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Hickey(s) of the Beast Challenge

We’re gearing up for the release of Hickey of the Beast, a hilarious, creative, absolutely awesome YA fantasy by Isabel Kunkle. In honour of this great story, and tapping into some of the creativity that’s already been unleashed by the book, we’re going to offer a little giveaway for those readers who like to go […]

Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll Results

You like us! You really like us! This just in: Candlemark & Gleam has taken Top 10 honours in all three categories of the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll…and we’re #5 for Publisher! Thank you all SO much for voting for us and cheering us on! This is a great honour, especially for such a […]

Erekos Reader Drawing

In the cold, cold days of winter, following Snowpocalypse II as it’s blanketed a huge swath of the country, we want to give you, our beloved readers, a little something to warm up with. Thus, it is time for the Erekos Reader Drawing! It’s simple. To enter, just buy a copy of Erekos – you […]

Praise for Broken

There’s been an awful lot of praise coming in for Broken, including this from the man known as Smarriveur: I don’t often recommend books. I’ll mention if I’m quite enjoying a series, or blown away by an author. Generally, I’m rereading things these days anyway, and I don’t have much time to do so, so […]

Reader Poll

So…Preditors & Editors is doing its annual Readers Poll, and Candlemark & Gleam and Erekos are up in several categories! Pretty please go vote for us? Candlemark & Gleam is up for Book Publisher. Erekos is up for both SF/F Novel and Cover Art/Novel. Go vote! It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s painless, and you might […]

Doing the Books

It’s official. The very first thing I will do if Candlemark & Gleam ever turns a profit is to hire a bookkeeper. I hate doing the books. I really, really do. I hate tracking sales and inventory, I hate logging expenses, I hate figuring out how to generate clear, concise, comprehensible royalty reports that include information on […]

Publicity as Primary

As we move into a new year, with many exciting book launches planned, I’ve been thinking more and more about marketing and publicity. You see, the hardest part of being a new, niche publisher that specializes in printing not-overly-commercial fiction by first-time authors is that, well, you’re up against a pair of obstacles: You, the […]

Hazards of book design

Going into these things, you never think about the potential job hazards of doing book design. For instance, after awhile, the words “Dear Michael” stop making actual sense, and start just being loops and whorls and lines. Especially when you’re scanning them in 500 different handwriting fonts. I’m presently finishing up the book design for […]

On Pseudonyms

Interesting article here on choosing to write under a pseudonym, and why an author might want to do so. I think a lot of authors, particularly those who write in genre, choose pseudonyms for a combination of these reasons. What if you’re a scholar or a journalist in your everyday life? It makes sense for […]

Ads in eBooks

The Wall Street Journal just did an article on companies exploring the possibilities of adding ads to eBooks. I’m a bit torn on how I feel about this. On the one hand, I see a great deal of potential here for being able to keep eBook prices as low as possible, even without print revenue […]