The holiday hiatus is over, and I'm happy that our group is back to its regular meeting schedule.
January's meeting was, in a word, SERIOUSLY AWESOME. Oh, was that two words? Shame on me!
We were very pleased to have Christopher Loke, the Executive Editor of Jolly Fish Press come to our group and speak to us.
Mr. Loke is experienced in the publishing industry, passionate about what he does, and pretty darn fun to listen to! We learned a lot, laughed a lot, and I think we all left with a renewed passion.
Having learned the ropes working for Penguin Publishing, (yeah, I know, drool right) he has branched out and started his own publishing house. We discussed the differences between self publishing and traditional publishing. Jolly Fish Press is a traditional publisher that strives not only to sell books but to nurture the career of authors.
They are looking for passionate writers who want to make a career out of writing! And don't we all dream of that? We learned about the extensive editorial process, marketing, and distribution. Mr. Loke knows the industry inside and out and it was very informative. He was also kind enough to hear pitches and offer feedback and advice.
Check out their website, www.jollyfishpress.com to see more. And the best news? They are accepting submissions! The guidelines can be found on their website as well.
Thank you Jolly Fish Press for your time. It was a great night!