Not everyone goes the traditional route when it comes to publishing their books. Some prefer publishing their own books and many have seen great success. Indie publishing could lead to being picked up by a traditional publishing agency. Many authors started off independently publishing their books.
Cayla Kluver author of the Legacy trilogy published her novel when she was fifteen then got picked up by HarlequinTEEN. Colleen Houck Author of the Tiger Curse Saga also started by publishing her book independently and then she got picked up by Sterling Publishing. Mia Castile is here to talk to us about her indie publishing agency Entwined Publishing and why she decided to start her own indie publishing agency.
Who am I? I am an Independent Author who owns a publishing company. What does that mean? It means I write what I want when I want and how I want! Not really, I mean I write stories that I’d be interested in reading, I write when I have a spare moment as any writer does, (usually into the middle of the night) and like any other writer I have my style. The difference is, my editors work for me, they don’t make me change my style for what might be more popular. Entwined Publishing LLC was founded with that mindset; the manuscript is ultimately the author’s work, the author’s voice, and the author’s image. This year, I have two novels in The Butterfly Chronicle Series coming, (Becoming A Butterfly May 23, 2012 and Butterfly Kisses in the fall) along with a winter novella Something More.
I published my first novel The Ocean in April of 2011. It was a journey that began in January of that same year with the founding of Entwined Publishing. The first year, I was getting my bearings, learning how to format, learning marketing tools, and learning the industry I’d just jumped into head first. I listened a lot to what people had to say, I still do. It is important for my readers to know that they can depend on me for a quality product. Confucius said “If you are not moving forward you are moving behind.” With that in mind Entwined Publishing is moving ahead at full steam, in February of 2012 we opened our non-fiction division. Chasadee Minton came aboard and offers a degree in writing, and I feel will be a wonderful department editor.
The Non-fiction department also acquired Melody Herrin and her manuscript that will be released later this year. In March, we opened our doors to submissions from aspiring writers. Being such a young company, we were excited about the response we received from writers. The types of manuscripts we are looking for are unique perspectives, and stories; something that moves us or promises to intrigue the reader. We are interested in Innovative ideas and pride ourselves in quality manuscripts; we think in the coming years we will have a lot of variety to offer our readers. Our first fiction Author is Ashley Arthur. Look for her debut novel in 2013. Entwined also added Jodie Baker of Uniquelymoibooks blog to our team; she will be handling promotions and blog tours. If you are a blogger and interested in reviewing our works, she can help with that.
Entwined Publishing is also sponsoring a semi-annual free epub e-magazine that will be available for download from our website. The exciting thing about this project is it’s completely by teens. Jeremy Martin and Moujnir Lewis are the co-editors and along with deciding the name of Paper Royalty for the magazine picked the theme of the first issue: Love VS. Violence. You can find out more information about that from our Facebook page. I’m excited to showcase talent that I know exists from our readers and encourage all aspiring writers, artist and photographers to submit as long as you are between the ages of 13-21.
Entwined is growing and moving forward. 2011 was a great beginning, and we look to 2012 to continue to bring a quality product at a reasonable price to our readers.
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She wrote her first Poem when she was thirteen. It was called Sands of Time. When she was sixteen and again when she was eighteen she won two state competitions for her poetry. Mia writes mostly YA fiction, poetry still holds a special place in her heart. Her love for all things words propels her forward in her pursuit of the next great story.