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Guest Author Post by: MICHAEL OKON “MONSTERLAND”

How I Got a Publishing Deal and What’s Next

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It’s a pretty incredible story that I have a hard time believing. I wrote Monsterland and self-published it in 2015. My mom is my publicity manager and she blitzed the bloggers with my book. That fall I was reading a book called Selling a Screenplay by Syd Field. In the book, there was an entertainment attorney named Susan Grode who seemed very knowledgeable about the publishing and film industry. I told myself, when I receive my first contract, I’m going to reach out to her to see if she could help me. About two months later, I received a post on Facebook from an agent in London who asked to represent me. I said sure and asked him to send me a contract. I emailed Susan and introduced myself and mentioned that I had someone who wanted to rep me and I was hoping she could read this contract. She told me before I sign with this London agent, why don’t I meet her friend in Brooklyn, an agent named Nick Mullendore with Vertical Ink Literary Agency. I met Nick for lunch and he signed me that day as his client. That evening, Susan brought me on as her client as well.

 

Nick began trying to sell my book Monsterland to the big publishers and, as expected, it was rejected. Throughout his attempts of selling, he had a call with a film agent and he was pitching her a romance novel. She said she wasn’t really into romance and was looking for something with monsters. He sent her my book Monsterland, she read it over a weekend, and we had a call that Monday. She told Nick and me if we get the book published, she will get it into a producer’s hands to make into a film. Nick found a publisher called WordFire Press owned by Kevin J. Anderson, who has written all the Star Wars and Dune canon books. WordFire signed me to a two-book deal for Monsterland 1 & 2. After the deal was signed, my film agent did what she promised and got my book into the hands of a billion-dollar grossing producer who is now shopping my book to certain studios.

 

In two years, I went from a self-published author, to a published author with a literary agent, an entertainment attorney, a film agent, a two-book publishing deal, a publicist, and a producer who is interested in turning my book to a film. It’s been one wild ride, to say the least.

 

Now, what’s next? Well, one may just sit back and relax, and do nothing. Not I. I’ve already completed Monsterland 2 which comes out May 26, 2018. I’m knee-deep in Monsterland 3. I’ve already started beating out the stories for Monsterland 4 and 5. It seems that the next five years are going to be extremely busy with creating stories centered on monsters. What could be wrong with that?

Best,

Michael

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YouTube – Monsterland Book Trailer #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD4rQchBel4

YouTube – Monsterland Book Trailer # 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYvLAl733Js

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FRONT GATE public relations. Christy Awards 2017 winners!

 

 

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2017
LONG WAY GONE Awarded “Book of the Year” at
2017 CHRISTY AWARDS™ Christian Fiction Gala
Annual Christian Fiction Program gives Awards in Nine Categories that Celebrate the Best in Christian Fiction

November 9, 2017. Nashville, TN – Last night, LONG WAY GONE by Charles Martin was awarded top honors at the 2017 CHRISTY AWARDS™ Gala.  Presented by The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), the 18th annual event was held at Lipscomb University and hosted by a trio of award-winning, bestselling authors in the genre: NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, musician and writer Andrew Peterson, and award-winning author and radio host Chris Fabry. Fabry also took home honors in two categories at the event.
The full list of winners in each category are:
Book of The Year: LONG WAY GONE by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson)
Contemporary Romance: HER ONE AND ONLY by Becky Wade (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
First Novel: STARS IN THE GRASS by Ann Marie Stewart (Barbour Publishing)
General Fiction: THE PROMISE OF JESSE WOODS by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
Historical Fiction: THE MARK OF THE KING by Jocelyn Green (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
Historical Romance (TIE): A NOTE YET UNSUNG by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group) and THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART by Joanne Bischof (Mason Jar Books)
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: WHEN DEATH DRAWS NEAR by Carrie Stuart Parks (Thomas Nelson)
Short Form: LOOKING INTO YOU by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
Visionary: THE LONG JOURNEY TO JAKE PALMER by James Rubart (Thomas Nelson)
Young Adult: THE SILENT SONGBIRD by Melanie Dickerson (Thomas Nelson)
THE CHRISTY AWARDS™ Gala also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the novel “Christy,” the award’s namesake and now rereleased through Evergreen Farm, an imprint of Gilead Publishing.  The evening capped off two days of events that helped inspire, train and encourage those established in the publishing industry as well as those aspiring to break into the market as writers or business leaders.  PubU: The Art of Curation was held as a training and networking event for Christian publishing professionals. The Art of Writing Conference was created to build community and explore the leading questions and pressing issues facing creators and curators.
“We are thrilled with the tremendous response we received to these three writing and publishing events,” said Stan Jantz, executive director of ECPA. “So many talented writers, along with members of the professional publishing community, have reinforced our belief that the art of storytelling is more important than ever. We congratulate this year’s eleven CHRISTY AWARD winners and look forward to another year of incredible storytelling.”
Sign up for award and event updates for the 2018 program at www.ChristyAwards.com, where complete information can be found.
The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization comprised of member companies that are involved in the publishing and distribution of Christian content worldwide. Since 1974, ECPA has strengthened Christian publishing by building networking, information, and advocacy opportunities within the industry and throughout multiple channels so that our members can more effectively produce and deliver transformational Christian content. ECPA.org
The CHRISTY AWARD™ is the foremost award honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction since 1999, and is named for Catherine Marshall’s novel, “Christy,” which has sold over 10 million copies since its publication in 1967. ECPA assumed ownership and administration of the award in 2017 to focus and grow the unique opportunity of fiction in Christian publishing. ChristyAwards.com
  
