After a darling half-year of working with the illustrious Susan P. Robbins, we are delighted to announce the release of her book, "Nothing but the Weather" today, August 15, 2014.
Here is our "trailer" blurb for the short story collection:
Wake up in a storm. Row down a flooded alley of people looking for their way home. "Nothing but the Weather" wades through the water, both clean and dirty, digging up life without cleaning it off first. The collection introduces you to a grandmother who reads magazines at the grief counselor's office because her doting son wants her to adjust to life again. You will rub shoulders with a bipolar Lynn who has half-started just about every career. Mingle with an array of family units that hold secrets, lies and even love from one another.
Set to be a best-seller on Unsolicited Press's list, Robbins sells you characters that could walk off the page and slap you in the face.
Buy a copy today!
If your not sold yet, read an excerpt here.
Darci Schummer's Six Months in the Midwest debuts nationwide on August 12, 2014: The debut of Darci Schummer's Six Months in the Midwest is available for purchase nationwide. Unsolicited Press, a small press based on the West Coast selected the stunning collection for its wit and true-to-form style. Schummer tells a story the way Carver did. Her dead pan delivery shows real characters in real settings. Schummer is a Wisconsin girl living in Minneapolis, MN.
She is a graduate of Hamline University's MFA program. Her fiction has been read in Paper Darts, Revolver, Feile Festa, The Diverse Arts Project, Vita.mn, Conclave: A Journal of Character, Bartleby Snopes, and Midwestern Gothic. She is currently at work on a novel.
Writing a great blog post has more to do with planning and editing, and less to do with punching out a fantastic idea. When I began blogging several years ago, many of my pots fell flat -- bam, boom, dead. They had maybe one reader. Why? The idea was solid, but the execution was poor.
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:
For the love of God, will every writer who submits to a small press think about the words that they choose to use in ther manuscripts! Yesterday, Rubie, Eric, SR Stewart, the interns, and myself were hacking away at some developmental edits, and reading submissions. It was a submission day.
Yuck. Ew. Nasty. Abhorring of souls. That is the feeling I get on submission days. It is the same feeling I get when I have to copy-edit a 200 page novel that uses the word "pretty" in front every single noun on the page. It makes me want to drink gin and cry bloody tears over your work.
With that said, "I say NO MORE."
Here are five words that all writers should avoid starting immediately:
4. Really, Very...or any version of those words. Instead, choose to liven up your sentence.
I am not going to provide examples. Go through your work and take them out. Revise with better sentences.
Does your work, whether large or small keep getting rejected? Sometimes it is the sheer fact that editors or their assistants aren't reading your work.
As a former freelance editor for (can't be named) a big-name publisher, I know this happens. Editors are "too busy" to read them all. And if you are a little-known writer, you can pretty much guarantee that your envelope never even got opened by anybody because it didn't have enough shiny money potential on the flap...
Honestly, we think that this discrepancy is bullshit. As though they are too big or too funded to actually care. Tangent complete.
With that out of the way, many authors/writers get rejected by all sorts of publishers for reasons that could have been avoided....outside of shitty writing. From experience as editors, as readers, and as interns of previous houses, here are seven reasons you may be getting rejected from publishers big and small:
Emily Kiernan, native east-coaster and current California resident will release her debut novel, "Great Divide" on April 11th, 2014. Kiernan's book wrestles with memory and escape.
Emily is a graduate of the MFA writing program at the California Institute of the Arts and resides in Berkeley, CA. Her stories have been published in White Whale Review, JMWW, Dark Sky, and many other journals. Kiernan has pressed through years of hard work and literary bureaucracy to bring you "Great Divide" in its purest form.
Readers and fans can purchase "Great Divide" at major retailers, online stores, and through Unsolicited Press.
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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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