We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of The Last Speck of the World by Flavia Idà.
No name. No race. No nationality. The survivor of the perfect catastrophe struggles to preserve herself and her hope that she may be found — by humans.
“I am female, thirty-two, alone in the last speck of the world. My name, my race and my nationality are no longer important. I do not know why the plague has spared me. It has taken everything else. All the clocks and all the machines are dead. What keeps me breathing is the hope that I may not be the sole custodian of the planet.”
The Last Speck of the World is available in trade paperback and digital editions. Signed editions are also available.
We are pleased and excited to announce that Paper Angel Press author L. A. Jacob’s short story, “My First Demon”, has been published in the anthology, Selections.
What really happens when you take out a bully?
When Mike LeBonte is faced with a bully every year for his middle-school life, he does the only thing he can think of to solve the problem.
He summons the demon Andromalius — a demon that is meant to punish “wicked men” such as Mousey, Mike’s present nemesis.
Selections (published by The Association of Rhode Island Authors) is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of War Mage (the first book in the “War Mage” series) by Jake Logan and L. A. Jacob.
In war, here be dragons.
First Magus Brent Rogers has just been transferred from Fort Leavenworth to Afghanistan. His mission: to find out how and why a seemingly indestructible dragon died on an alleged suicide mission.
Brent finds out that even dragons have secrets — and those secrets, if known, can kill them. Will Brent be like all the other wizards, and work for the Army, or will he keep the secrets of the dragons?
His success — and maybe even his life — could depend on his decision.
War Mage is available in trade paperback and digital editions. Signed editions are also available.
We are excited to inform you that we will be attending the 2018 World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California from August 16th through August 20th.
Visit us in the Dealer Room to receive special deals on our books and meet some of our authors in person. We will have some exclusive free stories for you, along with some other special items!
We will also be available listen to your book ideas, so come by our table and pitch your stories to us.
If you can’t visit us in person, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We will be posting updates daily!
We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Grimaulkin Redeemed (the third book in the “Grimaulkin” series) by L. A. Jacob.
Protect your present or suffer from your past.
It’s Scott’s birthday, and Mike LeBonte has big plans for his boyfriend.
First, he has to deal with losing his magic. However, he’s well-known to the police as a consultant, and someone has summoned a demon in the North Burial Ground in Providence. Not just any demon, but Lucifer himself.
As Mike fights to try and regain his magic to help the police, a man from his past comes into town and tries to make inroads on his boyfriend.
That, Mike cannot abide.
Grimaulkin Redeemed is available in hardcover, trade paperback, and digital editions. Signed editions are also available.
This is Part 4 of a four-part series reporting on the “Why Haven’t You Written Your Book?” survey we offered last year. You can read Part 3 here.
I would consider my book to be a success if …
The answers we received showed a clear distribution of the responses. Here is how all of the answers ranked:
- I get it finished and published.
- I sell X number of copies during the first year.
- I get X positive reviews for it on Amazon/Goodreads.
- My friends and family all buy copies of it.
Based on these results, we might conclude that writers:
- are far more interested in actually completing their book and seeing it published than selling a specific number of copies or receiving a certain number of reviews. That sense of accomplishment appears to drive many writers more than any of the other factors we measured.
- measure a great deal of their success by looking at the number of copies of their books have been sold. Based on our experience, each author has a different number in mind. Some authors are satisfied if only a few dozen copies are sold, while others measure their success in the hundreds or thousands of copies. (Of course, what author would dislike that?)
- value review feedback. It helps them to know whether they have reached an audience and also what readers responded to — both positively and negatively. While a less-than-favorable review might sting, it can often provide valuable insights.
- would like to see those close to them purchase copies of their books, but this is not the highest criteria by which they will measure the success of their work. This makes sense, as we expect our family and friends to support us in our efforts (and many of them are probably getting free copies anyway).
The is Part 3 of a four-part series reporting on the “Why Haven’t You Written Your Book?” survey we offered last year. You can read Part 2 here.
I’m afraid to write (or submit) my book because …
A clear margin shows that the two highest-ranked responses held true for most authors, while the remaining three ranked very close together. Here is how all of the answers ranked:
- I don’t know if it will be any good.
- I don’t know how to distribute/market it.
- I don’t think anyone will read it.
- I’m afraid people will judge me.
