Summer Reading Promotion

Summer Reading BannerBuy a book (any book, any order) on line in June and July from the Dream Write Publishing catalog…

>> Read them. Enjoy them at home, at the beach, at the cabin, on the bus… or wherever you might be this summer.

>> Review them. Write up a short “how you feel” about the book and send it back via the contact us form on our web site. We will post them on the book’s page so others can read your review (we will only put your first name). Buy 2 books – one in June and one in July – and get the August book 50% off

>> Request your 3rd book from Dream Write Publishing via email and we will send it out to you at a discount! To be fair to the third author, please, send us a review for that book, too.

You can also participate at these local community venues and support small business, too! 
The Sherwood Park Bookworm – Sherwood Park AB
Leduc Artisan Market – Leduc AB

Part IV – My manuscript becomes a book – now what?

Happy New Year balloonsIn our continuing series of posts, we attempt to enlighten the writer and provide valuable information. If you have any questions, please contact us directly or post your comments below. ~ Happy writing in 2014! DWP

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In the changing publishing world, there still prevails a common misconception – your book is out there and someone else is now going to take care of it. This is the furthest thing from the truth. In this dynamic industry, a process has evolved from our original preconceived notions of traditional publishing contracts and all the glorified expectations that go with it… to the scurvy of scams and petulance prevalent with vanity sites and their ongoing bad press. As an author, you have done your creative work – you have written it, revised it, enhanced it, edited it, designed an image in your mind of what the book should or could be – now you have moved on to the public display of publishing that work… What next? What can you expect?

Realistically, you must still be as involved in the process – however, you will be wearing a much different hat. You must now become objective, critical, and scrutinize what goes on. You must be aware and measure options with a cautious hand. You must become the business person. This can be a positive experience, but only if you are willing to learn the ropes, so to speak. Even if you are only interested in being the creator of work, the purveyor of words, and master of your writing life, there needs to be assimilation of learning, at this point and along the way, in order to move forward safely. Once you realize what goes into the journey of your book, the costs and the risks, the time it takes to get it out there – then, and only then, are you truly prepared to just sit back and let someone else do the work. This is where costs are involved. This is where you must be a smart business person in order to protect your creative investment. There are publishers that will take you for granted. There are publishers who won’t even be interested in you or your work. There are publishers who will make claims yet cannot deliver. Knowing what is to be expected, what can be, and what can be avoided, arms you with the knowledge you need to choose the right direction for your book, and your journey as an author.

Dream Write Publishing will not make promises just to get your work, just to offer and charge you for services, just to make our bottom line look better. We work with authors to bring your work to published format. That is the bottom line. There is always hoping to make money along the way – for you, the author, and us, the business. Our mandate is to promote and encourage writers, bringing their dreams of being published to fruition. We are a small company and, although we cannot always financially invest in every step of the process for you, we do invest our time and expertise, our caring and support so you are never taken advantage of – you are welcome to check with any of our authors. Let them share their experience with us and what Dream Write Publishing brought to their work.

Success is measured in many different ways – adjust the height of your goals to achieve success. This does not mean you have to reduce your dreams – dream big and reach out. We do.

Our Publishing Process – Part III

Part III – Designing YOUR Book

What will my book look like?

As part of our publishing process, Dream Write Publishing encourages input from the author so the end product becomes one you have envisioned. Perhaps, you’ve seen something on the market you like – something that caught your eye and attention… after all, that is what we hope to do with your book. It will be out there among millions of others and, although it is impossible to guarantee it’s going to stand out – it has to be something that pleases you, first. Wrap it up anyway you like, but keep in mind, DWP discourages replicating anything out there and maintains an effort to incorporate original ideas into the creative process. It might be “something like” but never exactly like!

Our blog post on Collaboration – An Author’s Vision, will give you a good idea what’s involved in book design:

 http://dreamwrite10.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/collaboration-on-a-book-lay-out-from-the-authors-vision/

As we work through the process with you, a product will begin to emerge and your excitement will increase, especially for first time authors. We’ve seen it happen! It is also exciting for us to share in your accomplishment and getting it to be exactly what you envisioned is an important step. There are many factors to consider beyond the story you have written, reviewed, revised, and edited – although that is a big portion of the process. Without your story there wouldn’t be anything else.

