Sunday, October 4, 2009

Allbooks Review Oct 2009 Newsletter

Falling leaves, crisp cool days, Autumn is the time for reflection

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Allbooks Review and all of our staff, wishes to extend our heartfelt sympathy to our Managing Editor, Shirley Roe in the loss of her mother, Pearl Droy Aug. 12th, 2009.

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The greeting card market isn't just Hallmark, and it doesn't even stop with just greeting cards. This market is more appropriately labeled as the "slogan market" or "catchphrase market," because that's what it's all about--creating concise statements for money. Here are 5 such markets:

Brilliant Enterprises has been around since 1967. They pay $60 for "complete, ready-to-print word and picture design." Printing mainly postcards, this publisher says, "Messages should be of a highly original nature, emphasizing subtlety, simplicity, insight, wit, profundity, beauty, and felicity of expression. Messages should be of universal appeal, capable of being appreciated by all types of people and being easily translated into other languages."

Duck and Cover Productions bought 120 ideas/samples last year. They pay $40 per idea, though none are contained in a greeting card. Duck and Cover specializes in buttons, magnets, and stickers only. The editor says, "Duck and Cover holds the trump card for intelligent, contemporary humor. We are a smorgasbord of existential angst, psychotic babble, dry wit and outrageous zingers."

Ephemera, Inc., pays $50 per slogan. Slogans are then used on novelty buttons, magnets, and stickers. The editors say, "Ephemera has a reputation for coming up with the most irreverent, provocative, and outrageously funny material on the market. We encourage you to be as weird, twisted, or rude as you like. We want humor that makes us laugh out loud."

Kate Harper Designs has been doing business since 1993. Freelancers write 100% of their material. The editors say, "We buy work from professional freelance writers, young 20-something writers, and children writers. Our subjects are mostly humor." They want unrhymed verse ideas only.

Koehler Companies, Inc., specializes in a line of decorative plaques. They bought 25 ideas/samples last year, and pay $125 per selected verse. In addition, they limit the use of the verse to allow writers the ability to resell their work for other uses. The editors say, "We combine art and message to create a product that a consumer will like enough to want to
look at for a year or longer."


Poetry is for real writing enthusiasts. For one, you realize very quickly that poets do not make big money off their poetry. And on top of that, it's nearly unheard of for a living poet to reach any sort of a mass-market audience. Bottom line— even the most respected poets of today go unnoticed by most people.

So, yes, poets are very dedicated and realize that writing is more than just a paycheck or fame. It's about the art and craft of creating beautiful language. Check out three book publishers who accept poetry:

Call for Submissions:
John Daniel and Co. pays 10% royalty on wholesale price. Established in 1980, they publish only the very best poetry they come across. When submitting a poetry collection, the editors advise sending 12-15 sample poems and SASE. Recent titles include Jonah and Job, by Judson Jerome, and The Balancing Pole, by Ann L. McLaughlin.

Oolichan Books hails from Canada and was established in 1974. They pay royalty on retail price, and "are one of the few small literary presses in Canada that still publishes poetry. We try to include 2 or 3 poetry titles each year. We try to balance our list between emerging and
established poets." Recent titles include Love Songs for a Tender God, by Hiro Boga, and Riverbook & Ocean, by W.H. New.

Red Hen Press was established in 1993. 90% of their books are from unagented writers. Books of poetry should be at least 60 pages, and submissions can be single or double-spaced. Poets should submit their poetry for the publisher-sponsored Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. The editors say, "Our audience reads poetry, literary fiction, and intelligent nonfiction. If you have an agent, we may be too small since we don't pay advances. Be willing to promote your own book."

You can view complete, updated listings for these poetry book publishers at:

* John Daniel And Co.

Allbooks Review is now offering an Author’s Page, for $75 per year. You prepare your page to tell readers anything you like. Bio, book titles, where to purchase, link to website, etc. Include a photo of yourself, and a covershot for your books, one or ten+ it is up to you.

Each additional year is only $25. Get a full-page ad that you can send your readers to. Just like having a website without the fuss.
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Remember to post your book signing, guest speaker events on our Bookstore page. Simply send us an email with details of your events and we will be happy to post them. Just part of the Allbooks service to our authors.

