Connecticut Author Continues Support for National Multiple Sclerosis Society with New Book: Available Now

Farmer’s Daughter Press, an imprint of Books & Boos Press, is proud to announce the release of My Mom, MS, and a Sixth-Grade Mess by Stacey Longo.

You can find the book at Amazon here.

The book tells the tale of Patrick Holder, who first appeared in the children’s book My Mom Has MS (2015, Farmer’s Daughter Press), now in middle school. Patrick has problems: he has an English project due and he hasn’t read the book yet; he and his best friend like the same girl; he suspects he might have a unibrow. Oh yeah—and his mom has multiple sclerosis.

Longo wrote the book to help kids deal with their parent’s MS diagnosis, and a portion of every sale of this book is donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She also raises money for National Multiple Sclerosis Society and walks in a yearly MS Walk.

The book’s cover art and interior images were also illustrated by Longo, and the subject matter is personal. “My friend Renee was diagnosed with MS in 2008, and the way she and her family rallied to make the best of her situation was amazing.” The protagonist of the books—Patrick Holder—is based on Renee’s youngest son, and many members of her family make appearances in the latest book.

A trailer for the book can be viewed on YouTube here.

Longo, who resides in Connecticut, is the author of Ordinary Boy and the short story collection Secret Things. For more information about her and her books, check out her website, http://www.staceylongo.com.

‘Tricks and Treats’ Earns Best Anthology Award

Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors has won the Preditors & Editors Poll for Anthologies. We want to thank all the authors in the anthology: Melissa Crandall, Dan Foley, Stacey Longo, G. Elmer Munson, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Ryanne Strong, and John Valeri for helping to promote this great Connecticut collection.

Thank you to all the fans of the authors and of Tricks and Treats for voting. Without you, we never would have received this honor for Tricks and Treats. Thank you again.

You can see all the books that were in the poll here.

Help ‘Tricks and Treats’ in Current Poll

Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors is sitting at number 1 on the Preditors & Editors Poll at the moment. The poll ends at 7 a.m. on January 14. We would love your help in keeping it there. You can vote here.

‘My Mom, MS, and a Sixth-Grade Mess’ Debuts this January

IMG_0083.JPGFarmer’s Daughter Press is proud to announce they’ll be releasing My Mom, MS, and a Sixth-Grade Mess by Stacey Longo in mid-January. The book tells the tale of Patrick Holder, who first appeared in the children’s book My Mom Has MS (2015, Farmer’s Daughter Press), now in middle school. Patrick has problems: he has an English project due and he hasn’t read the book yet; he and his best friend like the same girl; he suspects he might have a unibrow. Oh yeah—and his mom has multiple sclerosis.

The book’s cover art and interior images were also illustrated by Longo, and the subject matter is personal. “My friend Renee was diagnosed with MS in 2008, and the way she and her family rallied to make the best of her situation was amazing.” The protagonist of the books—Patrick Holder—is based on Renee’s youngest son, and many members of her family make appearances in the latest book.

Written to help kids deal with their parent’s MS diagnosis, a portion of every sale of this book is donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Books & Boos Press Authors through 2016

Here are pictures of our authors at various events at bookstores and conventions during 2016.

Author Terry George at the Mohegan Sun Craft Fair.

Author Terry George at the Mohegan Sun Craft Fair.

Author Tony Tremblay at Queen City Kamikaze.

Author Tony Tremblay at Queen City Kamikaze.

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Authors Dan Foley, Melissa Crandall, John Valeri, Terry George, Stacey Longo, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover.

Authors Stacey Longo and Rob Smales at Northeast Comic Con.

Authors Stacey Longo and Rob Smales at Northeast Comic Con.

Authors John Valeri, Terry George, and Stacey Longo at the Hamden Holiday Craft Fair.

Authors John Valeri, Terry George, and Stacey Longo at the Hamden Holiday Craft Fair.

Author Rob Smales at the Holiday Bookfear at the Haverhill Public Library.

Author Rob Smales at the Holiday Bookfear at the Haverhill Public Library.

