June 14, 2014

Publisher Week Day 7: Anaiah Press Meet Our Authors @anaiahpress #RLFblog #inspy #authors

For our final day, we'd like to introduce you to four Anaiah Press authors, one from each of our imprints, Surge, Romance, Inspiration, and Presence. Thank you for reading about Anaiah Press this week. We hope you'll visit us often! Our official launch date is July 1st. There are links at the end of this post to our site and social media.

Jennifer Novotney (Surge Imprint)

Why did you choose Anaiah Press for your book, Winter in the Soul?
Jennifer Novotney 
I chose Anaiah Press for my book, Winter in the Soul, for a few reasons. One was that I believe the publisher and editors truly understand the vision I have for my book. Another was the staff's experience and expertise. I have complete confidence in the editors and know they value my book just as much as I do. I wanted a team behind me that had a successful track record, especially since Winter in the Soul is my debut novel.
What has been your favorite part of working with Anaiah Press thus far?
My editing relationship with Executive Editor Eden Plantz. She has taught me so much about storytelling and characterization. She's also extremely funny! I love how she can point out areas of improvement in the manuscript without making it a negative experience. She's such a pleasure to work with and such a great teacher.
Courtney Rice Gager

Courtney Rice Gager (Romance Imprint)

Why did you choose Anaiah Press for your book, Tess in Boots?
I met my editor, Kara Leigh Miller, through a Twitter pitch contest in February. She displayed an immediate enthusiasm for my manuscript, and I felt confident in her commitment to making the book a success. I also stand behind the mission of Anaiah Press to publish books with strong inspirational themes and messages of faith.
What has been your favorite part of working with Anaiah Press thus far?
I'm in the trenches of the editing process, and I love seeing Tess in Boots sparkle with every round of edits. Kara's dedication to polishing my manuscript has made all the difference. It's amazing to have an editor who seems to think about my story in her sleep! It's also great getting to know my fellow Anaiah Press authors. We're a close-knit, supportive community. Plus, I recently got to see my book cover, and it's the perfect visual representation of my story. Wait, was I supposed to list just one favorite thing? Oops...

Linda Brendle (Inspirations Imprint)

Why did you choose Anaiah Press for your book, A Long and Winding Road: A
Linda Brendle
Caregiver's Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos?
The first thing that attracted me to Anaiah Press was their prompt response to my query. Instead of keeping me in suspense for months, they responded within two weeks. As a new author, I was relatively uneducated about the publishing process, so when Anaiah expressed an interest in my manuscript, I asked a lot of questions. Eden Plantz, Executive Editor, answered every question patiently and completely, and while her responses were prompt, I never felt that I had to rush my decision. From the beginning, I sensed the integrity and professionalism of the organization, and by the time we reached a final agreement, I felt completely comfortable putting my memoir in the hands of Anaiah Press.
What has been your favorite part of working with Anaiah Press thus far?
It's very hard to choose one aspect of the Anaiah Press experience as my favorite.
The process of editing my work could have been painful and traumatic, but Jessica Schmeidler, Managing Editor, made it both fun and educational. I have been blown away by the publicity campaign mounted by Melinda Dozier, Director of Marketing and Art, and the amazing publicity staff. However, my favorite part of the experience would have to be the friendships that have developed among the staff and authors. I love being part of the Anaiah Press family.

N.N. Light (Presence Imprint)

Why did you choose Anaiah Press for your book, Princess of the Light?
I chose Anaiah Press for my book, Princess of the Light, for several reasons. They were a brand new publisher, had the best in the publishing industry on staff, the art and marketing department and a dedication to publishing inspiring and exciting books. But I think the most important reason I chose Anaiah Press lies in their name. Anaiah is loosely translated God
Answers and I have always trusted in God. His message in my book is Spread the Light and that is exactly what Anaiah Press is doing.
N N Light
What has been your favorite part of working with Anaiah Press thus far?
I have to be honest here and tell you that my favorite part of working with Anaiah Press has been working with Melinda Dozier, my publicist. She has had such an intuitive vision for my book and her book trailer blew me away. It is exactly what I envisioned when I wrote Princess of the Light. She even got the perfect picture for the Walking Man and she has never even seen him. Incredible! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

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June 13, 2014

Publisher Week Day 6: Anaiah Press Presence Imprint @anaiahpress #RLFblog #inspy @NNP_W_Light

Princess of the Light 
When you hear "Christian press," heart-pounding suspense isn't always what comes to mind. Why is that? The beings aren't made up—they are reality. What is more terrifying than coming face to face with the knowledge that demons do exist, and it is only our faith that gives us power over them? Spiritual embattlement is not a made up element relegated simply to fiction—its emotional warfare ensues every day, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not.
Our Presence imprint is our line of adult genre fiction. The focus here is on Speculative Fiction, and the main themes are light on romance and heavily laden with spiritual and emotional warfare. This is where the real battle takes place. When you pick up a book from this imprint, by the time you set it down, we want your heart to beat in a different rhythm.
Think you have what it takes to make someone who isn't afraid of demons squirm? I'm Jessica Schmeidler, Managing Editor, and that's what I'm looking for. If you can take me a on a journey of emotional warfare that makes me more thankful to be on the winning side (God wins—I've read the end of the book), I want to see what you have.
The genres I'd like to see come in are thriller/suspense, science fiction, supernatural, dystopian, ad so forth. This line is for our adult readership.
My most current #MSWL (Manuscript Wish List):
·         A legal suspense laden with spiritual warfare.
·         Anything with a strong connection to Ireland or cable-knit sweaters.
·         A thriller with strong themes of spiritual embattlement—I want to feel like I'm on a roller coaster with untested brakes.
Upcoming Events:
I'm Marissa Fuller, Senior Editor, and here's what I'm looking for. Let me tell you about what must be the first workshop/contest hybrid for a speculative fiction short story anthology of all time! Jessica Schmeidler (http://twitter.com/thewriteshadow) and I will be co-hosting this "12 step program" throughout the month of July. Our goal is to have a contest at the end of the month. Winners will be published in our anthology of speculative short fiction.
Jessica and I will alternate postings between our respective blogs. My six blog installments will be about crafting short stories, with a speculative fiction focus. Jessica's focus will be more on drawing emotional and spiritual warfare into these stories- a necessary ingredient, as the anthology will be published by Anaiah. I will link to Jessica's posts at the end of each of my own.
Hopefully, our waxing on the form will enable participants to craft a brand new piece to submit to our contest at the end of our workshop, or to help them polish an existing piece. We look forward to this fun workshop, and we hope to see you there!
What we're looking for (contest #MSWL):
  • Speculative fiction short stories with a futuristic bent. Themes can be anything from apocalyptic to dystopian to sci-fi—even just an ordinary thriller set in the not-so-near future. All stories must be 5,000-20,000 words in length and contain an implied message of faith or inspiration. Spiritual warfare is a definite plus.

