My daughter recently published her first YA Fantasy Fiction novel Journey into the Realm: The Elf Girl. When Markelle (pronounced Mar kelle) began taking her writing seriously I supported her in every way. We all know that getting the larger traditional publishers to accept new authors today is very competitive. We hired a great editor (Patricia Lantier PhD) and both Markelle and Pat created a great read.
The process seemed real simple at first. Write the book, then find a POD, make the payment and you are all set. Wow...wait a minute, not so simple!
Before we hired an Editor we sent the manuscript to Booklocker.com. We chose Booklocker after doing A LOT of research. We were not accepted. Booklocker does not just accept anything just because you are able to pay the money. They want quality work coming out of their publishing house. For that, I am very grateful. It allows me to confidently tell you that my daughters work is worth a read. Well, after the disappointing rejection, we regrouped, and stayed on course. Because we believed in the story and in Markelle's talent I asked Booklocker why it was rejected and what we could do to get a second chance (I did not want to go anywhere else for POD as I already knew we were in the best POD house). Angela at Booklocker said to get an editor. So, that is what we did. We were very lucky to find a very talented editor just a few miles from our home. A few months later we re-submitted to Booklocker who replied with a YES, and a very warm welcome to their family of authors. After that, we worked on the book cover, because Markelle had her own vision for the cover. We hired a graphic designer (happens to be the sister of one of her very close friends - our luck just continues) and we put the finishing touches on the project...and uploaded to Booklocker. The book is now available in both paperback and hard cover at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and we already have a few local booksellers carrying it. Our public library is holding a book signing June 1st. Markelle has 2 more engagements in June. She has been asked to be a presenter at the Southeast Festival of the Book at UW-Waukesha, Wisconsin June 17, and she will be at Creekside Books in Cedarburg, Wisconsin on June 25th & 26th (over the very popular Strawberry Festival Weekend).
Book sales are pretty good for the first month. She sold over 50 in less than 3 weeks, which I think is great. Her reviews are confirming that this new author is earning her way into the YA fantasy fiction realm. She has so much more to offer to her readers!
For any skeptics out there who might think this new novelist is not yet worthy, here is what attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print says about Markelle's publisher: Booklocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. Booklocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublilsher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know" - 2011 WriteresWeekly.com
I invite you to discover Markelle Grabo and her new pubished novel Journey into the Realm: The Elf GIrl