Pictured are the award winning authors present at The Christy Award Gala with ECPA executive director Stan Jantz:
(left to right) Chris Fabry, Tamera Alexander, Jocelyn Green, Becky Wade, Ann Marie Stewart, Melanie Dickerson, Stan Jantz
 
1. Looking Into You (Short Form) and The Promise of Jesse Woods (General Fiction), Chris Fabry, Tyndale House Publishers
2. A Note Yet Unsung (Historical Romance), Tamera Alexander, Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group
3. The Mark of the King (Historical), Jocelyn Green, Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group
4. Her One and Only (Contemporary Romance), Becky Wade, Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group
5. Stars in the Grass (First Novel), Ann Marie Stewart, Barbour Publishing
6. The Silent Songbird (Young Adult), Melanie Dickerson, Thomas Nelson
7. Stan Jantz, Executive Director, ECPA
Photo credit:  Kristen Fields

NEW BOOK & FREEBIES FROM OUR DARLING: EMMANUELLE de MAUPASSANT

Thank you dear one!

 

Today, I’m delighted to introduce Miss Scruffy.
She’s my own little terrier and the inspiration for ‘Pudding’ – Lady Ophelia’s dog in my 1920s romance, ‘Highland Pursuits’.
If you’ve read the story, you’ll know she’s a feisty little madam, and just as big a character as Ophelia herself.
I’m also excited to tell you that  ‘Highland Pursuits‘ is free today – so please do grab a copy if you haven’t already done so.
(…you can also pre-order the sequel, ‘Highland Christmas‘, for just 99p/99c at the moment)
Also on sale for the first time is my Gothic romance, ‘Italian Sonata‘.
It’s just 99p/99c – but until Friday only.
xxxx
If you’d like a peek at some kinky short stories, you mustn’t miss out on claiming your copy of the latest anthology in which I feature: ‘The Big Book of Submission Volume 2‘.
As a contributor, I may invite you to receive a free download
(with my toes crossed that you’ll kindly leave a review)
Scroll down to find out more.
Last, but not least, you’ll find a selection of guest authors in my ‘steals and deals’ section.

sending you all warmest wishes

Emmanuelle
Sent by

SendinBlue

            FREE   –  for a few days only 
Defiant debutante Lady Ophelia Finchingfield is banished to the Highlands of Scotland, where a bizarre selection of suitors are soon lining up. Ophelia only has eyes for the castle’s estate manager but he’s already spoken for, and glamorous French coquette Felicité has no intention of letting ruggedly attractive Hamish slip from the service of her bed. Intrigue abounds, as Ophelia discovers that the Castle is a hotbed of illicit cavorting.

A wickedly naughty 1920s romance.

psst – if you’ve read and enjoyed ‘Highland Pursuits’, please do leave a review. xxx
Take me to the Highlands
99p/99c – for a few days only
What dark secrets lie within those walls?
Madness, abduction, imprisonment… murder?
The past does not lie quietly.

Towering above its island of wave-lashed rock is Castello di Scogliera.
Look up at the narrow windows, and you might think yourself watched.
Something, or someone, has been waiting for Lady McCaulay to arrive…

A sumptuous Gothic Romance, filled with mystery, intrigue, and the lure of the sensuous.

