My road to publication isn’t the typical query, rejection, query, rejection, ten years of debauchery and drinking query, agent, and publisher story. For three years, I researched the industry and worked on Glazier. Luckily for me that time was running parallel to a big change. EBooks. With the introduction of eBooks and ereaders everything changed. From the way we read, to the way we publish, to the way we market.
Which brings me to how I published with Astraea Press. I saw a page on Facebook announcing their opening. I liked them then friended their owner Stephanie Taylor. I liked what I saw and had a good feeling they would be a great fit for Glazier. Therefore, I did the whole submissions thing and acquisitions sent me a contract. I want to highly council writers out there to be careful and investigate any agent or publisher they consider working with. There are some wolves and amateurs out there you really want to avoid.
Glazier is my second publication with Astraea. Familial Witch was my first. Additionally I have the sequels of both set to come out with them. Scent of a Witch is a Halloween Release that begins a new series. In fact Astraea Press is open for Christmas and Valentines submission too if anyone is interested.
Bri Clark is a real example of redemption and renewal. Growing penniless in the South, Bri learned street smarts while caring for her brother in a broken home. She watched her mother work several jobs to care for their small family. Once her brother could fend for himself, Bri moved on to a series of bad choices including leaving school and living on her own. Rebelliousness was a strong understatement to describe those formative years. As a teenager, her wakeup call came from a fight with brass knuckles and a judge that gave her a choice of shaping up or spending time in jail. She took that opportunity and found a way to moved up from the streets. She ended up co-owning an extremely successful construction business. She lived the high life until the real estate crash when she lost everything. She moved west and found herself living with her husband and 4 kids in a 900 square foot apartment. She now fills her time, writing, blogging, leading a group of frugal shoppers and sharing her southern culture. Her unique background gives her writing a raw sensibility. She understands what it takes to overcome life’s obstacles. She often tells friends, “I can do poor. I’m good at poor. It’s prosperity that I’m not used to.” Bri and her husband Chris live in Boise. Bri is known as the Belle of Boise for her true southern accent, bold demeanor and hospitable nature.
Bri boasts several positions in the publishing industry. An author, professional reviewer, blogger, and author platform consultant she enjoys all aspects of her career from the creation of story to the branding and marketing needed to make her books successful.
Her latest book is Glazier, a romantic fantasy adventure novel with espionage, genetic powers, underground bases and a ginger beauty with memory issues that take you on a ride that begins in Vermont and comes to a head in Egypt.
You can find out more about Bri at http://briclarkthebelleofboise.blogspot.com/.