Category Archives: Publications

Coming soon a new kid’s book: ‘Billie Neville Takes a Leap’

A new kids book coming soon.

A new kid’s book coming soon.

Ten-year-old Billie wants to be a daredevil, just like her hero Evel Knievel. She also wants a best friend. Riding “the best bike in the whole world,” Billie’s desperate to enter a bike jumping contest with three boys named The Meanies and show them her cool skills. When Evel comes to town to jump the Snake River Canyon, Billie learns she has to be a friend to make friends and that not all heroes have to soar over canyons.

By Bonnie Dodge and Patricia Santos Marcantonio

Hauntings from the Snake River Plain is here!

Other Bunch Press is proud to announce its newest release,  HAUNTINGS FROM THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN.

This book features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays by twenty-seven Idaho writers. The book is 272 pages and retails for $16.95.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the book and where to buy it, go to http://hauntingsfromtheplain.wordpress.com

A lost cave, a possessed canyon, and a visit from mysterious strangers are only some of the stories you will find in this anthology by Idaho writers.

Lock the door, turn on the lights, and enjoy these haunted tales.

Video trailer for Voices from the Snake River Plain

Check out the trailer for Voices from the Snake River Plain here.

“Voices from the Snake River Plain” at Indy bookstores

Dixie, Pat and I had a productive weekend. Before our reading at The Cabin, we stopped by Rediscovered Bookshop and A Novel Adventure, independent book stores in Boise, Idaho. We hope you will support these bookstores whenever you are in Boise.


You can find Voices from the Snake River Plain in the Idaho/Northwest section at Rediscovered Bookshop.

Random Readings January 30, 2010

The publishing world is changing daily, it seems, and there’s a lot of interest in the area of non-traditional forms of publishing. As “Writers Working for Writers,” the Idaho Writer’s Guild is proudly launching a new series called “Random Readings” on Saturday, January 30th from 1-3 pm at The Cabin, in Boise. Featured writers will share their experiences, from writing to publishing.

Here’s what you can look forward to: authors will read from their books, with commentary. Afterwards, there will be time for asking questions and sharing thoughts about the nuts and bolts of a variety of publishing processes. Not-to-be-missed refreshments will be served.

Southern Idaho residents Bonnie Dodge, Dixie Thomas Reale and Patricia Santos Marcantonio wrote and published “Voices from the Snake River Plain.” A collection of short stories, poems and essays, the book has been described as “a small treasure….we learn there is beauty in the landscape around us and people with stories to tell.” Some of the tales by these award-winning writers include a jackalope, an old Mexican ghost story, haunting landscapes and a road trip with Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey.

Val Robertson was the former president of The Couer du Bois Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and the founding and current president of the Popular Fiction Association of Idaho, which produces the Murder in the Grove mystery conference. She is also the organizer of the Boise Speculative Fiction writer’s support group. Her debut novel is entitled “Blade’s Edge.”

Also from Boise, Ken McConnell is both traditionally published and self-published. A Software Test Technician, Ken wrote and published “Starstrikers” in 2008. His first novel is “a military space novel that takes place between two galactic civilizations.” He also wrote “Null Pointer,” a mystery novel about a programmer sleuth.

“Random Readings” will take place in the Jean Wilson Reading Room, on the basement level at The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise. Admission is free. For further information contact Diane Graham at diane@idahowritersguild.org.

Thank you, Magic Valley

On November 6, Pat, Dixie and I enjoyed reading excerpts from Voices from the Snake River Plain to a standing-room-only crowd in Twin Falls, Idaho. A heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who helped celebrate the launch of our new book. If you missed the event, copies are still available at the Magic Valley Arts Council, 132 Main Avenue South, Twin Falls, Idaho. They are also available at the Log Cabin Literary Center, 801 S. Capitol Boulevard in Boise, Idaho.

Voices from the Snake River Plain is here!

Voices from the Snake River Plain is a collection of short stories, essays, and poems written by Bonnie Dodge, Dixie Thomas Reale, and Patricia Santos Marcantonio. Edited by Jennifer Sandmann, the anthology includes tales that range from humorous to haunting, poignant to tragic. Sometimes the stories rise out of the landscape and from dreams. Sometimes they reach into the past, or into the future, but mostly, the stories echo the human heart. Many of the selections have been printed in other publications or have won writing awards. With a foreword by Diane Josephy Peavey, author of Bitterbrush Country: Living on the Edge of the Land, this is a book you will want to add to your collection.

Voices from the Snake River Plain was made possible in part by the Embodiment Grant of Boise.

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ISBN 978-0-9627690-1-6

$15 plus tax, shipping & handling

To order contact Bonnie.

Question of the Month

I have a recurring nightmare. In this dream I am all dressed up in my Sunday best and am in the barnyard. There are no people around, only farm animals and me. I am slopping the hogs and scattering grain to the chickens while spouting my beautiful words. I am ridiculous in the dream and always wake feeling useless, unappreciated and depressed. It is a horrible feeling.

I don’t know what the dream means. Maybe I am afraid that I am out of touch with or a misfit in my surroundings. Maybe I feel out of touch with my readers. Maybe I am afraid that if I do not get my words into the hands of a reading public that I will never have an audience. I do not know but I do not want the dream to come true.

So I have vowed to do something every day related to writing or marketing my words. Some days I might only mail a letter or post card, other days I sit at the computer and pound the keys all day long. Or I might pick through words and delete or replace more than I started with. But I do try to do something everyday related to writing or marketing my stories. And I am determined to get my words to a reading human audience.

