around it?

I don’t think I have yet had writer’s block as described by my colleagues. When I can’t think of what to write, I sit and let the characters write it for me. They always do.

What book/s are you reading at present?

Embarrassing to admit, but right now I am studying the empires before Alexander the Great. The Egyptians. Hittites, Ur etc. History has always fascinated me.

In what formats is your book available?

Soft cover, and e-book, both Kindle and Nook

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write, and write some more. Marketing is important, but you can get very competent people to help with that. First, you must write and write well.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books? How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: pauljanson.com

Blog: http://pauljanson.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malpractice.mystery?fref=ts

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-janson/7b/aa5/906

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Janson/e/B00D2N3DFQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5774843.Paul_Janson

What can we expect from you in the future?

Another novel soon

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Write a review of the book. They always help.

Can you give us a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us?

One of my favorite scenes is when Joe is talking to Carolyn’s brother Douglas. He says: “If you do this Douglas you will be so famous you will be able to run for president except Carolyn won’t let you.”  You want to know what Douglas has to do and why he wants to run for president. Have to read the book then.

Can you talk a little bit about the process of working with SDP Publishing and going through the process of self-publishing?

Lisa was very helpful particularly for the novice writer that I was. This is a difficult process and the expert help is what is needed.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

Author Corner: An Interview with F.G. Capitanio, author of Mariner’s Hollow, on Finding Inspiration, Independent Publishing, and More

FGCapitanioSDP Publishing Solutions helps authors in all genres -children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, business, and more – to independently publish their books. We love to keep our readers updated on what’s going on here at SDP, including recently published titles and about the authors we work with. In this post, we’re joined by F.G. Capitanio, who answers questions about his novel Mariner’s Hollow, where he finds inspiration, how he works through writer’s block, and the process of publishing his novel.

Capitanio is the author of several published poems, essays, and short stories. Mariner’s Hollow is his first published novel. He has spent several years in various departments of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He lives year round on Cape Cod, while continuing to work on his second Justice Worth mystery and a number of other projects.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When did you start?

I started writing when I was in 3rd grade. I remember trying to write two novels: Jaws 3 (before I knew there had already been a Jaws 3) and Jurassic Park 2 (before I knew there was going to be a Jurassic Park 2). I had seen the movies and wanted to write sequels for them. I only got about two chapters in! But I was always looking for new stories to make up, and I had a really large imagination.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I have several projects I’d like to put out there, but Mariner’s Hollow, my first novel, was inspired by an old whaling log I read for a job I had working in historical research pertaining to the American whaling industry. I read a log where a captain was worrying about his son, Justice, who he had left behind to go whaling. It made me wonder what makes a father name his son Justice, what the boy was like, and whether he had been named as a reminder of something in the Captain’s life that had required some justice. Originally I was going to write about the boy as he was in the 19th century, but he ended up being a modern day character.

Which writers inspire you?

P.D. James inspired me directly for this book as far as style; I love her writing and she has a way of making murder mysteries more than just about the facts but about the psychological depth of each character. Its more fantastical and paranormal elements were definitely inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, among a few other YA supernatural novels, and its mystery driven plot was inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. I wanted to create a novel that combined this-worldly mystery with other-worldly elements and all these writers contributed to parts of that.

Give us an insight into your main character in Mariner’s Hollow. What does he/she do that is so special?

MarinersHollow_FrontCover_tam-150x200Justice is internally special. What I mean by that is, on the inside, he’s much more philosophically oriented than most other teens, and he’s more apt to engage his mind artistically, philosophically, and emotionally. This comes from growing up as a single child who was given to a lot of reading and contemplation. He’s also incredibly smart. On the outside, however, he’s a lot like other kids, especially before the horrors that he comes across in the book. He can have a surly attitude, he’s often self-centered, worries about fitting in, and all he wants to do, now that he’s a bit older and actually has more friends, is hang out with them. It takes the trials he goes through to mature him and allow his interior life to surface.

Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Mariner’s Hollow is a Young Adult supernatural thriller.

A mysterious and desolate island. A devastating turn of events. A secret that will reveal the true meaning of Justice.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

The intended audience is teens to college-age readers, but the audience shouldn’t be limited to just young adults. The book is purposely written with a style that combines the sentiments and language of a teenage life with more literary and rich imagery that allows adults to both enjoy the writing and enter into Justice’s story. The main thrust of the story, what pushes his struggle forward, is the inability of the adults around Justice to understand his world and to believe his experiences, along with his own inability to trust the adults around him. Consequently, a lot of people get hurt. My goal in Mariner’s Hollow is to provide a place where both teens and adults can meet and learn from the themes and experiences described in the book and hopefully attempt to better understand each others’ worlds.

