Shebooks Publishes Short E-Books for Women

ShebooksLogoShebooks is a new publisher of short e-books by and for women. Shebooks.net offers a curated collection of original and hard-to-find memoir, fiction and journalism tailored to women.

Bridging the gap between long magazine articles and e-books, each shebook is designed to be read in under two hours. Now available on Amazon Kindle and Nook at a price of $2.99 per book, Shebooks will be available by monthly subscription beginning in March 2014.

The nine titles released on the Shebooks preview site include six memoirs and three works of fiction by well-established authors and essayists, including Hope Edelman, Marion Winik, Faith Adiele, Jessica Anja Blau and Suzanne Paola.

“Women writers are looking for new outlets for their most personal work, and women readers crave great reads that fit into their busy lives,” said Laura Fraser, editorial director and a co-founder of Shebooks. “We are thrilled by the variety and quality of our first titles.”

Shebooks was co-founded in 2013 by Laura Fraser, a journalist, writing teacher and best-selling author (An Italian Affair); veteran magazine editor Peggy Northrop (former Global Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest, former Editor-in-Chief of More, current Editor-in-Chief of Sunset); and publishing veteran Rachel Greenfield (former Executive Vice President, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia).

Shebooks was awarded a seed grant by the New Media Women’s Entrepreneurial Fund administered by the American University’s J-Lab in 2013. The company is currently in the midst of raising its first round of seed funding.

According to the submission guidelines for writers, each “shebook” will run around 10,000 words, but can be as short as 7,500 or as long as 30,000 word. Writers whose stories are accepted for publication will receive 50% of the profits.

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Shebooks.net

Submission Guidelines: Shebooks

 

 

Celebrate Short Fiction Day on December 21

PixelHallPressWRITERS. As the number of smartphones, e-readers, and tablets,soars, there is a growing desire for intriguing and entertaining material to read on them. With that in mind, author Nancy Christie is promoting December 21, 2013 as “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day. The goal is to recognize the resurgence of short story reading as a popular form of personal entertainment.

“December 21 marks both the start of winter and the shortest day of the year,” says Christie. “So why not take advantage of the long winter night to curl up with a good short story?”

Pixel Hall Press, a small boutique publisher, believes “The market for short stories and novellas is about to experience a renaissance. The length of a story is going to become irrelevant. All that will matter is whether it’s a great story that captures the readers’ interest and imagination.”

Whether you choose to enjoy a story on an e-reader or prefer the tactile pleasure of turning the pages, the result is the same:  A feeling of satisfaction comes from reading a complete, beautifully crafted story in one sitting.

So, this holiday season, Pixel Hall Press is challenging people to read a new short story and discover a new-to-you author. The following stories are only 99 cents each.

Annabelle” by Nancy Christie is a lyrical portrait of a young woman, the daughter of a painter, and his devoted model. Their obsession with the creation of art binds the family and twists the soul of a child.

Honor” by Daniel Grotta raises the question: “What is it to be honorable? In the eyes of others? In your own heart? Is it what you’ve done or who you are?” This novella (with flashbacks to the Vietnam War era) explores the human cost when patriotism, personal ethics, and the deep bond of friendship collide.

Cautionary Tales for the New Millenium” by Eric Nielson, illustrated by Jay Munro. A droll, slightly jaundiced look at contemporary morés, this mini collection of very short illustrated stories reaches below the funny bone to expose insights and truths about who we are and what we are becoming.

The Broken Bottle” by Sally Wiener Grotta. A suburban wife’s perceptions of life and self-awareness are irreparably altered when she witnesses a brief but vivid moment of violence in downtown Chinatown.

Alice in Wonderland” by Nancy Christie. When life is unbearable, where can one go to escape? For Alice, constrained by circumstances and unwanted obligations, books transport her to imagined worlds beyond her own, nourishing her spirit — and her body. But what will Alice do when there are no more pages to devour and reality reclaims full dominion?

And for Free: “Mr. Eastman’s Empathy” by Daniel Grotta. A man vows to fight Death itself with the one weapon he has — his empathy. (A free excerpt — and complete short story — from “Seven From Haven” by Daniel Grotta, a collection of gentle tales of the paranormal, reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone TV series.)

Here are three collections of short stories (not published by Pixel Hall Press) that the editors have enjoyed. All four are available in print, or as ebooks.

Stealing the Fire” by Jane Ciabattari is filled with character-driven, literary gems.

“The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection”. This annual collection edited by Gardner Dozois, the best editor in SF, is curated with an eye for great writing, excellent tale-weaving and an unswerving sense of what makes a truly fine short story.

">USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series.” An intelligent noir collection that is appropriately dark and brooding.

About Pixel Hall Press

Pixel Hall Press is a relatively new, old-fashioned small publishing house that takes pride in discovering literary gems and great stories that might have otherwise been overlooked.
They believe that amidst all of the disruption created by digital publishing and merger mania, mainstream publishers seem to have lost sight of the core principles and purpose of publishing. At the other end of the spectrum is an avalanche of self-published books that are notoriously uneven in quality.

