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How to Get Published by ‘Romancing the Soul’ Dorothy Thompson

How to Get Published is a continuing feature at As the Pages Turn where we ask authors to tell us their publishing stories.  Was it a rocky road or did it come easy for them?  Did they start with an  agent and get a NY publisher interested in their book or did they self-publish?  What words of wisdom do they have for all of us who would like to be published one day?

Today’s guest is Dorothy Thompson, author of the relationships anthology, Romancing the Soul (Zumaya Publications).

A Fairytale Publishing Story…Then Reality Smacked Me in the Face

By Dorothy Thompson

Once upon a time, it was every author’s dream to be published by the Big Six.  Thoughts of living in mansions and money to burn, not to mention the PRESTIGE of being published by a NY publisher, just seemed to be at the top of the list.  One such author I know quite personally thought it was the right move for her new book she had just put together but yet hadn’t published.  Yet.  The author had a friend who recommended her agent who had gotten her into the Big Six and the author knew she was on her way.

The agent accepted her manuscript and was about to go on the Big Six Hunt when she had a few suggestions for the author’s book.  She told the author that in order to get NY to publish you, you had to make a few changes.

The author knew what she had to do.  Based on the agent’s suggestions, she had to cut the book in half and take out the really good parts.  “My suggestion to you,” she said,  “would be to cut the book in half, make each shorter and do away with the out of the norm stuff.”

The author started cutting and it was about halfway through when a light bulb went off.  “Wait a minute,” she said, “if I do this, I lose the whole focus of the book.  Am I supposed to go by the Big Six’s rules in order to get a NY contract but give up on why I even wrote the book in the first place?”

See, NY has rules.  It has to be “their” way or the highway for reasons that makes sense to them, but not to us.  They want to be able to sell the book and that was the bottom line.

The author stopped cutting.  And fired the agent.

You probably see where I’m going with this.  That author was me.  Yes, I had a chance to have my book being represented by the Big Six, only I just couldn’t do it.  Let me explain.  Romancing the Soul is a collection of true soul mate stories I collected from people all over the world.  Not one of those stories could be cut.  The agent wanted me to take out the non-normal stories of people believing their cat was their soul mate, or their aunt was their soul mate or something other than “what was normal” had to be cut.  But you see, this was the essence of the book – to help people realize there was more than one kind of soul mate and the reasons behind it.  Had I cut it down to only boy/girl relationships, it would have been just like all the other books out there.  Sure, it might seem a little different, but this is all based on scientific fact and beliefs I knew to be true and was trying to show the world why they should think it to be true, also.  My book would have lost its soul to the almighty Big Six and how would I deal with that?

I couldn’t and didn’t and instead let it sit….but…I was a member of an online group and was telling them this story.  I added that I knew this book would sell even if I had to put up a card table in my front yard and sell them that way.  What I didn’t know was that there were publishers lurking in the group.  Elizabeth Burton of Zumaya Publications was one such publisher.  She emailed me offlist and told me to send her the whole book, that she wanted to publish it.

Zumaya Publications is a small press.  What I believe makes them stand out from anyone else is that she fully believed in my book.  I’m sure there are lots of other small presses who will tell you that in order to get you to send them your book, but over the years since the book was published, I had a gut feeling about Elizabeth and I was right.  She had my back on everything and that’s all I could hope for.

This was back in 2004 and no, the book hasn’t made any bestselling lists, and it’s hit or miss as far as sales go, but I’m happy with that.  The true fairy tale ending in this story is when you find someone who truly believes in your book and is sending you reminder emails to get that next book to them pronto, that’s the real fairy tale.  I’m happy to say the next book in the soul mate series, The Soul Mate Triangle: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Soul Mate Triangle will be published soon. ;o)

Dorothy Thompson is the compiler/editor/co-author of Romancing the Soul: True Stories of Soul Mates From Around the World and Beyond, as well as other relationship ebooks such as How to Find and Keep Your Soul Mate and 101 Facts You Never Knew About Soul Mates.  Her relationship columns have appeared in eNotAlone, SistersDiva Magazine, MindBodySpirit Magazine, Singles Cafe, SinglesStop, Innerself, Single Again, Free Spirit Centre, Holistic Harmony, SpiritualMinds, Self-Growth, Into the Mystic, Romance Stuck and many other relationship ezines as well as The Eastern Shore News and The Daily Times, both Gannet Publications.  She has been featured in the supermarket tabloid, OK! Magazineas well as appearing as a special guest on many radio programs including Lifetime Radio, Single Talk, Cuzzin Eddie Show and A Book and a Chat.

