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Publishing news and A Dozen Roses from a single Thorn

From: thorn
Sent on: Monday, December 30, 2013 5:07 PM

Good morning all,

(Some of you received this message yesterday or the day before, but I have added a little something at the end this time: our new contest announcement)

Our transition from Oceanside to Moscow is now complete, and of course, we never left cyberspace at all.

A Word with You Press has published about ten books since its inception at the tail end of 2009. While we have provided editing and proofing, illustrators and design services for both interior and cover, marketing has always been the task of the author; our only contribution to promotion of the books has been to conduct sporadic workshops run by professionals to empower each author to sell their own works. Though we never willfully created an expectation of sales, this limited approach has proven to be disappointing to our authors and unsustainable for us.

After four grueling years, we are at last in a position to change that, and have assembled the personnel to assure that 2014 will be the year we all will prosper.

Within the next month to six weeks we will have an expanded menu that will include promotion, distribution and marketing services, both for brick-and-mortar locations and particularly on-line. Some of the costs may be absorbed by A Word with You Press; some will require a subsidy from each author, and still other services will be provided in exchange for royalties based upon sales. We are fortunate in that none of the books in our library have a limited shelf life.

This substantial change in our business model will necessitate a change in our basic contracts for publication. We will have something new to offer those of you who have already published with us, and something more comprehensive for those of you who are contemplating being published under our banner for the first time. If you think you are ready to publish your book, send us 30 pages for a free evaluation as an attachment to [address removed]

We are taking a hiatus from our website until mid-January in order to have all or most of our changes activated before we fully engage our readers and authors.

Thanks to the many participants in The First Annual Peggy Dobbs Write-of-Passage Contest, and congratulations to winner Kristy Webster, recipient of our $500 prize.

Here is a little bonus for having read through this email:  A head start on our new contest, which I will not post on our site until January 15th.

Contest title: A dozen roses from a single Thorn:  A Valentine's Day love story

Word length:  400 to 500 words

Prompt:     "but it was only a rumor"

Parameters:  Write a love story using the prompt somewhere in your submission. Imagine you are writing it not to the general audience of awwyp but to someone special or someone who could be special to you.

Prizes:  First prize: The editor-in-chief (moi) will send a dozen roses on your behalf to the designate of your choice on Valentine's Day, anywhere FTD delivers. An attractive print of your story will be sent with a Valentine's day card by snail mail.
             First prize will also include any three books from our store sent to a single address, and a trophy to be revealed on January 15th on our website.

             Second prize: any two books from our store, sent to a single address

             Third prize: any book from our store

Deadline:  All entries must be received by February 10th addressed to [address removed]. Full details will be posted on our website on January 15th. Limit two entries per author.

Judging: We will have a mystery judge.  Due to the short duration of the contest, there will be no "finalists."

Entry fee:  If you have previously entered three of our contests, no fee to enter. $10 through Paypal to [address removed] for all others.  After you have entered three contests, no fee for future contest entries except in extraordinary circumstances involving a substantial cash prize. We ask each entrant to please pass this along on their FB, tweets, and all social media.

No entries accepted before January 15th, s.v.p. Love is all you need.

Happy New Year to you all.




Thornton Sully

A Word With You Press
Publishers and Purveyors of Fine Stories
106 North Main St.

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