Press Release: Northeast Tennessee Publisher to Release Locally-Set Holiday Novella

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mountain Gap Books

Jonesborough, TN 37659

publisher@mountaingapbooks.com

https://mountaingapbooks.com

 

Northeast Tennessee Publisher to Release Locally-Set Holiday Novella

Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree set for November 5, 2018, Release

Jonesborough, TN, 11/23 /2018 – Mountain Gap Books, Jonesborough, Tennessee, is proud to announce the upcoming release of their fourth title, the Contemporary Fantasy novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree by multi-award-winning local author Jeanne G’Fellers.

 Blurb: A dozen handmade holiday ornaments, that’s all, but it might be an impossible task.

Centenary Rhodes and her mother are at constant odds. It’s one of the many reasons Cent left home when she was eighteen. Mama’s difficult for anyone to manage, but now that Cent’s back home, she has to try. Mama, however, won’t acknowledge who Cent’s become, even though she’s repeatedly been shown the truth.

It’ll take more than popcorn strings and paper snowflakes to heal the rift that’s formed between Cent and Mama. It’s going to take bushels of patience, heaps of magic, and assistance from everyone on both sides of Embreeville Mountain to reset the Balance between them.

But with Yule and Christmas just around the corner, it might already be too late.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Science Fiction and Fantasy author Jeanne G’Fellers’ early memories include watching the original Star Trek series with her father and reading the books her librarian mother brought home. Jeanne’s influences include author Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, and Frank Herbert.

Jeanne lives in Northeast Tennessee with her spouse and their five crazy felines. Their home is tucked against a small woodland where they regularly see deer, turkeys, raccoons, and experience the magic of the natural world.

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MGB will be at Art in the Park!

The tenth annual Art in the Park, Jonesborough, Tennessee, will be held at the International Storytelling Center, Saturday, October 20th, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, October 21st, noon-5pm.
This is a rain or shine event and is FREE and open to the public and is the premier indoor/outdoor art festival in the Tri-Cities.
As in previous years, visitors to the 2018 event can look forward to a rich tapestry of mediums, ranging from painting to photography, glasswork, mosaics, woodworking, jewelry, knife making, pottery and more. A stringent selection policy focusing on quality assures the event to have the highest caliber of regional artwork on display and for sale.
This event also awards prizes to the best artist vendors, and visitors are welcome to attend the awards ceremony. Awards are determined by a panel of judges and awarded to artists by Jonesborough Major Chuck Vest on Saturday at 10am. Best in Show honor will receive $1,000, while second place will be awarded $500, and third place $300. A new prize of $150 will be given to the best new artists. Honorable mentions and Best in Tasting ribbons will also be given out. Ribbons will be displayed on the artist’s tents or tables which will be viewable through the weekend.
Visitors to Art in the Park will also enjoy free music on both days starting with the acoustic selections of the Sweetwater Troubadours on Saturday from 10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. and then from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. guitarist Jonathan Edens will entertain with his smooth melodies. On Sunday from Noon – 4:00 p.m. the Green Rumors, will perform to viewers delight.
Also on Sunday, visitors can participate in a creative writing “Type-In” led by Langley “Casual Word” Shazor. from Noon to 5p.m. Participants will use typewriters located on the grounds to create short poems with the help of Shazor who is a writer, poet, teacher, and typewriter collector. This event is free and open to the public. Shazor encourages people of all ages to participate.
A favorite destination at Art in the Park is the Best in Tasting Area. Chocolate Elegance and Olive Oil Divine will be present both days providing free samples and selling their delicious products. On Saturday Depot Street Brewing and Tennessee Hills Distillery will also be providing samples.
Artist vendors this year include, Peter Koenig: glass, Barbara Powell: collage, Beverly Thomas Jenkins: Mosaics, Carolyn Tomko: clay, Karen Hitchcock: glass, Teresa Tilley: photography, Donna Bird: painting, Wendy Ritchey: painting, Linda McCulley: jewelry, Richie Hayward: photography, Robert Scaffe: woodworking, Suzanne McKinney: jewelry, Calvin Bennett: photography, Fredda Roberts: jewelry, Kerry Porche: clay, Allison Parker: painting, William Minya: soup carvings, Mark Phillips: painting, David Hale: photography, Lance Ellis: blacksmithing, Brenden Bohannon: woodworking, Sandra Breeding: photography, and Roy Nichols: painting.
Art vendor applications are still being accepted for lawn space, however, all indoor booths are full. To apply, visit mckinneycenter.com or call 423.753.0562 for more information.