Dream Write Publishing offers all services and contracts with various artists to provide cover design and illustrations, as required. Not all books will have illustrations but they are nice addition to include in the YA and children’s genre, of course. Lately, we’ve been honored to publish a line of full colored illustrated children’s picture books by our duo M&M – Carol Maier (author) and Matthew McClatchie (artist). You can check out those books here: http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/authors/carol-maier

Even though all books are not as image based as children’s books, ALL books need a cover. We offer a mixture of illustrated, computer designed, and photography-based cover ideas. At DWP your ideas are considered and incorporated into the design as often as possible. We will even include your own work if you are the artist/photographer – not all publishers will do that. The final cover design still needs your approval – it’s not our book, it’s yours! We will always give you our input, comments, and recommendations to what looks best. You will be given options from which to choose. Cover design is not only image and colors. It is also the book blurb, written recommendations (or testimonials), and the type of font used. The complete design is produced in a mock-up so you can see it all together. Discussion is encouraged and changes are made as needed. From the final layout, DWP will issue the author a PDF copy of the cover and a jpeg icon for use in their own email blast and any print promotion.

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Once we have the confirmed cover with all its intricacies in place – we can begin to promote your book online through pre-release statements and initial marketing. We offer all of our authors a page on our web site which will promote you as an author and connects you to any work you have published through our company. This is one connection to growing online sales. It is also a hub for your media links, news stories, reviews, and recommendations, as a history of your book’s progress.

Remember: Even EBooks need an attractive and appealing front cover. It is worth investing in a great wrap for your words. Also, manuscripts have to be formatted in order to be picked up by a variety of EReaders. Dream Write Publishing uses the #Smashwords platform to initially publish its EBook authors. From there, all books are available at other online retailers.

For more information about our publishing services – visit our web site where you can “Live Your Dream ~ Write Your Story ~ and we can help Publish it!” If you have any questions, feel free to use the “contact us” form on our site.

Our Publishing Process – Part II

Part II – Write Your Story

What is my vision for my work?

As we mentioned in the previous section, writing your story is the most important aspect of the process, for without the work there will be no end product. Your words can live in your mind, in your heart, or as notes on the page and with that alone, they are your story. Sharing your words is not required to feel true fulfillment of having written – it is basic and, at this point, you have to ask yourself, seriously, what are my publishing dreams? What vision do I have for my work and for myself as an author? Dream Write Publishing has experienced the range of emotional responses to this question with most people we work with sincerely happy with holding a printed book in their hands – their words in print. Others hope for more, and there is no harm in that thought. We all have visions of sugar plums and grandeur – the sugar plums being huge advances and publishing deals and movie options, while the grandeur evokes desires of wealth and infamy. Nice dream but, for most, it will remain just that… Take a look at all the books out there and all the authors who try for that same nugget of success. Do you define this as your publishing success? You will probably not immediately find this type of success – it happens and we are encouraged by those success stories realizing they are not just fantasy. Dream Write Publishing cannot, in all honesty, promise this outcome for your book – we cannot guarantee this and, like anyone else out there being truly honest, we remind our clients there is no guarantee. Sure, we can all hope for the lucrative best and always strive for the highest goals we can reach. If getting your words into print beyond the “for your eyes only” stage is an honest success for you, then your visions are real and within our company’s capabilities.

What does my manuscript review mean?

Dream Write Publishing provides a written review with options for “next steps.” Once you have a chance to go over the comments, suggestions, input, and direction offered, you – the author – have choices to make regarding the next part of your journey. If you decide to go ahead with Dream Write Publishing, we will work with you to fulfill the direction we have discussed in the manuscript review.

The Editing Process – this could be a lengthy, back and forth, process that not only involves multiple readings by our company but also by you. It is a necessary part of every writer’s journey. To be involved in the process, there will be a review and revision of the manuscript using an ongoing interaction. This succession of improvement builds toward the finished product. This can be done via email using the “track changes” feature of MS Word and file notes to accompany the discussion or via mail using the tried and true red pen to printed page. Explanation is always part of this process as we encourage you to learn and engage during this stage of publishing. Some of you will not want to be involved to the same extent as others – this is dependent upon your comfort in applying the changes or requesting those of your own. Remember, it is always your work and you have to decide if you want to implement edits that go beyond the usual spelling, grammar, and punctuation required. There may be content and continuity issues with your work but if advised during the manuscript review, it allows you the opportunity to revise the manuscript on your own thereby avoiding, for the time being, a more comprehensive editing process. Rewrites and revisions should be part of the work you do under “writing” – this takes time and many writers know it can take years depending upon your situation in life and the time you have to invest in your writing journey. The end product of the editing process is a manuscript that is virtually error-free and is written to the best it can be.

