What to read? Maybe a new catt dahman book...it's a weird western...Doc Holliday and the boys fight blood suckers when they aren't involved in gun fights. Try Wild Boys. Maybe you want a top seller like Mark Woods' Fish story. Missing zombies? Get After and entertain yourself until the return of THE WALKING DEAD. Oh a chill is what you like? Try Amanda's book and you will feel haunted.
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We see it all. No one could make up some of what presses see. I have seen plagiarism, rude people, and unreal expectations. It becomes frustrating at times. I have enough pressure that I put on myself to deal with some things. My self imposed pressure is to sell books. No, I can't make people BUY, but it still is something we all, at JEA, take seriously. We truly want each author to sell as many books as possible. When we see sales, we get excited!
What sells a good book? I don't know, even after all this time. There is a lot of junk out there, and maybe that prevents sales. There is a lot of good writing out, and of course, that prevents sales. But what caused sales? Is it author branding? Maybe. Is it word-of-mouth? You bet. reviews? Sometimes. It's a lot of elements.
When you read a book and love it, tell others. That is all a press can ask. Let the author know. Fan letters are what fuel authors to write. If you haven't tried anything, here are a few books for fun. I can say this. Despite all of the above, we aim for good covers and some fantastic writing. IF a story isn't great to us, then we don't share it with you. Come on, make an author's day, get a book, and tell that author. It never gets old.
I have taken a side about small presses (and Indie writers) vs. the Big 5, and my side is clear right? But the reasons may not be. I keep saying this and people don't get it unless they have been there. Okay. Hilary RC was paid millions in advance for her book of memoirs. The book tanked. If the Big 5 signed me,I would get nothing or a tiny advance and tank as well...because I am a nobody. Unless a celeb reads me and it goes viral, I am forgotten. (If the above happens, I may be laughed at even if I make a fortune. Go figure) Why? Guess what? All BIG book deals do not equal a good read.
I like some. I read S. King and a few others, but more and more, I read small press and Indie books. Why? quality. Heart. Because they are good stories that entertain me. I make enough with a small press and as an Indie to write full time. I could not eat, let alone survive long if I waited for a Big 5 to take me. Meanwhile, I entertain, disturb, and affect people.
Below is my review of a reader with JEA Press. Her name is Amanda Lyons.
Give her a try, or try one of the many other authors we believe in. See if you think that small press authors rock. I think you'll agree. I feel one day, we will all be reading Amanda's books and yelling for more. Take that big companies!
Maybe one of these will entertain you, Reader-Friend? Many readers have found these to be great entertainment.
Oh? A novella is more your taste for .99? One of these might give you a quick read, and they are not what you might expect. Yes they are chilling, well written, and fresh. Why are they unexpected? Because they are not Big 5 authors. They are...dare I say...even better?
Wendy Won't Go is available alone and with Mark Woods' bonus stories. Amanda Lyons is an unusual writer. I don't mean she looks funny (because she is very lovely), and I don't mean she does strange things. I mean she has a fresh way of writing. Her prose are strong but they are flowing and beautiful and she has a way of making the reader feel safe and as if the story is going one way. Then, Amanda pulls the rug and the story hits home. HARD. Sometimes I feel she needs a warning for her writing. She makes readers uncomfortable. She is real. She scares people because she sneaks up from behind.
Read her novella. Her novel is coming soon.
I don't care for vampire novels. I say that a lot. However, let me make three points. I collaborated on Feral Hearts with Amanda, and several others to include Edward Cardillo. It is a vampire tale with BITE. Second, I like William Bove's story, Once Upon A Grave. (Reason? Because it is very different and the detail is stunning). Third, Amanda's new novel, Eyes Like Blue Fire reminds me of Interview With A Vampire, but it cuts to the quick faster, it's got more back story and heart, and it is very...unusual. There is that word again. Sorry. There is no way to explain. She will hook you, and never let you go. That is what I like.
Two authors and a collaboration resurrected vampires for me. Think on that. A Big 5 made me forsake the sub-genre and swear off the undead biters forever because I feared sparkles. Three books brought me back. Yeah, that's fair.
Meanwhile, I am reading Amanda....
The authors of J. Ellington Ashton Press come together with twisted minds, and warped stories to bring you a terrifying collection of short stories. Midnight Remains brings together some of the most renowned small press authors currently in print.
Edward P. Cardillo is the awarding winning author of Automaton, and Odd Tales of an Old Man. His story telling has dubbed him the nick name “Campfire Grandpa” for his ease in relating meaningful yet frightening tales. (Vampires of Exeter / The Devil is in the Details)
R.J. Spears is the author of Sanctuary of the Dead and Lord of the Dead. His zombie tales are realistic and action packed. (Grilling With Zombies / Toofers)
Daniel J. Williams penned the “Mace” series. His novels are gritty and realistic post-apocalyptic drama. (Evil Calls)
Nick Hatfield reminds everyone, when you tell your kids they can be anything, sometimes they decide to be classic horror writers. Nick is a young author with unlimited potential. (Out of the Corner of Your Eye / Night Calls / Back Roads / Seeing Monsters)
catt dahman has a penchant for turning history into horror. Her ability turn even scary events into scarier fiction has her among the leading horror writers of our day. (Counterpoint / End Justifies)
Sharon L. Higa is a purveor of the supernatural. Her novel #6 relates tales from a post death experience. (Dreaper/ Here Kitty Kitty / Dare Ya / Funeral Parlor Blues)
Mark Woods is one of the most talented authors in JEA. He began his penmanship by blogging reviews for other authors, and then moved his extensive knowledge of good story telling into his own work. His novel “Time of Tides” is a block buster. (Plot Holes / Dairy of the Dead)
Michael Fisher is a multi-talented man. He not only contributes writing to this collection, but also the cover. (Return of the Devil Fly)
Tabitha Baumander masterfully tells tales of modern day fantasy and high stakes adventure. Her novel “The Pond” is a prime example of her artistry and skill. (Class Reunion / Hey, Come Here)
JEA has an erotic line (Lace 21) and a darker erotic line (Lace 21 Noir)
Stacey Seeks Satisfaction...When Stacey meets her new boss she knows she has to have him, no matter what the cost. Stacey's not the kind of girl to take no for an answer, and what she wants she almost always gets. Things start to turn sour, however, once she's had her wicked way with him, as Stacey begins to get a glimpse of the man behind the mask. When an opportunity arises for Stacey to get one over on her boss, Stacey embraces it in both hands, broadening her horizons in the process. One way or another, Stacey is determined to seek out satisfaction.
J Ellington Ashton is a publishing company that always goes big. We deal with quality authors and bring excellence to reading.