Friday, July 08, 2005

Live to Imagine Released

Well, there we were, ready to jump on the BLOG wagon and do some regular postings. Seemed like a fairly simple thing to do. One thing we didn’t count on: finding the time to sit down and write the postings! We’ll try to do better in the future.

A lot has happened since the last time. We’ve just released our new anthology of short story contest winners, entitled LIVE TO IMAGINE. And what an impressive list of authors! We’ve got famous authors, unknown-but-soon-to-be-famous authors, famous people who are becoming famous authors, just about any type of author you’d want.

Francis W. Porretto (first place short story), Lenny Willoughby (second place short story), Jean B. Speights (first place poetry), JE (John) Moore, Karin Konoval, Alicia Davis, Edith Thornton, Ritch Brinkley, Tish Davidson, Gail Cauble Gurley, Elizabeth Appell, Carolyn Ann Aish, and Phillip Lynne all contribute their fantastic work to this anthology.

An excerpt from the back cover: What could be more exciting than an imagination gone wild? No boundaries, no limits, no restrictions. True freedom is the freedom of the mind. Open these pages and leave the Here and Now. Take a trip back to where you’ve never been.

LIVE TO IMAGINE is now for sale on our website.

We have reached our 2005 writing contest deadline, but we’ve extended it another month for those authors who’ve said they are just now finding out about the contest and would like to enter stories. From the entries already sent in, it looks like we’re going to be working another group of incredibly talented writers.

Elizabeth Appell’s novel, Lessons From the Gypsy Camp is still bringing in rave reviews. The latest a glowing review from Midwest Book Review. Stop on by and read some more glowing reviews of this book.

We're still working on the new e-book, "Key to Love" by New Zealand author, Carolyn Ann Aish. An action/adventure/romance, "Key to Love" will be our foray into the exciting world of electronic publishing.

Well, that's it for now. We'll try to be more dilligent on posting and keeping things up-to-date. Even if we just get on here and ramble for pages about nothing.

Umm, okay, maybe not.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

A bit about Scribes Valley Publishing

Well, we've done it. We've created a BLOG. Seems like everybody has one these days, so we've jumped on the bandwagon and we're out of the chute.

First, a bit about Scribes Valley Publishing. We're a small, independent publisher started in 2003, and based in Knoxville, Tennessee. We were founded on the idea that most "big" publishing houses have lost sight of their original purpose: to produce great, entertaining works while giving exposure to writers who have something to say. Instead, they concentrate all efforts on large profit margins and handle only those authors with the best commercial demographics. If you didn't have a bestseller last year, they won't even look at you.

Which leaves us to wonder how many writing geniuses have been left in the dust, their aspirations squelched, because they didn't have the right agent, didn't know the cousin of a friend who married the daughter of a publisher, or weren't given the encouragement to pursue their talents?

There is an enormous well of talent in the writing world. Thousands of authors who pour their soul into each word and create works of art, yet largely go unnoticed. Those are the writers we're looking for.

What we do:
We run an annual short story writing contest and publish the winners in an anthology each year.
We also do a fun and challenging weekly project on our website called the “U-Write-It Challenge.” We give the author the first sentence of a story and they give us the rest, in 150 words or less, of the story. Submissions are published on our website. Authors from all over the world have participated in this project with new ones coming in every week.

Our first novel is: "Lessons From the Gypsy Camp" by Elizabeth Appell, an author from California that is headed for great things in the writing world. Lessons has garnered many favorable reviews and we are contacted often by readers who have discovered this gem of a book.

We've just started into the world of e-Books. “Key to Love” – an inspirational novel by bestselling New Zealand author Carolyn Ann Aish is our flagship into the waters of electronic publishing.

In the specialty book department, we've published a genealogical book by Donald R. Repsher entitled "Repsher Origins" which chronicles the Repsher family surname, beginning with its German roots in the 12th century.

Happy reading/writing!