Where do we go from here? 

Once your work is edited, can we assume you will go ahead to the publishing stage? It is your decision, even at this point. Do you want to hold off for now, for whatever reason? Do you want to publish as a print or EBook? Our direction takes us many ways depending upon the work itself and format of publishing. Other things determined in the manuscript review will come up for discussion here – does the work require illustrations? Does it require acknowledgements and referencing for information included in the content? Have you written a summary, a book blurb, a synopsis? Do you have an author bio and an accompanying photo? Are you providing a dedication in your book? Does it need a prologue or table of contents? All these things we look at every day when we read books and often take for granted – yet they are important components in the content of your book. And you thought you were finished writing!

This is the step where Dream Write Publishing will begin to format your work and design your book layout. We encourage your input even at this point as there are many things an author might see for their book that can be incorporated at this stage. You might have seen something someone else did that you like and although we do not condone copying we do encourage and enforce creativity, no matter what industry standards might dictate. Your book is something we want you to be proud of and it should be something that says THIS IS MY BOOK!

If you are going with an EBook – this is where the difference begins in formatting. We require a thoroughly editing and content ready manuscript but the platform Dream Write Publishing uses requires a word document stripped of back code and we do that for you as part of the Ebook Publishing Agreement. We do that for you and there are certain elements of a manuscript that are much different at this point and the look of the product is variable depending upon the device used to read it. We provide a manuscript that will make it through the auto-vetting process – and from our platform that means your book will be available through retailers such as Apple, Sony, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

For a look at some of the titles Dream Write Publishing represents on Ebooks, check out: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/dreamwrite10

So we leave this section with an edited manuscript in hand but several decisions in front of us. We find that not only are your words important but so is how you plan to display them once you decide to publish.

Our Publishing Process – Part I

The Process: Publishing your work with Dream Write Publishing

Introduction

Our company is dedicated to giving the best possible and practicable service without making promises we can’t keep or assumptions we can’t substantiate. In the upcoming series of blogs, to be posted to this site over the next couple of weeks, Dream Write Publishing owner and president, Linda J. Pedley, will take you through the company’s process from consultation and planning through design and printing the physical book, and then on to how we market and sell your book. It should be noted that Ms. Pedley is a published author, artist, and co-founder of the award-winning writers group located in Sherwood Park, Alberta – The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. She has worked in the arts for many years, winning an award in 2012 for the contribution she made to her community in this area. This year (July 31st 2013) celebrates the 3 year anniversary of her dream – a publishing company that dares to be different by catering to the emerging writer who wants to live their dream of being a published author. It is through this experience, meeting excited, passionate literary artists, who dedicate their time and resources to promoting and furthering the written word, that the true journey is fulfilled.

In the first 3 years of business, Dream Write Publishing has worked with 2 organizations and 14 authors to publish 22 books and 6 EBooks – the company is on track to release at least another 4, possibly 6, print books and 2, possibly 4, Ebooks by the fall of 2013.

Part I – Live your Dream

How do I start?

There are millions of people who dream to write their story or the “great Canadian/American (other country) novel” based on endless creativity and infinite patterns of story ideas and lives. For many of those, however, it will remain a dream and never become a final written product. The thought is just too overwhelming, exhausting, and even downright fearful, for some. For others, writing is like breathing, it is just something you do because without it you don’t live. It can be that powerful for those bitten by the writing bug. It manifests itself, sometimes the product of artistic genes passed down through birth or a recognized talent encouraged early on, and in one way or another it comes to be what we do. Fighting it is futile, although, at times, you will think the whole world is in a conspiracy to prevent you from ever completing what you start out to do. Accomplishment comes in one form – words being published!

Dream Write Publishing is driven by writers and artists and other creative people who understand your need to see this obsession to fruition. We are cut from the same creative cloth and are furtively seeking out our place right alongside you while enjoying our own journey to the publishing dream.

