Pat Brown’s Guest Blog Post

I’m guest blogging on Montana Scribbler, Mona Leeson Vanek’s blog about what happens when you lose a publisher. Do you get the rights to your books back? If you do, what then. Find out what I’m doing since one of my major publishers went out of business.

Revising Old Books

 

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Going Out of Business Sale

My publisher, AmberQuill is going out of business as of March 30. Everything is on sale. My books are listed here and represent a variety of my works, including my single Science Fiction, a rare romance and the suspense novel, Memories of Darkness with my favorite all time character, Johnny Wager. Plus my first published historical story.

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Genres Explained: Insights, Tips and Definitions From Literary Agents

Chuck Sambuchino, who writes a regular column for Writer’s Digest, talks to agents about definitions of various writing genres, which can be useful for pitching your work to both agents and publishers and even when it comes to marketing a book after publication.

Genres Explained

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Indifferent City available for pre-order

Prohibition. Thirteen years when America went dry.

Blind-pigs were filled with rotgut and devious grifters, when Presidents served illegal wine at state dinners and women kicked aside their historical traces. Where the only difference between the cops and the criminals were their badges. A shady LAPD officer tangles with a beautiful, mysterious woman and risks losing everything.

And she’s the least of his worries.

Pre-order the ebook. Soon to be released on Amazone, Barnes & Noble and other popular bookstores.
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New Release from Ernie Briginshaw

London Writer’s Society member Ernie Briginshaw’s sequel to “Goliath” titled “The Second Shooter” is now available in both paperback and ebook.

The Second Shooter - Front Cover

Synopsis:

It has been widely speculated that the FBI, CIA and Secret Service have been hiding the existence of critical evidence as to those involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  The JFK Records Act requires that all records related to the assassination be released to the public by October 26, 2017, unless the President deems their release would cause grave harm to the nation.  When some of these potentially dangerous records are accidentally released, forces within the government attempt to recover them using whatever means necessary, including the elimination of anyone who may have seen them.

In the sequel to “Goliath”, David and Robert Shaw head off to university and find themselves drawn into the world of shadow governments and secret societies.  Despite the work of an investigative journalist to uncover the truth, and the efforts of their father to protect them, they find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of “The Second Shooter”.

Here’s a link to the paperback copy on Amazon.com:

It is also available in Kindle format on Amazon.ca: 

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Baen Books now accepting submissions

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For all the Science Fiction and fantasy writers out there, Baen Books, one of the most prestigious publishers of speculative fiction, are now accepting completed manuscripts.

For details on what and how go here

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Disneyland for Crime Writers: 2015 Writer’s Police Academy

The WPA has been going on now for several years. I was lucky enough to go 3 years ago in North Carolina. It’s moving this year to the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI, an actual training academy.

It’s a long weekend of the most intense training you will ever experience unless you go through a police academy yourself and become a cop. I can’t recommend this conference enough. If you ever wanted to know how real cops are trained you have to go. If you intend to go though, you have to be on the ball, since from the time registration opens, it usually sells out in a few hours. In the previous 2 years Sisters In Crime has subsidized the cost — which isn’t high for a conference of this caliber — and hotels are always very reasonable.

To learn more check it out here and watch out for future announcements.

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Ashes & Ice Released!

Happy New Year LWS and friends. my historical novel, Ashes & Ice, written under the penname GK Parker is now available in ebook. A trade paperback version will follow soon.

 

This novel was a labor of love. Started in late 2010, after months of research, of which I enjoyed every minute of, false starts, first drafts then second, third… fourth, this novel took form. It went through a number of title changes too. It started out as City of Blood & Ice, then just Blood & Ice, then I flirted with Fire & Ice until finally settling on Ashes & Ice.

The novel idea first came to me when I saw Gangs of New York for the first time. It blew me away and Five Points intrigues me. Anyone who knows my writing knows I often explore the gang scene in my fiction, but it’s always been contemporary Los Angeles. I’d already written an LA historical now I wanted something different and NYC in the 1800s was perfect. Part of my heritage is Irish and I knew immigration was high then. The final clincher came when I found a reference to a massive blizzard that hit New York in 1888. Having been in my share of bad blizzards I could imagine what it would have been like to have that slam into your city after a beautiful, springlike day. So Ashes & Ice was born.

