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Writing a blog serves to inform and intrigue readers. At least, for me it is. Some blog posts are purely informative; others seek to twist the reader -- fuel passion, or insight creativity in my readers. A careful balance is required to succeed. Blog posts require several planning points to succeed:
The release of Unsolicited Press's latest publication, Partly Gone by Cara Long will take you into the depths of an emotional roller coaster most cannot stomach. But we know that you aren't most people.
Partly Gone wrestles with the mundane everyday moments that get kicked in the ass by the consequences of choices made beforehand. Her words will twist you up into the couch and beg for a delicious glass of Merlot to accompany you on the journey into this intrinsic short story collection.
Meet characters from all classes, all colors and all tastes that will skew the way you see the world.
Partly Gone is the second publication out this year by Unsolicited Press, a small lit press in the Pacific Northwest. UP is known for berating its readers with a stack of new books in the summer and fall. Set to start the year out right, Long presents her first short story collection alongside the editors at Unsolicited Press.
Unsolicited Press thanks Rubie Grayson, SR Stewart, Nicole Pomeroy, Eric Rancino, Esme Howler, and the rest of the gang who worked exceptionally hard to put this piece on the shelves.
Partly Gone is available through the Unsolicited Press Store, most national retailers, Amazon, and other local bookstores. The editors at UP urge you to purchase a copy on June 15th.
Cara Long is awesome and she live in New York. She will be holding local readings in her area.
Help a girl out.
At Unsolicited Press we value our books. We value our authors and the material that they put out into the world. But we value something else even more: reference and written craft books. Books that help us do our job better. Books that help our writers do an even better job writing fascinating stories.
Last week, we polled the office, our editors, writers, production team, IT folks...everybody...to see which books were the most important to them in editing, writing, and reference. Here were the three MOST popular books:
Unsolicited Press has had a long year. Mostly fun. Mostly work. A whole lotta learning. In the process, we have developed an editorial services for affiliated and non-affiliated authors.
We have developed an iron-clad, yet flexible editorial process that is unique to each author.
We have transformed our literary journal from quarterly to trimesterly in order to focus on our edits. We publish The Fictioneer in the summer, autumn, and winter.
We have edited over 150 books.
We have edited and read over 200 manuscripts that were submitted to our press for publication. Of those books, we have selected 25 for publication during 2014 and we are currently filling our 2015 schedule to have 4 books per month out on the shelves.
We have put in place an intern program.
We have lost a chief editor due to his own irresponsibility only to replace him with the a stunning editor, Eric R....oh yes, we did.
We hired a stunning editorial staff, a production team that knows typesetting, and a marketing crew that kills it in the ring. Unsolicited Press is here to stay.
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