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Publisher Choices — Be Safe

It would be nice to think that people would just want to come to us and decide to publish with us but of course that won’t be the case at all times.

Keeping that in mind, I highly recommend that you visit this site and see what you can find there for reputable publishers. You do not want to be stuck with some scammer who is going to take advantage of you, and there are plenty of those opportunists out there.

Hybrid Publisher vs Vanity Publisher

Unless you’re an already established author, you may not have heard the terms “hybrid” and “vanity” publishers. Though they sound very similar, they’re not the same thing.

So-called “vanity publishers”. charge the author for everything included in publishing a book, from editing to cover to actual publishing, to requiring that a certain number of volumes be purchased. From pillar to post, as it were. You’ll often see them offering “deals” of a thousand US dollars or more for this “opportunity” that supposedly include editing, cover design, your purchase of a certain number of books, promises of a certain amount of success, marketing, etc.

They’ll also accept anything that is sent their way, no matter the quality of the work. For them, it’s all about the money, and not about producing a quality book. In addition, vanity publishers often charge for a book’s ISBN, while we provide our writers with one free of charge.

Hybrid publishers, on the other hand, are picky about what they accept for publication. They generally charge for some services, such as editing/cover design, but don’t require the author to purchase books as part of the agreement. They’re also not going to be charging you an arm and a leg for the services for which they do have a fee. They’ll be there for you before and after publication, helping with marketing your work.

Their success is dependent upon your success, and they know it.

In the end, whatever publisher you ultimately choose, even if it isn’t Converted Books, our advice is to stay away from so-called publishers who charge you a fee to publish your book, and give you promises of sales/success if you publish with them.

Anna Rose’s Blog

February 21, 2022

After half a week spent in Austin Texas for an internet networking conference, I’m back at work on my writing. There was plenty of drama on the trip home from Austin, but a few days after getting home, my stress has eased mightily and I can get back into the swing of things once more.

It’s nice, sometimes, to be able to take a break and allow your brain to just relax. At least for me, it opens my mind up to new ideas and allows me to consider what I’ve already written to see if it can be improved upon by either the addition of or subtraction from what’s already there.

When I do such things, I save the previous version so that I don’t lose what I’d written before, and I save that iteration to the cloud so that I don’t lose it at some point. I’ve been through that sort of thing before when either trying to archive physical copies or using a regular computer hard drive.

I’ve learned that not only does Murphy’s Law apply, that bastard Murphy was an optimist.

Anyhow, back to writing for me. I look forward to hearing from you all!

Anna

February 17, 2022

Hey there, it’s Anna!

I’m currently taking a break from working on my books and stories to give you all an update on what I’m working on right now. If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know that things have been especially rough for me and my family over the past couple years. That has slowed down my writing considerably, although I have done what I can to write as much as I was able.

My Mother died, three weeks short of her 93rd birthday, on December 18, 2021. She was surrounded by her family as she went on to her Next Great Adventure. I will love and miss her always.

Now, what I’m working on these days:

  1. We’re in the process of looking into a move to the Northeastern United States. Yes, the place where it becomes stupidly cold and rain turns to snow and ice during certain times of the year.
  2. I’ve got more than one novel that I’m working on right now. It’s one of the best ways, I’ve found, for me to beat the possibility of Writers’ Block over the head and then kick it to the curb.
  3. I’ve been posting first draft (minimal editing) serialized chapters from most of those stories and novels to my Patreon page, where they are available for subscribers to enjoy. Most of the content on that page is subscriber-only, but I do periodically post “free” things for folks who don’t want to contribute to my care and feeding.
  4. Figuring out who I am, what I want and where I’m going. This isn’t just a physical thing, it’s also a mental thing.

    One of those things is that I have very recently accepted and embraced the fact that I’m non-binary. I’m a they/them, rather than a she/her.

    I hope you can accept and embrace that as well.

    Toodles for now, but I’ll be posting periodic updates both here and on my own author page at www.sumaire.com.

Anna

Michele Roger

Michele Roger is a Renaissance woman who writes, paints, draws, and plays, teaches, and writes music. She lives in the Walled Lake, Michigan area, where the weather breeds tough women who don’t take “no” for an answer.

You can listen to her share some of her writing and music on her podcast, which is available on several podcast platforms, Michele Roger’s Tales of Terror,

Amongst her novels are Eternal Kingdom, The Harpist,   Agent for the Orchestra: Rite of Spring (as MM Genet), Meant to Be…SPOOKED: Meant to Be Love Notes Book 3The Conservatory, Terror Under A Lupin Moon, Santa CLAWS, Dark Matter, and Huggy Muggy Do! co-written (as Michele Roger Beresford) with her grandson, Finnegan Dudley).

She has also written music books intended for children, which include The Harp and the Storm Tamer: Michigan Conservatory Harp Method Book 1 also written as Michele Roger Beresford.

Good News, Everyone!

Work hasn’t stopped on the site, and things are going as smoothly as possible, it seems.

We’ve gotten to the point where we have author pages, book pages connected to their particular author, and now a Submission Guide for those authors and artists wanting to submit their work to Converted Books for consideration for publication.

If are you are someone who is looking for some freelance work in editing, marketing, etc., feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] for more information on how this would work. (Please note that these would be 1099-related positions where you would be responsible for your own self-employment taxes.)

Sara’s Fire

Sara’s Fire is the second novel in Anna’s Tales of the Dragonguard Young Adult series.

From the back cover:

“Sara Intelo, blacksmith’s daughter, and a fine metalworker in her own right, has an unexpected encounter with one of the Dragonguard. 

It is an encounter that will change her entire life, upending her previous existence.”

Droch Fola

The third novel in Anna’s Sumaire Web series of vampire novels.

From the back cover:

“Her oldest friend brutally murdered, the vampire Siofra and her offspring Nathaniel, having themselves survived an attack intended to end them as well, must now find their way safely out of Iraq and discover who wants them gone.

A warning to the reader:

You’re not going to find self-loathing vampires and/or romance in these pages. You’re going to find vampires who love what and who they are, and who are in no way apologetic for being that way.”

Fiach Fola

The second novel in Anna’s Sumaire Web series about vampires who love what they are. From the back cover:

“Raising a fledgling isn’t easy. The Irish vampire Siofra has made her first fledgling vampire and knows she can’t raise him in the big city. Forensic science is just too advanced in the modern world. Thus, she is forced to take Nathaniel overseas, where she can teach him how to be a vampire in a relatively safer atmosphere.

While there, Siofra and Nathaniel get caught up in local politics and must work together to keep safe the very rare Leone.

“Fiach Fola” is the second book in the Sumaire Web series.”

Perchance to Steam

Author Rowan Green’s debut novel brings together the mysterious Tarot and steampunk for a fantastic about a wonderful fantasy world seemingly drawn from the Major and Minor arcana of the Tarot.

From the novel’s back cover:

“The story follows a young man named James Baker who is a self proclaimed tarot reader and a computer geek. Like many others, he has an apartment and a job that he doesn’t really enjoy, however, it pays the bills.

All things considered, it’s a pretty comfortable life, if not a bit dull. All of that changes when he is pulled into his Tarot deck by an unknown force. He wakes up in the Realm of Tarocchi, with no idea of how he arrived, much less how to get home.

Now James has to contend with a world where everyone dresses like they’re straight out of a Charles Dickens novel, steam power is the order of the day, and the technology is nothing like he’s experienced. To top it off, he’s been thrust into the position of the Fool, or Key 0 in the Major Arcana.

Follow him as he navigates this new world with its share of joys and challenges, unlike anything he’s experienced before.”