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April 2011 ARC Giveaways: 20 Years Later

Posted in 20 Years Later, ARC, Emma Newman, Goodreads, LibraryThing with tags , , , , , on April 16, 2011 by MRL

These days it’s all 20 Years Later all the time as we ramp up to the ebook release in May followed by the hardback in July. As anyone who follows 20YL author Emma Newman’s blog knows, she just had her collection of short stories From Dark Places released by eMergent Publishing and has been doing regular appearances and signings throughout England. So, while Emma is busy riding trains and meeting her legion of fans, we’ve got a couple of 20YL ARC giveaways going on through LibraryThing and Goodreads.

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#17 with a Bullet: 20 Years Later Author Emma Newman

Posted in 20 Years Later, authors, Emma Newman, meet the author with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2011 by MRL

Emma Newman

When I was a kid, my mom was a reporter at the local daily paper in the small Central Texas town where I grew up. Back then, they were still using hot lead to set the type of the newspaper. So, given the fact that the vast majority of printing today is digital from PDF files, more technological change has taken place in the design/printing field in the last 15 years than in previous hundred . . . and significantly more than in the 400 years before that.

At the same time, though, to point out the obvious, the Internet has changed the nature/scope of communication to the same degree. When Dystopia Press first got on Twitter, we got to know Emma Newman as she was our 17th follower. And, as well, she was one of the first people to submit  a manuscript to us. Given that she’s based out of the UK (and we’re in Texas), it’s kudos all around to the Internet as her YA post-apocalyptic novel 20 Years Later will be the first title released by Dystopia Press.

Recently, Emma shared some thoughts her thoughts on books, writing, and the writing life.

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Weekly Links Roundup (3/7-3/13/2011)

Posted in 20 Years Later, authors, Emma Newman, weekly links on March 13, 2011 by MRL

Once again, the post-apocalyptic elves have been working furiously at the Dystopia Press home office/compound. While much of our time has been spent closing out the final pre-press work on Emma Newman‘s 20 Years Later, we did find time to upload a PDF of the first five chapters of 20YL here. In the next few weeks, we’ll make this sample available via the nifty interfaces at Issuu and Scribd as well.

Links of note below for this week include a great fundraiser for the  Red Cross which is even more timely than ever!

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Weekly Links Roundup (2/28-3/6/2011)

Posted in 20 Years Later, acquisitions, apps, Emma Newman, movies, weekly links with tags , , , , on March 6, 2011 by MRL

It’s been another busy week at the Dystopia Press home office. Pre-press work on Emma Newman‘s 20 Years Later is just about done and the marketing efforts continue to ramp up. (In the very near future we’ll be posting the first five chapters for everyone to read in addition to an online media/press kit.) In other news, we’re currently in negotiations for the rights to what we hope will be our next book . . . more on that as it develops.

But, back to the task at hand, here’s our weekly list of links you should check out.

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How Trade Books Get Sold

Posted in 20 Years Later, book covers, book publishing operations, business, design & layout, distribution, dystopia, editorial, Emma Newman with tags , , on February 12, 2011 by MRL

As I’ve noted before, there is a long production chain for a book to get published: manuscript acquisition, (copy)editing, layout and design, printing, and marketing. However, even if you do all of those things right—right meaning highest quality for the best cost—you can still wind up with thousands of books sitting in your garage for the next ten years if you don’t have one, last key element in place: a book distributor.

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10 Million Ways to Die (Choose One): The Appeal of YA Dystopian Novels

Posted in 20 Years Later, dystopia, Emma Newman, novels, post-apocalytpic, YA with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2010 by MRL

There’s an interesting piece, “Fresh Hell” by Laura Miller, in the current New Yorker that examines the increasing appeal of dystopian novels and stories to the young adult (YA) demographic. As she sees it, there are a couple of fundamental differences between adult vs. YA dystopian novels: the former posit futures that might come to pass (1984) while the latter are metaphors for the world in which teenagers find themselves today (The Hunger Games); for adults the ending is inevitably pessimistic (and are usually stand-alone titles) while for younger readers it is either openly upbeat—or as much as a dystopian story can be “upbeat”—or decidedly ambiguous to drive its readers to the next book in the series.

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Finalized 20 Years Later Cover Design

Posted in 20 Years Later, book covers, design & layout, YA with tags , , , on June 14, 2010 by MRL

It took longer than I would have liked—due to being bogged down on my end and no fault at all on the part of the book cover designers—but the cover design for Emma Newman’s forthcoming 20 Years Later has been completed and finalized. (Click on the thumbnail at the left to see a larger version.) The interior pages are with the book designer and so—once again, more slowly than I would have liked—the whole book should be put together by the end of June. Then, those files can be walked over to my local printer to get a proof copy ginned up. After that, there are some last odds and ends of details—assigning an ISBN, generating a Bookland EAN barcode, dropping in the P-CIP data block, adding some glowing blurbs on the back—and we’re good to go.

But first, a few words about the cover design itself.

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