Every now and then, we'll post an interview with one of our staff members so you can get to know our team a little better. Today, we're spotlighting Oscar Awa, our operations manager (and, yes, the husband of our COO). It also happens to be his birthday today! Warm wishes, Oscar, and many more birthdays to come!
We’ve had a lot of great book submissions lately, but several that we thought showed promise all let us down in one specific area: They lacked the ability to switch between scene and summary. In the case of our most recent slew of submissions, this was accomplished by extensive blocks of dialogue.
Other times, we get submissions where there isn’t any dialogue for pages, maybe even chapters.
Books need both. If you don’t have dialogue, then it’s all summary and nothing more than a 300-page book report on a book that has not yet been written. If it’s all dialogue, then it’s a poorly written script for a movie.
This week Deborah’s book Bargaining Power is available on Amazon!
I (Deborah) paint sometimes. I’m not very good, but I’m not particularly bad either. Like an absent-minded female Bob Ross who prefers finger painting her happy little clouds (yes, I use oils) and doesn’t stick ugly buildings in front of her beautiful landscapes.
Every now and then, we'll post an interview with one of our staff members so you can get to know our team a little better. Today, we're spotlighting Ali Chehab, our Hive Queen and "everything lady." She's been invaluable to us in the business realm, keeping us on track and organized, and doing much more than we have time or space to mention here.
In our digital age, book publishing involves so much more than, well, publishing books. Gone are the days of only a few companies printing and distributing all of the country’s literature. There are so many books and so many publishers now that skillful marketing has become essential. Life-and-death, even, to a company.
That last sentence sounded so serious! Maybe a bit dramatic. I promise this post is going to be fun—hang tight.
We answered the question "What is speculative fiction?" pretty quickly, but another question that seems to be coming up often is: "What kind of publisher is Thinklings?" We haven’t actually put a name to the type of publisher we are because there isn’t anyone else out there like us. But, since people like to be able to name things, and often use the established systems to do so, people often call us “indie” or “small press.” Thankfully, no one has confused us with the predatory vanity presses, which are publishers who have ads on TV (or elsewhere) trolling for unsuspecting writers. Everyone knows we aren’t traditional, so that must leave one of the other two: indie or small press.
But...we’re not either of those.
UPDATE: You can read the first chapter of Bargaining Power here for free!
Every time we release a book, we’ll post an interview with its author during the week the book becomes available for preorder. Today is the preorder launch of Bargaining Power, our thrilling first book, and we are interviewing Deborah Natelson (who also happens to be our CEO).
For every book that comes out, we'll be sure to post a review and an author interview the week the book is available for pre-order. If you would like to be able to provide reviews for books for Thinklings, then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Today our review comes from James Chertudi.
Probably about once a month, I, Jeannie, will jump onto the blog with a post about author platforms and marketing. These posts, while specifically geared toward authors, will also be applicable for our readers. Some, like today’s, will show you more ways to help your favorite authors, while others will just give you a peek behind the scenes of a book launch or the publishing process.
Today, I’m going to walk both readers and writers through one of the more valuable processes of a book launch, and that is building a street team.
Thinklings Books is a publisher of speculative fiction. You may have heard the term (often shortened to “spec fic”) and wondered exactly what it meant. Today we’re not just going to speculate on what it is; we’re going to provide concrete answers!
When you speculate, you ask “What if?” But all fiction books pose that question in one way or another; it’s what makes them fictional. So whether something is spec fic or not depends on what, where, whom, etc., a book is speculating about.