The Summer Between by Anne G’Fellers-Mason Official Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mountain Gap Books

107 East Courthouse Square #220

Jonesborough, TN 37659

publisher@mountaingapbooks.com

https://mountaingapbooks.com/

 

Northeast Tennessee Author to Publish YA Novel

The Summer Between set for 10/1/18 Release

 

Jonesborough, TN, 9/20/2018 – Mountain Gap Books, Jonesborough, Tennessee, is proud to announce the upcoming release of their third title, a YA novel, The Summer Between, by local playwright and author Anne G’Fellers-Mason.

 

About the Book Brendon Murphy is poised to have the greatest summer of his life. He is a recent high school graduate and his summer plans include having the most fun possible with the people who mean the most to him. This includes an extreme camping adventure and the chance to win the heart of the girl of his dreams.

Plans derail quickly and soon Brendon is faced with the worst summer of his life. He’s stuck working a dead end job, and to make matters worse, he has to share the summer with his older brother Derrick. The two of them are far from friends. Could life get any worse?

As he tries to survive the summer, Brendon will discover great truths about his brother, his friends, the girl of his dreams, and most importantly himself. How he survives the summer will determine the kind of person he really is.

 

The Summer Between is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers (links below). Anne G’Fellers-Mason and Mountain Gap Books will be celebrating the release on October 1st, 2018, from 2-4 pm at the Corner Cup in downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee.

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SHORT BLURB: When I was eighteen, I knew everything about the history of the entire world. Thank God for summer break, for those ten weeks between high school and college when life took me roughly by the collar, shook me hard, and said with a deep, guttural laugh, “Buckle up, kid, ‘cause I’m drivin’, and you don’t know squat.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne G’Fellers-Mason lives in the oldest town in Tennessee. By day, she works for the local historical society in Jonesborough. She has a BA in Theatre/History from Mars Hill University, an MA in History from East Tennessee State University, and an MFA in Playwriting from Hollins University. She gets to put all her studies to use at the Heritage Alliance where she writes local history-based plays. Her first novel, The Summer Between, is a work of contemporary, young adult fiction. Anne lives with the love of her life and their rambunctious cats in a family compound.

 

Author website: https://annegfellersmasonauthor.com/

Author Twitter: @anne_fellers

Author Facebook: annegfellersmason

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MGB is now Open for Submissions

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We’re now taking submissions for our 2019 publishing calendar.

Keep reading for more information. (Tip: Read it all. You don’t want to face automatic rejection because you didn’t.)

First off, and this is very important: We do not accept any submissions containing erotic content. There is a fine line between sexy and erotic content. We define sexy as teasing and perhaps sensual but knowing when to shut the door on the scene. Erotic content describes body parts in fine and often slang-laden detail, their actions, and invites other in to watch. Sexy is fine. Erotica will land your submission email straight in the trash without further response.

But, wait, but my story’s erotica is different, they’re really in love, it’s the next 50 Shades of Grey, and– no. We are not interested in seeing erotic content for any reason.

Also, while we’re at it, don’t submit material that negatively stereotypes the Appalachian people. We’re a unique blend of traditions, faiths, and ethnicities, and not what’s been shown so recklessly online and by popular media. Please think hard about this before you submit because if your story negatively stereotypes Appalachia and/or its people, we’ll certainly let you know about it, and probably not in a friendly manner. You will also be blacklisted from submitting to Mountain Gap Books ever again. Not certain what constitutes an Appalachian stereotype? Look up Deliverance or The Beverly Hillbillies.

Other MGB taboos include – gratuitous violence, child abuse, rape for titillation, dubious sex, sexism… you know, the basic no-nos of a stable society. This includes conservative religious stories as well.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you notify us that you’re doing so. But we also expect you to let us know if you’ve been accepted elsewhere. Thanks.

We do not, at this time, accept reprints.

Our contract is generous. 10% of net print sales (if produced in print). 35% of net ebook sales (if produced in ebook format), and a three-year exclusive first rights contract. Also, while we’d certainly like to see your next work if you’ve published with us, you will be under no obligation to send it our direction.

Here’s what we are looking for:

Appalachian authors – this is a wide area both geographically and by definition. “Most broadly, it refers to the entire mountain range with its surrounding hills and the dissected plateau region,” (ala Wikipedia) and we agree. Furthermore, if you were born and raised in Appalachia or currently call Appalachia home, then you qualify to submit to Mountain Gap Books. This does not mean, however, that your story needs to be set in Appalachia. Actually, we’re looking for diverse stories from Appalachian authors, not just stories set in Appalachia. We don’t care who you are, your history, if you’ve published or not, your faith, whether you’re a POC or not, if you’re LGBT+, alien, a mountain spirit, or what have you— if you were born or currently reside in Appalachia, you can submit as long your work fits our guidelines.

