Publishing, Publishers and Ant Colony Press

In the world of publishing and publishers, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of rules, guidelines, checks and double checks and triple checks and more advice than you can make sense of. And when you finally meet THE ONE you look back and wonder what the fuss was all about.

My publisher, Ant Colony Press, who will bring my debut novel DEEP FLAMING RED to life in spring/summer this year is a vibrant, forward thinking, involved indie publisher. My journey with them has been incredible. Their submissions editor, Sarah (@agirl_whowrites Insta/Twitter)  is fabulous. She is an author herself so she can relate to both sides of the publishing experience (UNCONVENTIONAL, her romantic suspense novel written under the pen name Scarlet Birch is out now).

Sarah requested the full manuscript of Deep Flaming Red the same evening after receiving my query. Within two weeks I received detailed and encouraging feedback on the chapters she had read up until that point. Side note:  Sarah tweeted and posted on Facebook that she was really enjoying a romance submission about the time she gave me feedback. Imagine if she was talking about Deep Flaming Red! Oh, the stalking and obsessive tendencies of a writer! I should probably ask her about that!

Anyway, after only a few weeks and a few email exchanges, I was an Ant Colony Press author. The team at ACP are hands on. Passionate about your book as if they had penned it themselves. Tenacious, with an arresting (and growing) presence on social media. They engage REGULARLY with all their authors and have created platforms for their authors to support each other, to share experiences and ideas. It is the kind of “community” feel that all authors need. I am incredibly proud to be a part of this amazing “colony”.

If you’re putting together your list of publishers to query, ACP should absolutely be on that list. Look them up at antcolonypress.com . Here you will find book and author news, interviews with ACP authors and other indie authors, their submission guidelines and blog posts about writing, publishing and more.

ACP also takes it’s subscriber list very seriously, sending relevant, insightful and interesting content to their subscribers.  If you want to be kept in the loop, head over to this link to be added to ACP’s mailing list! https://mailchi.mp/7b2e22582ab3/email

Wherever you are in your publishing journey right now, just know that you will find THE ONE, just like I did!

Until next time!






Meet Ethan

J.D. SAMSON_author

I wanted to tell you about a story that I have finished writing. It’s called Deep Flaming Red and I began writing the story in Feb 2013. It was complete by the following year but I had made so many mistakes that I felt like rewriting the whole thing! What did I do? Well, this:

  • I changed the POV half way through
  • I changed from present to past tense half way through
  • I made Scarlett (my female lead) a vegetarian and changed her back to meat-eating a dozen times
  • My male lead, Ethan, was so vulgar in his day to day speech that I had started to feel violated every time I tried to go back to edit
  • I changed the age gap from 7 years to six years to fives years and back to six years until I was not sure how old they were anymore

As you can…

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Featured Author: Robert B.L. – ARC copy giveaways

I really enjoyed the honesty in this interview. I think the author writes from a deep place and that is what draws people to stories. I wish him the very best!

Alyne Hart Novels

jjBio:  I was born into the lower working class in Sweden, and raised by a single mother due to the death of my father. I’m no stranger to hardship and struggle. From hardship grows compassion, determination and the motivation to strive for something better. That’s a gift in my eyes. Writing is something I want to make my profession. I’m not only filled with stories, also the drive to finish them. I come from a family with no history of writing, nor any connections, and I hope someday someone will see the potential in me.
Why do I write? I write because my whole life I have felt like the dum athletic kid. I had trouble with multiple subjects in school and I never felt smart. Then, later on, I was determined to do something that people saw as intelligent. Writing has always been an interest already embedded in my DNA, but the spark lit the fire when…

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Serious update

Hi everyone

So a lot has happened since I last wrote on here. Reason I haven’t written? I lost the password. (I do that alot).

So. I wanted to share that I have signed with a wonderful independent publisher, Ant Colony Press. Deep Flaming Red will go through edits soon and should be out between July and September 2018.

I am so excited to share more of this journey with you!

My writing journey

And then there was Wattpad!

Hi guys

I mentioned last time that I had gotten onto Wattpad. Now, I’m not exactly sure how to weave my way through the site as yet but I did manage to post the prologue and first chapter of Deep Flaming Red. 

I went ballistic when I got my first comment. It was from a reader named imledstoryweaver (https://www.wattpad.com/user/imledstoryweaver) and she thought that the story sounded like a classic love story and she really wanted to read more.  You can have a look at the prologue + chapter 1 here: https://www.wattpad.com/user/flame81

My reader also told me that I should break the updates up so that it’s easier for the reader – important advice and I will definitely take heed!

Have you tried Wattpad? Or a similar platform to put your work in front of readers?

I would love to hear your experiences!

Till next time,



Quick random thoughts

What pad? – Quick random thought #2

So I’m a little late to the party, but I have discovered Wattpad. I’ve managed to publish the prologue and the first chapter of my book, Deep Flaming Red  on there, but I honestly can’t tell you how it happened.

Won’t you check it out and let me know what you think?

I think you’ll be able to find it here: https://www.wattpad.com/myworks

If that doesn’t work, maybe try my username: flame81?

Thanks a ton!