  1. Writing – nothing happens without it. Make a commitment to your words and to yourself. If you intend to be published, it is a long road and it needs paving. There will be bumps along the way and, be warned, detours – but if your goal is to see your work in print it will happen.
  2. Sharing – if you are fearful your words won’t be accepted or they might even be dismissed, is publishing truly the way you want to go? Is it your dream, really? You have to be able to share and take criticism and counsel… making your work better is not changing it, if you remain true to your own voice and story. This is where Dream Write Publishing can help and is usually one of the components of the initial consultation. You share your book idea with us.
  3. If an hour consultation (we offer this to walk in clients with the first hour free) will confirm that the direction you have chosen is the one for you, then there are decisions involved with moving ahead. Discussing your idea and the vision you have for your book is the first step and one that is taken seriously with constructive input, suggestion, and “next steps” direction.

Yes, I have a manuscript – now what? 

Dream Write Publishing offers a written manuscript review – for a fee. We will read your work and provide written comment and suggestion as to where you are, what you can expect, and what you need to do in order to move forward. Not everyone decides to go ahead from here and we respect that is your choice. You will receive enough feedback to make this decision based on what you see for your work. Not every manuscript is ready, at this point – some need a little editing and/or revision while others will not make it to print without major rewrites. We tell you up front. We give you options, and provide costs, if applicable. You can decide to go ahead with other Dream Write Publishing services or choose to do the work yourself. The work may just make it back to a box in storage – it’s your story – when it’s time it will be told.

Dream Write Publishing will be changing its “one manuscript review option” to several options in order to embrace the size of the work to be submitted. Keep in mind your work is read in its entirety. The only exception to this is if we determine early on that the work is something we wouldn’t consider printing in any manner – it could come to us perfectly edited and formatted but we have the option of refusing any work for any reason. Options will be added to our review levels to reflect the manuscript size and complexity: novels, novellas, kid’s chap books, poetry books, kid’s picture book content, and others. We feel that if the content is minimal, our time investment is minimal, too. Our review will always be thorough and professional – and provided in writing.

To submit your manuscript today and take advantage of the new tier fees, use the contact us form on our web site to start the process. Give us some details (word count, genre, etc…) and we will give you direction.

Go ahead. Begin the journey to your dream of being a published author.

Annual Writers Conference…

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Reposted from mandyevebarnett.com – check out her blog for writing inspiration. She is a DWP author and we will have a table displayed at the upcoming WFSC conference.

Originally posted on Mandy Eve Barnett's Official Blog:

Peruse – definition: 1) a. to examine or consider with attention and in detail ; study; b. to look over or through in a casual manner 2) read; especially : to read carefully or thoroughly.

Over the last several months I have been working on the Conference Planning Committee of my writing group, the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. This is our fourth conference and it is always well received. Here are the details – just in case you are planning on coming.

http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com/fp/chapter-8-discover-your-next-chapter

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Tips for choosing a conference:

A writer‘s conference gives you the opportunity to learn and network both of which are valuable to the novice and experienced writer. You should consider -

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Up Next – Developing an Event

Author reading March 6 iconAn Author Reading is defined by Dream Write Publishing as a small community event which allows opportunity for authors, twofold: first, it gives them a chance to practise reading in front of a friendly audience possibly including family as well as close friends; and two, it allows them to share their work (new or old) to gain readership. This insightful experience is an important part of an author’s writing and publishing journey and is necessary in creating awareness for the literary arts. Developing an event of this sort is often formulated with a concurrent theme or sometimes it is just an event, in and of, itself. Last year, DWP cosponsored reading events with the local Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and with ardent arts supporter, Strathcona County Ward 2 Councillor Roxanne Carr. A favorite venue in Sherwood Park is Summerwood Second Cup, where owners, Wendell and Maria, create a welcoming atmosphere to encourage entertainment from local talent in support of arts and culture.

It is with great delight we announce a similar partnering in order to offer a safe venue for our readers and contribute a little fundraising to A Safe Place - Sherwood Park’s women’s shelter. The idea for this event generated earlier in planning as just another reading event for authors, and then became quickly a recognition for women in conjunction with International Women’s Day which occurs annually on March 8th. The fundraising portion followed naturally with a commitment to give back to the community in whatever small way we can. Most of us enjoy the safety of warm, loving homes and families… yet, in all we have done and how far we have come, there still exists a need to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Abuse and violence – although men are not immune from its incorrigible wrath – are more likely to be directed towards women and children. Often they must leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back in order to survive.

Planning complete. Authors are signing up to read and we hope to share the evening with a packed house – again. It is truly rewarding to be a part of a community that prides itself on participation, support, and caring. Thank you to everyone who has signed up. Standing together makes us stronger.

Dream Write Publishing will contribute $5 from every book sold that night to A Safe Place.