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FROM THE PUBLISHING DESK
Despite the COVID crisis, YBR had a busy July!
At the top of July's list is the great debut of THE ADVENTURES OF HARRIET THE SAUSAGE DOG by Michael and Donna Chapman. They debuted their children's book at McIntosh Book Shoppe in downtown Beaufort on Fridays July 17 and 24, selling out both Fridays! Accompanying them on the 17th was HARRIET illustrator Loreen Ridge-Husum, who signed not only copies of HARRIET but also sold several copies of her own coloring book WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE CANAL ZONE. Congratulations to Michael and Donna as they became official authors at YBR Publishing!
Also debuting in July was LABOUR OF LOVE by London, England resident and Irish poet Liz Ragout. While not having a formal debut event, Liz did well with great online pre-orders and sales. Congratulations, Liz!
Also this month we entered select YBR books into McIntosh Book Shoppe and Beaufort Bookstore, both in Beaufort SC; and in the ZenDen in Port Royal, SC. All store copies are signed by the authors/artists! Thank you to those locations for adding YBR to their inventory! We are looking for more locations, not to worry!
NEW BOOKS IN PRODUCTION
All books in production are now scheduled for 2021 release.
"A NEW DAY FOR MISTER GREY", the first children's book by Jack Gannon, with art by Loreen Ridge-Husum.
"INTO THE LAIR" by first-time author Jerry Bridges.
"O.Z. DOESN'T DIGGS THE G.C.C. AT EMERALD CITY" by Ron Baxley, Jr., the sequel to "O.Z. DIGGS HIMSELF OUT" (YBR 2018).
"FOREST FOR THE TREES", a collection of poetry by Tennessee poet Mimi Pantelides.
"MURDER IN TWOS AND THREES" by Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier, a new edition of their debut novel from 2012!
New Books From YBR PublishingAll YBR authors' books are available on our website at www.ybrpub.com/shop!
The Adventures of Harriet the Sausage Dog is a warm and loving homage to the authors’ own dachshund, Harriet. Charlie and Harriet’s adventure is a wild one, and it is guaranteed to have young readers wondering if the two friends will ever make it back home again. I especially loved the fact that the two of them find themselves in a wildlife sanctuary where they are befriended by a Snowy Egret and two Canada geese, who protect them and try to help them get back home. Loreen Ridge-Husum’s illustrations are masterful, particularly those panels which show the adventurers at the wildlife sanctuary. The images of the reed-fringed lake are marvelous and had me examining each one closely to see how she made the water look so very real. Michael and Donna Chapman's book is a celebration of their dog and the love they shared with her, and it shines brilliantly. The Adventures of Harriet the Sausage Dog is most highly recommended.
~Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite LLC
Liz Ragoùt’s Labour of Love made me yearn for travel and days of summer. Though not all of the poems were solely centered on nature, some ranged from unique narratives, that I won’t give away, to memories that were of warm heartache. Not completely sad, but full of appreciation for the time had and the time that will come again. Throughout the book, there are also images and illustrations of flowers and hillsides that bring an extra smile after the end of a poem. Liz Ragoùt’s Labour of Love is a treasure that resides in an Irish girl’s heart that she has decided to share with the rest of the world. It’s a gem that everyone should see and get to feel. It is one for the ages.
~Erin Nicole Cochran, Readers' Favorite LLC
Upcoming Events For YBR Publishing
(subject to change or cancelation due to COVID-19 conditions)September 19, 2020, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Jack Gannon & Cyndi Williams-Barnier
Southern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology
1951 Pisgah Rd, Florence, SC 29501https://www.facebook.com/events/696450027607489/September 20, 2020 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Annell St. Charles Book Signing
St. Bernard Academy2304 Bernard Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37212
October 3, 2020. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lowcountry Giga Toshou Con 3
600 Hampton St, Walterboro SC 29488-4017
Ron Baxley, Jr. will be signing bookshttps://www.facebook.com/events/2613944351988227/
October 23-25, 2020
(Postponed from March 27-29, 2020)
WHAM! Walterboro History Art & Music Festival
Colleton Museum & Farmers Market
506 E Washington St., Walterboro, SC 29488
Ron Baxley, Jr. will be signing bookshttps://www.facebook.com/events/177142936991586/*Event location or actual hours subject to weather conditions
Please follow our Facebook page and website calendar for last-minute additional appearances!
YBR Publishing's Tips of the Trade
Avoid on-the-nose writing.
It’s no magic bean but if you get a handle on this common writing pitfall, you will instantly outpace 99% of your competition.
Being on-the-nose might sound positive, but the term was coined by Hollywood scriptwriters for prose that mirrors real life without advancing your story.
This is one of the most common mistakes I see in otherwise good writing.
Even pros sometimes fall into this.
It has nothing to do with your ability to put together a sentence, a paragraph, or even a scene.
You may even have a great idea, know how to build tension, and have an ear for dialogue. But you can still screw this up.
On-the-nose writing reads like this:
Paige’s phone chirped, telling her she had a call. She slid her bag off her shoulder, opened it, pulled out her cell, hit the Accept Call button, and put it to her ear.
“This is Paige,” she said.
She recognized her fiancé’s voice. “Jim, darling! Hello!”
“Where are you, Babe?”
“Just got to the parking garage.”
“No more problems with the car then?”
“Oh, the guy at the gas station said he thinks it needs a wheel alignment.”
“Good. We still on for tonight?”
“Looking forward to it, Sweetie.”
“Did you hear about Alyson?”
“No, what about her?”
Here’s how that scene should be rendered:
Paige’s phone chirped. It was her fiancé, Jim, and he told her something about one of their best friends that made her forget where she was.
“Cancer?” she whispered, barely able to speak. “I didn’t even know Alyson was sick. Did you?”
Trust me, not one reader is going to wonder how she knew the caller was Jim.
We don’t need to be told that the chirp told her she had a call (duh), that her phone is in her purse, that her purse is over her shoulder, that she has to open it to get her phone, push a button to take the call, put the phone to her ear to hear and to speak, identify herself to the caller, be informed who it is…
...you get the point.
If you’ve fallen into on-the-nose writing (and we all have), don’t beat yourself up. It shows you have the ability to mirror real life.
That’s nice. Now quit it.
Leave that to the amateurs.
Separate yourself from the competition by noticing the important stuff.
Go past the surface.
Mine your emotions, your mind and heart and soul, and remember what it felt like when you got news like that about someone you deeply cared about.
Don’t distract with minutia. Give the readers the adventure they signed up for when they chose to read your story.
Take the reader with Paige when she says:
“I need to call her, Jim. I’ve got to cancel my meeting. And I don’t know about tonight…”
Now that’s a story I’d keep reading. Wouldn’t you?
Quote of the Month
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
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