Success Stories

We love to hear of your success stories, submit them to us at:

Shirley A. Roe has released her third and final historical fiction in the Whittaker Family series, Return to Whittakerville. Copies can be ordered from: or


Tip: Did you know that most writers use the term "self - publishing" incorrectly? If you are considering "self - publishing," know how people are defining the term before you start a dialogue. You are truly self-publishing when you do everything on your own. If you get help (from iUniverse or a myriad of similar small publishers) you are subsidy - publishing. Sometimes that is called partner - publishing. There are probably as many combinations of self - subsidy - and partner -
publishing as there are firms and presses so do your homework. No one firm or method will be perfect. Yours is to choose the features that best suit your title, your personality and your pocketbook.

Allbooks Review Interview

Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)
My name is Paul Kiritsis. I am from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
My book is titled Fifty Confessions and the publisher is iUniverse.

Tell us about yourself:

I was born on July 15th 1979 and raised in Melbourne, Australia. I have completed degrees in Behavioural Science and Professional Writing and Speech, with majors in English and Psychology. I am currently completing a doctoral degree. So far, I have published three books: Origin: Poems from the crack of dawn (2006), Hermetica: Myths, Legends, Poems (2007) and Fifty Confessions (2009). In 2008, Hermetica picked up three literary awards. I have an avid interest in history, mythology and the occult, but I also like to keep my academic interests balanced with forms of physical exercise like lifting weights, diving and thrill seeking. I am a man of adventure and love to expand my knowledge of other people and cultures by travelling. I have travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, America and Australia. Last year, I became a member of the Rosicrucian Order Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC), a humanitarian movement making for better health, happiness and peace in people’s earthly lives. I think it was the best decision I ever made!

When was the book released?

The book was released in March, 2009.

Give us an overview of your book.

Fifty Confessions is a collection of free-verse poetry exploring a metaphorical descent into the psyche of an author riddled by a mystery ailment. It begins and ends with a small prayer dedicated to the one in whom we all trust, live and have our being. The author’s note then expounds necessary background information including a short synopsis of his personal history through which the audience is better able to grasp the nature and context for the poetry. This is followed by a circle of over fifty confessions grouped into six sections pertaining to the psychosocial model of stress response, beginning with the illness’s onset and culminating in acceptance and closure.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to write this book after an illness I went through midway through last year (2008). It all happened very rapidly. I had completed a draft of it within a month’s time.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?

It’s different from other books of poetry in that it acts a confessional, revealing bits of my own personality and nature. Sometimes the confessions are blunt and directly, and other times they seep their way into consciousness via the avenues of mythology and folklore.

Where can people buy your book?

People can buy this book from, Barnes and Noble, my personal website or order it in from any local bookstore.

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?

Yes I am! I am currently working on a travel memoir/autobiography titled Shades of Aphrodite. It focuses on my many travels around Greece and explicates some of the lesser known folklore as well as some revelations of my own about the ancient landscape. It should be out by early 2010. I also have a few fictional works lined up after that, including a retelling of the Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris and something really interesting and unique involving Plato’s legend of Atlantis.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?

Do your research! Make sure your manuscript is the best it can be and free of any errors before you send it in. Only the best will do. The internet is such a valuable resource when it comes to reviews, author blogs, editing, self-publishing and online marketing. After publication, you can host events, seminars or workshops that pertain to your book content and do giveaways! There are many great online marketing resources and suggestions if you go to,, or

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?

I have had some success with advertising in Parabola magazine, a publication centred on folklore and mythology. I think you’re bound to have more success with marketing if the publication you’re advertising in targets an audience that reads the type of material that you write about.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?

I found the site by chance actually. I typed in a few keywords into Google whilst looking for possible book reviews and this site came up. By appearing here, I am hoping to gain some added exposure for my books. Every little bit counts!

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?

The low cost was a surprise actually, especially if you compare it with some of the other reviewers like Kirkus Discoveries which charge an arm and a leg to have a book reviewed. As for offering more services, well, perhaps a few more tips on book marketing and promotional tips from some top of the range people in the book publishing world.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

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