Category: Publishing

New Book Release: “The Last Speck of the World” by Flavia Idà

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.

Paper Angel Press Author L. A. Jacob Published in “Selections” Anthology

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.

New Book Release: “Beguiling Voices (Book Three of the Glass Bottles Series)” by J Dark

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Beguiling Voices, the third book in the Glass Bottles series, by J Dark.

Never trust magic … or the people that hire you.

Fern Fatelli dives back into her job as a ‘trapper’, and is hired to kidnap a girl away from an abusive household — only to find that she’s delivered the child into a far greater danger than she could have ever imagined.

Beguiling Voices is available in hardcover, trade paperback, and digital editions. Signed editions are also available.

For a limited time this month, each of the first two books in the series, Best Intentions and Broken Bridge, will be available for 99¢.

Paper Angel Press Goes to WorldCon

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!

New Book Release: Paper Angel Press Sampler (2017 Edition)

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of the Paper Angel Press Sampler (2017 Edition).

Words have power.

They have shape and color and tone, they have texture and subtext, they can make us think and cry and laugh and rage and ponder. A good novel has the ability to leave us yearning after its worlds for days.

Within these pages you will find samples from our collaborations with our authors. They have created new worlds for all of us to explore and enjoy. If these brief excursions into their worlds capture your imagination, check out their complete tales and experience the entire adventure they offer.

Download your free copy today!

Paper Angel Press Author L. A. Jacob Published in “Under the 13th Star”

We are pleased and excited to announce that Paper Angel Press author L. A. Jacob’s short story, “The Raid”, has been published in the anthology, Under the 13th Star.

Based on a story told to her by her uncle, “The Raid” is a different kind of story than the fantasy she usually publishes. It is the tale of a delivery boy for the local speakeasy that his father supplies liquor to. But when he finds the Revenuers are out to raid the speakeasy, he has to face either being arrested by the police or his father’s wrath. He’s not sure which is worse.

Under the 13th Star (published by The Association of Rhode Island Authors) is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

New Book Release: “Broken Bridge (Book Two of the Glass Bottles Series)” by J Dark

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Broken Bridge, the second book in the Glass Bottles series, by J Dark.

Sometimes a broken bridge has to be crossed.

Talk about Byzantine influences.

Fern Fatelli is approached by a desperate father to find his daughter before something bad happens to her, only to find that the job is really a diversion made to have her owe a service to a fae lord.

Cobb, the fae lord, then contracts Fern, not as a finder, but as a wizard, and forces her to re-open the Anolyn way.

As this is going on, Cobb is deliberately obstructing her research, and, more sinisterly, sending creatures to attack her, all the while expecting results.

What does a girl do to get a break?

New Book Release: “Children of the Wrong Time” by Flavia Idà

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Children of the Wrong Time by Flavia Idà.

“Would you say you were loved by the right people at the right time in the right way and for the right reasons?”

Michael Holmes and Nora Savins stepped into the ornate atrium of the Department of Vital Privileges and looked up at the life-size marble statue of the Founding Father, a smiling young man who held in his hand an ancient movie script rolled into a scroll.

“Keanu Reeves,” Michael said reverentially, “with his quote from Parenthood: You need a license to drive, you need a license to fish, you need a license to own a dog, but they will let any moron be a parent.” And under the inscription he read the First Law of the Republic: “Never Again Any Moron.

On Paper Angel Press’ First Birthday

How did it feel to see your book in print?

For me, seeing my book in print was a rush. To this day I will look at MY book on the bookshelf behind my desk, and wonder who this person J Dark is, and how they used my name to write this book that sounds so much like the one that was in my head, and is now on paper and in this book I’m looking at. It felt surreal, and a powerful validation that someone liked, actually liked how I wrote and how I told a story. It still is a warm feeling in my chest, I don’t think it will ever go away.

What did you learn along the way?

Having a book in print is a powerful thing, and being able to repeat the creative process and make a second book is more challenging than the first time. With a first book, it’s enthusiasm, excitement of the journey, and the awe at the finished product. With book 2, at least in my case, it’s more of ‘will people like it?’, ‘am I any good?’, et cetera. My worries and neurotic behaviors gang up on me, and make me question my ability to catch lightning in a bottle a second time. Will the second one be as good as the first. I hope it’s better so people have fun reading it, and worry that it won’t be, that I haven’t learned enough from the first book to do a proper job with the second. Then I tell myself to shut up and write. I have to write for me, and then share. Feedback is awesome to get, but as a beginning writer, my book is not one that will have a lot of purchases, as I am so new. Therefore, feedback is a precious thing when I can get some. Until then, I trust that the editor will tell me what needs to happen with the book and that I will catch that lightning once more and put out a good story.

How has having your book published impacted your life?

