Bannerwing’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Your Favorite Small Press Author


Buy the book. For yourself, of course. Or not. Not your genre? Buy it for someone who’ll enjoy it. For a friend. For your mom. Your neighbor. A stranger. Books make great gifts, and Amazon even has a Kindle book gift option if dead trees and ink aren’t your pleasure. Neat, huh?
Review the book. It can be daunting, but it’s so very helpful. Reviews and ratings are a kind of currency for authors. Reviews open doors for promotion and marketing opportunities. Reviews tell other readers what they can expect from your favorite small press author. A review doesn’t have to be complicated: just be honest about your experience with the book. Not feeling eloquent? Star ratings are awesome, too.
Talk up the book. Tell people. Your book club, the cashier at the grocery store, the local librarians, booksellers. Word of mouth from readers and shoppers goes a long way towards getting your small press author into brick and mortar establishments.
Promote the book. Do you blog? Are you on Facebook? Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram? Share book links, images, and reviews. Tag your small press author so they can interact with readers. Your influence matters, and your small press author will be eternally grateful.


Welcome, Author Ericka Clay!

The ink is newly dried on Bannerwing’s agreement with author Ericka Clay to release her novel, Unkept, early next year. Ericka is a force to be reckoned with: novelist, blogger, and founding editor of Tipsy Lit, an online magazine that promotes the work of indie authors. We are thrilled to be working with her.

We are also thrilled to kick off our YouTube channel with Ericka introducing herself to you as only she can:

Connect with Ericka online: | Tipsy Lit | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

An Interview With Author Stephanie Ayers

Steph Close upStephanie Ayers spends much of her free time living in the alternate universes created inside her imagination or from the pages of another’s. When she’s not writing, she mothers her 4 children, loves her husband, attends church, and neglects housework as often as possible.

Stephanie’s debut romantic suspense novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her short story “Fear” appears in Precipice, Volume II.


When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I’m not writing, I’m usually playing parent to four scoundrels, hanging out on Facebook, window shopping, or reading. For downtime, I usually relax in front of the television three or four evenings a week to catch a favorite show like The Voice, Once Upon A Time, American Horror Story, etc.

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually find interesting eBooks in the 100 best free kindle section of Amazon, by word of mouth, or promotion on Facebook. I currently have more books in my Kindle app than I will probably be able to read this year.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing was a fourth grade assignment about a talking and dancing peanut. I have no memory of what the story was really about, and unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of it, either.

What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is like asking me to choose a favorite child! Though I am mostly a horror and fantasy fan, I read in many genres. Here are the first five that come to mind:

  1. The Stand by Stephen King—I pretty much love almost everything he has ever written, but this is the one story that has always stayed with me, entices me to write as creatively.
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth—this is a new favorite because I am the protagonist in this story.
  3. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke—I have yet to see the movie because I’m afraid it will ruin the book for me, I love it that much. Reading people in and out of stories is an amazing idea of magic in a story rich with interesting, inventive characters, even as she skillfully weaves the modern world and the fantasy one together.
  4. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton—The vivid descriptions and lack of clichés inspire my own writing.
  5. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll—what’s NOT to love about this book? I’m thoroughly jealous of his imagination and Wonderland is one of my favorite escapes ever.

What do your fans mean to you?
They challenge me to write better, to want to keep them at the edge of the seat, to make them keep turning the pages, and never wanting my stories to end. Their reactions encourage me to keep writing, and most of all, to continue sharing my words.

Here’s a quote that sums it all up in a nutshell:

“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”- Ursula K. Le Guin

Til Death official book coverWant more? The full interview can be found on her Smashwords bio page.

You can find Stephanie’s words in print and in the digital format of your choice from the following retailers:

Smashwords {all ebook formats}

Amazon {print and Kindle}

Barnes & Noble {print and Nook}

Kobo {epub}

iTunes {iBook}


Connect with Stephanie online:
Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Google+

Precipice, Volume Three, and Our Contest Winners!

Write on Edge is the community that forged the partnership at the heart of this venture, and the writers there will always hold a special place in Bannerwing’s heart. This year, to mark the third volume of Write on Edge’s literary anthology, Precipice, we co-hosted a writing contest, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, “It takes two to make an accident.”

The community was asked to vote for one entry to be included in Precipice, and the editors have chosen one as well. These writers brought their best to the table, and we thank them for their sharing their work with us. We’re looking forward to reading your submissions to this year’s anthology!

Now, on to the celebrating!

The Winners of the “It Takes Two” Writing Contest, whose entries will be included in Precipice, Volume 3.

Congratulations to Ashley Kagaoan: her entry, “Words We Never Say“, is our community winner!

The Editor’s Choice spot goes to Valerie Boersma, The Word Pirate, for her piece “Fool For Love.”


And now, the details on Precipice, Volume 3!

This year, the theme is Boundaries. Submissions will open on April 1 and run through May 31st. We expect, as with the last two volumes, to publish in October. For details on submission formatting, check out the Our Literary Anthology tab on Write on Edge.

Happy Writing!

It Takes Two to Make an Accident: A Writing Contest

2014 will mark the third year of collaboration between Write on Edge and Bannerwing Books: Precipice, our literary anthology, is turning three!

To celebrate, we are co-hosting a flash-writing contest with Write on Edge! From the entry pool, two pieces will be chosen for inclusion in Precipice, Volume 3, one chosen by the community, one by the editors. We will announce the theme for this year’s collection along with the winners on Monday, March 3.