About the Book

Miriam Miller likes the simple things in life: a good book, close friends, and a healthy relationship with God. But, destiny comes calling, and her neat, little life turns upside down. Ethanial, an angel of God, has been sent to reveal Miriam’s true calling -– she is the Princess of the Light, the woman chosen by God Himself to vanquish the demons intent on infusing the world with evil. And her first assignment: restore the soul of a homeless man known only as the Walking Man. Enter Joe Deacons, a man intent on stealing her heart. But as Miriam embarks on her journey to save the Walking Man and fulfill her calling, it becomes clear that Joe isn’t what he appears to be. Miriam must decide: Is she willing to risk her soul to save those she loves?
Author: NN Light

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June 12, 2014

Publisher Week Day 4: Anaiah Press Inspirations and Adventures Imprints @anaiahpress #RLFblog #inspy

Inspirations

This is our imprint for all things nonfiction, including, but not limited to devotionals, memoirs,
Long and Winding Road 
and biographies. We believe that Christianity is not just a religion, but a reality. What I would like to find for our Inspirations line is manuscripts that help one see the forest in spite of the trees. Let your life work as a parable for others, and be a light that shines through the darkness for others to see.
I don't want to put any further limits here. If it's inspirational and it's nonfiction, it may be for us.
My current #MSWL (Manuscript Wish List):

  • War memoirs with a focus on emotional and spiritual courage and/or embattlement.
  • Historical memoirs or biographies of the spiritual and physical journeys of American settlers in the 1800s.
  • Devotionals that focus on a chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse view of Biblical studies and understanding.

Adventures

Liberty Belle 
Picture books, early readers, and middle grade fiction all fall within this line. While the books in this imprint do not need to be as overtly faith-based or faith-themed as inspirations, whatI would like them to do is plant a seed—create a spark.
Christian values are inherent in our society, but I want them brought to the forefront, in a less taboo manner. Living in a Christian home does not mean you're extreme—it means you acknowledge our Father and our Savior, and you want to live a life that pleases Him. Adventure is still there, fun is still at every turn, and mystery hides behind every corner—just not magic and wizards.
There is some room for fantasy here, but I keep it on a very tight leash. My one rule is: If God can exist within the world created, then the world is acceptable. If God or His laws must take a backseat in order for this story to be possible, then it's outside of what I want for Anaiah. That's pretty much it.
Manuscripts in this line can be secular with a Christian heart.
I am also trying to build a line of books that will be beneficial particularly to homeschooling children. So historical MGs (Middle Grades) are welcome. If you have a Christian-themed educational PB series, I'd love to take a look at it. I'm also open to ERs that that are written and designed with a lesson plan in mind. Secular on the surface with Biblical undertones or teaching moments would be absolutely wonderful.
My current #MSWL:
  • Pioneer-driven chapter books with a strong female lead.
  • Clean, contemporary upper middle grade that combines faith, courage, and rescue horses.
  • Picture books with focus on explaining the true reason for religious festivals (holidays) to young children.

Marissa Fuller, Senior Editor of Adventures

Marissa is a high functioning bibliophile from Northern California. She spends her time reading, writing, and watching anything produced by BBC. In addition to her book review blog and personal writing endeavors, she is working towards a degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Born with a hyperactive imagination, Marissa has always had a passion for the art of storytelling. She looks forward to helping authors achieve their dreams, through Anaiah, of giving their stories to the world. Marissa currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband.
Marissa's current (very ambitious) #MSWL:
  • MG or YA (Young Adult) viewpoint of a son/daughter of service member.
  • High School Drama star.
  • MG or YA musical prodigy (preferably strings).
  • MG foster family story.
  • YA medieval knight story.
  • YA Southern contemporary.
  • A western- a gunslinger committed to saving his/her town.
  • MG or YA viewpoint of a young Viking.
  • YA or NA Pride and Prejudice modernization
  • YA about a girl searching for God
  • PB (Picture Book) A girl loves going to Grandma's church

Dara Rochlin, Senior Editor of Adventures

Dara is a freelance book editor and major grammar nerd, dating all the way back to elementary school. She is a voracious reader of all genres. When not editing, she enjoys time with her family, the beach, and chocolate. In the words of William Styron, "A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading."
Dara's current #MSWL:

I am looking for good stories that keep the reader interested, that they learn something they didn't know, or the ability to look at the world a little differently than they did before they opened the book. I want to be transported to another world, use my imagination to see what the author saw when writing it. Feel the emotion... wonder what I will do when I am done reading, and don't have the friends I made any more. (Probably read it again!)

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