Her many upcoming projects include a self-help book titled The Soul Mate Triangle: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Soul Mate Relationship (due to be released by Zumaya Publications in 2013) and several other books in various stages of production.

Dorothy is also CEO/Founder of Pump Up Your Book, an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book publicity and social media.  You can visit her website at www.PumpUpYourBook.com or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pumpupyourbook and Facebook at www.facebook.com/pumpupyourbook.

Dorothy lives on the beautiful island of Chincoteague, Virginia.

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Guest Blogger Linda Andrews: ‘Happy Birthday Zumaya!’

Zumaya Publications, a small press publisher based in Austin, Texas, and headed by the magnificent and articulate Elizabeth Burton, is celebrating its fifth year birthday this month (Happy Birthday Zumaya!) and as part of the birthday celebration, the authors would like to tell you how they were published by Zumaya to help you understand how important their small press publisher is to them. Today we have as our guest, Linda Andrews, author of The Christmas Village.

Happy Birthday Zumaya!

A long time ago (or so it seems), I heard about this small press opening up and decided to check it out. There weren’t many titles published with them at the time, but I was able to read their contract and the advice of their editor for submissions. At the time, ebook publishers and small presses were opening and closing with an amazing speed and horror stories abounded on the internet. Still, the contract was fair and the editor’s comments made be believe that I could work with her. So I sent off my manuscript, crossed my fingers and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Anyone who’s looking to be published or is published knows that publishers move very slowly (some might say geologic time). Three months went by and I hadn’t heard anything, but that’s not unusual. Then low and behold, I received an email. Liz wanted to know if I was still interested in being published with Zumaya, and if so, when I was going to send the rest of my manuscript.

I was floored.

Someone liked my book, really? And yahoo ate this piece of good news? I immediately wrote back and apologized, explaining that I hadn’t received her earlier email then promptly reformatted the file. Ghost of a Chance came out a year later and went on to become a Prism Finalist. Later, when she put out the call for holiday stories, I sent her the Christmas Village.

Since then, Liz has agreed to publish eight more of my paranormal romances and I couldn’t be happier. Zumaya is everything I wanted in a publisher–quality editing, world-wide distribution, open communications, and a fair royalty rate. As an added bonus, my books are available in both print and electronic format. The author loops are always filled with information about the company, bookstores and promotional opportunities. And Liz is always there to help when you’re doing some extra promotion with coupons and such.

The company’s use of technology really cuts out a lot of confusion and saves time, especially when editing. It’s nice to sit in front of my computer screen and make changes while Liz is on the other side of cyberspace, making sure my edits clear up any ambiguities and improve the story.

Thanks again Zumaya and Liz, and Happy Birthday! I wish you many more.

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: “What else would she write? She’s never been normal.”

All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house?

She can be found at www.lindaandrews.net, http://www.facebook.com/linda.andrews2, http://twitter.com/LindaAndrews and her blog at lindaandrews.wordpress.com


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Zumaya Publications and Pump Up Your Book Announce ‘The Tapestry Baby Virtual Book Tour 2011’

The Tapestry Baby

Join Carole Waterhouse, author of the literary fiction novel, The Tapestry Baby, as she virtually tours the blogosphere June 6 – 30 2011 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Carole Waterhouse

Carole WaterhouseA creative writing professor at California University of Pennsylvania, Carole Waterhouse is the author of two novels, The Tapestry Baby and Without Wings, and a collection of short stories, The Paradise Ranch.

Her fiction has appeared in Arnazella, Artful Dodge, Baybury Review, Ceilidh, Eureka Literary Magazine, Forum, Half Tones to Jubilee, Massachusetts Review, Minnetonka Review, Oracle: The Brewton-Parker College Review, Parting Gifts, Pointed Circle, Potpourri, Seems, Spout, The Armchair Aesthete, The Griffin, The Styles, Tucumari Literary Review, Turnrow, and X-Connect.

