May 142014


I have decided to break up my reading/reviewing schedule for Divertir Publishing.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday –  reading query submissions

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday – editing contracted manuscripts.


That should help me get through my list. Here is my schedule so far:

1.) read through the sci-fi anthology – done. We are postponing this due to lack of qualified submissions. However, I found quite a few great short stories on Wattpad. I have to admit, it is so fun reaching out to authors.

2.)Last run through of edits for A Bother of Bodies

3.)Read Harper’s Donelson – currently up to chapter 5

4.) Last run through of Dime Detective

5.) Read three queries tomorrow. – One request for the full and two rejections with requested changes.


Thanks to NetGalley, I even have a few books waiting to be read for pleasure.

Also, I have been made Acquisitions Editor which means I now control the slush pile. Muahaha!


That is all.







 Posted by at 4:11 am
May 062014

Current To Do:

1.)   Nessie Out of Water – back to the author for edits.

2.) Mary’s 3 chapter edits for Jenna-Lynne’s giveaway

3.) Last read through of Repeat Offenders, by Bill Bonvie, before it goes to print

4.) Finish reading the sci-fi entries

5.) Read The King’s Tournament

6.) Read Harper’s Donelson


 Posted by at 10:27 am
May 052014


Divertir Publishing is releasing its first ever middle grade fantasy, Guardian’s Nightmare.


Charlee Smelton is an average thirteen-year-old girl struggling to adapt after her family moves to San Francisco. She thinks her biggest obstacle is facing the bullies who brand her a nerd and a dweeb. She’s wrong. Her life is about to change—for the worse.

First, she receives a gift of the ugliest, most old fashioned bike she has ever seen. Try as she might to ditch it in the city, she just can’t seem to escape that very mysterious two-wheeler. Then come the visions of a world across a dimensional divide, a princess in fear for her life and a dark knight pursuing her. Are they just dreams or something more?

For Charlee, everything she ever thought she knew about herself soon crumbles as she starts down a path to discover her true self, and she will need that hunk-of-junk bike more than she could ever imagine. Without it, she might not be able to find the hero in herself—the hero she must become to save her friends, family, her city—the world—from an evil only she can defeat. An evil she allows into this world.



“As they whizzed past one block after the other, Charlee became accustomed to the momentum. Vision in focus, hands and feet relaxed, she could steer the bike now and decide its direction. It was as if the rest of the world moved in slow motion. Still, she let the bike set their course. If the bike had some grand plan, she would trust it—for now.”

“Sandra, stop! You didn’t save me. All you’ve done is make things worse. That witch is going to hurt a lot of people unless I can find a way to stop her.” Charlee, her leg sore, leaned against a tree. “And now she knows who you are. She knows you’re my friend. That means she’s going to come looking for you. You’re in danger.”

“As the tingling faded, Charlee stood and ran her fingers through her hair, which crackled from static cling. Something was very wrong. She had to get away from the bike as quickly as possible. She dashed into the garage, up the steps and into the house.”

“Charlee caught her image in the mirror on the closet door. ‘I can’t be a hero. What comic book hero is a bit chubby, has long stringy hair, a freckled face and green-framed glasses with thick, Coke-bottle lenses? None!’ She swallowed a lungful of air and blew away a strand of brown hair from her cheek. ‘I’m not even the slightest bit cool.’”


Want to sample Guardian’s Nightmare? Click Darren’s book to download a PDF for your viewing pleasure.

“You should never give up something as valuable as this bike of yours,” the old man whispered. “You may find that it is a truly wondrous gift.”

photo (1)About the Author:

Darren Simon is a former longtime newspaper journalist who now works in government affairs on California water issues and teaches college English. In his spare time, he is a freelance magazine writer. Guardian’s Nightmare is his first novel. The second book in the series is also under contract with Divertir Publishing. He resides in California’s desert southwest with his wife, two sons and two crazy dogs.


You can learn more about Charlee and Darren by visiting his website.

 Posted by at 12:38 pm
May 012014

Update for 5/1/14

(In order of priority):

tumblr_mj4d8mhl1p1s5sopco1_1280-a4abd8d2-sz282x442 1.) Stacey Wooten – Nessie Out of Water – 86% edited.

 2.) Bill Bonvie – Repeat Offenders – Need to start last edit before it goes to print. 

3.) Sci-fi anthology submissions – Read through for approval. Currently we’re sitting at 40k but I want to bump it past 50k with a few more additions.

4.) Tony Russo – Call of the Kestrel – waiting for him to finish those blasted edits.

5.) 5 new queries in my inbox – should be through those by tonight. Tune in at @jen_Corkill for my responses if interested. Three are from #pitmad.

Thoughts of the day:

Mishuk gotal’u meshuroke, pako kyore. – “Pressure makes gems, ease makes decay.”


“When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear
and life stands explained.”

~ Mark Twain

 Posted by at 9:11 am
Apr 082014

jodi-harveybrown-book-sculpturesWhen we are ready to release a book at Divertir Publishing, I immediately find out what an author’s platform is – How do you plan on selling yourself?

And no, I don’t mean fishnets and stripper shoes.

