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.

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.

Welcome to Books & Boos Press!

Books & Boos Press is a small publishing press based in Connecticut. We specialize in well-written books by lesser-known authors. Currently, we are accepting submissions by invitation only, but check back often—we expect to open up our submissions to everyone at some point in 2014!

Headed by journalist and publicist Jason Harris and writer and editor Stacey Harris, Books & Boos Press is well aware of the challenges that face the writing and publishing industry today. We work hard to promote our authors and books, and offer strategies and advice to our writers on how they can promote themselves.

Our first project is due out in October 2013. Secret Things is a collection of creepy tales by author Stacey Longo, and is a compilation of twelve tales highlighting the darker side of human nature. Longo is a former humor columnist for the Block Island Times, and turned her pen to horror in 2010. She’s been published in over a dozen anthologies and magazines, and maintains a weekly humor blog at http://www.staceylongo.com. We’re excited to debut our press with her collection! Currently, artist Stephanie Johnson (http://sljohnsonimages.com) is working on the cover, and we’ll post that here as soon as it’s finished.

Thank you for visiting our site. We hope to see you here again soon.

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