In anticipation for the upcoming Book Launch of By the Stars, we've filled the Merch store with Men's, Women's, and Kid's tees, posters, and coffee mugs! Go check it out and load up before the launch party on August 3rd! You can find the merchandise by following the "Gear up with European Geeks" button located on the Purchase page.
By the Stars is almost here!
We're only four days away from the launch of By the Stars, the first book in the Embracing Entropy series by Jessica Marie Baumgartner. Make sure to join our FaceBook launch party by visiting www.facebook.com/europeangeeks and clicking JOIN on the link pinned to the top of the page. We'll be hosting trivia, giveaways, excerpts, and more! Plus, a Q&A session with the author, LIVE and in REAL TIME. It's bound to be a good time, so make sure you join in!
Launching on August 31st, 2015 - The Multiverse of Max Tovey is a unique blending of science fiction and fantasy. Written by Alastair Swinnerton, The Multiverse of Max Tovey takes readers on a fantastical trip through Britain's history as Max Tovey discovers the truth about his reoccurring nightmares and the part his family has to play in them.
Today, we're releasing the official cover art for The Multiverse of Max Tovey. Check it out!
TEASER ALERT - By the Stars!
Already available for Pre-Order, By the Stars by author Jessica Marie Baumgartner will be landing on August 3rd, 2015. Make sure to join us for the Facebook launch party (you can find information on our Events Tab) and get your preordered copy now!
The highly-anticipated first novel by Lego Bionicle co-creator Alastair Swinnerton, The Multiverse of Max Tovey is a unique blend of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Drawing you into the history of the British Isles, The Multiverse of Max Tovey is a constant page turning, drawing you quickly into the series of The Hamdun Chronicles.
Follow Max across time as he battles demons, Romans, and so much more.
We will begin teasing segments from The Multiverse of Max Tovey as the date approaches, so stay tuned for more sneak peeks!
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Whether I'm editing an unpublished manuscript or reading an already-on-the-market book, I find myself reaching for the red pen a bit too much these days.
Considering that most writers utilize some form of word processing program to write their novels (gone are the days of the hand-scribbled manuscripts), some of these mistakes are unacceptable. Of course, not even the spelling & grammar checker can catch all mistakes, which is why editors have not been pushed out of the market yet. Sometimes, you just need a good eye to locate the blatant mistakes that - although they have eluded the author - will leap off the page and smack your reader in the face.
Here is a quick run-down of the most annoying mistakes currently plaguing manuscripts across the world:
Nothing bothers me more than incorrect spelling. Some readers may not catch this, but if you have intelligent readers - which, let's be honest, are the best type of readers - your work may not see the light of day again.
Occasionally, autocorrect takes on a mind of its own (It's become Self Aware!), and changes misspelled words into the completely wrong word. For example, one manuscript I had been reviewing used the word technology where it clearly should have said technically.
Nobody wants to read through a barrage of unnecessary words. Wordiness refers to one of these issues: whether it’s redundancy, stating the obvious or packing a sentence with excess detail and unnecessary modifiers. Cut the fat - nobody wants to muddle through it to find the story.
Oh heavens, does this drive me insane! The biggest inconsistency that I see in my editing and/or reading is incorrect character names. If Rebecca and Paul are the only two in the room, but the next line says that Ethan has left room - I will most likely put the book down (unless I am editing it, in which case, you'll be seeing red.). This goes for places, character descriptions, and back stories. You need to make sure that your details all match up because your reader will notice immediately if they don't. Of course, hopefully, your editor has noticed the error before it lands in a reader's lap... but that's another story.
Similar to the story inconsistencies - voice inconsistency is another huge no, no. While an editor is most likely to have caught this and demanded a full-blown re-write, the self-publishing tool has now allowed this one major issue to creep onto the market. When writing or editing, you want to make sure that your book flows - and that begins with the narration. Do not flip flop from first-person to third-person narration, or switch perspective without any obvious breaks.
While editors are there for a reason, being a writer does require having some command of the English language. Remember, in most cases, the editors work for the publishing house (unless you've independently hired one for a self-pub). You want to put your best foot forward any time you send in a manuscript.
So what have we learned today?
If you have an editor, it is best to edit your own work before you send it in. If you are self-publishing, make sure to hire a reputable editor. It's one thing to make your editor pull their hair out, it's quite another to make your reader do it!
Tips to Brave the Submission World
Once you've finished your manuscript (and hopefully at least one round of editing!), you may decide it's time to begin the submission process. This can be a daunting, scary time for some authors - even the 'big' ones. Your work is your baby and it can be hard to send it out there, into the cruel world, to face possible rejections. At European Geeks, we believe in supporting authors - ours or otherwise - and to help ease the pain of the submission process, we've compiled a list of tips for those who are about to brave the submission world.
Regardless of how ground breaking your novel may be - there is more to what a publisher considers than just your manuscript. You may be the next J.K. Rowling, but if you're missing one of these items on the checklist, it's likely that you won't get picked up for traditional publishing. While writing is an art, publishing is a business and has to be treated as such. Entering into a contract with an author is no different than signing a deal with a fortune 500 company - it has to be profitable or everyone involved loses.
So what exactly is this checklist that publishers consider before signing a contract with an author?
Publishing is a business, just like any other, and for that business to be successful, it depends on the validity of the partner. Publishers want to find authors who are great business people. Your work is your product, so learn to push, sell, and promote it and yourself. These are the first steps you can take in securing your first publishing contract.
What We Offer
Whether you've written your first book or you're an established author, you're probably trying to decide what to do with that spectacular, unpublished novel. With so many choices in the literary market these days, who do you go with? There's so many indie publishers, small presses, traditional publishing houses - not to mention, there's always the self-publishing route.
While self-publishing may work for some, it doesn't always work for everyone... and the same can be said for the small press and/or traditional route. With traditional publishers, the author tends to lose most creative controls, but they do usually receive an advance, albeit lower royalties. A small or indie press generally gives out lower to no advances, but a slightly higher royalty rate than a traditional. Creative control with a small or indie press can vary by company, but generally the author still loses a large portion of control regarding what happens to his or her manuscript. Self-publishing is the best way for authors to retain full creative control, however, it requires you to be responsible for all cover designs, formatting, copyright filing, etc. And all marketing falls on the author.
So what makes European Geeks Publishing different?
European Geeks was born from the realization that authors haven't been getting the best treatment from their companies. We aim to publish a much smaller catalog than most companies each year, allowing us to spend ample time with each author and body of work - making sure it is handled accordingly.
As a small press, we do not offer advances. We do, however, offer highly competitive royalty rates at 50% for print and 55% for eBooks. While we handle editing, cover art, and layouts in-house, everything is cleared and approved by the author before publication. Marketing will be a joint effort between author and publisher at EG - with both parties being equal partners in the marketing campaign and promotions.
European Geeks strives to be author-friendly.
We have an open door policy for all authors - ours and others - at European Geeks Publishing. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! email@example.com.