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Lucky Bat Books Announces its Publishing Advisory Board
Revolutionary new publishing company, inspired by leaders in the publishing industry and writing world, takes that inspiration one step further and develops an advisory board of successful authors and a new category in business, writer-entrepreneurs.
By: Harlan Editorial, Inc
“New companies are not spawned in a vacuum,” says Cindie Geddes, co-founder of Lucky Bat Books and author of numerous shorts stories, articles and book-length works. “Our publishing company, especially, is one that has been inspired every step of the way by these insightful leaders, some of the best story-tellers in the writing and publishing field today.”
Co-founder Judith Harlan, also a published author, adds, “These fabulous folks are our go-to experts, our first calls with questions about the publishing business, and our trusted sources keeping us on track, even when we don’t always know where that track is taking us in this fast-changing business. So, now we’re making it official. We love these guys! They’re smart.”
The Publishing House Advisory Board
The advisory board includes Scott William Carter, author of mysteries, suspense, short stories and novel length works. “He’s our wizard on all things wired,” says Harlan. “And he’s a bright force in the world.” His workshops, taught alongside Dean Wesley Smith, take the technology of publishing and make it all seem possible. “He pushes us,” adds Geddes, “and his influence continues as the company grows.”
The board also includes Kristine Kathryn Rusch, author of numerous books under her name and also under her pennames. Her works cover a wide range of genres, including romance, mystery, literary novels, short works, non-fiction, and more. A writer-entrepreneur on the cutting edge of publishing industry changes, she provides insights to all writers through her Business Rusch blog, runs writers’ workshops, and writes several novels a year. “She inspires us, informs us and empowers us,” says Geddes.
Dean Wesley Smith, well-known author of mysteries, thrillers, and novels in several genres, brings a sense of energy and excitement to the world of publishing. “His workshops, which he and Kristine Rusch present together, spawned some of my earliest thoughts on publishing” says Geddes. “And he and Kris continue as mentors and leaders in the field of writing. They help us turn passing thoughts into realities.”
The fourth member of the advisory board, Garrett Sutton, is also an author, with a track record as part of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad writing team, author of his own business and corporate books, and a corporate attorney who works well with the often-frazzled minds of writers running a publishing house. Sutton, under the penname of G.Z. Sutton, also is author of a new series of books for young readers. “He has the heart of a kids book writer and the mind of a lawyer; we couldn’t do this without him,” says Harlan. “He’s core.”
Lucky Bat Books, founded in 2010, leaped into the forefront of the publishing industry, offering writers a new approach to getting their works published. “Instead of paying the publisher 90 percent of every book sold, forever, we charge affordable fees upfront,” explains Harlan. “The author retains all rights and all income from the books we publish.”
As authors rethink the percentages that currently rule the traditional publishing world, the financial wisdom of giving away 90 percent off every book sold has become a huge topic on blogs and social media forums.
Lucky Bat Books is on the side of authors, urging writers to get clarity on the financial end of the book world before entering into contracts that tie up their work for what could be the rest of their working and writing lives.
Lucky Bat Books, http://www.luckybatbooks.com, a partnership of Flying Hand Writing Services and Harlan Editorial, Inc., was founded in 2010. It is a formal press, requiring traditional submissions and acceptances. Under its imprint, LB Press, it publishes works outside the formal submission process. LB Press provides authors with a full range of services. Contact owners Cindie Geddes and Judith Harlan via email: luckybatbook@
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