A change has come

September 1, 2007 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Over the past several months, big changes have happened at Wild Child Publishing. We phased out our magazine section and have focused strictly our publishing house. It was a sad decision, but necessary. We have some wonderful ebooks and print books available and a new look. If you haven’t stopped by, come check us out. You’ll be amazed at our transformation.

Marci

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Selling “used” ebooks

December 10, 2006 at 5:49 pm | Posted in Don't Go There | Leave a comment

I am on a number of books discussing ebooks. Just last night, one of my lists alerted me to a couple of Word Press blogs that are selling “used” ebooks.

For those of you out there that don’t know, selling a copy of an ebook that you bought is illegal, as is buying a “used” ebook. It is copyright infringement. Buying an ebook does not give a person the right to sell it, give it away, or copy it. When a person does this, they not only break the law, but they hurt the author, the publisher, and readers. How it hurts the author and publisher is obvious, but what about the reader? Think about it, if the author is not making enough royalties from his/her books, she will not be able to write as many or may have to give up writing all together. And a number of publishers have closed their doors from people illegally sharing the ebooks they published. There are many talented authors out there who struggle, in part, because of this type of activity.

If you no longer want that ebook sitting on your PDA or computer, the best and only legal way to get rid of it is to delete it. If you wish to give someone an ebook, buy an extra copy and give it to them that way. Yes, it seems silly, but you will know you are supporting that author, allowing them to continue to write great tales that will amuse you for years to come.

Marci

Freya’s Bower online

March 8, 2006 at 7:03 am | Posted in The Good | 1 Comment

Freya’s Bower is officially online. It’s been a rollercoaster ride with more twists and screams than Magic Mountain’s Batman, but it’s finally up. (Breathing a sigh of relief.) Now, I am back to WCP editing for the March issue.

Did I mention the Fairytale Contest WCP is sponsoring? We are open for submissions now. Be sure to read the submission guidelines for the contest. 🙂

WC

Sleep… the final frontier

March 3, 2006 at 11:16 am | Posted in The Good, The Ugly | 1 Comment

It’s almost three am in La-La-Land. I am exhausted, but getting ready to take a shower. Little miss wouldn’t go down tonight without me. Cling… Cling… Cling… I know why, though. Today, I went to the Y and left her in daycare while I swam. She did not like that at all. After about 1/2 hour – forty minutes, they came to get me because she was crying on and off with very little stop. This was not the first time I have taken her there. We went on Wednesday, and I sat with her in the daycare for an hour and a half to see if she would get used to it and the people who work there, who are very nice, by the way. She was fine, provided I was there. The second I stepped out, she began crying. I really thought she was going to be okay today because after I sat down with her for a while, she left my lap and headed for the toys, bringing them back to me, and then, she just stopped bringing them back.

Next time we go, I will go earlier and spend a little longer in daycare with her. Of course, she did this with my MIL when we first started taking her over there. Well, she only cried a little as she was familiar with my MIL. Now when I say, “Do you want to go to Grandma’s”, she shakes with excitement and races me to the car. LOL

Freya’s Bower is accepting submissions. What are we looking for? Well, here are our guidelines:

Submission Guidelines

Please read these guidelines thoroughly before you submit any work to Freya’s Bower.

Freya’s Bower is a non-subsidy publishing house. We are not a vanity press or self-publishing site. We pay royalties of 40% on electronic formats. Currently, we do not print publish. There is no charge to authors.

We publish erotica and romantica. New writers as well as cross-genre experimental styles and short story collections are welcome.

What we want:

  1. Plot driven romances with happy, or at the very least hopeful, endings and varying degrees of sex, depending on the classification of the story. (Sweet, Tangy, Spicy, or Sizzling — links)
  2. Heroes and heroines we can relate to. We want to see an arc of development in the characters throughout the story. Shorter stories must be tightly crafted for this reason.
  3. Sex scenes must be relevant to the plot and organic to the story. If a scene can work without sex, then the sex isn’t necessary and best left out.
  4. Light bondage. This is acceptable as long as all parties are willing.
  5. Titillating, passionate, well-written gay, lesbian and heterosexual stories.
  6. We prefer third person stories.

We do not accept:

  1. Pornography (The difference between porn, erotica, and romantica – include links)
  2. Works promoting hatred of any kind (racial, sexism, or homophobia included)
  3. Violence not pertinent to the story line.
  4. Excessive profanity. We understand that some types of erotica require a certain amount of profanity. However, we do not want every thought, dialogue scene, or descriptive scene overloaded with it. We are looking for classy erotica, not porn.
  5. Yellow showers or defecation. That is not erotic.
  6. No beastiality, not including with shapeshifters in their human form.
  7. No rape for the sake of shock value. Remember, we are interested in sex between two consenting adults.
  8. No sex involving minors.
  9. No necrophilia.
  10. Manuscripts littered with poor grammar, misspellings, and excessive typos. Do not rely on your computer’s spell/grammar check. It does make mistakes.
  11. For us to accept a first person story, it has to be spectacular. We prefer third person stories.
  12. Although cunt is used in erotic fiction, we at Freya’s Bower don’t like the word because it’s one of the most derogatory words for female genitalia (and more porn than erotica). Try not to use it much, but if you do, be sure it’s used in an appropriate fashion.