Give me the shivers…
       Ready for a
feast of erotic
fiction?
Another fabulous anthology release, to which I’m a contributing author, and can invite you to receive a copy with an eye to review. Just click through to complete the form (by end Nov) and editor Rachel will be in touch. Fab if you can review by end Feb 2018.
xxx- Em
ps – the story I’ve written for this anthology is one of my all time favourites – all new and unseen
Bring it on !
Sign me up !
STEALS, DEALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Scroll down to find books by my fellow authors.
We love helping each other reach new readers and I’m always happy to play host to some intriguing titles.
Amazon Giftcards and free books
Over 35 authors are offering their books FREE – for a limited time. Even better, we’ve pooled funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards – just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media.
Freebie-tastic !  
   Rita Stradling
We’d hated each other since childhood. Now he’s occupying my thoughts, and we may soon step over a line that should never be crossed.
Culter isn’t just irresistible. He’s  my stepbrother.
99p/99c
Bad choices are the most fn !
Scorched Anthology
Thirteen new, exclusive dragon-shifter paranormal romances from NYT, USA Today and other bestselling authors.
 Burn me!
  Janine Ashbless
In rural Italy, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel. This is a thrilling story of an archangel banished from heaven and the human woman with whom he falls in love.
A stunning romance story – with a personal thumbs up from me!
Janine Ashbless
When Milja released the fallen angel Azazel from five thousand years of imprisonment, she did so out of love and dity. What she hadn’t bargained on was being drawn into his plan to free all his incarcerated brothers and wage war against the Powers of Heaven.
The sequel to ‘Cover HIm With Darkness’ – a stunning romance story with a personal thumbs up from me!
Samantha MacLeod
Six juicy, ruby seeds, staining my lips and fingers. Sealing my fate. Damning me.
Every year, as the seasons turn, I must travel to the darkness of the underworld.
You think you know the story but you haven’t heard the truth.
Free
 Tell us more…
  Maggie Carpenter
Avery has been trespassing on a private beach as payback for a broken promise, but the owner catches her and she must pay the price.
If you go down to the beach today…
Six Holiday Inspired Novellas
From humorous Regency and tender historical to quirky contemporary and gritty urban tales of faerie magic, human redemption, and the power of love.
99p/99c
Ooooh !
      Scarlett Scott
.She’s the American heiress he married for her fortune. He’s the heartless English rake who abandoned her after their wedding night. When they’re thrown together again, their marriage of convenience turns into something much steamier.
 We’re with you Baldr 
      Ellie St. Clair
Lord Joshua Greville, seeks adventure, secretly leading a group investigating criminal activity, the latest affecting the peerage. When Violet becomes entangled in his current case, he must act quickly to protect her.
99p/99c
A mystery to solve…
For Kindle Unlimited Readers
All the tiles listed are ‘free reads’ with Kindle Unlimited.
There’s a giveaway to enter too (to win Amazon giftcards).
Yes please!
More from me towards the end of November.

