Publishing

Author, Entertainer John Layne Joins THEWORDVERVE

We just roped us a cowboy! A big welcome to John Layne as he joins forces with thewordverve as his publisher. Author/entertainer John Layne has signed with thewordverve for his upcoming detective novel, A Rude Reception. More news on that to come. Stay tuned! From Dallas, Texas, John is nonstop action as an international, award-winning author, screenwriter, and actor. He was also a detective for thirty years, and many of his experiences in that job have contributed to his ideas for...

Marketers with Verve: Leslie Whitaker, Party Girl

A  year or so I stumbled upon this woman, LESLIE WHITAKER, through an author connection (Greg James of the UK--crazy great writer). Leslie was hosting a book-launch party on Facebook for Greg, and he invited me to join the party. Which I did. I was blown away by the engagement. I'd never really considered such a thing for my authors before. And it doesn't fit everyone, but for those it does, it's an uplifting experience. A lot of fun, engaging the author with...

What’s Bigger than (an) Amazon?

Folks, I’ve been in a tizzy for a long time now about Amazon’s listings of our print books in terms of availability. I’ve called Amazon. To no avail. I’ve submitted product queries, as an informed reader. I’ve called Ingram/Lightning Source, the print-on-demand (POD) distributor of our published authors’ books. I’ve ranted and raged. How can a print-on-demand book be “one to two months” out for availability? Interestingly, when I push, the availability changes to something more reasonable. But I have to push. And push hard. Does...

Hybrid Publishing Love

Konradbak | Dreamstime.com Hybrid publishers get a lot of down news--lately and forever. There are some, for sure, that maybe deserve it. We at thewordverve have been a hybrid publisher since 2010 (incorporated officially, State of Georgia). And I love it. It's persevered with low overhead and a wealth of ideas, and a lot of "winging it." Just one example of recent instances where hybrid publishing gets the thumbs down: Tate Publishing, one of those, bit the dust. I never tried to...