Thursday, May 14, 2015


Two Cousins: Ann and Kristin, celebrating the release of my book!

Last July, my first book, How to Date Dead Guys, was published. My cousin, Kristin, supported me all along the way.
My path to publication seemed to take forever and felt quite painful at times. I snagged my publisher, Curiosity Quills, during a Twitter Contest two years ago. So when Kristin suggested having a Twitter contest of our own, I jumped on board. To give credit where it is due--Kristin is the brains behind this party, I'm just trying to add a little braun. :)

This is our attempt to pay it forward. We both are fortunate enough to have a published book and working on the second, third, etc. So let's have a blast, help each other out, and maybe, just maybe, you'll find that perfect relationship between author and publisher.

Here’s the date for #Pit2PubJuly 15, 2015starting at 8AM and ending at 8PM (CST or CDT, which is Chicago time).

What is #Pit2Pub?
A Twitter Pitch Party for writers to tweet a 140-character pitch for their completed manuscripts. Have several variations of your Twitter pitch available. The pitch must include the hashtag #Pit2Pub, the Age Group, and the Genre (#YA, #MG, #A, etc. see chart below) in the tweet. It's important to include the hashtag(s).

Age Groups:
#PB = Picture Book
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult
#WF = Woman’s Fiction

#NF = Non-fiction
#SFF = SciFi & Fantasy
#LF = Literary Fiction
#M = Mystery
#T = Thriller
#CB = Chapter Book
#R = Romance
#Mem = Memoir
#S = Suspense
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#W = Westerns
#E = Erotica
Authors of all genres are welcome to pitch their completed and polished manuscripts. You can pitch more than one manuscript. Tweet your pitch throughout the day, but no more than twice per hour per manuscript. When you see an industry professional on the feed, tweet it once. Remember to include the hashtag #Pit2Puband your genre/category.

The publishers will tweet their submission preferences and favorite your tweet if they wish to see more. If you get a favorite from an agent or publisher, follow their submission directions on their website or look for them on this blog. Then send them their request as soon as you can. They may have tweeted what they want you to send, so check their twitter feed for that information.

Make sure to put “Pit2Pub Request: TITLE” in the subject line of your email when sending your request.

Don’t tweet agents and publishers directly unless they tweet you first.

Don’t favorite friends’ tweets. You can RT your friends to show your support. Save favoriting for publisher requests to avoid confusion.

Be sure you research each requesting publisher. Don’t submit if you don’t want to work with them.

Be nice and courteous to each other and to the industry professionals. If you do see abuse, please report it to Twitter or notify Kristin or myself right away.

Here's the list of CONFIRMED PUBLISHERS who have signed up to monitor the feed on July 15!
Check back on either or our blogs: or as we add more:

Fantasy Works Publishing: We are a fantasy publishing company offering full service (absolutely no fees) to our authors and excellent, well edited, high quality books for our readers. When we say that we accept series, we mean the entire series at one time. Reason being, our wish is to relieve the author of the burden associated with completing book two. By that, I mean the burdensome task of shopping book two around to yet another publisher before beginning book three. It’s a nasty little cycle we aim to eradicate.

We also understand this goes against the grain of traditional publishing. Who cares. They only want to test the waters with new authors, and if immediate success isn’t found, then toss you to the curb and move on to the next author. The thing is, with any new author, success is rarely found in the first book. Usually, it is the author’s productivity, relentless marketing and proven quality of work that leads to sustained success.

Pandamoon Publishing: Pandamoon Publishing is an independent publishing house in Austin Texas. We are a royalty-paying, non-subsidy publisher who believes the relationship between the author and the publisher is paramount to success. We are different in that our management team has decades of invaluable experience in publishing and other technology and consumer industries and we bring the best practices of each to the publishing realm.

I am a successful serial entrepreneur and this is my third startup. My first company was an advertising agency which focused on traditional advertising, market research, and an interactive division that was responsible for delivering content to customers in new and exciting ways. After 12 years, I sold that company and started a global management consultancy practice which provided companies with operational, procedural, publishing, and marketing solutions. I sold my interest in that firm last year and have been focused on creating Pandamoon since then.

Pandamoon is a unique opportunity that utilizes all of my skill sets at once, as well as my love of technology, publishing, marketing, and lifelong learning. I have spent the last year building a team of extremely experienced and talented editorial, production, and publicity people who share my passion for building strong relationships with our authors. Everyone here has been quick to learn the value of and adopt my processes that are so efficient that we can reduce production time and return a much higher royalty rate to our authors. Bottom line, I know that our success is totally dependent upon the level of customer service, support, and response that we provide our readers and authors.

Dingbat Publishing: We want stories that are different, fresh, original, timeless. Story quality is far more important than genre or length. Is it well written? Is it a story that gets us excited? Can we believe in these characters and want to see them through to their journey's end?

If you've written a story that doesn't fit easily into a typical genre subdivision — such as a paramilitary psychological mystery, or an inspirational young adult comedy thriller, or a mainstream romance with comedic elements — then your story might be what we're looking for.