Miss Scruffy sends you a kiss

love
Emmanuelle

DINNER CONVERSATIONS with MARK LOWRY & ANDREW GREER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GRAMMY-winning Singer/Songwriter/Comedian
Mark Lowry and DOVE-nominated Songwriter/Author
Andrew Greer Launch All-New Film Series Podcast.
Debut Season of “Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry
and Andrew Greer” Premieres Today.
Presented by Project Beautiful, First Ten Episodes Capture Table Talk
with Thought-Provoking Artists and Authors.
November 7, 2017, NASHVILLE, Tenn.  GRAMMY and singer/songwriter/author and GMA Mark Lowry-winning singer/songwriter/comedian and GMA Hall of Fame member ®DOVE Award nominee Andrew Greer have launched DINNER CONVERSATIONS WITH MARK LOWRY AND ANDREW GREER, an all-new film series podcast.
Dinner Conversations is based on the concept that communion begins with good conversation, and good conversation often begins around the dinner table. The first season, consisting of 10 episodes, finds Mark and Andrew inviting acclaimed artists, authors, and topic experts to gather around the dinner table to weigh in on a broad range of thought-provoking human interest conversations.
“In our modern day culture where we are constantly striving to be ‘heard,’ it is becoming increasingly important to make space in our lives for good conversation,” explains Andrew. “Some of the best conversations I have been a part of began around the dinner table. I keep thinking, If we could really listen to one another, perhaps we might also hear from God. So I am thrilled to host this series of table talks with my friend, Mark.”
Subtitled “Turning the Light On One Question at a Time,” Mark explains the show’s discussion-starter premise, “I love conversations that make me think. My buddy, Andrew, and I first met last year during an interview that inspired new thoughts and new ideas in both of us. I think the trend in podcasts is to provoke fresh thoughts through good conversation. With the help of our guests—some of our favorite good thinkers and table talkers—I am excited to help fire up a new batch of conversations in our homes, in our communities and within ourselves through Dinner Conversations. There’s one seat left … and it’s yours!”
Some of the season premiere episodes of Dinner Conversations include:
“Comic Grief” featuring Chonda Pierce and Ken Davis
“Blessed Are the Blended” featuring Sandi Patty
“What’s the Point of Grace?” featuring Point of Grace
“Adopted, Aren’t We All?” featuring Mark Schultz
“Fear, Forgiveness and Friendship” featuring Patsy Clairmont, Anita Renfroe and Jan Silvious.
The show’s title sponsor is Project Beautiful, an organization focused on human trafficking prevention. By targeting potential victims, Project Beautiful monitors have strategically intercepted 12,000 people from the traps of sex traffickers. The organization also provides post-rescue care for victims and helps prosecute traffickers.
We are thrilled to partner with Mark and Andrew on Dinner Conversations,” shares Doug Dvoak, Executive Director and Sr. Vice President of Project Beautiful. “Slavery still exists in the world, and that is a conversation everyone needs to hear. We love the desire they have to start the conversation and partner with us at Project Beautiful to save lives from human trafficking.”
Dinner Conversations is Produced and Directed by Andrew Greer and Mark Lowry serves as Co-Producer. Celeste Winstead is Executive Producer, and Chris Cameron of Center Street Recording is Assistant Director.
Viewers can subscribe to Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer by clicking here.  Dinner Conversations can be viewed on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud and many other popular audio and video podcast outlets.
ABOUT MARK LOWRY
Mark is an internationally known singer, storyteller, humorist, As a staple member of the GRAMMY®-award-winning Gaither Vocal Band, Mark has served as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick through Bill Gaither’s best-selling HOMECOMING video series and live tours. His musical recordings have earned him multiple Dove Awards, the highest honor in gospel music.author and songwriter. His world-famous lyric to “Mary Did You Know?” resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century. Co-written with Buddy Greene, the captivating Christmas tune has been recorded more than 400 times by a broad base of music luminaries like Pentatonix, Reba McEntire, Michael English, Sandi Patty and Rascal Flatts.
A deep thinker with an outrageous sense of humor (for which he often credits Attention Deficit Disorder), Mark’s life work consists of a deep discography of gold and platinum recordings.  But it is Mark’s desire to communicate profound truths through songs and stories that keep his multi-generational audience on the edge of their seats. “I leave the lights up in the audience so I can see the audience,” Mark comments. “I love getting closer to the people. And I treasure the serendipitous moments when God shows up, without warning, but very expectedly.”
A native Texan, when Mark is not ping-ponging cross-country on tour, he settles down in Houston. Visit Mark online at marklowry.com.
ABOUT ANDREW GREER
A six-time Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriter and respected author, Andrew Greer is known for his old soul sound and thoughtful prose. His folk-gospel discography displays a deep affection for vintage spiritual songs, instinctively captured on his critically acclaimed Angel Band hymn series, having reached the Top 10 on Amazon and iTunes’ mainstream charts upon release.
“Hymns are as true to my human experience as my own catalog of songs,” Andrew shares. “In fact, if it hadn’t been for the impact of those indelible tunes, I may have never fallen in love with musicor been introduced to God.” Andrew’s 2013 recording, All Things Bright & Beautiful, held the #1 position on Nielsen Christian SoundScan’s Instrumental chart for 25 consecutive weeks.
On tour dates at home and abroad, Andrew has shared the stage with folks like Amy Grant, Andrew Peterson, and Brandon Heath. His songs have been recorded by artists like Jaci Velasquez, Seth & Nirva, and John Tibbs. And his stories have appeared in publications like Christianity Today, In Touch and CCM Magazine. Andrew’s second book – Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth: Spiritual Conversations Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of Rich Mullins – released on Worthy Publishing this fall.
Also a native Texan, Andrew now gladly calls Franklin, Tennessee home. Visit Andrew online at andrew-greer.com.
ABOUT PROJECT BEAUTIFUL
Project Beautiful is a community of people who give monthly to Love Justice International to save precious lives from sex trafficking and slavery. Since 2004, Love Justice International (formerly Tiny Hands International) has worked primarily in Nepal, Bangladesh,and India, but they have recently expanded into South Africa, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Thailand. Through transit monitoring and interception, they attack trafficking at the most strategic moment—while it is in the process of occurring and BEFORE women and children have been exploited or enslaved. Love Justice staff have intercepted over 12,000 people to prevent them from being trafficked. For more information, visit www.ProjectBeautiful.org
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