Friday, December 30, 2011

❤publisher: Nicole Langan Interview and Giveaway!

❤ I'm excited to host a new type of interview! Typically I interview authors, but today, for the first time, I want to introduce to you guys, Nicole Langan, owner of the independent publishing company, Tribute Books. The company will be undergoing a few changes this upcoming new year, so I thought I'd end 2011 by interviewing her at !Miraculous! :) There's a giveaway for the winner's choice of a print or ebook title from Tribute, so stick around! Please help me welcome Nicole to the blog.

❤ Hello Nicole! Tell us a bit about Tribute Books's newest endeavors.

In 2012, Tribute Books will transition into being an ebook publisher for young adult titles.

Manuscripts that have already been professionally edited will receive greater consideration. Our preference is to work with authors who have already been published through a royalty-paying press and who know the ins and outs of book promotion. An established social media platform is a must, and we will not consider writers who do not have a well-followed blog, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Our preference is for damn good writing, the particular topic is secondary in importance. However, books written with a series in mind or those that delve into the paranormal will have a slight edge.

Interested authors can submit their manuscripts via email to There will be no charge for the authors we select to work with, and they will receive 50% of the net profits of their ebook sales in quarterly royalty payments. We're looking for Microsoft Word documents with a maximum of 350 pages of text with no photos, charts, illustrations, graphs, etc.

❤ How did these innovations come about?

Our main reason is the explosion in popularity of e-readers such as the Kindle, Nook and iPad. Over the course of 2011, we've watched our ebook sales outpace our print sales by 2 to 1. The under $5 price point of most of our titles and the ease of purchase and delivery are surely contributing factors.

On a business level, the young adult genre sells especially if it is well-written and has a paranormal romance theme. On a marketing level, the devotion of the young adult fan base is unparalleled. On a personal level, I thoroughly enjoy a good young adult novel and review many on my blog at

❤ How is Tribute different from other independent publishers?

I'm a believer in doing what you love and working with like-minded people, when it's at all possible. I'm most excited about working with authors who enjoy promoting their book on a daily basis. Ones who know the ins and outs of the time and effort it takes to make a book a success because I'm ready and willing to work with them every step of the way.

I believe in the power of social media. I even conduct monthly blog tours for outside publishers and authors in order to help them increase the online presence of a book. Book bloggers are a powerful force in the book industry. With more and more book stores closing and book review columns being cut from major newspapers, readers are depending on bloggers to help them find the books they want to read. They are turning to the internet as a reference point to fill this information gap.

In my opinion, social networking is the bread and butter of any author's promotional efforts. Without it, it's like trying to paddle upstream without a canoe. Readers want to connect with the person who wrote the book. They crave interaction with an author. Nothing beats getting a writer to comment on a blogger's book review post or getting a personalized thank you tweet from your favorite author. The days of authors being isolated from their fans is over. They're now able to build an online following and receive instant feedback for their work. They have the opportunity to take part in creating their own literary community.

❤ What is the best way your audience/readers can help out during this change?

My hope is that we are able to recruit some talented writers of well-written, well-crafted stories in order to develop an eager fan base for the titles we publish. We want readers to be excited about the ebooks we produce. Young adult authors have the most devoted fan followings out there, and we'd like to introduce that audience to a whole new host of talent.

❤ Where can Tribute Books be found on the web?

We try to keep an active online presence with our website, Facebook, Twitter, and blog. We'd love to have anyone who loves young adult literature to join us for the ride.

❤ Thanks so much for your time at ¡Miraculous!, Nicole. This interview definitely gave me some perspective on the ebook industry and independent publishing as a whole. It was fun too!

Nicole has been lovely in offering one lucky reader ANY book of choice from Tribute's bookstore! While the majority of them are ebooks (including their first Young Adult novel, The Priest and the Peaches), you non-comformist print junkies (aka people like me *wink*) still get an awesome selection out of their print titles too:
These six books are all available in ebook format too of course!
To enter this fabulous giveaway, leave a question or comment for Nicole. Yup, that's it! :)

Giveaway runs through January 13th, 2012 at 11.59 pm (your time). International readers may enter for their choice of ebook, but to enter the print book giveaway, you must have a US mailing address under the prize provider's request.
Please include your email address in your comment! If I don't know who to contact once you are chosen as the winner, your prize will be forfeited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!