Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Publishers: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Part 3

This is part 3 of the 5 part series with Terri Bruce: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Publishing

Be sure to check out Dean C. Rich's blog The Write Time for more on this by Terri Bruce

Why did you choose to work with Eternal Press despite their P&E rating?
Several things stood out to me when I researched Eternal Press—the first was that anything negative said about them on various sites was said more than two years ago (they have since changed ownership), there was an equal number of people defending them, and all of their authors that I spoke to (and I spoke to quite a few) had only good things to say about EP—the publication process (including the dreaded cover art process) had been smooth/trouble free, they were happy with the quality of their final product, they got their royalty checks on time, and were thrilled with the amount of ongoing marketing and distribution support they got.

When I received the offer, I had the opportunity to speak with the CEO and I was not only pleasantly surprised by her professionalism, honesty, and transparency, I was blown away by it. I think I was still on the fence and half suspecting some kind of dragon-lady based on the internet stories, but she was nothing like that. With the contract, EP provides several guidance documents to help authors understand the publishing process and what to expect from working with EP. The documents were not only professional but showed me that EP has good systems in place—my book wasn’t going be produced by the seat of their pants but put through a standardized process, which, to me, meant this is a mature company with good standard operating procedures, is efficient and well-organized, and has experience.

These factors, added to the fact that EP is fairly large for a small press (they produce many books each year), offers a great royalty rate, has beautiful cover art, and is well known in the genres they specialize in, convinced me that EP was a good company to work with.

Coming August 1, 2012 from Eternal Press
Thirty-six year old Irene Dunphy didn't plan on dying any time soon, but that’s exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night of bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on Earth as a ghost, where food has no taste, the alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, and the only person who can see her is a fourteen year old boy-genius who can see dead people, thanks to a book he found in his school library. This sounds suspiciously like hell to Irene, so she prepares to strike out for the Great Beyond. The problem is, while this side has exorcism, ghost repellents, and soul devouring demons, the other side has three-headed hell hounds, final judgment, and eternal torment. If only there was a third option…

Terri will be back tomorrow to give us more insights on why she decided to go Indie and other thoughts on Publishing. Don't forget to check out The Write Time for the first section of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Publishing, hosted by Dean C. Rich

Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats. Her first novel, HEREAFTER—a contemporary fantasy about a woman’s search for redemption in the afterlife—will be released by Eternal Press later this year. Visit her on the web at

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