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We’re proud to announce our newest author is Laura Theodore, host of the PBS cooking series Jazzy Vegetarian. Laura’s forthcoming cookbook will be the companion publication to the show’s sixth season, airing this fall on national Public Television and Create networks. The book will be released in March 2018.

Scribe Publishing Company book Thunderstone by author Barbara Pietron has been named a finalist for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards by Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, in the young adult fiction category. The book, aimed at a young adult (or “young adult at heart”) audience, tells the story of a teenage girl who must use her newfound spiritual ability to save a quiet lake town in Minnesota from a Native American mythological monster.

The book was published in November of 2013.

Before its release, Publisher’s Weekly called the book “…well-written and entertaining… Jeni makes for a likeable protagonist that readers will identify with.”

Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd. Foreword’s awards are more than just a shiny sticker on the front of a book; they help connect the best indie books to readers eager to discover new stories written by previously unknown authors.

Pietron is a debut author who, in the wake of automotive downsizing, chose to pursue a literary career. Thunderstone was inspired by her personal interests and experiences.

“I’ve been fascinated with Native American culture and beliefs since I was a kid,” said Pietron. “After a trip to Lake Itasca, MN, I decided the unspoiled area was the perfect setting for a story steeped in Native American lore.”

Pietron will be selling and signing copies of Thunderstone at the Southfield Public Library on June 4th, at 7 p.m.  The book is also available online or for order from bookstores.

This is the second time a book from the relatively new Scribe Publishing Company has placed as a finalist in Foreword’s Book of the Year awards. The first time was the company’s first book, Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool by Jody Lamb, which went on to win 2012 Book of the Year in juvenile fiction.

In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards.

For more information or to request a review copy, please contact Mel Corrigan at mel (at) scribe-publishing (dot) com.

Scribe Publishing Company novel honored as ForeWord Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year in juvenile fiction

Michigan author Jody Lamb’s heartwarming middle-grade novel, Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool, was named ForeWord Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year in the juvenile fiction category.

The award was announced recently by ForeWord at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool tackles the tough topics of parental alcoholism and depression along with coming-of-age struggles of fitting in and bullies.

“It’s a tender story of friendship, coping with parental alcoholism and the power of hope,” said Jennifer Baum, founder and editorial director of Scribe Publishing Company. “From the first time I read Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool, I loved the voice the story was written in, and when it became clear how passionate Jody was about the topic of coping with alcoholism, I knew it was something I could stand behind and would be proud to feature as one of Scribe Publishing Company’s first books.”

ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards program was created to highlight the year’s most distinguished books from independent publishers. Award winners are chosen by librarians and booksellers who are on the front lines, working everyday with patrons and customers. ForeWord Reviews, a quarterly print journal established in 1998, is dedicated to exclusively reviewing independently published books to provide booksellers, librarians, agents, and publishing professionals with reviews of the best titles from small, alternative and academic presses.

Whitmore Lake-based author Jody Lamb was inspired to write the story when she read an estimate from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that 25 percent of American kids live with at least one parent who abuses alcohol.

“When I was growing up, I thought alcoholism was unique to my family,” Lamb said. “When I discovered how common it is, I was disappointed in the lack of contemporary, effective books on the subject. Millions of kids are coping with the destructive effects of loved ones’ alcoholism and they believe they are alone because it remains a family secret. I wrote a realistic story and hoped it’d help one kid one day. Since its publication, I’ve received encouraging notes from dozens of tweens, teenagers and adults from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. who’ve told me that this story moved and inspired them. That’s the greatest honor in the world.”

We’ve got a booth at the Buy Michigan Now festival in Northville, Michigan, August 2-4. Stay tuned for a schedule of giveaways, author meet-and-greets, signings and readings.

Did you know Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool is a finalist for the 2012 Book of the Year Award in juvenile fiction from ForeWord Press? Meet author Jody Lamb this Sunday, May 5 at the Brighton District Library. Read about the event here.

We had a wonderful write up in the Detroit News this week!

If you’re in or around Hamburg Township, Michigan on Saturday, March 2nd, stop by the library between 10am-1pm to meet our authors, Jody Lamb and Molleen Zwiker!

What if you could lend the electronic version of your book to readers for free, while pocketing a royalty?  Sounds crazy, right?  Well, perhaps it would be, if not for Kindle’s ever-adapting platform.

KDP Select” is a program that enables Amazon Prime members to check out a limited amount of books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library at no cost, and read them at their leisure (there’s no due date). The best part, for authors and publishers, is that royalties are paid by Amazon for each copy borrowed. The amount per copy changes monthly, based on a fund that Amazon sets aside every month as incentive for publishers or authors who list their books this way, and is determined in part by how many books are borrowed overall (among all the titles listed in this program). But in general, the royalties are comparable, or sometimes better than, the royalties that would typically be earned by an eBook sale.

The catch? KDP Select requires that the book is released as an eBook through Kindle exclusively for a period of three months. Afterwards, it can be released as an eBook everywhere else (for the Nook, Sony e-readers, and so on), and after the three-month exclusivity period is up, the book will still be enrolled in KDP Select, forever, it seems (or until they end this innovative program). The good news is that the restrictions do not apply to print versions, so the book can be released in print and in the Kindle format simultaneously.

Books published by Scribe Publishing Company will always be made available for Kindle and will participate in this program as long as it lasts. Like book reviews, signings, and other promotional efforts, allowing readers to borrow your work for free is another way to expose potential readers to your work.  Word of mouth travels fast, and if someone borrows your book and likes what they read, they may decide to tell all their friends.

Debut Michigan author Jody Lamb’s heartwarming middle-grade novel tackles the tough topics of parental alcoholism and depression along with coming-of-age struggles of fitting in and bullies.

“Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool,” written for children ages eight to 13, is slated for release on November 6 by Scribe Publishing Company.

“This is a tender story of friendship, coping with parental alcoholism and the power of hope,” said Jennifer Baum, founder and editorial director of Scribe Publishing Company. “It stands out because it’s told by Easter Ann, a lovable, witty character readers will cheer for as she copes with common family drama and coming-of-age struggles.”

Lamb was inspired to write the story when she learned how common parental alcoholism is for American children.

Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics estimate that 10 to 25 percent of American kids live with at least one parent who abuses alcohol.

“When I was growing up, I thought alcoholism was unique to my family,” Lamb said. “When I discovered how common it is, I was disappointed in the lack of contemporary, effective books on the subject. Millions of kids are coping with the destructive effects of loved ones’ alcoholism and they believe they are alone because it remains a family secret. I wrote a realistic story to spark discussion, awareness and hope.”

Accomplished middle-grade authors and Jerry Moe, National Director of Children’s Programs at Betty Ford Center, have praised the novel.

“[This story is] a sensitive look at how alcoholism affects the entire family, especially the children,” Moe said. “A message of hope and the possibility of healing makes this a very powerful read.”

The novel will be available for purchase on November 6 in bookstores and on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. An e-book edition is also available in the Kindle store.

A reading and book-signing event is planned for Sunday, November 11 at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Brighton, Michigan.

The novel cover image, author photos, videos, event details and other media materials are available at www.JodyLamb.com.

We are still alive. Haven’t posted on the blog lately, but have been gearing up for our fall collection. Made two offers so far. Can’t wait to announce the collection later this summer. Regular publishing news will resume shortly!

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