Emmanuel Idaago Odogo

Emmanuel Idaago Odogo: Lagos, Nigeria

Poetry is my thing. It lets me express myself in the most creatively captivating way. In poetry, every word is heavily pregnant, and can be beautifully understood in different ways; even in ways different from the poet’s, but equally beautiful. As a poet, I can express myself and still be my non-talkative self.

Connect with the Author here.

Writing Genre: Cyan Ciar

My name is Cyan and I am currently a high school senior. My preferred genre is fiction. I know that’s a very open-ended genre, but that’s what I like about it. I don’t stick to specifically fantasy or horror, I go all over the map. I like writing fantasy because I can make anything that I want happen, but I also like writing realistic fiction because then I can portray a piece of my life and the real world into a story and it can still be fiction but relatable and believable at the same time.

Claremore, Oklahoma

Writing Genre: Corrie Lavina Knight

I write science fiction. Why, I don’t know, as I almost never read the genre. I tend to gravitate toward it in films and television shows, but my preferred reading genres are fantasy, historical, mystery, and romance. I suppose that would explain why my first series is a highly political space western.

Chat with Corrie here.

Writing Genre Series: Becky Kapjon

This is a series focused on showing emerging writers that genre is a personal choice…

I’m Becky Kapjon and I am a contemporary romance writer.  Since I am an avid romance reader, I decided why not tell my own stories.  I take my stories one step further, my stories are not a typical romance novel.  They are a little smuttier than a typical romance novel.  My characters come to the life on the page, with everyday problems with everyday situations.  They don’t always have a happy ending.  I enjoy writing about strong female characters who take charge of their life where sometimes it works for them and sometimes it doesn’t.  I’m hoping to publish my first novel soon.

Becky’s Author Page

Introvert Press began this series to give new authors insight into why writers pick their genre of writing. If you would like to contribute a short paragraph to this series, send us an email!

Black Swan Planet by James Peters

Hello folks.

So I only share reviews on books that I rate personally with 5 stars, we don’t have time to waste with anything else, right?

I had the privilege of reviewing Black Swan Planet by James Peters.

This book is the typical boy meets girl meets chimpanzee meets a time jumping space Queen meets Galactic armies meets Barbarians meets the Tonton Macoute. I’m not sure which impressed me more: the crassness of the wit, the depth of the science, the expanse of the galactic landscape or the plot which never failed to keep me glued to the page. After finishing the book, I’m  left recalling, simultaneously, the hilarity of the crazy antics and the poignancy of the message. It’s a sci-fi book for sure, but it is so much more. This book is not for the faint of heart. It is however for anyone wanting to blush from adult humor while really pondering the circumstance of humanity. It’s like no book I’ve ever read, which is why I think I’m left with this wonderful feeling after reading it.

I wish it went on longer.

GO. Buy it!

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Happy New Year

2018 is off and running. All of us at Introvert Press are hoping this coming year will see you accomplish all writing goals you establish for the New Year.

Here are a few notes for you for January.

Book Store of the Month – 5th of January

We want to hear from you about a bookstore that makes a difference in your neighborhood. We want to support local bookstores that our members frequent. We also want to help you, as authors, reach out to your local markets to establish your shelf space and create opportunities for book signings and promotional events.

Short story submissions: DIVERSITY / HUMANITY

Introvert Press will release an anthology of short stories each year. The anthology will cover an array of subjects over the twelve months of 2018. For January, we are seeking submissions focusing on DIVERSITY / HUMANITY. You can interpret the paired themes any way you see fit. As always we are looking for your words to transport a reader to your storyline. Make them laugh, make them cry; just make them feel!

The deadline is the 15th of each month, but for this first month, we will allow submissions until January 31st. Stories must be between 1,500 – 10,000 words. There is no restriction on content, although writing that is gratuitous rather than evocative will probably not make the cut. Poetry is 100% acceptable in lieu of short story prose.

The anthology will provide a published credit for chosen authors. Stories not published in the anthology will have an opportunity to appear in our Quarterly Newsletter MOTIF, another opportunity for a publishing credit. All sales of the anthology will assist Introvert Press contributors to publish their long-form works. As always, you retain all rights to your work when you appear in our publications. For more information on the anthology, check out our Publications page, leave comments here or give Josh an email.

Submissions are simple cut – and paste your story below. We will contact you once received and reviewed.

Self Publishing…Is It Worth It?

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There they were. Those two words you thought would never happen. Six little letters. You type slowly and reverently:

The End.

The act of completing a novel is huge. Of the billions of people on the planet we are in a very small, select group of Homo sapiens. Soak up the ambiance because shortly you come to the next gargantuan phase of your book: publishing.

You can have your book published on Amazon within a few days. You can use their cover designer for free. You just upload the pdf, collect your ISBN and POOF you’re published. You can do it in your underwear, or less. Clickity clack – baddaboom baddabing. AUTHOR!

Ooooooor, you can compose a query letter, a synopsis and prep a few select gorgeous pages of your work and try courting the shy and elusive literary agent or traditional publisher. And then await the rejections! I am in a group on Facebook that celebrates the Rejection Letter. Mostly they are pre-written form letters and ironically sometimes contain typos.

There is also a deep, dark secret that transpires at bookstores and libraries the world over. [TRIGGER ALERT] Every bookstore and library participate in the culling of books. Books — pages toiled over and written in blood by a writer — get DUMPED. Sometimes the get purchased by paper recycling company, some take truckloads to the land fills. It’s gruesome. Mass graves for literary endeavor.

I’m at a cross-roads. I’ve completed my novel. I can testify that it is definitely “not bad”. It’s a literary fiction manuscript. No vampires. No spacesuits. It’s about….well, here  you can read about it and see what I mean. I had this intense urge to get my manuscript through my editor’s process. I had a drive to finish, to get those pages to Amazon. And then once I was all done I sat with my novel…digitized into a pdf…and I became suddenly aware of relegating my book to the culled pile. Or worse, it never gets to the culled pile because my three friends didn’t have money to buy it and it just sits there, a victim of a lack of marketing and distribution.

Some reports suggest that less than 1% of authors on Amazon create revenue of $50 per day or more. But wait! Use Ads!! That’s right, start paying for your novel to be placed more successfully. It’s maddening.

So here I sit with my little pdf, working on pdf #2 and I’m considering all of the above. I believe I am going to wait for traditional publishing.

I don’t know…I really don’t.

For more reading try these: Claude Forthomme’s BlogNew York Times, The Guardian, Amazon KDP Support Chat