Authors and Friends Newsletter
As we look forward to Christmas, we wish to thank all our authors and friends for their trust in us over this past year. It has been a year of growth, a year of making new friends and growing relationships with familiar partners, a year of success, and a year of learning from our mistakes. We appreciate your commitment to partner with us on this journey. Soli Deo Gloria.
Amazon Author Page
An Amazon Author Page is a great way of gathering together information about yourself and your book(s). As an avid reader, I use author pages often as a first step to learning about an author and other books they may have written. Our most prolific author, Cho Larson, recently set up a great author page. I especially like the way his titles are shown together in series.
Here’s a link to some ideas on how to create an Amazon Author Page. You can start with the basics and then continue to add on.
Do you have an Amazon Author Page? If not, we encourage you to set it up. If you have any issues or desire assistance, please let us know.
The Fall of Varlana
Our latest foray into fiction is The Fall of Varlana. This marks the first entry in “The Rule of Wisdom,” a planned trilogy of Christian Fantasy novels.
Ja’el, a young apothecary, has his peaceful life turned upside-down when his father passes away. Suddenly finding himself at the side of the king himself, Ja’el must navigate royal intrigue, strategy, and forbidden love in order to protect the things he holds dear. His journey features politics, magic, and romance. Most of all, it professes a powerful Christian message of hope and faith in the face of adversity.
Look for The Fall of Varlana to be published through WHP’s usual channels in early 2022.
Author Copies and Author Orders
Did you know that Warner House Press offers each author a large number of copies at cost after publication? Books are shipped to you directly and you are charged only printing, shipping, and handling costs. Check your publication contract for further details.
Once you surpass the number of at-cost copies, our portion of the royalties are added in. The price is still much less than retail. In addition, you can benefit from bulk order discounts that we also offer to retail customers:
For a purchase of 20 copies or more, we offer a 10% discount,
For 50 copies or more, 20%,
For 100 copies or more, 30%,
For 500 copies or more, 40%.
The first tab of the cost/revenue report we send out each month can be used to estimate your price per book. If you are no longer eligible for at-cost orders, simply add the Warner House Press share to the cost. If your book cover design was created by a design agency, then add in their share as well. Questions? A quick email or phone call to firstname.lastname@example.org is in order.
We have started advertising in Yavapai County using the Coffee Gram menu used in local restaurants and businesses. Let us know if you see it! This time around, we are advertising Barb Myer’s Best of the Bradshaws. Here’s a link to the online advertisement.
A Reader’s Prayer
Most authors are also enthusiastic readers. I have been reading since I was four (first book: The Sneetches and Other Stories, First Series: The Hardy Boys Mysteries) and have read voraciously since then. Lately, I’ve become more selective, more purposeful in my reading. A search through the internet has not turned up any reader’s prayers to my liking, so I though we might be able to compose one as a group. I’ll start:
Dear Lord, allow my reading today to draw me closer to you.
Let the words I am about to read point towards the Word that has provided us all.
Please comment below to add your own (or point to a Reader’s Prayer that you like):
Back in Print: Donald Barthelme Short Stories
The Library of American has finally gotten around to publishing a definitive collection of Donald Barthelme’s challenging, fun, short stories. If you have never read Barthelme, I recommend it for the sheer inventiveness of his prose. Written in the absurd times of the 1960’s and 1970’s, his stories are full of pyrotechnics, word play, and inventive structures. Whether ‘marching with the Stationary Engineers’ or sitting and weeping at the Tolstoy Museum, Barthelme’s voices are ironic, dispassionate observers of life in the 20th Century. I say voices, because there are no real characters in any of the stories.
While his contemporaries were writing large, unwieldy novels (William Gaddis’ JR comes to mind), Barthelme kept mostly to short stories, many the length of a modern blog post, and many of them presaging the preoccupations of this digital age. One imagines he would have ruled Twitter.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, find out more at: https://www.amazon.com/Donald-Barthelme-Collected-Stories-Library/dp/1598536842/.
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LORD, may I allow the Holy Spirit to sort through the volumes of reading material I come across each day. And may I be listening at the "posts of your doors" to be a "directed" Reader!
May the Word I read sink into my heart, inspire the words I write, and fill my mouth with praise.