Writers Forum

We’ve just added a writers forum to the L. Cooper Press website, and while it’s brand new and incomplete, we’ve love for you to join and add your voice, your techniques, anything you’ve learned and want to share about writing. New topic suggestions are welcome:

Writers Forum

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Thanks, y’all!

Brenda Hill

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October 18, 2014 · 8:34 pm

L. Cooper Press

Book Fairy largeI’ve been asked why I, as an author, and my author friends believe in LCP. 

L. Cooper Press (LCP) was founded by authors who suffered through and survived scam and/or indie publishers.

The good points? After querying, we were offered contracts and our dreams had come true – or so we thought. Then began the doubts:

1) We had no control over our books’ prices, and often the higher prices the publisher set discouraged readers from buying.

2) Our royalty checks were late, sometimes not arriving at all, not even the promised statements. The reasons were explained: the bank made a mistake; the office staff became ill; the hurricane wiped out the office, on and on and on. We wanted to believe.

Some of the indie publishers may have begun with good intentions but invariably experienced financial difficulties. Some closed their doors overnight. The result? We lost money . . . large amounts of money. If the publisher closed without notice, our rights to our own books were tied up in litigation. We then had to fight months, even years to get them back. We lost even more money.

Once we regained back our rights, we did not lose our will to write. Oh, we were bruised, but we refused to allow outside influences and bad experiences to stop us from following our dreams. We simply changed course; we published as independents. We found the best formatters, the most reasonable cover designers, and discovered the different programs that would provide the best exposure for our books.

Now we offer to share our experiences by providing the best terms – unique in self-publishing. With LCP, you’ll never lose the rights to your novels; you’ll never have to fight to get paid – you’ll have your own accounts with Amazon and Createspace, You’ll control your own pricing and your own promotions. You’ll be the decision-maker of your own books.

With L. Cooper Press, you’ll be in the best hands – your own.

L. Cooper Press

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October 5, 2014 · 7:16 pm

L. Cooper Press

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As Gen Mgr, I’m getting ready for the meeting Thursday about L. Cooper Press and what if offers. If you’re thinking of self-publishing your novel, and you’re in the Redlands, CA area, stop by IHOP off I-10 & Alabama around 8:30pm. We’d love to meet you. We’ll talk about the pros & cons of general publishing – querying an agent; online publishers, and self-publishers.

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September 29, 2014 · 6:14 pm

U.S. & U.K. Readers

BQ 200 orig pic monkey copyThe differences between US readers and those in the UK are astonishing. Of all the novels I’ve written, Beyond the Quiet was my favorite until I wrote Serpent Lake, but of course they’re two completely different genres.
Readers in the US either love BtQ or hate it, and according to the reviews, most seem to hate it. But the UK reviews are much better, so when I feel down and need encouragement, I read them instead:

US:

UK: 

 

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September 27, 2014 · 8:51 pm

New Writers Critique Group

Pen & ink for Judi's critique group 140Do your commas roam? Do your participles dangle? How about your characters? Do their eyes change color in the middle of the scene? If so, let’s rescue them and get it right.

We’re a new writers critique group and all levels of experience and expertise are invited. Participation is not limited to Novel Writing Workshop members. All fiction genres are accepted.

If you’re a writer in the Inland Empire area of Southern CA, join us:

Write It Right Critique Group

Redlands, CA

http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Novel-Writers-Workshop/events/209329252/

 

 

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September 25, 2014 · 4:40 pm

CBS Sports? No More

I just read something that leaves me outraged:

TV Commercial’s ‘Political Nature’ Led National Network to Yank It. See If You Can Spot the Problem.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/09/12/tv-commercials-political-nature-led-national-network-to-yank-it-see-if-you-can-spot-the-problem/

The story is about CBS Sports yanking a commercial of a 4 yr old girl reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with her hand over her heart.

What has become of this country that such a thing, especially here in America, is considered too political? The ghosts of all the service people  in my family who fought in the different wars to preserve our right to do so are weeping. My grandfather – born in Europe but proudly became an American citizen – my uncles, my father, husband, and my son, a survivor. All proudly spent several years in wore-torn countries and on the seas to defend our rights.

Maybe I’m just one voice but I can write to CBS and do my own protesting. If someone reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is too political, then allowing CBS in my home is also too political.

 

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L. Cooper Press – Self-Publishing Co-op

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L. Cooper Press

ALL royalties go directly to you, not to us, and you’ll keep all of your book rights. No contracts to sign. 
 
We’ve added some great new resources, so even if you’re not interested in self-publishing, be sure to check our website:
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Are you new to the SOCIAL MEDIA all authors need? Follow the examples of today’s successful authors and use the internet to spread the word about you and your books. If you do not know how to use Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin, don’t despair. We now offer that service to everyone for a OPENING SPECIAL PRICE:
 
 
 
So take advantage of our Opening Special Resources even if you do not publish with us – although we hope you will. Why?
 
As a writer, I’ve published with L. Cooper Press and believe they offer the best value.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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September 10, 2014 · 9:10 pm

L. Cooper Press blog

Book Fairy largeWe’ve added a blog to our site featuring writing tips and articles of interest to writers. Examples:

BACKSTORY: Relevant Information or an Inconsequential Event?
Write What You Know: Sage Advice or Hogwash?

Feel free to drop by and comment. We’d love to hear from you.

L. Cooper Press blog

 

Thanks, y’all!

Brenda Hill, Gen Mgr

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September 5, 2014 · 7:20 am

L. Cooper Press – Publish Independently, Keep Traditional Benefits

 

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We had our first meeting about a new publishing co-op last Thursday eve in Redlands, CA, and it was a good one. I introduced L. Cooper Press and talked about what LCP would and would not do for writers who want to publish but do not know what to do.

Most have two choices: try for an agent and a NY publisher, which could take years before their novels are accepted and published – I know. I’m still waiting after a year on one of my novels. Or self publish.

The problem is, most self-publishers charge several thousand dollars and control most everything, including rights, pricing, and royalties. Not L. Cooper Press.  

What LCP WON’T do:

* Bind writers to a contract

* Take a percentage of their royalties

* Control book pricing

* Control the cover rights

If you’re a writer interested in self-publishing, yet you want to keep control, see what L. Cooper Press can do for you. Check our website, or attend one of the free meetings sponsored by Novel Writers Workshop in Redlands, CA.

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Thanks, y’all Hope to see you there!

Brenda

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August 31, 2014 · 4:56 am

Manuscript Evaluation

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L. Cooper Press is pleased to announce our manuscript evaluation service.

Many writers, especially new ones, wonder if their manuscripts are ready for publication. If they rush to publication with a weak manuscript, what will the reading public think? Often they voice opinions by scathing reviews and later revisions may not help.

So before you publish, check our service and take advantage of our OPENING SPECIAL:

Evaluation of the first 3 Chapters of your novel for only $50!

Manuscript evaluation:

 

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August 10, 2014 · 9:21 am