A previous newspaper reporter, she has published essays in an anthology, Horse Crazy: Women and the Horses They Love, and Equus Spirit Magazine. Her book reviews have appeared in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Press, and The New York Times Book Review.

Her latest novel is The Tapestry Baby, a novel depicting a mother who believes her child is born to fulfill some special destiny and discovers her life is intertwined with six other people, raising the question of whether any of us really control our own decisions, and through the process learns that greatness can be defined in the simplest of gestures.

You can visit Carole’s website at www.Carolewaterhouse.com.

About The Tapestry Baby

Tapestry BabyKarin lives in terror that her child will be born a multi-colored version of the mysterious tattooed man she met one night. When Anna is born normal instead, she becomes convinced her daughter is meant to fulfill some special destiny that she herself can’t provide. A believer of signs and premonitions, she takes off on a journey with Vonnie, a writer friend who can’t complete any stories because the peacefulness of her own life leaves her without inspiration hoping she can make a decision along the way. The choice, however, may not fully be her own. Their lives are randomly connected with six other people. There’s Ward, a cross-dresser who chooses his lovers based on their ability to make him look good, and Daria, a photographer who wants to feel emotion with the same level of intensity she can show it in her work. Mrs. Brown is a librarian with a sordid past who masquerades in her own dowdiness and her secret admirer Ned, a music teacher experiencing a nervous breakdown who finds that his images of make-believe women are deteriorating as notes break on his piano. Pivotal are Reggie, a massive tattooed man who despite his best efforts lives in fear of destroying women the same way he once accidentally crushed a bird he held in his hand and Clarissa, a fake fortune-teller who is responsible for bringing them all together. The Tapestry Baby raises the question of whether any of us really has control over our own destinies.

Visit Carole’s official tour page at www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/05/07/the-tapestry-baby-virtual-book-tour-2011 to see which blogs and websites he’ll be stopping off at during her The Tapestry Baby Virtual Book Tour 2011!

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Debut Medical Thriller Author Frank Edwards on ‘Final Mercy Virtual Book Tour’

Frank Edwards 2Join Frank Edwards as he tours the blogosphere February 1-25 2011 to talk about his new medical thriller, Final Mercy (Zumaya Publications).

Frank was born in Rochester New York. In 1968 he entered the US Army and served a tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He received a BA with honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill then attended medical school at the University of Rochester, graduating with an MD in 1979. In 1989 he received an MFA in writing from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. After practicing for a decade in North Carolina, he returned to the Rochester, area in 1990 where he remains in active practice.

He has published a number of poems and short stories in literary magazines including Carolina Quarterly and The Virginia Quarterly Review, along with numerous medical articles. In 1988, Henry Holt published his first non-fiction book, Medical Malpractice: Solving the Crisis. His second non-fiction book, The M & M Files: Morbidity and Mortality Rounds in Emergency Medicine was published by Hanley & Belfus in 2002 and has become a standard text in emergency medicine.

For the past thirteen years he has taught creative writing seminars to medical students at the U of R. In 2004, the University of Rochester Press published his collection of poems and short stories, It’ll Ease the Pain.

Final Mercy is his first novel.

Final MercyFinal Mercy centers on Dr. Jack Forester, director of the New Canterbury University Hospital emergency department, who is about to win an ongoing battle to modernize the ED when he’s stymied by the power-hungry dean, Bryson Witner. Then someone tries to murder Jack’s mentor and the former dean, setting it up to look like suicide.

Bit by bit, Jack uncovers facts that suggest several other recent tragic accidents may not have been in the least accidental. The deeper he digs, the closer danger creeps, and the phrase “life or death” begins to take on a new and very personal meaning.

You can visit his website at www.medthriller.com.

Frank’s tour schedule:

Tuesday, February 1
Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, February 2
Book reviewed at By the Book

Thursday, February 3
Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz

Friday, February 4
Interviewed at Review From Here

Monday, February 7
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Tuesday, February 8
Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Wednesday, February 9
Guest blogging at Moonlight, Lace & Mayhem

Thursday, February 10
Interviewed at Examiner

Friday, February 11
Book reviewed at Lucky Rosie’s

Monday, February 14
Guest blogging at Simply Stacie

Tuesday, February 15
Book reviewed at Books and Thoughts and Adventures

Wednesday, February 16
Book reviewed at Book Reviews by Molly

Thursday, February 17
Interviewed at The Book Connection

Friday, February 18
Guest blogging at Murder by 4

Monday, February 21
Guest blogging at Pitching Pencils

Tuesday, February 22
Guest blogging at Two Ends of the Pen

Wednesday, February 23
Interviewed at Shine

Thursday, February 24
Book reviewed at Black Diamonds Book Reviews

Friday, February 25
Guest blogging at Southern City Mysteries

For more information on his virtual book tour, you can visit Frank’s official tour page here.

Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book publicity for authors looking for maximum online promotion to sell their books. Visit our website at www.pumpupyourbook.com to find out how we can take your book to the virtual level!

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Interview with Mother/Daughter K.D. Hays & Meg Weidman, authors of TOTO’S TALE

K.D. Hays and Meg Weidman are a mother-daughter team who aspire to be professional roller coaster riders and who can tell you exactly what not to put in your pockets when you ride El Toro at Six Flags. Meg is studying art in a middle school magnet program. For fun, she jumps on a precision jump rope team and reads anything not associated with school work. K.D. Hays, who writes historical fiction under the name Kate Dolan, has been writing professionally since 1992. She holds a law degree from the University of Richmond and consequently hopes that her children will pursue studies in more prestigious fields such as plumbing or waste management. They live in a suburb of Baltimore where the weather is ideally suited for the four major seasons: riding roller coasters in the spring and fall, waterslides in the summer and snow tubes in the winter. Although Meg resents the fact that her mother has dragged her to every historical site within a 200-mile radius, she will consent to dress in colonial garb and participate in living history demonstrations if she is allowed to be a laundry thief.

Their latest collaboration is a wonderful book titled Toto’s Tale.

You can visit their website at www.totostale.com.

Q: Thank you for this interview, Kate and Meg. Can you tell us what your latest book, Toto’s Tale, is all about?

Meg: It’s the Wizard of Oz from Toto’s point of view.

Q:  Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

Kate: Most people know our main characters, Toto and his pet girl, Dorothy. In addition to the scarecrow, tin man, lion and witch, we introduce some new characters including Happy the wolf and Lomen the lickloe.

Meg: A lickloe is a creature we made up that has the body of a cheetah, tiger stripes, a lion’s mane, the head of a penguin, and human hands.

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

Kate: In this case, most of our characters were from someone else’s imagination – L Frank Baum, the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But we also added some from our own imagination.

Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

Meg (shrugs) I don’t know.

Kate: Then I think you’d have to say you’re not very aware of it, are you?  This is my eighth book. I’ve written some where I had every scene outlined in advance and others where I had no idea how the story was going to end, much less how I was going to get there. The second method is more fun when it works. But when it doesn’t….ouch!

Q: Your book is set in Oz.  Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?

Meg: That’s where the wizard was. Not that Toto needed him to get home, but people will expect a wizard in there somewhere.

Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

Kate: Much more so than in any book I’ve written before. If Toto stays in Kansas, we’d just have 150 pages of Aunt Em yelling at him for chasing the chickens.

Q: Open the book to page 69.  What is happening?

Kate: The scarecrow and tin man are pushing open the gate to enter the city of Oz.

Meg: Toto first noticed the gate because it was round like a pie – he’s a little obsessed with food.

Kate: And as the gate opens, Toto can smell pork chops and green beans. But he also smells unknown things, too. So either the desire for the pork chops or the fear of being left behind is enough to convince him to go through into the great unknown.

Meg: It was pork chops, after all. He has this thing for pork chops.

Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

“After being attacked by bees and wolves, you’d think that Dorothy and her friends would take the hint and turn around. The witch was trying to kill us—her own wolves told us so. Plus, she was a witch, with fierce powers, mighty armies, a castle fortress and probably really bad breath. We, on the other hand, had no powers, no army, and a small wooden house that had suffered considerable wind damage and that, anyway, we’d left behind somewhere near a cornfield.

Our breath might have been as bad as hers.

Even so, though, we were still no match for her. We needed to keep as far away from this witch as possible.

Instead, we were walking closer to her castle.”

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Kate and Meg.  We wish you much success!

Thank you for giving us a chance to tell the world a little bit about what really happened in Oz!

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