MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE: top ten bestseller on Amazon

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The promotion ends tonight! Hurry to download a FREE copy of this award-winning fantasy based on Russian folklore.

 

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Get books by Anna Kashina and Cindy Lynn Speer FREE

For the next three days, Anna Kashina’s award-winning novel MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE is available for free on Amazon:

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GU0T262/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00GU0T262&linkCode=as2&tag=dragopubliblo-20&linkId=2DQZT2XMXAXFAKFE

Hurry to download your own copy today. The promotion ends at midnight EST on September 19.

For reviewers, Cindy Lynn Speer’s upcoming collection WISHES AND SORROWS is now available on NetGalley in advance of its upcoming publication on October 30, 2o14. To request a copy follow this link:

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https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/show/id/53561

Cindy Lynn Speer is the bestselling author of THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE, released by Dragonwell in 2012. Publishers Weekly is calling WISHES AND SORROWS “intriguing” and “richly ambitious” in their recent review.

If you would like to receive a review copy directly from us, email us at dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com (replacing (at) with @ and (dot) with .)

Or, preorder a copy on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MW6F49W/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00MW6F49W&linkCode=as2&tag=dragopubliblo-20&linkId=EZYPJXRYV276FKGX) or from our web site (http://publishing.dragonwell.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=10018)

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SORROW by John Lawson: last chance to get it off NetGalley

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A child of joy. A victim of Sorrow.

As a ward of the powerful Viscount and his wife, Faina whiles away her days exploring the palace and its grounds, dancing in the halls, hiding from her tutors, and spending time with the common folk she has grown to love.

And then comes Sorrow. An assassin of brutal efficiency, who weeps black tears over the corpses of the fallen, Sorrow has claimed the life of a beloved clergyman within the confines of the Viscount’s own palace, and the infamous Lord Ash has come to investigate the crime. Faina is key to both their quests.

Sorrow cares only for destruction. Lord Ash cares only for the hunt. Whoever wins, whatever the cost, Faina will pay.

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If you are a reviewer or blogger and you would like an advance review copy of “Sorrow” by John Lawson, now is the last chance to request a copy from NetGalley at:

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/show/id/51661

We will be taking it down in the next few days in advance of its publication on September 30.

For those of you who would like to own a brand new copy, preordering is now available at:

http://www.amazon.com/Sorrow-John-Lawson-ebook/dp/B00MR86BQK/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-13&keywords=dragonwell+publishing

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Tips for the authors: How to make a query letter work in your favor.

Despite some popular beliefs, the only purpose of the query letter is to convey information. Query letters are not writing samples (even though any typos of errors in the query letter can speak volumes against you). They are not a place to be witty, or tell your life story and your world views. They are designed for only one purpose, to tell the publisher the following important things:

(1) the basic information about your novel (name, genre/subgenre, and word count), as well as, hopefully, the assurance that it has been completed and available.

(2) a concise summary of the plot, or enough information to give a basic idea on what this book is about. One paragraph is better than two, “concise” is the key word.

(3) your publishing credentials, if any.

(4) the reason you are querying this particular publisher, if any.

(5) the assurance that this submission is exclusive to this publisher — or, if the guidelines permit it, the information that it may be simultaneously considered by someone else.

Within these parameters, the shorter you can make it, the better. Literally.

Clearly, a good query letter will not sell your novel. But it will gain you the benefit of the doubt and will probably make the editor approach your submission much more favorably than they would otherwise.

Here are the five most common elements of the query letter that were definitely held against the authors during our consideration process:

1. “As a child, I have always wondered if…” — Yawn. We don’t have time to learn anyone’s childhood story, not unless we are publishing the book and this information is highly relevant to our marketing plan. At this point the submissions editor will skim to the end of the letter to look for credentials, and then to the sample chapter, briefly, with the expectation that the writing will be bad.

