September 2017

Happy Book Birthday, The Goblins of Bellwater!

goblinOn October 1st, I can officially and proudly welcome The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle into the world. This cross-category novel, based on Christina Rossetti’s sensual poem, Goblin Market, is set in the majestic Pacific Northwest about four young adults who have the misfortune of encountering a local tribe of goblins has been one of the most anticipated releases we’ve had to date. There’s been so many wins:

We are truly honoured and pleased about these initial successes. Of course, not everyone has loved the book; in fact, we’d gotten so many bad early reviews of the book, that not all that long ago, we were starting to doubt what we had created. It seems that some early reviewers didn’t care for the romance, or the fact that the protagonists were older adults but could appeal to a slightly younger audience, or that there wasn’t enough fantasy; or that readers felt cat-fished by what they described as a beautiful cover. Honestly there were so many complaints. Early on, we did listen to a few of these issues, and changed small things based on the helpful suggestions from these reviewers.  In the end, we released a book that we felt good about while staying true to the original story. This whole pre-release has felt like riding a roller coaster, full of ups and downs from minute to minute. Throughout this process, we kept our sanity by deciding that this meme accurately summed up how we felt:

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So, like it or love it, The Goblins of Bellwater is finally here, (but we truly do hope you GoblinsGrandPrizelove it though). To celebrate the release, we are giving away some really fun prizes, enter to win here!

I Wrote This For You: The Photography

9781771681230Our most popular books are penned by a poet who was there at the beginning of the contemporary poetry craze: Iain S. Thomas. Multiple thousands, if not millions, of people have read his work; it’s shared, loved and read by people all over the world.

But there’s another part to the project that has brought so much to so many, and an important part: the photography. Without it, #iwtfy just wouldn’t be the same.

The photographer has always been a bit of an enigma — much like the poet — well until now. Jon Ellis is writing about some of the images you’ll find in Iain and Jon’s new book, I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017, which captures hundreds and hundreds of the entries on the blog.

I have personally enjoyed these photos for many years now and would find myself staring at one for several minutes, taking it all in. And now, I (and fans) get to read the story behind the photos: how they came to be, what they were taken with, and how Jon felt about them. I personally love these little peeks into the soul of the artist, they’re like secret treasures that have been dug up and revealed.

Please follow along with me as I discover even more about the photography behind I Wrote This For You. Read the posts at Jon’s blog.

Many stores are already carrying the new book despite the pub date being Oct 24. Find it at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book DepositoryChapters/Indigo, IndieBound, TargetUrban Outfitters