and birthdays make you
teary eyed? That was not a fair
question, actually since it suggests I ALWAYS get teary eyed over such days
marked on my calendar. The fact is very few days bring such a powerful reaction to my beleaguered tear ducts.
My children's birthdays rank way up on that list of extremely special days, but not the anniversary of the day the
dentist pulled my first tooth...which by the way, was a wisdom tooth when I was
16. I only remember it because I'd never been put under general anesthesia until then...THAT was an experience.
I remember the anniversary of my divorce, or what I call my personal
5th. Best birthday present I ever got. (I'm a December 12th baby.)Such a day deserves a
banner flying high from my "I Wanna Boast" pillar.
There are other banners that belong on that pillar.
My first book contract. Which I will explain further in this posting. My first release date, another thing I will discuss in more detail further along...BUT the one I want to brag, boast, yell from the rooftops about is the
anniversary rapidly approaching.
opened wide it's Temple e-pub doors and has been taking
the world by storm ever since.
Lea Schizas, the head honcho, AKA publisher, spent a decade learning and preparing for her entry into being an e-publisher. She began by establishing her multi-award winning FREE,
Muse Online Writers Conference. Here, Lea brings the best in the publishing world for two weeks allowing those unable for whatever reason, to attend the "regular" conferences held around the world.
Year after year Lea's Conference takes the top honors for its excellence in making brainstorming, learning, and camaraderie available to one and all...and all for free! The Conference gives those of us who would not be able to connect with agents, educators, and yes, other publishers, a place right at our fingertips. The generosity of such actions speaks highly of the character of Lea Schizas and her determination to always support the authors, the cover artists and the editors first and foremost.
Her partner, Marketing Director Litsa Kamateros is a pit bull when it comes to getting the Muse It Up Publishing word out there...but she is so much more. This is our very first year, and yet both Lea and Litsa, co-authors of
AUTISM EPIDEMIC:SHAKING THE SYSTEM
spend quality free time at Autism fairs, renting a table and arm themeselves with information for family, teachers, neighbors, friends because Autism is NOT a family issue, it's a village issue and the village is
With these two women helming Muse It Up Publishing, Inc., is it any wonder we, their authors, cover artists, editors, work twice as hard to never give them less than OUR best so they can always release to the reading world Muse Publishing, Inc.'s best?
Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. is celebrating it's first anniversary on
10th and I have been with them almost from the first day they opened for
Some have asked me
why I would trust my words to a publisher not even out there releasing books yet?
Here's my story...
My daughter, Best Selling author Kat Holmes, was with another publisher. The experience was
bitter and not one I wanted to involve my own writing in, however, her editor there, told me about
Muse It Up and Lea. I may not trust anything to do with my daughter's publisher, but this editor, I trusted. Why? She was about to be fired because she'd chosen to support her authors and bat heads with the publisher, but also because she'd become more than an editor...she'd become a friend.
She asked me to let her sub my manuscript to this new, not yet open for business publishing house.
I trusted HER, so agreed.
Keep in mind this was
very early...this kind of thing cannot happen today because
Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. has grown so much.
The manuscript went to Lea Schizas on
28th. Five hours later, in the wee shank of March 29th, the contract came. Beside myself with excitement, I signed and began dancing on the roof.
Alas, the Fates are a capricious band of taskmistresses.
April 1st, I found myself sitting on the floor of my doctor's office waiting room, rocking in agony.
An emergency CT scan showed I was in trouble...
big trouble and it was not going to be solved quickly.
In tears I wrote Lea and told her the months ahead, when she would need me to be promoting her, Muse Publishing, and myself, I would be having
surgeries and might not even make it. I suggested she rescind my contract. She refused. What she said is, whatever I couldn't do for myself, they, the wonderful people she was putting together to create Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. would take on.
Santa Is a Lady was released on
December 1st which originally was to have been our debut. SO how come it wasn't?
Lea and our
FAMILY, and that IS what we are at Muse, worked really hard to have some books done early so we could surprise the world ahead of time with our early release...and we did it!
Mine came out on it's original date. I was sort of busy during the spring, summer, and early fall...plus mine is a
holiday themed story.
no clue HOW it got nominated or by whom for the 2010 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll, but at the end of January, a mere eight weeks after it debuted Santa is a Lady took
FIFTH place in its category in the P&E poll...voted for by READERS!
Muse It Up Publishing INC., itself took a total of
TWENTY-TWO P&E 2010 awards...despite having only opened our doors on September 10, 2010.
Obviously I am here, so I survived that medical crisis.
Also here now is my daughter. After much effort she was able to extricate herself from her former publisher and follow me and her editor here to Muse It Up Publishing, INC.
Her first Muse It Hot book, THE LIGHTHOUSE even before it was released to the public, was nominated by her reviewer for the 2011
In this past year, our people have won other awards too. Delilah K. Stephans, the head of our ever growing Cover Art Department won a
COVEY AWARD for
The Oak King's Daughter. This award means a great deal to Delilah because it is voted for by other cover artists. Not one to sit on her laurels, though Delilah returned to college so she can do nothing but improve on the skills that already won her that stellar award.
The next Online Muse Writers Conference is coming. Last years so impressed its attendance our submissions folder was inundated with new authors eager to be a part of the quality that is
Muse It Up Publishing, Inc.
We have lost this year as well and their loss aches.
Kevin Hopson, one of our authors lost his child at birth...Aydin Kendall. He is remembered in the genré of youth books Lea and Litsa created to honor him and his parents, our brother and sister.
Recently, very recently we lost one of our editors and a dear friend Karen McGrath to a long cancer battle. A
hole in our hearts will always ache because she is not with us. For her, all of us will work that much harder to give the place she gave so much of her spirit to, better and better of who we are.
here to stay. Ten years from now, I plan to be here proudly touting our first decade. We've
just begun, but know this, Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. IS the
home of the
Modern Greek Gods, Goddesses, all
NINE of the Muses and all
THREE of the Fates.
Muse It Up Publishing began almost a decade ago. evolving into the award winning Publisher it is today.
WE ARE, and will continue improving and dedicating ourselves to the ultimate element of our Marketing Director's motto
~BUILDING THE TEAM TO ACHIEVE THE DREAM~ ...the READER. Without the readers there IS no dream.
So Happy Anniversary Muse It Up Publishing, Inc, and
Happy Anniversary to our readers. Long may we excel!