January 21st, 2013

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Guest blog: The Personal Publisher – Storm Moon Press

One of the questions I often get asked when I'm talking to authors about Storm Moon Press is why they should choose Storm Moon over the other publishers out there. What they often mean in particular is, why they should choose such a small press over a more established, larger publisher. At that point, I usually smile and tell them that it has everything to do with taking a personal approach. There are some benefits to a small press that bigger companies simply can't offer.

Small Means Personal

At Storm Moon Press, we have a goal of keeping our operation small and personal. We're celebrating our 3rd Anniversary this month (January 2013), but we're still a resolutely small press without ambitions of becoming the next huge author mill. The reason behind this is keeping our business personal. When you e-mail Storm Moon Press, you are put into contact directly with one of the three owners. There are no intermediaries, you don't have to wait three months for a response, and there's no guess work if the information you're given truly comes from the higher-ups. Since it's just three of us in charge, you know that you're dealing with someone who can give you the answers you need, the help you require, or simply the encouragement to get through the process of publication and grow along the way. You won't be tossed back and forth between five different people before you get to the top of the chain. With Storm Moon Press, we personally handle all our business and are readily accessible.

Personal Means Individual Attention

Having such easy access to your publisher opens up the opportunity to truly be known by them. As one of the owners of Storm Moon Press (and especially as Marketing Director), I know every author's name that we have published and which books they have been involved in, including the anthologies we have put out. Each author is more than a number, more than a means to an end, more than some writing monkey that can be forgotten once the contract is signed.

When you sign with Storm Moon Press, you're part of the process. We never keep our authors out of the loop. You have a say in your cover art. You can take an active role in your editing, and if another opinion is needed, the owners are right there to weigh in and help decide what's best for your individual story. If you're a new author, we take the time to show you the ropes and answer your questions. If you're an established author, you still get all the same attention and support. Our goal is to be a publisher you love to work with, and that means treating each and every book we release with extra care.

Attention Means a Great Final Product

Because we invest so much time in each release we put out, you can be sure that the final product of all our collaborative hard work is going to be the highest quality we can manage. You've gone through the rigorous editing process, the artists have endeavored to give you the best cover art (and possibly illustrations) they can create, and we're dedicated to ensure the quality of the ebook and print production. When you really break it down, what Storm Moon Press is all about is putting out a quality product that you can be proud of.

Ultimately, even though Storm Moon Press is and will remain a small press, we still have something unique to offer. Our contract terms really favor the authors we work with, and we spend a lot of time on each individual story and each author we work with. Instead of being one of twenty releases scheduled for a given week, you're one of two, if not the only release that week. You get more of the spotlight, more of our time and dedication, and (we hope) the best publishing process you could ask for. All things said, we hope Storm Moon Press will continue showing readers and authors that, when it comes to publishing companies, it isn't the size that counts; it's the high quality of the books that does.

K. Piet is the Marketing Director of Storm Moon Press and the author of Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley. Her new illustrated novel, Making Ends Meet, is now available from Storm Moon Press. K. can be found on her blog or on Twitter @k_piet.

Giveaway Opportunity!

This guest post is part of Storm Moon Press' 3rd Anniversary Blog Tour! Comment on this post or any other post on the blog tour with your e-mail address, and you'll be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize of receiving 1 FREE e-book each month of 2013 from that month's new releases for a total of 12 free e-books! Runners up will receive a $25 gift certificate to their choice of Amazon or All Romance eBooks. For more details and to find out about our 3rd Anniversary, head over to Storm Moon Press' Official Blog. Thanks for joining us!

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Alaska, with Love (Assassin/Shifter) by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

The second in the series and you realize the author is building her world, adding characters and situation. The story of Josh and Mark is not so different from Mateo and Riley, they actually share the same cabin the previous couple did, the main difference is that, while in the previous couple Riley was playing straight, but well aware to be attracted to men, for Josh this is the first time he has real feelings for a guy.

Truth be told, Josh is not so “unwelcoming” to this feelings, sure, he is worried, and a little scared, but never once he denies his feelings are real and not really trouble they are for a man. There are other things that Josh is worried about, mainly the fact that Mark was sexually abused and he fears his sexual interest will arise bad memories in the other man.

These stories are delivering what you are expecting when buying them, i.e. hot strong men falling in love for the first time with another men. The author plays a lot both with the physical difference between the men, usually one is very muscular and macho man, while the other is lithe and sophisticated, but also with their social status; I’m not talking about money, since both men have jobs that allow them a good lifestyle, but more about the society they belong to and frequented until their meeting. In a way Josh is more rough, but he has also a very kind heart who is the right man for Mark now, a man in need of tender love.

Amazon: Alaska, with Love
Amazon Kindle: Alaska, with Love
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1470033917
ISBN-13: 978-1470033910

Series: Assassin/Shifter
1) A Marked Man: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1866493.html
2) Alaska, with Love

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle

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