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Blog Tour Itinerary for I WAS, AM, WILL BE ALICE

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Elise Abram‘s I Was, Am, Will Be Alice was released on July 12, 2016 release, and is now available in stores.

Here’s the itinerary so far:

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Blog Tour Itinerary for TAG: A CAUTIONARY TALE

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In the race to be king, there can be only one winner

Tag, Red Rover, King of the Hill…children’s games are an allegory for real world competition.

Think of the race for President of the United States as a game of Tag, with the entire country as the playing field.

The candidates, usually boys, are the players.

Before long, the players realize that no man is an island and they form two teams. Eventually the leader of the first team emerges. It takes a while longer, but the second team eventually decides which of the two forerunners should be their rightful leader.

But that’s not enough. In the game of Tag, there can ultimately be only a single winner, the King of the Hill. The race for King is cutthroat. Lives may be lost, reputations tarnished, back-alley deals are struck and broken. They say that to the victor goes the spoils—in this race, the victor will take his spoils, even if it he must turn his kingdom into a vast wasteland to get them.

EMSA Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Tag: A Cautionary Tale by John Collings. A contemporary, young adult, satire that draws parallels between the world of politics and the games children play. The world of politics is a high-stakes, dangerous game; playing Tag on Arabella Hill is no different.

In the race to rule Arabella Hill, there can be only one winner. Read Tag: A Cautionary Tale by John Collings to find out who will reign supreme.

John CollingsTag: A Cautionary Tale is scheduled for a July 5, 2016 release (though it is already available in stores).

Here’s the itinerary so far (in no particular order):

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Cover Poll – “I Was, Am, Will Be Alice”

EMSA Publishing is pleased to announce the release of I Was, Am, Will be Alice by Elise Abram this summer. I Was, Am, Will be Alice takes its inspiration from The Time Traveler’s Wife and Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass.  At its heart, Alice is a  contemporary, Young Adult, coming of age novel, that will appeal to middle grade through adult readers.

In I Was, Am, Will Be Alice, after narrowly escaping death in a school shooting, 9 year old Alice Carroll realizes she can time travel when under extreme stress, a situation she is determined to learn to control in order to go back to the day of the shooting to save the lives of her teacher and classmates and to discover the identity of the woman who sacrificed herself so Alice could live.

We need your help deciding on which is the most striking cover. Vote for the cover mock-up that grabs your attention, and seems to best illustrate the tone and storyline. Which one would you be most likely to buy if you saw it on Amazon or in a book store? The poll closes at midnight on 6 April 16. Feel free to vote for your top 3 choices.

Thanking you in advance for your help,

EMSA Publishing.

Announcing the Re-release of PHASE SHIFT by Elise Abram

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PHASE SHIFT by Elise Abram

EMSA Publishing is thrilled to announce the re-release of Elise Abram’s Phase Shift.

In Phase Shift, archaeology professor Molly McBride is given an artifact that is the key to another planet, a doppelganger Earth called Gaia. Life on Gaia seems idyllic at first, but Molly soon learns the Gaians harbour a dark secret. Phase shifting technology, used to travel from their world to ours, has the potential to destroy Gaia, which will have serious repercussions for Earth. Phase Shift is Molly’s journey of discovery as she tries to find a way to save both planets from destruction.

Originally published in 2012, Phase Shift’s message remains germane today, as it questions our decision to choose economy over ecology. In her book, Abram questions the justification of supporting the status quo to the detriment of the planet. In a recent article on her website, Abram says,

“On Earth, we face global warming as a result of our love of profit and our reluctance to change to greener fuels because it will mess up the economy. On Gaia, there is a group of people who continue to experiment with terraforming and shifting between the two planets in spite of a moratorium of both. The result is, no matter what the general population does–buying fuel-efficient vehicles, conserving, reducing, reusing, recycling, composting, etc.–it doesn’t matter, because the Gaian’s are still practising terraforming and shifting.”

