The Oddville Press Goes Live

Last year, we ran a guest post from Lorraine Sears, Managing Editor of The Oddville Press.

Lorraine was facing the task of re-launching an eZine that had enjoyed 400,000 downloads in its first life.

She wanted to reach out to writers to make them aware of the opportunities presented by having work published in a well-crafted online publication.

Lorraine contacted me to let me know The Oddville Press is now live. She included a nice hat-tip to Indies Unlimited and thanked us for our assistance in connecting her with some talented writers:

“After our article was published on your site submissions went through the roof.”

OddvillePress_v2_i01In this edition, you’ll see a short story contribution from IU stalwart, Shaun McLaughlin. We encourage you to check it out.

Most of us have a few short stories lying around collecting dust. Maybe they just don’t fit in anywhere within the bodies of our existing work, or maybe we were saving them for an anthology that got put on the back burner. Publications like The Oddville Press present an interesting way to introduce yourself to new readers and to build your portfolio.

You can download your copy here. If you are interested in submitting a short story to the Oddville press, you can find submissions information here.

The Oddville Press: Showcase Your Talent

Guest post
by Lorraine Sears
Managing Editor
The Oddville Press

Ask almost any writer or artist what they find hardest about their profession and you might be surprised by the answer. It’s not the creativity, or even the preparation ahead of publishing. Moreover, it’s something that the intended audience won’t even consider for the hard work and commitment involved. I’m talking, of course, about marketing.

I’ve interviewed a number of authors and the occasional artist on my blog, and for most, the marketing aspect really pushes them outside their comfort zone. When it comes to selling their work, even writers represented by larger organisations such as publishing houses have to do there bit to drum up sales. The problem is, none of us are sales reps. That’s not where our passion lies.

There’s no denying the growing popularity of the e-book, which along with sites like CreateSpace and Lulu make it ever-easier for independent authors to get their work into the marketplace. But with so many authors and titles, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd.

You can blog, you can tweet and you can write it on Facebook. But what’s different about you from the thousands of others already out there, doing the same? Continue reading “The Oddville Press: Showcase Your Talent”