Bookfish Books: BookFish Books is a publisher of quality young adult, new adult, and middle grade fiction. Our team works alongside our authors to create the best possible work, novels our authors and our house can stand behind proudly.

We are looking for middle grade, young adult, and new adult novels in all subgenres. Both published or unpublished, agented or unagented authors are welcome to submit.

Solstice Publishing: Summer Solstice Publishing is looking for  Fiction, Romance, Mystery. All sub-genres are accepted. Desired genres: Action Adventure, Suspense/thriller, westerns. All word length accepted.

#YA Gay Teen, Historical, Sci-Fi, Realistic Life, any well written #YA novel.
#Romance Gothic, Historical, Military, LGBT, Paranormal, Sweet, Futuristic, any well written
#Romance novel.
#Erotica well written erotica
#Westerns series or stand alone, historical or contemporary, we accept all well written westerns
#NA all well written novels for 18 - 25 year old readers

Anaiah Press: Our goal is to provide our authors with the close-knit, hands-on experience of working with a small press, while making sure they don't have to sacrifice quality editing, cover art, and marketing. Authors who sign with Anaiah Press can expect:
  • Release in digital and print/POD formats (full-length works only)
  • A senior-level editor assigned to provide quality editing and to guide you every step of the way throughout the publication process
  • A publicist and a marketing/publicity plan specific to your book, and inclusive of advertising
  • High-quality covers expertly designed specifically for your book Royalties in the amount of 40% on net for digital format and 9-12% net on all other formats
  • Subrights personnel who work to sell key subsidiary rights for our entire catalogue

Clean Teen Publishing: At Clean Teen Publishing, we believe our authors, who create new and amazing literary worlds, deserve to receive a large share of the profits that their art creates. We also believe that our authors deserve the support of quality editing, breathtaking covers, and the power of a strong marketing presence behind them.

As authors ourselves, we know that your writing comes from your heart and, in a sense, is a part of you. We will carefully protect that part of you and work hard to keep your creative vision alive.Clean Teen Publishing is currently looking for well-written YA (young adult) or NA (new adult) fiction novels that are between 50,000 and 110,000 words. While we accept stand-alone books, our ideal submission would be the first two books in a series or a novel and a novella that is a prequel to the novel. We are looking for something unique and breathtaking. We are seeking authors who are 18 or older and ready to work hard to build their author brand and to actively market their books along side us.

Crimson Tree Publishing is currently looking for well-written fiction novels that are between 50,000 and 100,000 words. While we accept stand-alone books, our ideal submission would be the first two books in a series or a novel and a novella that is a prequel to the novel. We are looking for something unique and breathtaking.

We are open to many genres, but prefer Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, Light Science Fiction, Light Fantasy, Historical Romance, Steampunk, Suspense and Mystery. Please note that while this is our adult imprint of Clean Teen Publishing, we still prefer manuscripts that are not heavy on sexual content, violence or language. We are seeking authors who are ready to work hard to build their author brand and to actively market their books along side us.

Soulmate Publishing: Soul Mate Publishing welcomes you to romance, where two become one.  We offer high-quality romantic fiction for readers around the world. Our novels, written by only the finest authors, will be available both electronically and in paperback.

Whether you enjoy traditional romance or are searching for stories that push the limits, you'll find what you're looking for.  We are NOT the same old thing!

If you are a budding author who needs a publisher to seriously look at your work, just follow the instructions under the Submissions link at the top of this page.  We WILL look over your materials and provide a personal response.

We are actively seeking authors who can tell an exciting story and aren’t afraid to venture into new territory. We encourage novels that are original and blur the genre lines.   Soul Mate Publishing is a royalty-paying publisher currently accepting submissions for the following Romance Genres:  Action/Adventure, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Erotica, Fantasy, Historical, Inspirational, New Adult, Novellas, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Futuristic, Suspense/Thriller, Time Travel, Urban Fantasy, Women’s Fiction, Young adult

Remember, blending of genres is allowed and encouraged. Varying levels of sensuality are welcome, however all stories should have an upbeat ending. (NO depraved or illegal acts, bestiality, or pedophilia.).

Entangled Publishing: Founded by industry-savvy women, Entangled Publishing’s bold new business model combines powerhouse distribution with the agility of indie publishing, utilizing innovative digital strategies to connect with readers around the world.

Our revolutionary approach to publishing has led to phenomenal growth and success. The company opened for submissions in February 2011. Our first print titles released in August 2011, and we launched our first category romance imprint six months later. We now have 11 imprints serving the teen and adult romance marketplace, have signed over 600 authors, and release 35-50 books each month, selling an average 70,000 total copies every week.

To date, we have 36 USA TODAY and 14 New York Times bestsellers. Entangled was also the first small press to crack the New York Times Bestselling Children’s Series list, debuting at #4.

Henry Press: Henry Press is a tiny publishing company from Manchester, UK. We publish books, prints, zines and maps. We also offer a straightforward printing service for publications, prints and publicity material. Let us know what we can do for you.

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