Book Release: Dragon Shield – New Facelift

perf5.500x8.500.inddThis year, Dragon Shield by Dianne Lynn Gardner officially gets a new facelift, completely re-edited and re-designed, with a full map and character lists to boot. Book Two of The Ian’s Realm Saga is expected to be released in May 2014. The original publication (First Printing) was through Hydra Publications back in January 2013, and is not associated with PDMI Publishing, LLC, so you can expect to see some beautiful new goodies as it hits its official new release date. The price will be listed at $12.99 with a 55% discount for its wholesalers, retailers, schools and other outlets, with an option to return.

Other books to be released in this series include: Rubies and Robbers, Diary of a Conjurer and Cassandra’s Castle. PDMI believes in this series, hence our distribution of Dianne’s first book, Deception Peak, into the Ingram Catalog, as seen below. Deception Peak is also available via Audiobook.

Dianne Ingram

 

“Integrity isn’t something you do, it’s who you are,” Aren tells the confused Ian in The Dragon Shield. Now a young man, Ian returns to the magical Realm to fight against the tyranny that has befallen his friends. But the Realm: is a different place, the forest is dying, the Kaemperns have lost the shield that protected them from the dragon, and Ian has a hard time proving his allegiance when trouble follows him through the portal. His struggle to do right buries him in confusion, and he must fight his own will to prove his integrity. The Ian’s Realm Saga is filled with sorcery, wizards, magic, and fantasy adventure, great for young readers and the entire family. If you enjoy dragons, sorcery, wizards, magic, legend, and fantasy adventure, then this series is for you!

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Dianne Gardner is an author and illustrator for PDMI Publishing LLC. She’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women. She has written young adult fantasy novels as well as articles for national magazines and newspapers and is an award winning artist.

Having only been published since 2012, her books, art and productions are taking the dragon by the tail and making wind! Her trailer The Dragon Shield placed as a semi finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival and Dragon Shield is a finalist in the 2014 EPIC Ariana Award for children/YA fantasy.

Dianne is currently working with her prize-winning crew on a screenplay and movie of Cassandra’s Castle.

PD14 Coming May 31st 2014!

Since its launch in March 2007 the Promo Day event has grown into a popular international event attracting thousands of visitors each year.

A whole day dedicated to promoting, networking and learning that can be attended from the comfort of your own home and completely FREE of charge. Presentations by industry experts, opportunities to promote your work and services, and the possibility to network on a global level with presenters and other attendees makes Promo Day a must attend event.

#PDMI Publishing, LLC attended #PD13 as a presenter and #PD14 is right around the corner! This event will take place on Saturday 31st May 2014. MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR

Thousands of writing and marketing industry professionals from around the world will gather to celebrate #PD14, a special online event dedicated to promoting, networking and learning. Industry experts will share actionable ideas and information with tactics and strategies that will help you further your writing career and improve your book marketing efforts.

10+ presenters, one whole day of FREE presentations!​ You’ll also benefit from the networking opportunities that will connect you with presenters and attendees from around the globe. No travel required!

You simply attend from the comfort of your own home or office. Register today for this FREE event or learn more at www.PromoDay.info

About the Founder

Jo Linsdell is the brains behind Promo Day. Born in Gillingham, Kent (UK), Jo left England and moved to Rome, Italy in June 2001, where she now lives with her husband and their two sons. She is an international best-selling author and illustrator, award-winning blogger and freelance writer. A recognised thought leader in the world of book marketing she is also the CEO of Writers and Authors.

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Dinosaurs, Meteors and Mammals – How History Republishes Itself by Daven Anderson

History is a cycle of recycles. Never-ending births and rebirths. Time and time again, the new phoenixes arise from the ashes of the old ways, born from a “death” that never dies.

The original subtitle for this piece was “Every Lesson The Publishing Industry Needs To Learn Was Taught 65 Million Years Ago.” And in that case, the master teacher was a giant rock from outer space. No artful soliloquies were waxed rhapsodic by this six-mile-wide asteriod when it visited our planet and “surfed” the Yucatan peninsula. Yet our astral guest and its master lesson have remained with our dear Earth ever since, teaching all those who can open their minds to see the inevitablity of the inevitable.

In the last decade, not one but two meteors have struck, this time at the heart of the publishing world. First, do-it-yourself publishing, upending a century of print-centric contracts and distribution methods. Second, the digital e-book reader, which bypasses print distribution entirely.

The key question: How have the “Big Five” publishers reacted to the entire publishing world changing around them? They signed Amanda Hocking and E.L. James, after these two women proved they did not need a major publisher to sell large numbers. The D.I.Y “tail” is now wagging their dog, to the point where the newest print deals with Hugh Howey and John Locke allowed them to keep their e-book rights. The New York publishing houses, by their own admission, are no longer dictating the terms for every authors’ success, and in the cases above they are simply hitching a ride on the authors’ own coat tails.

The Big Five’s contract language and terms have changed very little; even as the advances, promotions and shelf space allocations that “justified” such terms are now dying on the vine. Is it any wonder why many authors who could play the New York game now orbit around the “meteor” of do-it-yourself publishing?

One big question remains. Is do-it-yourself publishing a meteor, or an infant dinosaur?

Will do-it-yourself publishing burn bright in the sky, then come crashing to Earth from major online retailers suddenly pulling the plug on direct do-it-yourself publishing? The voices suggesting this “insane” possiblility; are they mad rants from the farthest fringes of the Internet, or are they the earliest harbingers of an inevitable outcome the great majority cannot even visualize as yet?