How to submit:

  1. The first step is to send a query letter with a 1-2 paragraph synopsis of your work and the first chapter of the manuscript. If we like the synopsis and first chapter, we will request a ‘partial’. This is the first three chapters, or approximately 50 pages, of your book. If you send us a partial before we request it, it will be rejected and returned. You obviously haven’t read our submission guidelines.
  2. The work must be completed in its entirety. We do not take proposals for books that have yet to be written.
  3. No simultaneous submissions. We will do our best to respond within 8-12 weeks. If we are reading work submitted elsewhere that another publisher has already accepted, you have just wasted our time.
  4. Our standards are high. We expect submissions to be of a professional quality. Anything you submit must be edited and polished. Submissions with numerous grammatical and spellings errors will be rejected on the spot. If you do not take the time to catch such errors, you are not serious about writing professionally. If you are uncertain about grammar, consult one of the many online websites (see our reference page) or invest in a good reference book. A good dictionary can be your best friend when it comes to spelling and is a vital tool for any serious author. Do not rely only on your word processor’s spell check and grammar program.
  5. All works must be in English at this time.
  6. You will be notified of our decision in 8-12 weeks, time allowing.

Formatting

  1. Double-space your manuscript. Include a header with the title of the book, your name and numbered pages. Indent each new paragraph .5 inches. Start each chapter on a new page. If there is a scene break within a chapter, indicate it with a centered ***.
  2. All first submissions must include:
    1. your full name, a pseudonym if used,
    2. a query letter,
    3. a brief synopsis, subject or genre,
    4. the first chapter,
    5. and be in the body of the email
    6. ‘Submission’ must be in the subject line,
    7. Mail submission to mgbaun@wildchildpublishing.com. Please include “Submissions for Freya’s Bower” in the subject line.
  3. Should we request a partial, attach an RTF or text file to the email. We will not accept pdf, html, Word, WordPerfect, or any other files besides the two listed above. Include all 50 pages/3 chapters in one file. Name the file an abbreviated title of your book. So, if your novel is titled The Long Journey Home, your file name would be something like ljhome.rtf or ljhome.txt. Include your full name, address, title of manuscript, and length in the file.

We do not accept any pornography, works promoting hatred of any kind (racial, sexism or homophobia included), violence or profanity not pertinent to the story line.

Word counts:

Short stories: 10,000-15,000 words

Novellas: 15,001-30,000 words

Category: 30,001-45,000 words

Novels: 45,001-70,000

Plus Novels: 70,001-100,000 words

Humongous Novels: 100,000 or more words

We are strictly an online publisher. All communications will be made via email.

All works submitted must be your original creation, free of all legal constraints. In other words, you must own all copyright and publishing rights to your book. You cannot have a contract with another publisher on submitted work. If the work has been previously published, we will only accept it if the rights have reverted to you. Unless otherwise agreed upon, Freya’s Bower retains the rights to publish a print copy for sale should Freya’s Bower ever decide to move into print publishing. Should this happen, royalties will be re-negotiated.

All books accepted for publishing by Freya’s Bower will be subject to editing. If you are not open to suggestions and/or recommendations, do not submit. However, we will keep British quotes and spelling provided it is consistent throughout the work.

End Sub Guides

Needless to say, I am tired. I have been running on adrenaline for over a week now as I work feverishly to have Freya’s Bower online by March 5th. In less than three days, we open. Wow! That’s pretty amazing! Every spar minute has been spent working on FB. Usually, I have a couple hours (four or five as I have been crashing at 1 am) at night after Aurora goes to bed to work. I use every second of it.

In other news, WCP now has five new e-books in the editing process. Two are about two or three months from publication. One should be ready to go by April. I’m not sure about the other two. I will have to check with Faith, the editor.

Okay. She stirs. (sigh) I need to shower.

Ciao!

WC

Freya’s Bower

March 1, 2006 at 4:45 am | Posted in The Good | Leave a comment

Freya’s Bower is online in just a few days. I am working frantically with my staff to have it ready to go. The website graphics and design are pretty damn good, if I may say so. 🙂 Our graphic artist is amazing. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber designing for us.

A sneak peak for all of you. One graphic, while beautiful, we have another one that outshines her… if you can believe it.

Here she is… Freya:

Freya's Bower

Fairytale Contest and Piers Anthony interview

February 23, 2006 at 6:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hey everyone!

I promised I’d let you know when WCP was holding our “Fairytale Contest“. Well, we’ve finally decided exactly what we wanted, when it’s going to happen, and how much we are awarding. You can find out all the pertinent info by following the links.

Piers Anthony agreed to do an interview with us. Matter of fact, he has already answered our questions for the interview. That interview will be online in April. I will also be reviewing his latest collection of short stories available through Venus Press.

