Guest Blogging

19 12 2012

Guest Blogging:

Carolyn Elias will now be offering guest blog posts to interested parties. The post will center around writing, editing, books, and interviewing. Interested parties should email Carolyn Elias at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com. Fee for guest blogging is $50.00 per post, payable through Paypal.

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Authors Need to Get a Clue: How to devise the best marketing strategy for the Holidays

5 12 2012

How to devise the best marketing strategy for the Holidays!

M. Louisa Locke

Everywhere the discussion is raging among indie authors: should they sign their books up for KDP Select for the holidays or not? This is an important decision because, if last holiday is any guide, the bulk of ebook sales are going to come in the ninety days after December 25, when huge numbers of new ereaders and tablets of all sorts are found gift-wrapped under the tree. On the surface the decision should be easy.

If the vast majority of a specific ebook’s sales are on Amazon, if you have enrolled the ebook in KDP Select program before and achieved a decent number of borrows (for example, more than the total number of ebooks you were selling in non-Amazon stores), and if you held free promotions that increased your sales––then probably it would be a smart move (at least financially) to enroll that book in KDP Select for the…

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How Can Goodreads Help Your Book Take-Off?

4 12 2012

Reblog Week: How Goodreads Can Help Promote Your Book!

Savvy Writers & e-Books online

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GoodreadsGoodreads  is a kind of Facebook for people who love to read books. A free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can certainly post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, currently reading, and plan to read in the future. There is more offered on their website: join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing. More tips about the benefits of joining Goodreads and how you can use Goodreads to promote your blog.
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How can friends recommend your book?
Or how can you recommend books from your writer friends?
To send out a book recommendation, go to the book’s page and click on the “recommend it” link at the top right side of the page. A new site…

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Do You Want to Have Your Book Reviewed?

17 11 2012

Dear Readers!

Charles Henry Editing is looking for books to review! We were hoping to debut the book review series next Saturday, November 24th, with, Correction Line, by Craig Terlson.

If interested in having your book reviewed please email Carolyn Elias at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com to schedule a date for your review to be published on the blog.

In the email include:

  • Name
  • Pen Name (if applicable)
  • Book Title
  • Book release date
  • Cover JPEG
  • ISBN
  • Where it can be bought
  • Contact info for our readers to connect with you, such as: FB Page, Twitter, website, blog , etc.

This information will be used in the introduction and conclusion of the review. A promotional reminder will go out to our blog followers, our twitter feed, and on our FB page so people will tune in to see the review.

Please send a copy of your book by kindle or hard copy. Hard copies can be sent to:

Carolyn D. Elias

Charles Henry Editing

4867 Quarton Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Please note that just because we are reviewing your book that does NOT guarantee a good/positive review. The review spots are filling up quickly so many will be appearing in December and January.

Thanks for your interest and I look forward to reading your book!





An Interview with Susan Bays of Arbutus Press

16 11 2012

Hello Readers!

Today we have an interview with the founder of the small literary press, Arbutus Press, Susan Bays.

Can you tell my readers about Arbutus Press?

My company was established in 2002 with the self-publication of the award winning book, Historic Cottages of Mackinac Island. People began to ask me to publish their books and I began a rewarding career in Regional Book Publisher.

Why does Arbutus Press focus on literature with a connection to Michigan?

Starting small, it was what I felt I could handle and it was what I knew since I am a life long Michigander. We have expanded now to the Midwest but have no plans to expand beyond that reach.

When reviewing a submission, what do you look for?

I look for what a reader would look for. A well-written compelling story or history. I have learned through experience what sells and what does not. Literary fiction is a tough sell, no matter how well-written, however some stories must be told. I believe that I have an obligation to publish great stories regardless of their potential profit.

Does Arbutus Press publish authors without an agent?

Yes. All of the manuscripts that come my way are unsolicited and without agent affiliation.

What should an author expect, if anything, when dealing with a publishing house?

I can only speak about Arbutus Press’s writer-publisher relationships. Small presses like Arbutus are readily available and responsive to writer participation at every phase of the process, from editing to marketing.

Any suggestions or comments on how a writer can break into the publishing industry?

By breaking into the publishing industry do you mean work for a publisher? There is an active jobs listing on Publisher’s Weekly web site and perhaps others. Working for a local newspaper or even the college newsletter will provide some experience for creating a resume that would relate to publishing.

Aside from excellent writing skills, what are the literary factors that make an author successful?