The main theme behind Phase Shift is that, if the government and big business don’t get on board with saving the planet, things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better, which is a fear many of us share with the author.

Phase Shift is one in a growing number of fictional works that fall into the genre of Eco-Fiction or Cli-Fi, which was born because “the threat seems to have become too pressing to ignore, and less abstract, thanks to a nonstop succession of mega-storms and record-shattering temperatures.” In her article, Cli-Fi, the Birth of a Genre, author Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow cites “major novelists” who have published books in this genre, including Margaret Atwood, and Ian McEwan; Abram is among good company.

To learn more about Phase Shift and to read the first three chapters, please visit the book’s homepage.

Fabulous First Lines Competition

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Announcing EMSA Publishing’s very first ever Fabulous First Lines Competition!

The first line of a novel is incredibly important in that it sets the tone of a novel, establishes point of view, and hooks the reader. Here’s your chance to see how your novel’s first line stacks up.

The Rules:

  • The Fabulous First Lines Competition will be open to thirty (30) self-published and indie-published authors.
  • The competition will run throughout the month of August 2015 as follows:
    • August 2 – 8 => voting will take place for the first group of 10 authors
    • August 9 – 15 => voting will take place for the second group of 10 authors
    • August 16 – 22 => voting will take place for the third group of 10 authors
    • August 21 – 29 => voting will take place for the top three winners from each week, with a winner being declared on 30 August 2015
  • The prizes:
    • bragging rights
    • a badge you can proudly display on your website
    • your book featured on EMSA Publishing’s homepage slider for the month of September 2015
    • posts to social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Storify) directing readers to a blog post featuring your novel’s cover, book blurb, and author bio
  • EMSA Publishing’s Fabulous First Lines Competition is $3.00 USD payable via PayPal to fabfirstline@emsapublishing.com. Please include a note listing your name, book title and email address with your payment. When your payment notification is received, I will send a confirmation email requesting your book cover, first line, buy links and synopsis along with an invoice.
  • With your entry in the Fabulous First Lines Competition you get:
    • your book featured on EMSA Publishing’s homepage slider for one day of your voting week
    • your book added to EMSA Publishing’s bookstore for the month of competition
    • posts to social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Storify) throughout your voting week
    • a banner to add to your homepage to direct voters to the competition voting page
  • Entries for August’s Fabulous First Lines Competition will close at midnight on 30 July 2015 (or when thirty entries have been confirmed). If you miss the first competition don’t worry, as the next one is just around the corner!

Call For Submissions

your-book-here_fun-36EMSA Publishing is an independent online publisher who knows there is more to selling books than simply uploading them to a web site. Compelling stories, attractive covers and effective editing is a start, but that’s not how books are sold. Building an author platform is key, especially for new authors. EMSA Publishing offers book editing, cover art, eBook and print book formatting and distribution in popular online bookstores with competitive royalty payments. Web page set up and blog tour planning is also available in order to help new authors establish a foothold in the continually evolving world of ePublishing.

EMSA Publishing is currently seeking publication-ready, novel-length, fiction manuscripts for publication by new and established authors. Submissions should be polished, in excess of 35,000 words, and never before published or self-published. All genres are welcome with the exception of erotica or stories with graphically violent or abusive content.

We do not charge reading fees. A professional cover, editing, author page, inclusion in our online bookstore, and marketing assistance is included as a part of your contract. Note that while we are available to mentor authors with the marketing process, we expect authors to take on the bulk of book marketing by making themselves available and remaining active on social media. Authors are expected to be participate in the editing process as well.

Interested authors may email a query letter (no more than 1 page) with a brief synopsis (no more than 2 pages) and the first 20 pages of the manuscript in the body of an email (no attachments, please), to query @ emsapublishing.com. Please include the novel title and your name in the subject line.

At EMSA Publishing, our goal is to help you, the writer, become an author.