From today until Friday, February 21, you can link your entry (just like you do for our writing prompts) in the Linky below. From Saturday, February 22-Friday, February 28, community voting will be open via the linky.

“It takes two to make an accident.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The details:

  • 1000 word limit, all genres of creative writing are welcome.
  • linky is open until Friday, February 21, at 11:55pm Pacific
  • Use the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote above as an opening/closing line or draw inspiration from it, your choice.
  • Community voting opens 2/22 and closes 2/28 at 11:55pm Pacific.
  • Community and editorial choice winners will be announced on Write on Edge and Bannerwing Books on Monday, March 3, 2014.
  • All entries must be original work, only published on your personal blog/website, and by entering you give Write on Edge and Bannerwing Books permission to reprint your entry in Precipice, Volume III‘s print and digital formats, as well as permission to edit for grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.
  • Have fun!


We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Welcome, Stephanie Ayers!

Bannerwing Books welcomes Stephanie Ayers to the family today, as we celebrate the official release of her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part!

Steph Close upStephanie Ayers spends much of her free time living in the alternate universes created inside her imagination or from the pages of another’s. When she’s not writing, she mothers her 4 children, loves her husband, attends church, and neglects housework as often as possible.

Connect with Stephanie online:
Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Google+

Til Death Do Us Part is a crossover between romantic suspense and psychological thriller, with an occult twist. The events in this story lead right up to Christmas, and priced at $1.99 for ebook and $6.99 for paperback, it’s perfect for the holiday season! Pick your copy up:

Til Death official book coverWhen Ian buys Elizabeth a Tiffany’s engagement ring, he unwittingly sets off a series of deadly events as the ring goes full circle — passing through the hands of a hopeful co-worker, a young delivery boy, a beloved daughter and her father, a drug addicted twin brother, a drug dealer, and a pawn shop — to be reunited with its intended.

Cameron D. Garriepy: From the Earth to the Moon

1266076_603328636357198_766185406_oThornton, Vermont, 1953: After six years in the Navy, the last three spent engaged in the Korean War, George Cartwright is coming home. No longer craving adventure, George wants nothing more than to start building a quiet life. When a beautiful, unexpected stranger meets his train, George understands why it’s called love at first sight. Ginny Fletcher is everything George never knew he wanted in a woman, but his love forces him to question the meaning of brotherhood, family, and the weight of promises.

From the Earth to the Moon is a work of short romantic fiction which includes an excerpt from the upcoming contemporary Thornton Vermont trilogy.

Announcing Echoes in Darkness

This Autumn is proving to be an exciting time for Bannerwing Books. Our partnership with Write on Edge continues with the release of Precipice, Volume II later this month. Cameron D. Garriepy will debut her Thornton Vermont romance series with From the Earth to the Moon in November, and our newest author, Stephanie Ayers, is getting ready to announce her debut romantic thriller novella for the holiday season.

Just in time for earlier sunsets and deeper, quieter Autumn nights when the moon is new and the veil between us and Other is thinnest, Bannerwing is releasing a fresh collection of tales for the season.

Echoes in Darkness
“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light…”

Available exclusively for Kindle October 9, 2013

Bannerwing Books, Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, Cameron D Garriepy, Kameko Murakami, Kate Shrewsday, Andra Watkins, Elizabeth Yon

Authors Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, Cameron D. Garriepy, Kameko Murakami, Kate Shrewsday, Andra Watkins, and Elizabeth Yon each present stories of darkness and light — physical… otherworldly… and in the human spirit. From dangerous to romantic to chilling, this collection showcases seven absorbing tales and an unforgettable cast of characters.

In Kate Shrewsday’s To Hear the Dead Proclaim, a trans-Atlantic air traveler comforts her seat mate with a sympathetic ear. His story allows her into the mind of a genius, but some conversations are best left unspoken.

In Flutters, Angela Amman takes us into the steamy Savannah heat, where the last surviving daughter in a family of women with extraordinary powers struggles to maintain her mother’s legacy at all costs.

Helen has lived her life obsessed with a statue, going so far as to travel the world for a glimpse of it in person. The consequences of her trip reveal an ancient curse and leave Helen’s life forever changed in Mandy Dawson’s Awakening.

Previously published as a stand-alone short, Cameron D. Garriepy’s Requiring of Care follows Lucy Montgomery to an unusual job interview. The would-be nanny is pulled into the world of Violet, a little girl who holds fragments of a haunting story.

Bad Deal, an excerpt from Andra Watkins’ forthcoming debut novel To Live Forever, introduces us to an unusual little girl named Emmaline Cagney. Emmaline longs to fly from the dark side of her mother’s affections, but what strangers lurk in the shadows?

From Kameko Murakami: A terrible accident robbed Danaë of her life, but not by killing her. Instead she is cursed, invisible to the world, with one exception: the dying. When her path crosses that of the one living man who knows she’s there, Danaë must decide if she is to remain Unseen.

Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light, Edie.” Nyctophobic Eden Summerhill has nowhere to go but the lonely family farmhouse she’s inherited, but the darkness is waiting there for her in Love Apples by Elizabeth Yon.

Author Angela Amman Joins Bannerwing!

Nothing Goes Away short stories, Nothing Goes Away book, short fiction, women's fictionBannerwing Books is thrilled to announce that Angela Amman will release her first collection of short fiction, titled Nothing Goes Away, later this month for Kindle, Nook, and eReaders everywhere!

While you’re waiting for Angela’s collection, check out her blog, Tread Softly, where Angela takes the art of book review to a new level, drawing thoughtful parallels between her life between the pages and the happy chaos of writing and raising her two children in southern Michigan.