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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,...

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Interview: Flavia Idà, author of The Iron and The Loom and The Names of Heaven

Flavia Ida

Where did you get the idea for the The Iron and the Loom? I'm an inveterate daydreamer. It doesn't take much for me to withdraw into my inner world, to the exclusion of everything else. I also love history and I grew up in Italy, which has more history that anybody knows what to do with it, you look around and there it is. So daydreaming about a favorite period of Italian history and writing a novel set in it for me was an inevitable combination. Every author seems to have a different way of developing a story. Did you...

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New Book Release: “Il ferro e il telaio” by Flavia Idà

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Il ferro e il telaio (The Iron and The Loom) by Flavia Idà. How many times, she wondered, had she woven together cloth that his sword had then torn apart along with the flesh underneath? The year is 1136, the place Tropèa, a walled sea town in Southern Italy during the Norman domination. Kallyna d’Àrgira, a master of the arts of the loom who can turn the world into silk thread, is pledged in marriage by her father to Raimo Trani, a man she hates. After a sudden tragedy leaves her...

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Interview: The Unruly Woman interviews Steven Radecki, author of Building Baby Brother

When the guy who makes your book dreams come true publishes his first book, you read it. So I did. I read a science fiction book, my first ever science fiction book! And I shocked myself by loving it. I asked Steven Radecki to let me interview him so I could drag other people into my excitement about Building Baby Brother. He said, "YES!". So I did my first Unruly Books interview and it is here for your listening pleasure (http://goo.gl/92HTqM). [powerpress]

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Interview: Steven Radecki, Father of Building Baby Brother

Where did you get the idea for Building Baby Brother? To be honest, I don’t remember where the actual idea for the plot came from. The story itself started as part of an exercise that, well, kind of got out hand. My son’s charter had planned to sponsor an event to help foster reading and writing skills by asking students and willing family members to write a short story and then read it out loud at this event. Always willing to write, particularly for a good cause such as that one, I started pondering possible story ideas. I knew I...

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New Book Release: “Building Baby Brother” by Steven Radecki

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Building Baby Brother by Steven Radecki. Children will always grow up, whether we’re ready for them to or not. One truth about parenthood that I’ve learned is that there will come a time when your children will ask you difficult, and perhaps even uncomfortable, questions for which they expect you to have the answers. It’s also true that we often find it difficult to deny our children the things that they most desire — like freedom.

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How I Measure Success

I measure success in two equally important ways: the faith a publisher has in me, and the readers' response. Before you can have the second you need to have the first. If a publisher believes that the stories I tell deserve to be known, that is what makes it possible for me to bring my books to the attention of readers. To put it facetiously, my first measure of success is the fact that my books didn't go into the slush pile. Without a good publisher who understands your needs and desires as a writer, all you have is manuscripts...

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Measuring Success: With the Metric System

We asked our authors to share how they measure success when it comes to their writing and their books. We hope you enjoy them. How do I measure success? With the metric system. Seriously, success is difficult to describe, which in part is why we're writing about it here. My own personal measure of success is not by sales or publishing, though, those are great perks of the job. My measure of success is finishing. Yes, I want people to read my stories, enjoy them and even re-read them. But, to me, that's validation, not actual success. Success is starting...

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Measuring Success: Telling Stories

We asked our authors to share how they measure success when it comes to their writing and their books. We hope you enjoy them. When I first started writing, I wrote primarily for myself. Success was getting the words out on paper, by pen or typewriter. Then I started posting stories with other people in forums and a blog. People liked my characters and their stories. People commented, which meant they read my stuff. Someone else actually liked what I was doing! My level of success changed. It was to get published. Because of my fear, I sent out four,...

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How Do You Measure Success?

One of the more interesting lessons we've learned since starting Paper Angel Press is that every author is unique. (Okay, we knew that going in...) What we have also learned is that every author brings with them their own way of measuring their success when a book is published. We've asked our authors to share with you their thoughts and insights on how they measure their own success. We will be sharing those with you over the next few weeks, so watch this space!

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