What are you working on right now? What’s it about?

I have an outline for the second Justice Worth mystery, and I’d like to have that completed by spring or summer of 2015, but I haven’t started the actual writing yet. Right now I’m working on an adult horror/thriller entitled, Caleb Meyer. It’s my attempt at a literary vampire novel, which will hopefully take back the sanitized image of the vampire from the Twilight groupies and bring it back into Stoker’s realm. I have a life goal of redeeming the vampire as a meaningful and philosophical literary element.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

My confidence as a writer increased dramatically. I started Mariner’s Hollow six years ago, almost as an experiment to see if I can do it. Now that I’ve gone through the process of writing, editing, and publishing, I feel confident in my ability to create a story much faster than the time it took me to finish this book. I also learned what I like and what I don’t like, so I don’t have to waste my time repeating the same mistakes I did while first writing Mariner’s Hollow. This is why I edited it so extensively; a lot of unnecessary parts that detracted from the story’s core.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

I know this varies writer to writer. For me, due to my personality, the hardest thing about writing is finishing. I have a creative (and I think explosively creative would best describe it – not necessarily a good thing) mind. This means I can produce a lot of interesting ideas and plot-lines that I want to explore with little effort. If I start writing down one idea, I’ll have five others by the time I’m done outlining the first one. I have two other unfinished novels, which I’m trying to get back to. This is the problem. Often, what takes a creative mind to start something also requires a disciplined mind to finish when the excitement dies down and your initial idea has already been replaced by 10 other “better” ideas. You have to get through it and finish the book and write even when you don’t feel like it. This is very difficult for me.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

As stated above, it’s definitely coming up with new ideas, at least for me.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to get around it?

As you might imagine by now, I get writer’s block when I’m in the middle of a book (hence the unfinished novels on my desk). I never get writer’s block the first quarter of a book. I get discouraged and I start second-guessing the “greatness” of whatever idea I’m working on and by the middle of the book, I’m trudging slowly through mud. Every step feels heavy, deliberate, and forced, and I feel like I’m never going to get to the end. I run out of ideas on how to move the plot forward. The only thing I’ve done to get around it is simply keep writing, usually stream of consciousness, and hope that what comes out helps the story. I can always go back, after I’m done, to edit.

In what formats is your book available?

Mariner’s Hollow is available in paperback through Barnes & Noble, on their online store, and through Amazon.com. It’s also available as an ebook that’s compatible with Kindle, Nook, and other ereaders.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

You need to have a healthy dose of realism mixed in with your idealism. Everyone wants to be the next great American novelist. The chances of this happening are slim. Competition is terribly difficult, and the payback may be very little, if anything at all. Therefore, if you write only because you want success, then you’ll most likely find at the end of the journey that it was a big waste of time. If you write because you love to write, however, then no matter what happens to the end product, you’ll have used your time well. Do it because you love it, do what you know to do to succeed, and if you do end up succeeding, well, that’s just icing on the literary cake.

What can we expect from you in the future?

You can expect more Justice Worth mysteries (I’m initially planning a series of three), which will really expand the themes and plot elements of the first book into a larger, more epic story. I’m also planning to write more adult genres, such as the vampire novel, Caleb Meyer, and another novel I have partially completed, a comedy of errors, Very Bad Things.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Word of mouth is key. You can have a great product but if no one hears of it, it’ll do no one any good! Spread the word about Justice. If you read the novel and enjoy it, tell any book-lovers you know. Reach out to teens in your life who might like to read it, and tell them to tell their friends. Another helpful response is Amazon reviews. You can review the book even though you may not have purchased it through Amazon. This helps the book gain more attention from Amazon’s search engines.

Contact/Follow-up Information:

Website: justiceworth.com
Facebook: facebook.com/justiceworth
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fgcapitanio
Amazon Product Page: amzn.com/0988938197

B&N Product Page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mariners-hollow-fg-capitanio/1117372227?ean=9780988938199

Goodreads: goodreads.com/fgcapitanio

Can you give us a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us?

The book cover says it best with its plot summary:

Fifteen-year-old Justice Worth is summoned to the house of Eleanor Burby, an unknown aunt living on Mariner’s Hollow Island, miles off the turbulent Maine coast. Events transpire that are much worse than spending winter break apart from his friends back home, and turn his visit into a nightmare. A blizzard slams the island in all its fury, and in its midst, his aunt dies of an apparent suicide. Trapped in her island home, stalked by ghosts within and a murderer outside, Justice begins to unravel not only the truth behind his aunt’s death, but the family secrets threatening to destroy his perception of those he loves most.