Small boutique imprints, such as Pixel Hall Press, are reclaiming the heart and soul of publishing by reviving the idea that a publisher’s “raison d’être” is to find and nurture great writers, and to provide readers with beautiful, meaningful, truly enjoyable books.

Guidelines for Writers

PHP Shorts are standalone short stories and novellas published as eBooks. Some PHP Shorts may also be collected into print anthologies.

Pixel Hall Press welcomes queries from authors of short stories and novellas. Specifically, PHP is looking for highly polished, well-crafted stories about 4,000 to 15,000 words long.

More than genre, PHP editors consider how compelling the story is, how memorable the characters are, and how well the narrative develops (without clichés).More information and instructions for sending an email query can be found in the Writers Guidelines.

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About Pixel Hall Press

Pixel Hall Press Writers Guidelines

 

Kobo Writing Life Platform Streamlines Self-Publishing Process

KoboLogoWRITERS.To avoid the extra step of converting your manuscript from a Word or RTF document into an ePub file, you can now create and edit your book directly within the Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform. Kobo’s WYSIWYG text editor helps ensure that the layout and formatting of the file will accurately translate the way you intend. If you do need to tweak or update ePub file that is automatically created from your text, you can do so without conversion tools and additional editing software.

“We built Kobo Writing Life by listening to what authors need and want in a self-publishing tool, and we continue to introduce improvements and updates based on their feedback,” said Mark Lefebvre, Kobo’s Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations. “Kobo is the only international eReading company to offer authors an open self-publishing service that is author-centric. We help them connect with a global community of readers by making it as easy as possible to create, edit, and publish their work.”

At no cost to the author, Kobo Writing Life titles are published using an intuitive self-service portal. The submission process takes mere minutes, with books published within 24 to 72 hours.

Authors receive royalties of 70 percent on e-books priced between $1.99 and $12.99 and 45 percent for items priced lower or higher than that range.

To help promote and market your work, you can set your book price to “free” at any time without restrictive exclusivity agreements or hidden transaction or download processing fees.

The Kobo Writing Life portal is currently available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Dutch.

Since Kobo launched the self-publishing platform a year ago, more than 17,600 authors have used KWL to publish more than 100,000 titles. The e-books are available in 184 countries and 54 languages. Kobo Writing Life titles represent more than 10 percent of the company’s unit sales.

Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services. It offers more than 3.5 million e-books, magazines, and newspapers to millions of customers in 190 countries.

Kobo’s family of e-readers includes the Kobo Touch, Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura HD, and Kobo Arc. Kobe offers free e-reading applications for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows® products.

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About Kobo

Kobo Writing Life

 

Bitingduck Press Provides Full-Service Publishing for E-Book Authors

WRITERS. The recent merger of Bosun Books with Bitingduck Press has created a new publishing option for e-book authors. The expanded Bitingduck Press offers full-service publishing with no author fees for editing, copyediting, typesetting, and e-formatting.

“E-books have made self-publishing easy,” says Bitingduck Press founder Jay Nadeau, “but everyone needs an editor. We offer authors personalized attention and quality editing to make the best e-books possible.” The press also does print runs and specializes in electronic formatting of books containing equations and graphics.

Bosun Books was founded by Nancy and David McAllister, who were considered revolutionaries when they began offering electronic books through the brand-new WWW in 1994. Bosun offers worldwide distribution through all major e-tailers in all popular e-book formats. They represent nearly 100 authors worldwide, making getting published a reality for writers of quirky, geeky, or unusual mysteries, science fiction, and romance.

Bitingduck Press was created by Jay Nadeau and Chis Lindensmith, two PhD physicists with a passion for science and the environment. Their original goal was to provide high-quality, low-cost, highly accessible electronic and print books for anyone interested in science, mathematics, and the lives of scientists. The merger with Bosun enables them to expand into a wide range of quality fiction, narrative nonfiction, and technical books.

The merged catalog offers about 140 active titles for sale and six that will become available within the next few weeks to months.

The first e-book by the new collaboration between Bitingduck Press and Bosun Books is “Somebody Wants Somebody Dead,” a collection of suspenseful, darkly humorous short stories by Phillip Gardner. The book is now available on Amazon.

In June, the press will offer color and black-and-white versions of “The Yoga Facelift (2nd edition),” by the founder of organic sunscreen company Marie-Veronique Organics. Also planned for publication this year are one adult mystery/suspense novel and two young adult paranormal adventures.

Bitingduck Press is open for author submissions. They will be exhibiting at the Pasadena Lit Fest May 12 in Pasadena, California; Book Expo America on June 5-7 in New York; and the book fair at the American Library Association Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California on June 22-25.

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Bitingduck Press: Who We Are

Bitingduck Press: Why Publish with Us?