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Author Dan Foley at the Holiday Bookfear at the Haverhill Public Library.

Authors Stacey Longo, John Valeri, and Melissa Crandall at the Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

Authors Stacey Longo, John Valeri, and Melissa Crandall at the Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

Author Rob Smales at the Night by the Sea event.

Author Rob Smales at the Night by the Sea event.

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Author Tony Tremblay at the Holiday Bookfear at the Haverhill Public Library.

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Authors Dan Foley, John Valeri, G. Elmer Munson, and Stacey Longo at The Book Club in Broad Brook, CT.

Author Stacey Longo at the New Bedford Book Festival.

Author Stacey Longo at the New Bedford Book Festival.

Submissions Are Now Open

Books & Boos Press is accepting novella submissions through January 31, 2017 (or until the manuscript we’re looking for is delightfully accepted). We are looking for one novella to complete our Terror Project series. This project is a series of three collections offering three fabulous horror novellas per book. The first entry, Triplicity, was published in November 2016. The second installment is scheduled for release in September 2017, and the third is tentatively scheduled for early summer 2018.

What we’re looking for: Overall, we want a really good story, and are open to dark fiction, paranormal, occult, monsters . . . the only subject matter we will not accept is pedophilia. We’d prefer an original story, but will consider a reprint if it is no longer available for purchase in another book.

Books & Boos Press is committed to publishing well-written horror. We are less concerned with how well known or established you are, and more concerned with the quality of the writing submitted.

Before submitting, please read this article, “Five Things Every Publisher Wants You to Know.” We hold strong to these tenets, though in this case, knowing us may work against you. We’d strongly prefer to work with someone we haven’t previously published.

Please do not submit a rough or unpolished draft.

Submission guidelines:

  • Length: 20,000 – 35,000 words
  • Format: Times New Roman, 12-point font, double line spacing. Use indents, NOT tabs. Only one space after each period. Use italics, not underlines. Please include your name, contact information, and word count at the top of the title page.
  • Submit your manuscript as a .docx, .doc, or .rtf attachment to booksandbooseditor@gmail.com. Please include a brief cover letter stating who you are, any recent publications, and a brief summary of the story. The cover letter can be the body of the email. Manuscripts submitted in the body of the email instead of as an attachment will be automatically rejected.

Contract Details:

We’re asking for exclusive worldwide English rights, electronic and printed format, for three years. We’re offering 25% of the net profits of the sales. (We do not deduct things like the cost of the ISBN, the cover art, or any other such nonsense from the net profits—we pay for those things ourselves, and don’t expect you to cover any of it.) You’ll also get five contributor copies and can purchase additional copies at our cost plus 25%, plus shipping. If you would like to see a copy of the full contract prior to submitting, please email booksandbooseditor@gmail.com.

Turnaround Time:

If you haven’t received a response from us within ninety days after the submission period closes, please email booksandbooseditor@gmail.com.

Pictures from the ‘Tricks and Treats’ Promotional Tour

 

img_0753This past October the authors in Tricks and Treats spent time in a number of different places promoting the book. The different places were Bank Square Books, The Book Club Bookstore & More, the Bentley Memorial Library and the Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

Authors Stacey Longo, Kristi Petersen Schnoover, and Melissa Crandall at Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT.

Authors Dan Foley, John Valeri, G. Elmer Munson, and Stacey Longo with The Book Club owner Cynde Acanto  standing behind the authors.

Author John Valeri reading from Tricks & Treats at Bank Square Books.

Authors Dan Foley, Melissa Crandall, John Valeri, Ryanne Strong a.k.a. Terry George, Stacey Longo, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover.

Authors John Valeri, Melissa Crandall, Ryanne Strong a.k.a. Terry George, and Stacey Longo at the Bentley Memorial Library in Bolton, CT.

Author G. Elmer Munson.

Author Kristi Petersen Schoonover.

Author Ryanne Strong a.k.a. Terry George.

Author Stacey Longo.

Authors Stacey Longo, John Valeri, and Melissa Crandall at The Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.