A New Venture: She Writes Press

She Writes is happy to announce a new venture:  She Writes Press.

About six months ago, Brooke Warner, formerly the Executive Editor of Seal Press developed an idea.  What if, she asked, She Writes started a press for authors who want to try their hand at publishing outside the traditional system, but who also want to be part of a high-quality, curated imprint?  And what if they started this press as a an offshoot of the She Writes community, so its authors could leverage the support, networks, and knowledge of She Writers from all over the world?

Authors would pay She Writes Press to edit, print and distribute their work, but She Writes Press would not publish anything that wasn’t up to a high, “She Writes-y” standard.

She Writes Press is not going to be a press for “other people,” people who couldn’t get a deal with a traditional house (which, these days, seems to have as much to do with pitching yourself to a marketing department as it does with the quality of your work).   That said, SWP won’t be the right press for everybody, and She Writes will always be here for ALL women writers, no matter how they choose to publish.

Each year, one to two projects will be chosen that they will edit, publish and distribute for free (in the spirit of what they did with The Passion Project).

If you think She Writes Press might be right for you, please, visit the new site.

Holiday Break


It’s that time of the year again!

This is just a note to inform my readers that I’ll be taking time off this week for the upcoming July 4 holiday; therefore, there will not be an author profile or book review feature in the upcoming week.

The next author feature will be July 8 and the next book will be a Free Press book review, which will take place July 10.

May you all have a safe and happy holiday!

SEEN This Week 6/26/12

This week’s book, event, and author news:

Is it here yet!? Simon and Schuster is promoting Barbara Freethy’s latest release, The Way Back Home. You can read an excerpt here.

Novel Publicity and Co. needs bloggers for their next whirlwind tour. Over $750 in prizes including a Kindle Fire will be offered. Click here for additional details.

A new interview with Gabrielle Faust can be found on the UK horror site This is Horror!

Jennifer Labelle has released her newest erotica novel Lyrics and Lust (Spice It Up 3).

Polka Dot Banner has a very interesting article on their web site. Be sure to check out Authors, Are You Ready to Reveal the Truth About Yourself?

Philip Nork Jr. released a new video for his book Misguided Sensitivity.

Looking for the perfect summer read? Check out Intimate Journeys by SS Hampton at this link

Entasy by Brynn Myers was released June 19.

What do The Casablanca Case by Simon Swift and Fifty Shades of Grey have in common? They were the Number 1 and Number 2 top selling books last weekend in Waterstones Huddersfield. Click here for a photo of Simon at his latest book signing.

Hannah Warren was featured on Addicted to Books last week.

Are you a noir writer? Be sure to check out the submission guidelines at Grit City Fiction.

My News for the Week:

I’ve been tapped to write a biography for someone who came across my profile and books. Kind of funny, considering my work has been fiction so far! Yes, I have accepted the challenge once my current projects are completed.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 6/25/12

In light of the current Jerry Sandusky trial, one can’t help but wonder how his victims overcame their own abuse and turned out in their adult lives. While following the trial, I also came across and exceptional book by hockey star Theo Fleury, who was also sexually abused by a coach.

His memoir, Playing With Fire (Triumph Books, 2009), is a fine example of a man who emerged from victim to victor.

I fell in love with this book almost right away. This is a story both told from the heart and shows that one can rise above even the worst of circumstances. It’s a painful, bare bones story which reaches out to its readers, whether or not they are hockey fans.

I hold nothing but respect for those who can reveal the painful shadows behind their public facade, and Playing With Fire ranks up there on my list. I recommend this book for anyone struggling with the after effects of childhood sexual abuse, substance abuse, depression, and other afflictions which can sometimes thwart our paths to personal success.

Fleury writes with passion, insight, brutal honesty, and yes, inspiration. There were many times that Playing With Fire brought tears to my eyes as well as showen that if a popular sports figure can rise above horrible circumstances, why can’t we?

This is another book to place on the “can’t-put-it-down” and “must have” lists. I also suggest anyone who is going through their own personal struggles read Playing With Fire.

Author Profile: Theo Fleury

When I read Theo Fleury’s memoir, Playing With Fire (Triumph Books, 2009) this past week, I was very intrigued by his story and wanted to find out more. Needless to say, the man behind the hockey sports figure and writer is quite a fascinating person.

BIOGRAPHY (via Wikipedia):

Theoren Wallace “Theo” Fleury (born June 29, 1968) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL), Tappara of Finland’s SM-liiga, and the Belfast Giants of the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League. He was drafted by the Flames in the 8th round, 166th overall, at the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, and played over 1,000 games in the NHL between 1989 and 2003.

One of the smallest players of his generation, Fleury played a physical style that often led to altercations. As a junior, he was at the centre of the infamous Punch-up in Piestany, a brawl that resulted in the disqualification of both Canada and the Soviet Union from the 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Once considered unlikely to play in the NHL due to his small size, Fleury scored over 1,000 points in his career and won the Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Flames. He twice represented Canada at the Winter Olympics, winning a gold medal in 2002. Throughout his career, he battled drug and alcohol addictions that ultimately forced him out of the NHL in 2003, when he was only 35 years old. He played one successful season in the British Elite Ice Hockey League in 2005–06, and made two attempts to win the Allan Cup. After an unsuccessful NHL comeback attempt with the Flames, he retired in 2009.

Outside of hockey, Fleury overcame his addictions, operated a concrete business in Calgary with his family, and filmed a pilot for a reality television show based around it. He marketed his own brand of clothing, which led him to play two professional baseball games for the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League. In 1995, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and his annual charity golf tournament has helped raise more than $1 million for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Fleury co-wrote Playing with Fire, a best-selling autobiography released in October 2009, in which he revealed that he had been sexually abused by former coach Graham James. Fleury filed a criminal complaint against James, who subsequently pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault. Fleury has since become an advocate for sexual abuse victims and developed a career as a public speaker.



Web Site: theofleury14.com

Twitter: @TheoFleury14

Facebook: Theo Fleury

YouTube: Playing With Fire

Webinar June 21 – Reach More Readers With Online Marketing

 Reach More Readers with Online Marketinga special webinar featuring book marketing consultant Brian Jud, will be held this Thursday, June 21 at 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT.

This webinar will describe creative, proven, and practical ways to use e-commerce for selling books and eBooks online. Topics include affiliate marketing, blogging, online communities, choosing domain names, social media, creating effective websites, and more. Join us to learn how you can use online marketing to build your sales worldwide.

Register today! 

P.S. Can’t attend live? Don’t worry – the presentation will be recorded and posted on CreateSpace Resources

Book of the Week 6/18/12

One of the best modern romance/erotica books with the right amount of steamy and sexy overtones, Learning Curve (BBW Romance) (Sweet Dreams Publishing, 2012) by Adriana Hunter is one of those books with a plus-size heroine that makes both a delightful and hot read.

Learning Curve tells of Suzie’s failed attempts at romance until she ventures into the world of online dating. The story is well-written and many women who can’t or won’t conform themselves to the pressures of being a size 2 is the only ideal will identify with the content of this book.

Adriana Hunter tells an excellent story and draws each character in Learning Curve magnificently. Insecurities of both men and women (yes, contrary to popular belief, men can be insecure!), an excellent buildup of the two main characters getting to know one another, and the overall lesson that looks aren’t the only factor to succeed at love.

While some parts of Learning Curve can be confusing to some readers and there are a few typos, the overall topic of this book will appeal to both the BBW community and those who admire them. There aren’t many of these types of novels on the market, so it’s always a delight when they’re discovered.