While I have run into a few very outgoing authors, I find many tend to run on the introverted side of life. They, like myself, gravitate around their own company and that of their intimate circle. Give us a dark room, a solitary computer, some music and we’re ready to create magic  – stand aside, I’m making magic…and paper dragons. (Stop Procrastinating!)

Hell, in less than a thousand words, we can create and destroy worlds.

andromeda“I am the angel of death, destroyer of worlds.” Captain Dylan Hunt (Yes you are, you smexy thing you) 

To our poor characters, we’re gods (although not nearly as devious as George R.R. Martin). For many, that creation is personal and we treat our product as children, separate but equal entities.

It is natural to be fearful of putting yourself out there and trying to convince people to buy your baby. Suddenly that entity you spent so long on is open for interpretation and *GASP* critique. Scary word – critique. Many authors refuse to do so and I hate to say it, their books rarely do well. Readers will find their way to you, but they could very likely find their way to someone else as well. How can you convince them they need to buy your book and delve into the world created inside?

Let’s start at the easy stuff.

1.) Make a Facebook page specifically for your book. Here you post updates on book cover releases, reviews, blog interviews, introduce characters, etc. EVERYTHING regarding that specific book. If that book becomes a series, make it for the series.

facebook typewriter_Layout 12.) Make a Facebook page specifically for you as an author. Nothing too personal is shared on this page. No politics or religion unless it is pivotal to your plot. While you may feel strongly about something, alienation can occur if readers do not agree with you and as an author, that’s the last thing you want to do. If you don’t care about this, then I suppose you could overlook it. I would be wary though. I was following two writers on Facebook and decided to stop when they started spamming their author pages with political views. It opposed mine drastically and in the end, didn’t want to read it every time I logged on.

What you should post: inspirations, other works in progress, general personal news, book signing dates, blog updates, etc. This is an outlet for you to spam your blog, twitter and hobbies.

From there you can also connect with writing/promotion groups on Facebook. Trust me – they are in abundance but remember to read and follow the groups rules before promoting or sharing. Many authors want as much exposure as you do. Offering to host other writers in exchange for reviews and face time on their blog is a great way to get your name out there.

Don’t hide in the corner yet, you introvert – this gets scarier! (Here, have some coffee).

blogger-outreach-23.) Website – Here is a more concentrated version of your author Facebook page: Hobbies, inspirations, interviews, blog tours, cover reveals – anything general about you. You can expand and develop ideas, allowing your thoughts to flow freely from fingers to screen. On your blog you can open your private life and allow the reader to see what makes you tick. For me, I have my crafts, I post reviews, interviews, my sewing projects, publishing updates, etc. Head to my homepage to see me altering thrift store dresses into dresses for my 6 year old. Exciting, man – I tell you.

4.) Goodreads. I recently found this site myself (yep, late bloomer) where you connect with readers and authors. Post reviews, participate in contests – everything.  Sign up is incredibly easy with a nice step-by-step tutorial. Hands down you need your book on this site and be putting out your opinion on books you’ve read. As Ken Tupper (owner of Divertir Publishing) tells me, you have to go where the readers are.

5.) Twitter – follow other authors, follow agents, follow publishers, follow your favorite actor. This satisfies the voyeur in us all. We can sit in the comfort of our homes and involve ourselves in other people’s lives in short bursts (120 characters or so). Most authors will follow back. Slowly build that followership. That way when you have news to announce, people are watching. However, as I have found, responding to other people’s tweets open the door to interesting conversations. 

6.)Pinterest – this is my kiddy crack site. I pin and hoard so many creative ideas. Recipes, craft and sewing ideas, DIY ideas – everything. I also “pin” giveaways we’re having and book reviews I post. If a reader stumbles upon your pinterest and feels a kinship, they’re going to be predisposed to find out more about any books you write.

Let me just say this: If you’re against a web presence, don’t be an author.

280532292_847057026a2Now, those 6 are great to get you started but you still have to feel comfortable selling your baby. My dad used to tell me you never sell the steak, you sell the sizzle. That’s all we’re doing – that’s all every author tries to do. When you start feeling weird or callgirl-ish, just know every author has to do it because last year almost 400k people self-published. If that number isn’t daunting,  according to Bertram’s Blog, close to 15,000,000 books were published in 2012. That was two years ago!

15,000,000. Yikes.

So when I say you are in competition, you are.

Don’t be scared to get your name out there (All the cool kids are doing it) because the more places people find information about you and your books, the better!


 Posted by at 5:09 pm
Mar 012014

Disclaimer: I don’t get to go through the initial slush pile. My queries are funneled to me by Ken Tupper. If you have submitted to Divertir and your query falls into one of my genres and wasn’t rejected then I probably have it.

What I current look for:

Historical Romance (I particularly want Victorian and Regency but not too picky), Historical Fiction, Science Fiction (or any of the subgenres) or High Fantasy


My Current Divertir Publishing Reviewing Status: 5 manuscripts and 1 query


Historical Fiction – started

Inspirational query – rejection

Literary figure detective fiction – not started

Fantasy – not started

Historical Romance – not started



 Posted by at 4:24 am