Friday, October 21, 2011

Publisher Converting to Young Adult Titles in 2012

Nicole Langan (pictured above), publisher has announced that beginning in 2012, Tribute Books will become solely an ebook publisher of young adult titles.

They're looking to work with authors who are savvy with social media - those who blog, tweet and update their Facebook status on a daily basis.

Their preference is for authors who already have a book(s) published through a royalty-paying press. Said Langan,  "We want to work with those who are familiar with the ins and outs of the publishing process. We seek those who have experience having their work edited and know the effort required for successful book promotion.

There would be NO charge for authors, and those selected would receive 50% of the net retail price in royalties."

Here is an interview with Langan:

1.  Why the change into e-books for young adults?Our main reason is the explosion in popularity of e-readers such as the Kindle, Nook and iPad. Over the course of 2011, we've watched our ebook sales outpace our print sales by 2 to 1. The under $5 price point of most of our titles and the ease of purchase and delivery are surely contributing factors. No one age group integrates technology into their daily lifestyles like teenagers. They are constantly plugged in and connected 24/7 either by smart phone, electronic tablet, laptop, etc. They "get" ebooks.

2.  How are you taking submissions?
We're accepting submissions via email.  Our email address is:
3.  What are the requirements for submission?
We're looking for Microsoft Word documents with a maximum of 350 pages of text with no photos, charts, illustrations, graphs, etc. Manuscripts that have already been professionally edited will receive greater consideration. Our preference is to work with authors who have already been published through a royalty-paying press and who know the ins and outs of book promotion. An established social media platform is a must, and we will not consider writers who do not have a well-followed blog, Facebook page or Twitter account.
4.  What kinds of young adult titles are you interested in?
Our preference is for damn good writing, the particular topic is secondary in importance. However, books written with a series in mind or those that delve into the paranormal will have a slight edge.
5.  Where will these ebooks be available?
The ebooks will be available through Kindle, Nook, iPad, Smashwords and as PDF downloads through

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New site focuses on the art and literature of TRAVEL

Loyal readers and fans know that I promote my photography under the name of "FCEtier" and sign my work simply as "Etier."  
Now my work is available at Venture Galleries, a new website featuring the work of award winning artists (such as Rick Rush, "America's Sports Artist"), photographers and writers.  Presently there are eight bloggers and authors and eleven artists showcased on the site.

The debut of Venture Galleries publishing heralds the arrival of a new "modern travel novel" that includes links in their e-books to photography of the settings and places of interest to the story.

I'll be blogging more about subjects and artists and authors related to the site as time goes by.

Travel photography will also be a focus of VG's website and include blog articles by the photographers about each image -- the ''story behind the photo."  Check back often.

Please take a few minutes to visit the site and check out all the amazing images and literature. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Is torture ever appropriate?

For some people, the mere presence of a K-9 in the same room is torture.

For some people, going to work is torture -- especially if the wrong associate is there and is on a tear.

My most recent article as National History Examiner looks into the subject.  Please check it out and share in the social media. Tweets and FB "Shares" are especially welcomed!

Monday, October 10, 2011

National History Examiner

Now you can follow my writing HERE.  I've been appointed as one of the contributing writers for to write on history-related topics.  Most of my new articles will appear there.

My wife and I both recently ended our affiliation with another site.  Miss Bob's article on Technorati explains why.

I hope you will visit the site often and subscribe to my posts. It's easy.  Just click on the "subscribe" button next to my profile photo, or click on the Twitter follow button.

You comments on each article will be appreciated.