Publishing the book was a huge shot in the arm for my confidence. But financially I know it won’t change a thing really. Book sales for beginning writers is always small. If I sell any books, that’s a bonus and validation that someone enjoyed the idea of the book enough to buy it. I can only say ‘THANK YOU’ for the trust that I can make a story. It makes my life more colorful in a way. I can say I am a published author. I have a small card to hand to people. It has given me a shot of confidence, and a little bit of neuroticism was well. I want to make this my life, now that I’ve had a taste of it. So, for me, it has become more a calling, than just a hobby. I still struggle to write every day, and struggle with ideas to write. I need, and want, to write more, and write in a way that would tell a story that people enjoy reading. So while my real life hasn’t changed, the focus of my life has. I may become a fantastically successful writer, I may end up toiling all my life in literary obscurity. Either way, now I write because the stories want to be written, and it’s fun. Above all else, it’s fun to make a story, to create a world, to live a dream that flows from a brain to a computer screen, and can be shared with anyone who wants to read.

Interview: Kimberley Wall, Promotions Manager

As a promotions manager, how would you describe your job?

Essentially, my job is to familiarize myself with the work, collaborate with the Editor and Business Manager on appropriate genre classifications, brainstorm ideas for whom to contact, where to go, what to do to make the book visible on a larger scale, and then pursue opportunities from the office and encourage authors to pursue others on their end.

Tell me about the role of Marketing & Promotions, specifically in the world of the small press.

If you didn’t want people to read your book, you wouldn’t bother to publish it, right? But simply publishing isn’t enough these days because the competition is too overwhelming. You’ve got to wave a flag to get some attention. Marketing & Promotions is a function that can make or break a small press and, potentially, its authors. Regardless of the quality and quantity of the books being published, if the public doesn’t know to look for them, they will grow dusty alongside the piles of pulp fiction. Marketing & Promotions is your little flag.

Promotions for books is a lot about appearances and book signings. Are there other ways that can help promote a book, or an author?

Promotions such as appearances and book signings are done on the author side of the equation. On the press side, you have more of the marketing track, like contacting genre periodicals to inquire about inclusion in their next issue, chatting up potential partners to arrange sharing links to each other’s web sites, and long, sometimes fruitless hours of online research into other avenues of promotion.

Do you find that when you consider how to promote a book, that demographics come into play?

Demographics — in general, “Who is your target audience?” — is a big component of activities such as partnering with local indie booksellers, and readings at local libraries and coffee houses. It also, subtly, comes into play in most other things, such as which associations to join for networking.

How do you decide where an author’s book fits best? Is it just by genre, or are there other factors that determine demographic fit?

I want to be clear that when I talk about demographics in this context, I mean to refer to groups of people who buy science fiction & fantasy novels versus historical romance novels versus nonfiction works; you know what I mean? I’m not referring to demographics in terms of age, race, religion, or ethnicity in a local community. So, where does a book fit? That’s really about subject matter, tone of voice, literary device, etc. Sometimes the easiest way to determine a basic genre fit is to ask the author!

When Paper Angel Press decides to promote a book, what are the steps that you need to go through to get ready for promotion and marketing?

First, I want to point out that it’s not really a decision to promote or not. We are your publisher, and marketing your book is just one of the services we provide. That being said, there really isn’t a manual for preparing to market a book; it’s more a matter of hashing out how, where, how much, degree of author participation, etc. Each book/author is unique.

Are there different challenges between promoting new authors and established authors with a dedicated following?

Are there differences in the way I would market your new book versus James Patterson’s new book? Sure! <laugh> But my experience is only with small, independent presses and, usually, new-ish authors. In that case, you start at ground zero and work your way up a crowded ladder waving your little flag.

Have you found that there are differences in approach with the different genres like fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, etc., when you look at marketing and promoting a book?

Yes and no. Some basics are pretty universal, but each crowd tends to respond to different stimuli. Word choice and graphics styles are as important in marketing, say, historical romance, as they are in writing it, in order to best communicate to the genre’s fans.

When you look at being in promotions, have you found any instances where what you thought you knew about promotions turned out to be the opposite of what you expected?

No, actually. <laughs> Not yet, anyway. I thought, going into it, that it was going to be an uphill battle, and nothing has yet altered that expectation.

From your perspective, what can first time novelists, and experienced writers, do to help you, as Marketing & Promotions Manager?

Work with me. I’m here to help you as much as the business of the press. Be clear  — with yourself and with me  — what your expectations are: of me and the press. What milestones define “success” for you? What are your strengths and weaknesses in promoting your own work? We all work within our own limited resources, so be realistic. If you have ideas for marketing or promoting your work, speak them! I’m open to investigating new avenues or supporting your efforts. To me, it’s all about getting the book some good exposure.