- I don’t know how to turn it from a manuscript into a real book.
Based on these results, we might conclude that writers:
- suffer fears about the quality of their work. There are likely many reasons for this, the discussion of which is potentially fodder for (many) future blog posts. Certainly, however, the generic rejection letters returned by the vast majority of publishers are of little help, in terms of offering authors insights into why their story might have been rejected and how to improve in the future. One of the interesting things that we’ve observed in relation to this item is how many authors, after completing the milestone of publishing their first book, seem to feel the stress even greater with their second book, fearing that the same creative lightning won’t strike twice.
- don’t understand — or are intimidated by — by the process, even for self-publishing, of taking a story from completed manuscript to saleable format and then market it. Not all authors want, or have time to, develop the skill sets necessary to do this. This is one area in which publishers can add value for the author. Many authors can grasp the basic understanding behind what it takes to create a printed edition of a book, but generating a digital edition feels technical, complicated, and somewhat magical.
- are afraid that, once they have completed and published their work, they will fail to find an audience for it. This is why getting the word out about it (marketing and promotion) is so important (which, of course, leads back to #2). One way to reduce this fear is by finding your audience (and helping your audience find you) by talking about your book before it even comes out, to help create demand and develop an audience well before it becomes available for sale.
- fear what people might think about them or their work while reading. It’s no secret that stories often reveal as much about the writer as they do to the reader, so this can be a daunting fear for many authors. This can be tough to get past, “What will my friends and family think?” This is also, of course, why pseudonyms are a thing. This is something that authors need to be prepared for because, even if their response might be “That’s nothing like me! It’s just how the character behaves.” or the infamous “I based that character on someone I know …”
Next week, we will be looking at how authors responded to “I would consider my book to be a success if …“.
The is the second part in a four-part series reporting on the “Why Haven’t You Written Your Book?” survey we offered last year. You can read Part 1 here.
I would write my book if …
The answers we received ranked fairly close in terms of the numbers of responses received. Here is how all of the answers ranked:
- I knew someone would be interested in publishing it.
- I had more time to do it.
- I had a support group to help me along the way.
As the results were close across all three responses, we might conclude that writers:
- are looking for a return on their investment in time writing and editing their work by knowing that, at the end of that process, someone will be interested in making sure that it finds an audience.
- wish that they had more time to actually, well … write. Finding — or making — time to pursue their writing is perhaps one of the most challenging obstacles that authors (or, indeed, most creative people) face in this fast-paced, over-scheduled world.
- want someone to assist them, or at least cheer them on, during the creative process. While the act of writing is a solitary activity, it’s nice to know that there are others out there who share both the passion and the pain of the creative process.
Next week, we will be looking at how authors responded to “I’m afraid to write (or submit) my book because …”.
Many of us know people who have written — or threatened to write — books, but then those books never seem to materialize in a final form. Even after we started Paper Angel Press, and positioned it as an author-friendly platform for getting your written creations read, we still experienced the same hesitation among writers, even those with whom we had good working relationships. Why was this happening?, we wondered.
So, last fall we ran a survey with two different audiences in order to try to understand why writers don’t complete or submit their books. We also sought to understand how writers might measure the “success” of their work after it has been published.
In an effort to keep the survey as brief and accessible as possible, we offered only three statements for the respondents to complete:
- I would write my book if …
- I’m afraid to write (or submit) my book because …
- I would consider my book to be a success if …
During the course of the next few blog posts, we will share the results of this survey with you.
We hope you enjoy them and find them useful. Maybe you’ll see yourself in our results and ask yourself, “Why Haven’t You Written Your Book?”.
We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Grimaulkin Tempted by L. A. Jacob.
Stress affects people differently. Then, there’s magic.
Mike LeBonte is house-sitting while his sister and her new husband go on their honeymoon. What could happen in two weeks?
First, his cousin Becky calls him saying she’s being followed. It could be the Mafia. Or it could be the church she’s trying to separate from.
Then his boyfriend tells Mike his ex is coming to visit. Then Mike meets his parole officer — a Knight of the Rosicrucians, the very people who put him in prison.
With all this stress, it’s no wonder that Mike resorts to magic to cope. But like any drug, it could very well alter his own perception of reality.
Grimaulkin Tempted is available in hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook editions. Signed editions are also available.