I have seen one factor consistently in successful authors, but it’s not a literary factor: a tireless marketing efforts. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, book signings, library talks, event sales, interviews, book club interviews, anything you can think of to get your book out in front of people.

How does Arbutus Press distribute their titles?

 I have contracts with many distributors ranging from national distributors to regional ones. We also have distribution for specialty markets such as libraries and box stores.

Where can my readers buy titles from Arbutus Press?

 Books are available from bookstores everywhere. If they don’t have it in stock, they can get it. Online through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com and through Arbutus Press directly through www.Arbutuspress.com or by contacting us directly at info@arbutuspress.com.

Are there any upcoming releases from Arbutus Press that you would like to tell my readers about?

Snowblood’s Journal is an American novel about men and dogs in Vietnam. This literary fiction is described by Jerry Dennis, author of the Living Great Lakes.

I’ve long been a fan of Bob Linsenman’s writings about the outdoors, but nothing I’ve read by him prepared me for Snowblood’s Journal. With a cast of unforgettable characters, both human and canine, and set in a place brought to vivid, poignant, and sometimes terrifying life, it is a wild ride on foot and by chopper through a war. From the moment Jason Snowblood set foot in Vietnam I was hooked. I couldn’t put this astonishing book down.”

Look for this title, Snowblood’s Journal in summer 2013

Interested in being interviewed for this blog or purchasing editorial services from Charles Henry Editing? Email Carolyn at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com or go to http://www.charleshenryediting.com





Q & A with an Editor

6 11 2012

Editor’s name:

Carolyn Elias

Genre you most like to edit: 

Fiction novels, short stories, poetry, and professional academic work.

Genre you don’t want to edit:

Self help books, health, spirituality, (religious is fine) business/management, economics, erotica.

What is the best way for writers to solicit your services: 

Send an email to carolyn@charleshenryediting.com with a brief statement on what sort of editing their work needs and what their publishing plans are along with 5 page double spaced pages for an initial read through that are in MS word and are attached to the email. Also, making sure to put their name and contact info.

Do you charge a reading fee:

The initial 5 page read through is free.

Can you provide an approximation by percent of what you tend to edit by category:

50% fiction, 50% academic non-fiction.

What are the most common mistakes writers make:

Quite a few forget to provide contact information or don’t know how to use email/word processing. The second most common mistake is not having a long enough manuscript. Most writers forget that in publication the book is single spaced with 500 words per page. To see how many pages thier manuscript is they should divide the total number of words by 500. Then they should subtract 20% from their total because that is how much is cut when going through the editorial process.

How would you describe the client from Hell:

The client from hell is a person who tries to haggle over price; has no interest in learning the publishing world; believes that their writing is perfect; a person who does not want to abide by style guide books; or a person who cannot write well.

How would you describe the perfect client:

The perfect client understands that the editorial process and style conventions. Someone who is confident, humble, and willing to work hard to perfect their craft. Someone who understands that as an editor, we want the best from them because we want their manuscript to be a book that sells well.

How and why did you become and editor:

I started off as a writer but people always came to me to spruce up their work. I eventually realized that I loved editing a tiny bit more than writing.

What can a writer do to increase the odds that you will edit their work:

Having solid, concise prose backed by a publishing vision.

What are your impressions about writers and publishers:

Writers are wonderful!  If they can handle the advice of people trying to help them get published then they will going to fare well once the book is published and anyone can tear apart their work. I love working with publishers they are straight forward and easy to talk with.

Please list who you have worked with:

Fiction: Arbutus Press, Alfred Warkentin, James McCrohan, and several other authors.

Non-Fiction: WDET Radio, Common Ground Publishing, SAGE and several individual authors.





NaNoWriMo Special

1 11 2012

Happy first day of National Novel Writing Month! What are you all writing about? Well, whatever it is good luck! To celebrate National Novel Writing Month we are having a 1/2 off sale on all editing services. What sort of services does Charles Henry Editing offer? Quite a few! We specialize in content editing, copy editing, proofreading and manuscript evaluations for individual authors and publishers. We polish query letters and synopses. If you are writing a book we want to take it to the next level. Our slogan is: Where Good Books Become Great.

What if I’m not writing a book? That’s fine with us we also edit academic papers, business communications and student work.

We like to say: You Write, We Edit.

Check us out at

http://www.charleshenryediting.com

or email Carolyn Elias at carolyn@charleshenryediting.com.








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