We’re specifically looking for submissions in the following areas:

  • Adult Fiction to include general, Suspense, Thriller, Humor, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Action, Romance, Women’s, and Realistic genres (no Dystopian novels, please)
  • YA and New Adult fiction to include general, Suspense, Thriller, Humor, Sci-Fi,  Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Action, Romance, Women’s, and Realistic genres (no Dystopian novels, please)
  • Children’s fiction/ nonfiction – must include both interior illustrations and text (see expectations under submission guidelines)
  • You may query about adult nonfiction, but, unless it’s something new and different, chances are we won’t accept.

We are not, at this time, considering anthologies, short stories, novellas, novelettes, memoir, adult biography, adult autobiography, or single poem submissions. If and when we’re ready for such submissions, we’ll post a call.

When we are accepting submissions, our response time is 60-90 days. After that, feel free to inquire at publisher @mountaingapbooks. com

Please submit a cover letter in the body of your email. Attach the entire manuscript of your Adult, YA, or New Adult manuscript, ten poems for poetry, the entire manuscript as detailed in formatting for children’s books, as an attached file in DOCX, or RTF format. The submissions email address is publisher @mountaingapbooks. com

Your cover letter should include the following:  Your ties to Appalachia, your publication history (if any), and a brief, one-two paragraph overview of your submission (this is often called a blurb). Remember to include your contact information and any required attachments as detailed below.

And by all means, proofread your cover letter!

Submission Formatting:

We only accept submissions via email at the following address

publisher @mountaingapbooks. com  (please reassemble this for the actual address)

Please note: submissions that do not follow these basic guidelines will be deleted without any response.

How to format your submission email

  • In the subject line put the following (individualized as needed)  SUBMISSION Last Name First Name Manuscript Title
  • The body of the email should contain your cover letter with the required info
  • Remember your attachment(s) should be in MSWord or RTF format.

Adult, YA, and New Adult fiction submission files should be formatted as follows:

  • Lucinda Bright size 14 font (our submissions editor is low vision) with no changes in font throughout the manuscript
  • Double-spaced text (set in the word processor, not done manually)
  • Black text
  • There should be a page break at the end of each chapter and after the title page
  • 1-inch margins on each side.
  • Five space indents at the beginning of each paragraph with a hard return at the end of each paragraph (do not use tab indents)
  • one space between each sentence
  • scene breaks inside chapters should be marked by a *** centered on the line that separates each scene
  • On the title page of the submission, the author’s name and contact information including full name, pen name (if applicable), contact information including email address and word count should appear in the top left corner in that order.
  • The manuscript should include the Author’s last name, the title of the manuscript, and the page number in the header – all set to the right
  • No images should be included with an Adult, YA, or New Adult fiction submission

Children’s book submissions should be formatted as follows. (note: one book will require a cover letter and two separate files for proper submission)

  • The text should be in one file following the adult, YA, and New Adult fiction guidelines. No images should be included in this file. This should be submitted in DOCX or RTF format.
  • A copy of the book’s proposed interior layout including illustrations, in PDF format should be submitted (please note: we do not provide illustrators so you must provide an illustrator or a designer who knows how to properly work with images including copyrighted images. All image submissions will be carefully scrutinized for their source and availability). We will work with you concerning cover design if you are accepted for publication.
  • Do not include image attachments with your email submission. They will be asked for if the book is accepted for publication. When asked for the images should be in PNG format, though we might be able to work with JPG images as well. All images must be at least 300 DPI.

 

Thank you for your interest in Mountain Gap Books.

 

 

 

Things to Come at MGB

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From our Editor-In-Chief Brenda G’Fellers:
It’s winter in Appalachia, but things are heating up here at Mountain Gap Books.  Our first publication, Rhea Wells: Boy of Jonesborough, debuted on January 26, to coincide with an exhibit of Wells’ art. The reaction has been encouraging and supportive. The next event is an appearance by the author on February 10, featuring readings at 1:00 and 3:00. The author will be available from 11:00 – 4:00 in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s Chester Inn Museum, for book sales and autographing. This children’s work tells Wells’ story for the first – fourth-grade student. Join us for a reading!
Plans for our second book, Cleaning House, continue to move forward on the accelerated schedule. This one is also set in Washington County, Tennessee. The mixture of cultures typical of the area provides magical elements for this appealing Contemporary Fantasy novel. Wait for it!
Our third release will be a young adult (YA) novel, The Summer Between. Edits are now are underway.
With a least three works this year, Mountain Gap Books covers the gamut from juvenile to the adult market. That is one of our goals. Our targeted authors are those with a connection to Appalachia. Learn more by reading our website.

Photo by Jaron Nix on Unsplash