Other news: Freya’s Bower goes live March 5th. We are insanely busy right now, but that is nothing new. Sometimes, I honestly wonder what I am thinking — if I’m thinking at all. You know, my life seems to be ever moving forward. I marvel at how I manage to accomplish anything, to be honest. Sometimes, there just doesn’t seem to be a moment to breathe let alone do anything else. I guess that is how life is for most people.

Well, I hope we will see some of you submitting at WC.

Good luck!

You never know unless you ask.

February 4, 2006 at 12:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

It’s true. You never do. So, on Saturday, I shot off an email to Piers Anthony to see if he would be willing to do an interview for WCP. The worst he could say was “no”, right? But, if he said “yes”, how cool would that be? He said “yes”. That’s right. I will be interviewing Mr. Anthony for the April issue of WCP. Is that cool or what? Barry, our only boy editor, is working on the interview with Ray Bradbury.

In other news, I received an email today that surprised me. It was a nice surprise. Evidently, Preditors/Editors conducts a poll every year about the best editors of online magazines/e-zines. I was nominated and actually placed… at the very bottom of the list, but I still placed. Maybe if I had known, I could have influenced the vote in my favor. I would have informed people, but I wouldn’t have tried to get them to vote for me… unless they thought I deserved it, of course.
I posted some recipes at WCP. Why would I do that? Well, because these are a bit different than the norm. I discovered that it’s hard to find recipes with almond meal on the web. One of these are either made up completely and the other I took another recipe and altered it to fit what I wanted. Am I the only one who does this, or is it common? I know my neighbor does this, but is this common amongst everyone who cooks after a while? Maybe we should do a poll to find out. LOL

I’ve also posted a new Bitch. The person who upset me was a family member (not my husband), not a friend. So, all you friends out there, don’t worry about it. I just couldn’t state that it was that person. Make sense?

We are drawing ever closer to the March deadline of Freya’s Bower. So far, we have at least three published authors interested in publishing with us… and we haven’t even opened yet. Exciting, huh?

Okay. The babe is awake. I must go.

WC

Money for your stories, articles, and poems? Yup. It can happen.

January 28, 2006 at 2:22 am | Posted in The Good, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hey all you WordPress writers out there. I thought I’d let you know that WC has increased our payment to the winner of the Editors’ Choice Award. We are now awarding four Editors’ Choice Awards: one for the best fiction piece ($25), one for the best non-fiction piece ($25), one for the best poem ($15), and one for the best piece written by a young adult writer (13-22 years old). So, if you write, you may want to submit to WC. Be sure to read the submission guidelines before submitting.

Remember, if you are interested in learning how to write sex scenes, Faith teaches an awesome workshop on this very subject. And Shawn, SRHowen, teaches a workshop on writing highly effective synopses with a bonus class on a get-you-noticed query letter. The workshops are very affordable ($65) and not taught anywhere else.

Also, we will be launching our sister site, Freya’s Bower, in March. It is a romantica, erotica publishing company. We already have established authors interested in publishing with us as well as our first ebook of short erotica, romantica stories titled Woman of Unknown Origins. It will be about 45,000 words of seven or eight short stories sure to heat up any cold night or infuse passion into your marriage.

WC

Martin Luther King, Jr holiday

January 21, 2006 at 12:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I have a beef with this being a national holiday. No, it’s not because I have anything against King. He was a bright light during a dark time. My issue is that no one recognizes all of the others who preceded him, making it possible for him to do what he did. And there were many. Civil rights has been in the works since colonial times. Women were fighting for their rights; abolitionists were fighting to rid America of slavery. The abolitionists became more militant in the 1830s, culminating in the Civil War, which was not about slavery no matter what many history teachers say. King has many people to thank for his ability to be able to speak as he did:

William Lloyd Garrison, one of the first well-known abolitionists

Frederick Douglass, another very well-known abolitionist

Susan B. Anthony, a suffragist and abolitionist

Elizabeth Cady Standon, suffragist and abolitionist

David Walker, abolitionist

Harriet Beecher Stowe, author and abolitionist

Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and freed slave

Alice Paul

Rosa Parks

As well as many, many others who are less well-known or not known at all. What bothers me is everyone else is forgotten in this desire to honor King. He was not the only one, not to mention the three young men who died in their quest for civil rights. Many of these people gave their lives, and I mean, spent their entire lives fighting for civil rights. So, why do we forget them? I have my theories, but I will let you make your own.

What do I suggest? A Civil Rights Day. This would be a day to recognize everyone who worked to create a better society by fighting for the rights of us all.

WC Writing Workshops

January 10, 2006 at 7:56 am | Posted in The Good | 2 Comments

Yup, we up and did it, people. We are now offering two writing workshops:

The Ins and Outs of Writing Sex Scenes — taught by Faith.

and

After “The End” or Synopses Suck, but they don’t have to. — taught by SR Howen.

It’s cool. We’re excited. We can take both credit card and PayPal. And they are reasonably priced: $65 for a four week course. Cool, eh? LOL We think so. Just follow the links for more info.

WC

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