Starting an Indie Press

Starting La Muse Press always has been a dream of mine. I have dreamt about being my own publisher and publishing new works from emerging writers for years, and here it is! I am looking to acquire fiction titles that are literary and experimental. By the end of May 2011, I will have published my short story collection, Street Magic: Stories and Tales (2011). The collection contains nine

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E-Publishing: The Wave of the Future

If you haven’t heard of Amanda Hocking, you must have been living under a rock. I’ll admit, I wouldn’t have heard of Hocking if it weren’t for the publishing newsletters I receive in my inbox. According to The New York Times, the self-published young adult writer who sold more than 1 million books, was offered a  four-book deal with St. Martin’s Press. Hocking’s advance reached beyond $2

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Finding a Book Distributor

One of the biggest challenges facing an indie press is distribution. Before starting La Muse Press, I researched potential book distributors, and boy, is it challenging to find one willing to take on an emerging publisher. In order to have a major book distributor,  usually the publisher needs to have publish a decent amount of titles. Ingram, which is the leading distributor in the

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Do you want to be published?

If you’re an aspiring writer, you’re probably asking yourself what are the major differences between a large publishing house and an indie press? Well, two of the major differences are distribution and marketing. A large publishing house has the money to market books on a national level; whereas, an indie press tends to market its products regionally. One of the advantages to working with an indie

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Market yourself!

At the beginning of April, I attended the Maryland Writers Association at the University of Baltimore. I found Mary Shafer’s presentation to be informative. Shafer is the president of the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA) and publisher of Word Forge Books. One thing that she said stuck out to me. She mentioned when you purchase an ISBN, an indie press should purchase a block of ten ISBNs for

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A New Release–Street Magic: Stories and Tales

$12 paperback La Muse Press has just published its debut book, Street Magic: Stories and Tales (2011). It is a collection of nine stories that are gritty and unusual. Here is the table of contents to whet your appetite: Testimony: Eve re-tells her version of the events that took place in the Garden of Eden.  The Watchers: A deceased grandmother narrates her grandson’s tragic

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A Mini-Interview with the Author of Street Magic

Mary B. Banks holding her book, Street Magic: Stories and Tales. now available at Atomic Books for $12. 1. What inspired you to write Street Magic?  When I wrote Street Magic, I didn’t write the stories with the idea that they would eventually become a short story collection. They were stories I wrote while attending the University of Baltimore to earn a MFA in

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The Independent Bookstore

Street Magic is now at Atomic Books for $12! If you’re an indie publisher or self-published author, the independent bookstore should be your best friend. Unlike the “super chain bookstores” such as Barnes and Noble and Borders, authors and publishers can approach the bookstore owner about carrying his/her books usually through a consignment agreement. With a consignment agreement, you receive a percentage of

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Don’t have any exposure? Try advertisements.

As you know, La Muse Press debuted its short story collection, Street Magic: Stories and Tales (2011), in May. However, because we are a small independent publishing house, our exposure is limited. However, earlier this month in October, the owners of La Muse Press attended an advertising workshop sponsored by City Paper. The workshop presenter was Matt Hackett from Hackett & Tate Media. He explained there are two goals

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Get Your Read On!

If you are an emerging writer, it is essential that you book readings. What is a reading you ask? A reading is an event that usually lasts for at least thirty minutes to an hour where the author reads excerpts from his or her book. Most readings are held at bookstores, colleges, and libraries. A great resource to find out

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Hot off the Printer!

La Muse Press has printed its second print run of Street Magic. La Muse Press is pleased to announce that Street Magic: Stories and Tales has ran its second print run. As both the publisher and writer, I have decided to reprint Street Magic after three and a half years. I was getting the occasional Amazon.com purchase order, but I didn’t have any books

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Coming to a Town Near You…

La Muse Press has been making a number of appearances this year. The author, Mary B. Banks, has attended the ASALH Author event (Washington, DC) , Word Art Exhibit (Towson, MD), Writers and Words reading series (Baltimore, MD), and even Artscape 2015! Next on the list is the African American Authors Expo which will be held at the Radisson North

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Exclusive from Forthcoming Novel

La Muse Press will publish new work from Mary B. Banks. She is working on two books that are page turners. One is about the Apocalypse; the other one is about a teenage girl living in Harlem. Here is a teaser from one of her manuscripts: God’s children were under a vicious, ugly, nasty, horrific, gut-wrenching, dirty, deadly, demonic curse that

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BookCon 2017

Author Jason Reynolds and publisher Mary B. Banks at BookCon 2017. It’s been over a year since La Muse Press has made a blog post, but we’re back. To get back into the groove, publisher and author Mary B. Banks attended BookCon 2017 on Saturday, June 3, at the Javitz Center in the Big Apple. At the event, she had

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La Muse Press: An Indie Publishing House that Celebrates Diverse Voices

Publisher and writer Mary B. Banks Let me be transparent for a moment. One of the reasons why I started my publishing house, La Muse Press, is because I wanted to read literature about and from Black women. Being a Black woman writer, I feel that our stories are often marginalized. Yes, there are the breakout stars such as Angie

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Who is Behind La Muse Press?

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com It’s all about creativity, diversity, and empowerment at La Muse Press, LLC. The owner, Mary B. Banks, takes her role as a book publisher seriously. In order to better guarantee the success of La Muse Press, she has decided to go back to school to earn a second master’s degree. She is attending George Washington University

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5 Limiting Beliefs that Prevent You from Writing and Self-Publishing Your Book

I encounter many aspiring authors who want to write and self-publish their books, but often their mindset stops them. If you don’t believe in yourself, there is no way that you can actualize your dreams of becoming an author.  As cliched as it sounds, you have to have the right mindset.  Here are the top five limiting beliefs that every aspiring author

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