Little about Aunt Eleanor’s death makes sense, but as Justice probes the lives of those closest to her, suspects multiply and new dangers arise. Through it all, island spirits continue to haunt him, pushing him towards the family’s dark secrets, before the only living person who knows them all silences him forever, burying the truth in the one place where it may never be found: Mariner’s Hollow.

Can you talk a little bit about the process of working with SDP Publishing and going through an independent press?

It’s been an amazing experience. Working with an indie press helps me have the hands-on creative control over much of my book, in a similar way to self-publishing, but at the same time I get to work with a publishing staff that gives me advice, answers my questions, and actually does the work of production for me, something that self-publishing can’t get you. The large traditional publishers will also own the copyright to your work but an indie press allows the novelist to retain the copyright to his or her own work. This is a huge deal, especially when it comes to sales and creative development. Working with SDP has helped me to go through the publishing process step by step with a great design staff and an editorial staff that helped me rework the book until it was presentable and professional. If you go the self-publishing way, you’re on your own. With an indie press like SDP you have a team working with you to bring your book to a wider audience in a more effective manner.

Do you have any suggestions to help other writers who are thinking about going through an independent publisher or self-publishing? If so, what are they?

Don’t spend the money self-publishing and producing a book that has had no feedback from editors, a publishing staff, or anyone in the industry. Going independent is a good choice, and will help you learn the ins and outs of publication, all the while walking down the sometimes scary road with a great team. Put in the effort to excel artistically with what you put out; if you put out a great product, you’ll have more of a chance of attracting not only readers but agents and traditional publishers, if you still are looking for that big publishing contract to come your way. Listen to the advice given to you by the publishing company you work with; they know what works and while, with an indie press, the final choice as to what you’d like to see happen is up to you, don’t squander the opportunity to heed the suggestions of people who know the industry.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leading provider of independent publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self publishing and independent publishing solutions for our authors. Located south of Boston, from literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – we provide the best solutions for authors worldwide. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

What Editing Really Means and Why It’s Especially Important in Self-Publishing and Independent Publishing

EditorGoing it alone seems to be inherently built into the terms self-publishing and independent publishing. So, it might seem funny for us to be writing a blog post about the different types of editors you will want to consider working with as you embark on your self-publishing or independent publishing journey. However, these publishing industry terms really refer to the business structure of how a book is published rather than the idea that you have to go it alone. In fact, any good author knows that during the writing and publishing process, you need a team to help you to reach and cross the finish line. And different types of editors are among some of the most important members of the team you should put together.

Developmental editor – Someone to help you shape the book – to organize your thoughts and plan your project. They can help you create a theme that will attract your target reader, eliminate redundancies, and ensure the content is clear and concise.

Substantive editor – Someone who can take your completed first draft and help you cultivate it, which may include honing your voice, developing or deleting characters, rewriting sections, or reworking the order of sections or chapters.

Copyeditor – Someone to correct the final manuscript – to perform line-by-line editing, and ensure good grammar and readability for your target reader. The copyeditor will catch the things the developmental editor might otherwise miss.

Proofreader – Someone to give a full proofread of the text after the layout is complete, correcting any errors that may have been overlooked and cross-check that changes have been made correctly.

Sometimes, the lines may cross between these roles. But remember, not all developmental editors are good copyeditors! Not all good proofreaders are good copyeditors! These are very distinct editorial roles. We highly recommend at least two separate editors. Several pairs of professional eyes will ensure a perfect manuscript. Working with a third-party professional proofreader to give your book that final read-through before publishing can make a huge difference with the final product.

Successful indie authors often work with experts – a team who can help you manage all of the moving pieces throughout the life-cycle of the publishing process. Working with a team of experts can help an author focus on what they do best – writing. Other professionals you might want to enlist for your team include:

  • Designers – Someone to help with the layout of the book – creates a professional interior design and eye-catching cover design.
  • Proofcheckers – Someone to double-check the design and content, ensuring all content is there, no conversion issues, and the design is consistent throughout the book.
  • Production experts – You will need to determine whether you want to publish your book as an e-book, print book, or both. It can be helpful to have experts in these areas to guide you through the process and figure out which option is best for you.
  • Marketing and PR experts – You will likely need help with publicizing and creating marketing campaigns for your book. You want to develop your book as a distinct brand, targeting and cultivating the appropriate audiences. Activities you’ll want to think about may include setting up a website, social media presence, SEO, and press relations.

As you build your team, you should tailor it to your specific needs and the requirements of your work. If you have any questions about the skills and team members you might need to successfully launch your book, please contact SDP Publishing. Also see, “Free 45-minute Consultation with SDP Publishing Solutions and Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Publisher.”

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leading provider of independent publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self publishing and independent publishing solutions for our authors. Located south of Boston, from literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – we provide the best solutions for authors worldwide. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!