We, The Other Bunch, are in the middle of preparing a collection of stories, poems and essays for publication. The collection is called Voices From The Snake River Plain. Watch for it this fall, it is almost ready to go to the printer.

Dixie Thomas Reale

Book edited by Jennifer Sandmann now available

A FOREST OF WORMWOOD: Sagebrush, Water and Idaho’s Twin Falls Canal Company written by Idaho writer, Niels Nokkentved and edited by Jennifer Sandmann is now available. A softcover book of 240 pages, the book contains maps and photos as well as relates the history of the Twin Falls Canal Comany. Copies may be obtained from the Idaho State Historical Museum Store, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, the Twin Falls Canal Co., P.O. Box 326, Twin Falls, ID 83303, or direct from the author at N.S. Nokkentved, 2812 N. Grandee St., Boise ID 83704. You can also reach Niels at nokkentved@olynet.com.

April’s Question of the Month

How do I get published?
This discussion was started last month by Patricia Santos-Marcantonio concerning publishing one’s writing. I want to continue the topic. You’ve written an exciting story, chose the perfect words to tell the tale, polished the manuscript until it shines, now you need a publisher.
There are several avenues available if you have a book-length manuscript.
1. You can locate an agent and have the agent sell your writing to a publisher and help market the book for you. Finding a good agent can be as difficult as finding a good publisher. Start your agent search at writers’ retreats, writing seminars, or ask other writers you know for recommendations. Agents can be found on-line, in writing magazines, writer’s market books and publications as well as word of mouth. Just remember — there are a lot of dishonest people out there wanting to separate you from your money. If a potential agent asks for money up front before he does anything for you, keep looking.
2. You can mail your manuscript to potential publishers yourself. Get a good writer’s market book or go online for potential markets and look the listings over thoroughly, match your subject matter and writing style to the proper market and send the manuscript to the current editor. Expect that it is going to take a long time to find a home for your manuscript. You will send hundreds of copies to hundreds of potential markets before one will show interest. And several will show interest before one will finally commit to publishing your story. Keep many copies of the manuscript moving at all times. I like to keep at least two dozen (24) copies of a book-length manuscript circulating. When one copy comes back in the mail I send it out to another potential publisher. Don’t worry about “what if one publisher accepts it while it is also being offered to another at the same time.” We should all be so lucky. If that happens, drop a polite letter to all the places where the manuscript has been sent and not yet accepted or rejected and inform them that the manuscript is no longer available. Even with return postage some publishing houses do not bother to tell you that they do not want your manuscript, they just toss it in the garbage. Keep a record or log of where and when you sent the manuscript and when it was rejected or interest shown, what sort of interest was shown and what you did about the interest shown. Also note any comments the publisher may have made along with the rejection slip.
3. You can publish your manuscript on-line. Google “on-line publishing” and some 56,000,000 sites are listed. Online publishing sites like http://www.authorhouse.com, http://www.xlibris.com, and http://www.infinitypublishing.com to name a few charge the author a set up fee for setting up the manuscript, proofreading and editing the text and for entering the copy into their publishing files. They will work with the author to create a book cover if needed. Customers then buy books from the web site and the author gets a royalty for each book sold. The author can usually buy books at bulk or wholesale rates so he/she may have copies available for sale to friends, at art and craft shows or at trade shows. Book stores, libraries, book clubs, etc. can also order books from the web site and retail customers can request a local book store order a copy of the book for him/her.
Another type of on-line publisher allows the author to set up the manuscript on-line using the publisher’s tools and if the author’s editing and proofreading is perfect he will then have a letter perfect book available for others to purchase on-line. http://www.lulu.com is an example of this type of on-line publisher. The ultimate customer pays the printing costs of the book when he orders it. The books are available to the author, customers, bookstores, libraries etc. through this type web site. Then there is the type web sites where manuscripts are published and read wholly on-line. Many magazines have printed copy and separate on-line versions.
4. You can self publish your book. Self publishing no longer has the bad reputation it once had. Lots of authors self publish and sell a lot of books. Some authors in an effort to avoid the self published stigma create a publishing company, name it something different than their own name, and publish and sell books that they write. If they find it a successful enough venture they might even publish books written by other author friends and branch out from there. Remember the biggest publishing company in the world started with a first book at some time in the past. If you decide to publish your own book you will have to locate a printer, get your own ISBN number and file your own copyright forms. But then you do not have to share profits with anybody else, they are all yours.
5. If you publish your book overseas with a foreign publishing house, you will find the results of this arrangement are mixed and there is the potential for many problems. Publishers overseas are a long ways away so it is impossible to know if they are trying to sell your books or not and authors often complain about never seeing royalties from sales of the book with foreign publishing houses. There is the problem of distribution rights, and the cost of shipping books to the United states from a foreign country can make the eventual retail price of the books prohibitive.
6. If you have a shorter manuscript: feature story, fiction, travelogue, tale of adventure, or whatever look to regional publications. Smaller newspapers, magazines or other local publications are always looking for local interest stories to fill their pages and many buy from freelance writers. Try places like your local weekly or daily newspaper, regional monthly or bimonthly publications or talk to local authors you may know.
7. You can also create your own web site and blog like we did right here on http://www.otherbunch.wordpress.com. You are free to write and publish whatever you wish on your own web site.
Good luck in finding a happy home for your words.

Dixie Thomas Reale