On Not Being Picked by Kathleen Ratcliffe

Honorable Mentions:
Trim by Galen Surlak-Ramsey
Matches by Charles B Kramer

Thanks to all our entrants. Check back at on Aug. 25, 2015 for details of the 3rd Annual Writers Contest.

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.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our inaugural Writers Contest. We have our winners!

First place: Call Me Gil by Teresa Fowler
Second place: The Natural Order by Kathleen Ratcliffe
Third place: Glasses by Meagan Friedman

Entries were judged by five of Scribe Publishing Company’s authors: Jody LambMolleen ZwikerPaul FlowerBarbara Pietron, and S. J. Lomas. Check back for details on our 2014 writers contest.

We’re excited to announce our newest authors, Tom Daldin, Jim Edelman and Eric Tremonti, host and producers of Under the Radar Michigan, an Emmy Award winning PBS television program. They are working on a travel book about the people, places and things that make Michigan a great place to be. The book is set to come out in Nov. 2014, but in the meantime, check out the show at!


Pictured here are Tremonti, Daldin and Edelman.

greg_hickeyScribe Publishing Company welcomes Greg Hickey as its newest author. Greg is a forensic scientist, endurance athlete, and an award-winning writer. He lives in Chicago with his fiancée, Lindsay.

Look for “Our Dried Voices,” a science fiction novel, in 2014.


In 2153, cancer was cured. In 2189, AIDS. And in 2235, the last members of the human race emigrated to a far distant planet called Pearl. Several hundred years after their arrival, the remainder of humanity lives in a utopian colony in which every need is satisfied automatically, and there is no labor, struggle or thought. But when the machines that sustain their existence begin to break down, a young man named Samuel faces a real test for the first time in his existence. With the lives of the colonists at stake, it is up to Samuel to save the colony. 

For many people, submitting a non-fiction book proposal can be a daunting task. If you spend some time searching for tips, the process might get even more confusing, as you run across contradicting advice and varying guidelines.

I can’t speak for any other publishers or agents, but this is what I’m most interested in seeing:

  • A detailed outline of the entire book, and a full sample chapter.
  • Market/competitive analysis: What are the most similar books to what you’re proposing on the market today? Before you answer, “There aren’t any!” please take a deeper look. Find 2-3 titles that are similar to what you’re proposing, and tell us why your title is different. Why is your topic timely? Who is your anticipated audience?
  • Describe your current platform, including any social media presence or other connections that will enable you to reach a wide audience. Do you have a blog? Facebook page? How many fans and followers do you have? What is your web traffic like? If you haven’t started your author platform, what are your plans and specific timeline to start building one?
  • What tactics are you willing and planning to take on to promote your book?

Thanks, and happy writing!

Sometimes I feel very torn on Amazon – should I love it or hate it? Most of our book sales currently come from Amazon, and I have to admit that most of the books I buy come from Amazon – whether through Kindle or hard copy. I also love their Kindle Lending Library program, which for the most part, our books participate in. It’s a really innovative program that manages to benefit publishers, authors AND readers all at once – a rare feat. But if the popularity of Amazon means brick and mortar stores are shutting down, well…

In any case, their announcement in March that they’ve bought Goodreads left me wondering and waiting. Last month they announced the new Paperwhite Kindle will integrate Goodreads. It’s available now.

goodreads-kindleI haven’t gotten my hands on one yet to see the integration (still using an ancient Kindle, circa 2010, which my eyes appreciate is not backlit. It will be a sad day when that device dies). But the potential for integration between browsing, reviewing and buying seems exciting. I often have trouble looking for new books or music on Amazon, as there is SO MUCH to choose from. But if I can navigate my choices through a friend’s recommendations or books I’ve previously marked as “to read” – that is a good setup. I have a Goodreads account, which, admittedly, has gone unused for a while. It got to be a pain to log in separately to review and bookmark books to read (in turn I started using my Amazon wishlist sporadically, which isn’t as social or interactive as I’d like it to be). The new Goodreads integration seems like it will solve that.

There are some screenshots of the integration here.

Thoughts? Have you noticed any changes in Goodreads since the announcement in March? Do you have the new Paperwhite Kindle and are already using Goodreads on it?

P.S. Publisher’s Weekly is reporting growth trends in the number of independent booksellers – a good sign for print books and the physical act of visiting a neighborhood bookstore.


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.

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