More than anything else, I get asked this question: “Jaimie, I finished writing my book, but I don’t know what to do now. Should I publish it myself, find an agent, work with a publisher directly?”
In this short video, I share my thoughts on this topic. After watching it, if you’d like to schedule a consulation, use the contact form and we can discuss your options. I can work with you to create a fiction query letter, a non-fiction book proposal or simply build the list to query the agents/publishers in your genre. If you’d like to give self-publishing a whirl, you can grab my ebook HERE for details and then reach out with questions.
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Palm Shores, Florida March 25, 2020– Local middle grade and young adult author Jaimie Engle’s publisher announced yesterday that all of their e-books are available for free during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes Engle’s award-winning fantasy novel, “Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light,” which has been adapted into a stage play and is currently under consideration for the several state reader award lists.
The story follows Clifton Chase on a magical journey from Melbourne, Florida to a few delightful fantasy settings and England, circa the War of the Roses. Engle had the idea for this book while at her son’s archery class in Wickham Park in Melbourne. She has shared the story’s anti-bullying message with thousands of young readers through visits to schools in Florida, New York and virtually to schools in Oklahoma.
“As a mother who homeschooled both of her boys for three years, I can’t think of a better resource to put into the hands of children when schools are closed than an enthralling book,” said Jaimie Engle, author of “Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light”. “Things are really tough for everyone right now, but the silver lining is that families have a lot of time together. A daily reading lesson or a bedtime story creates bonding time that is absolutely priceless.”
Engle’s book has not been officially released with her new publisher, INtense Publications, but that didn’t derail plans to release the title to children whose schools were shuttered due to the pandemic. Fans can download an advanced reader copy of “Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light” by visiting intensepublications.com and using the code CLIFTONARC when prompted to pay for the e-book. The print book will be officially released on April 11th.
“Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light” was never meant to be a standalone book and Engle has been hard at work on the anxiously awaited sequel, “Clifton Chase on Castle Rock.” Fans can expect the sequel to release this coming winter.
INtense Publications’ mission is to offer boys and minority populations books that were written just for them. As a teacher, foster parent and young adult author, Jana Grissom noticed that such titles are hard to find. She founded INtense Publications in 2018 to meet the literacy needs of boys and minorities. Her company’s catalog features fantasy, science, self-help, young adult and middle grade titles that dare readers to think outside the box.
“The Corona Virus is affecting everyone, including our INtense team,” said Jana Grissom, owner and founder of INtense Publications. “We are here for the kids. For the authors already published, I’ve encouraged them to offer free ebooks for children, giving my full support to spoil kids! Together, we can try to make this time as magical for them as possible, and what better way to escape reality than through a child’s imagination?”
INtense Publications’ core mission is to engage young readers with a variety of diverse books that tackle difficult themes, such as bullying, disability, discrimination and family issues. The publisher searches for authors who are unafraid to speak with a unique voice to spread diversity and inclusion into the teen literary world.
It’s easy to see how Engle’s book helps INtense Publications to further its goal. The novel’s anti-bullying message is weaved into the story with such precision that even the most discerning reader wouldn’t feel preached to, but would take away the crucial theme.
“At a time like this, it’s really calming to take a moment and read a chapter of a good fantasy novel with your child,” Engle said. “If it’s a book that your child can truly connect with or that shares an important message, that’s even better.”
About Jaimie Engle
Award-winning novelist Jaimie Engle is on a mission to write stories that shape you. Since she first fell into Wonderland with Alice at age seven, Jaimie has known she was meant to write magical stories. In her books, magic turns the ordinary into extraordinary and sometimes we become wiser in the midst of a dark thriller or a charming fantasy tale.
About INtense Publications LLC
INtense Publications is an independent publishing house in Fort Worth, Texas that was founded in 2018 by folks who believe readers of all ages desire authentic, challenging novels to inspire their characters and imaginations. INtense Publications’ core mission is to engage young readers with a variety of diverse books that tackle difficult themes, such as bullying, disability, discrimination and family issues. They search for authors who are unafraid to speak with a unique voice to spread diversity and inclusion into the teen literary world.
For further information, please contact us at www.intensepublications.com.
“Engle’s guide book, which includes valuable insights and tips and tricks on how to improve one’s process of writing a novel/story, is well-balanced and thoughtful.” –Publisher’s Weekly Book Life Prize, 2020
Melbourne, FL 2/20/2020 – Who doesn’t want to write a book that doesn’t suck? Award-winning author Jaimie Engle’s answer? No one! Her latest “how-to” is receiving rave reviews, a compilation of writing tips and tricks from her years in the business as a writer, editor, and speaker. Engle began writing at the age of seven and published her first professional piece in 2007. Since then, she’s spoken to tens of thousands of students through schools, conferences, and libraries across the country.
“I believe all authors have the same purpose and that is to get their books into readers’ hands,” shares Engle. “After editing nearly 100 books by indie authors, I began to see similiar mistakes, many of which appeared in my own work, and it helped me to become a better writer. My book Write a Book that Doesn’t Suck shares all the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way, ideas that I guarantee will not be found in another writing book.”
Engle’s new podcast of the same name is another avenue to share the information in the book with writers who, like herself, are stretched for time. The podcast, on Space Coast Podcast Network, allows her to share small bites from the book in 5-10 minute segments. Engle also launched a Facebook Community of the same name to create a place for writers, who want to write a book that doesn’t suck, to come together and share ideas. These very topics are the basis of her highly sought after presentations.
“Jaimie Engle’s presentation was informative and gave me some food for thought for my future writing,” shared Ash McGrath, an attendee at a recent Space Coast Writer’s Guild Spring Conference led by Engle.
“Totally awesome presentation,” shared Betty Jackson, attendee at the same conference, based off Engle’s book Write a Book that Doesn’t Suck. “I need to rewrite my twenty-three books!”
Reviews on Amazon have been incredible. Vanessa Esquibel said how she loved that the book was formatted like a workbook with thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter and a space to write notes and ideas down. Another reviewer said if you are writing your first book or your 50th, you need this book!
Engle has completed the second book in the series, with an anticipated release of Spring 2021.
Write a Book that Doesn’t Suck
• Series: Indie Series (Book 2) • Paperback: 224 pages • Publisher: JME Books (October 30, 2019) • Language: English • ISBN-10: 173287865X • ISBN-13: 978-1732878655 • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
About the Author
Engle’s work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, “The Book” by SCWBI, Bulletin Magazine, and Clubhouse, Jr. Magazine. Her novella, “The Dredge” won the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future award, her ebook “How to Publish your Book” was an Amazon #1 New Release, and “Metal Mouth” is under consideration for the Florida Sunshine State Reading List (2020-2021). Jaimie is a coffee expert, loves to cosplay, and work with kids.
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