63rd Street and Third Avenue during the Great Blizzard of 1888.

Snow piled up high on the corner of 63rd Street and Third Avenue during the Great Blizzard of 1888.

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New Book Cover

It’s always exciting to finally get the cover for your latest novel. The wait can be a bit nerve wracking since you don’t know if it will be good, bad or indifferent and book covers have a big part in selling the product.

My newest publisher, Damnation Books/Eternal Press, did ask for input on the cover, then sent an unfinished version for my approval. I’m not sure what would have been done if I hated it–gone back to the drawing board or tell me to suck it up, but it’s a moot question since I loved it. The only suggestion I had was the tagline under the title as opposed to the one they had.

This novel is a departure for me, my first mainstream historical after 13 contemporary gay novels–see them at http;//pabrown.com. I’m also doing them under a pseudonym, GK Parker– http://gkparkernoir.com

Ashes & Ice will be released January 1, 2015 and if that isn’t a great way to start a new year, I don’t know what is.

Ashes & Ice follows two Irish immigrants who come to America for a better life. They arrive in New York, a city not very fond of the Irish right then. The two immigrants, strangers when they first met on the ship, go their separate ways, both fighting to survive in a world that doesn’t want them, in the worst slum in American history–Five Points. It’s an exciting story that pits them against dangerous people, nature and a ten-year-old street urchin who’s too cocky for his own good and gets everybody into trouble. Along the way an unusual horse called Peg enters their lives and may just be the key to their survival.

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Writing Resource – Spelling on the Go: Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips by Jodie Renner

jodieI recently discovered Jodie Renner’s handy, clickable e-resource, Spelling on the Go – Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips. This is a fantastic resource for authors! Whether you’re a journalist, fiction or nonfiction writer, student, blogger, editor, or anyone else on a busy schedule (aren’t we all these days?), this clickable spelling list will save you tons of time. Not 100 percent sure of the spelling of a word, or whether it’s hyphenated or capitalized? Keep this resource on your screen or beside you on your Kindle or tablet or smartphone, then just click on the first two letters, check the word quickly, and you’re back to your writing project within seconds.
Available at Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.

And watch for Jodie’s clickable companion guide, Grammar on the Go – Style and Usage Tips for Busy Writers and Editors, out November 12th

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A Reliable Time-Saving Reference for Writers, Journalists, Students, Bloggers, Copy Editors, and Proofreaders. This handy, clickable, alphabetical grammar and usage guide has lots of internal links to make it super-easy for busy writers and editors to navigate, so you can get in and get out and get back to work in seconds. A quick and easy, user-friendly guide to troublesome grammar and punctuation points, with current usage for many commonly misused and frequently confused words, terms, and expressions.

Jodie Renner, a former member of the London Writers Society, now lives in Kelowna, BC, where she’s a freelance editor and award-winning author of Fire up Your Fiction – An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Stories, and her companion editor’s guide, Writing a Killer Thriller. Her third book in the series, Captivate Your Readers, will be out in late 2014. www.JodieRenner.com; www.JodieRennerEditing.com; Facebook; Twitter; Jodie’s blog; Jodie’s group blog, The Kill Zone.

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LWS member Rita Hartley’s book launch

Rita Hartley's book launch is Saturday, August 23rd

Rita Hartley’s book launch is Saturday, August 23rd

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Are you a local, independent author? (Oct. 25)

""(Via London Public Library’s staff blogs)

Join us for the Local Authors’ Book Fair on Oct. 25 from 10 – 2 p.m. at the Covent Garden Market.  Chat with readers, connect with other authors and sell your work in the market mezzanine.  All authors of small press, indie or self-published books of any genre; zinesters and comics artists are welcome.  For more information, or to register, click here.

The book fair is part of  Words: The Literary and Creative Arts Festival, Oct. 24-25.  Words is a new festival in London, ON, that celebrates all things wordy. Find out more at wordsfest.ca and stay tuned for exciting updates!

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