2. “My book is not about…” –yes, seriously. Some people do start their query this way. Usually this is followed by a rant that could be several paragraphs long. The query letter is the place where one should focus on the specifics of the book, ignoring the temptation of making the letter long just because there are no visible page breaks in the e-mail window.

3. “Have you ever thought of…” — No. Well, maybe we have thought of that, but we don’t want to think about it while reading query letters.

4. “The reason I am not published is…” — Being unpublished is nothing to be ashamed of. There could be many reasons, and in case of very good authors out there all these reasons are heart-breaking. The truth is, this has nothing to do with our consideration of this particular novel and thus has no place in the query letter.

5. “Imagine yourself on a spaceship/in a jungle/on a boat, etc.” — We do, usually when we read something we enjoy that is relevant to any of these places. Query letters don’t fall into this category.

Well, this list can go on, really. But each of these examples invariably has to do with information that has no place in the query letter, simply because it is not directly relevant to your submission. If you are not sure what to write, stick to the bare basics and let your novel speak for itself.

Chances are, these basic rules apply to querying most publishers, even if some individual submissions editors may have preferences not covered in our list of bare essentials. Chances are, if they do have such preferences, these preferences will be covered in their submission guidelines. Barring that, we suggest you stick to the basics and avoid the temptation to elaborate.

Happy querying!

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ONCE UPON A CURSE anthology is an Amazon top 100 bestseller

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The current sales ranks:

 

 

And you can still buy it for 99 cents until the end of today! Grab a copy of this anthology by award-winnning legends of science fiction and fantasy, mixed with some new voices in the genre. San Franscisco book review called this anthology “Gorgeous, haunting, and a wonder to read” in their 5-star review.

Click on the cover above to buy it from Amazon, or get a copy from Barnes and Noble or Kobo stores. And, don’t forget to check out these other stand-alone installments in the “Myth and Magic” series by Dragonwell Publishing, featuring stories and novels based on myth and fairy tales:

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WISHES AND SORROWS by Cindy Lynn Speer available for pre-order at Amazon.com

 

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From the bestselling author of THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE and ONCE UPON A CURSE comes this stunning collection of paranormal tales, dark and enchanting, beautiful and sad.

For every wish there is a sorrow…

Wishes are born from sorrows, blessings are sometimes curses, and even fairy godmothers cannot always get what they want. In this original collection, Cindy Lynn Speer, the author of “The Chocolatier’s Wife”, brings to life creatures of myths and tales, mixing them into a vibrant tapestry of stories, happy and sad, magical and real, each lovingly crafted and sure to touch the reader’s soul.

Step into the world where magic is real, and every mundane bit of reality is as magical as a true fairy tale.

From the bestselling author of THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE and ONCE UPON A CURSE, beautifully presented with the cover by the award-winning author Howard David Johnson, comes this stunning collection of paranormal tales, dark and enchanting, beautiful and sad.

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SORROW by John Lawson now available for preorder

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A child of joy. A victim of Sorrow.

As a ward of the powerful Viscount and his wife, Faina whiles away her days exploring the palace and its grounds, dancing in the halls, hiding from her tutors, and spending time with the common folk she has grown to love.

And then comes Sorrow. An assassin of brutal efficiency, who weeps black tears over the corpses of the fallen, Sorrow has claimed the life of a beloved clergyman within the confines of the Viscount’s own palace, and the infamous Lord Ash has come to investigate the crime. Faina is key to both their quests.

Sorrow cares only for destruction. Lord Ash cares only for the hunt. Whoever wins, whatever the cost, Faina will pay.

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John Lawson’s THE LOATHLY LADY, published by Dragonwell Publishing last week was characterized by Publishers Weekly as “A surprising twist on the familiar folk tales and Arthuriana”. SF Crowsnest descrobed it as “an immersive fantasy with widely varied characters”. This new release from the same author explores a different era in his historical fantasy world in this bittersweet, enchanting tale.

Click on the cover above to preorder this book in advance of its release on September 30, 2014.

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