Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Write Stuff with Guest Blogger: Berengaria Brown

Welcome multi-published author
Berengaria Brown to the Boost today!

She's here to chat about diversifying your publishing choices and here's what she had to say...

March was apparently “Small Press Month”. I didn’t know that, but because I chose to begin my writing career with digital publishing, it’s something that I thought about very carefully.

Before I was a writer I was a reader, and I’m still a voracious reader. I knew several authors who were caught up in the chaos and drama that accompanied the collapse of Triskelion Publishing.

So when I began writing, I determined never to write just for a single publishing house. I know there are advantages to being with just one house, but this was a considered decision I made. My first three books were each submitted to a different publisher. I was quite surprised to receive contracts for all of them. Since then, I’ve been published with nine different houses, and have self-published a few books as well. Right now I’m actively submitting to three houses, but may submit to one of the others again later.

As well as digital books I also have print books with two different publishers, and an audio book with a third.

This policy of diversifying my work paid off late last year when Aspen Mountain Press ceased operations. Although I only had one book there, and didn’t suffer the trauma many other authors suffered, at least I was still able to write and submit elsewhere until I got my rights back.

A Note from the Book Boost: I've done the same thing, Berengaria. I've published with about a dozen different publishers. Some big, some medium and some small and have had both good/bad experiences along the way. I think diverse publishing is the way to go. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Tell us more about your latest.


Edmund’s sister Mavis was tragically widowed by a hit-and-run driver, when he was rushing to the hospital for the birth of their son. Now Mavis can’t cope with the loss of her husband and a new fatherless baby to care for.

Mavis’ friend, AJ, tells Edmund that he and his partner, Utah, must go and retrieve an aquamarine. The stone will bring courage and comfort to Mavis. It will hold the spirit of her dead husband and she will be able to rear their son and have a fulfilling life.

Only lovers can find the stone. Edmund and Utah are a little skeptical, but very willing to try.


Utah just smiled at his partner. Edmund had all the confidence in the world, and likely some naughty plan in mind. Well, they'd soon see just how doable his plans were. One of the things Utah loved about Edmund was his insouciant acceptance of sex as an integral part of daily life. And Utah's dick was always ready to get involved in sex with Edmund!

Even just looking at Edmund in that tight, body-hugging wetsuit, made Utah's cock grow and harden, and his balls tighten. Down boy he thought widening his stance a little to ease the pressure on his equipment. First we find this mystical aquamarine for Mavis. Then we fuck each other's brains out.

The more he thought about it, the crazier it sounded. Here on a public beach where dozens, even hundreds, of people swam every day, they were going to swim out to a sandbar and find a precious stone. They would then give this stone to Edmund's sister, and with no other help -- no therapy, no psychiatrists, no lawyers, nothing else at all -- she would accept the loss of her husband and focus on rearing her kid. When he put it like that, it almost sounded like he was the one who needed a good therapist. Deluded didn't come close to explaining the lack of logic in those thoughts. Ah well, all he could do was support Edmund. AJ had made it quite plain Edmund would not succeed if Utah wasn't there with him. And anyway, he wanted to be with Edmund. Wanted to help him.

Shrugging his shoulders he swung around to look at Edmund. "Are you ready to go fetch this rock?"

"Yes, sure. But how are we supposed to recognize it?"

"Hell if I know. Isn't it supposed to call to you, or something?"

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Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you for hosting me today.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

I agree 100 percent that having more than one publisher is the smartest way to go.

KaceyHammell said...

very wise advice. Something I've heard from a lot of authors and think is a great idea.

Berengaria Brown said...

Thank you for coming by, Cindy, and Kacey. And I'm glad you agree with me!