Do-it-yourself publishing may be the new dinosaur, disguised as a meteor. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. New strengths, and new weaknesses to match. The odds of a single author rising from the DIY jungle worsening daily, as potential readers have to sift through a mass of e-books growing at a geometric rate. Readers left sifting for tiny grains of diamonds in the near-infinite sand dunes. Already no end is in sight for this paradigm, and more importantly no fundamental change is in sight. And, as the events 65 million years ago taught us, we know what happens when an established “institution” cannot adapt to changin conditions.

As “impossible” as it may seem right now that a major online retailer could “pull the plug” on direct do-it-yourself publishing, the wise will take the time to consider what would happen if they did. Millions of authors’ dreams would “die” all at once, enough of a “disturbance in the Force” to turn us all into Obi-Wan Kenobis for a day. The new dinosaur, dying a meteor’s death.

The master lesson: Those who cannot adapt to a major paradigm shift will be buried by the winds of change, the bones of what they used to be fossilizing under layers of “ashes to ashes, and dust to dust.”

You are reading this because your mammal ancestors could adapt. They survived in a world full of dinosaurs, but what mattered is that they could also thrive in a harsh world that drove the dinosaurs to extinction. Adaptablility meant being able to work around the dinosaurs while they were still alive, and work around their carcasses after the meteor had its last laugh. And 65 million years later, adaptability means being able to recognize dinosaurs and meteors when you see them, and being able to work with every possible outcome.

Inspiration: What a Poem Can Do

Near the shores of Lake Kyoga, Uganda, in the Nakasongola district, the 687 students of Kiguli Army primary school are the educational centerpiece of their local communities. From fishing communities to landing sites to the Ministry Of Defense ordnace factory managed by Luwero Industries, these students’ families represent the childrens’ diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and experiences.

The school is also the centerpiece of Luwero Industries’ corporate social responsibility plan, which includes re-forestation of local areas near the school.

The school is a primary school, not a military or boarding school. Its teachers seek to instill the values of discipline, hard work and community service in their students. From Primary One through Primary Seven, students learn Social Studies, Mathematics, English and Science. No students are promoted until they complete the work needed to earn a passing grade in their current level of study. Students also excel in extra-curricular athletic activities such as football (soccer) and volleyball, winning district accolades and advancing themselves to a district-wide football showpiece which will showcase these children’s unrivaled skills in this sport.

For the past several years, the school has been turning out the best students in the district. Last year, however, the students’ academic scores suffered a decline, due in large part to the economic woes befalling Uganda. These children teeter precariously close to spending the rest ot their lives in poverty if they fail to get the education they so desperately need to better their stations in life.

The school itself also suffers from Uganda’s economic malaise. Porridge is now the sole meal served to the students. The school’s buildings have fallen in disrepair. Teachers are earning a pittance, or volunteering their time. The parents, Luwero Industries and other local benefactors have managed to raise some funds to repair and renovate the school. This, however, is but a drop in the school’s ocean of need.

“We have a strong sense of mission. And we have faith that initiatives such as this project will flip the floudering fortunes of this school and its glorious, inspiring students.”

So, what can a poetry book do to combat such a mountain of obstacles? A lot. This project, The Songs Of Kiguli, has given these children the inspiration to believe in themselves and what they can accomplish. This is why the majority of the 2012 class went on to secondary schools of higher repute, in spite of their academic losses when compared to the previous years’ classes.

The Songs Of Kiguli has drawn many accolades, in Uganda and internationally. Uganda’s Minister Of Internal Affairs, Aronda Nyakairima, stated that their writing reached of a level of quality exceeding what he though rural school children were capable of. The children have also collaborated with American students in a “poetry without borders” program, learning about the things they share in common as well as their differences.

The school indeed stands on the cusp of monumental achievement. The Songs Of Kiguli gives these children a way to reach the world with the beauty of their poetry, lift themselves out of poverty and give them a path to a stronger future. Not just for themselves, but the people of Uganda, and Africa as a whole. Their moment in time has come, a moment that will shine far beyond any 15 minutes of fame.

What Started Me Writing with Daven Anderson

In 1983, a young auto-shop student named Daven Anderson was reading Stephen King’s new novel “Christine.” Daven loved the story, but he found the factual errors King made describing its 1958 Plymouth “protagonist” to be as distracting as they were amusing. Daven swore then that if he ever wrote a novel, it would have no errors in its car descriptions.

 Twenty-six years later, Daven borrowed the four Twilight saga novels. Upon reading the ending of “Breaking Dawn,” he thought “I could write something better.” That same day, he laid the foundations for the Vampire Syndrome saga.

Daven started with a brainstorming exercise: “Imagine all your co-workers as vampires.” Daven’s twenty years of working retail offered him a cornucopia of choices, but the most intriguing possibilities for characters were his co-workers with special needs.

Thus was born Jack Wendell, a Special Olympics champion sprinter who becomes a vampire. Since Daven would not settle for writing just a vampire version of Forrest Gump, he needed an antagonistic vampire world that would challenge Jack’s life right from the moment of his transformation.

 Enter Lilith, the President of the Vampires; and her husband Damien, the Chief Venator (law enforcer). A couple that challenge each other’s existence, not just Jack’s. Trapped in a 253-year train-wreck of a marriage, which was inspired by the gleeful nihilism of “The War Of The Roses” and “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry.”

 Jack also needed a friend to guide him through the first steps of his new life. Enter Zetania Vinescu, Chief Venator of Romania. Damien orders Zetania to kill Jack. Lilith over-rides her husband and orders Zetania to protect Jack. Zetania forced to play a cat-and-mouse game to save Jack from her fellow Venators.

By the time Daven went to bed that fateful night, he had created the four main characters and several key story elements, all of which are present in the published novels.

 The next day, Daven accepted the challenge of reconciling science with the world’s vampire folklore. This ultimately led him to add a race of alien vampires, the Pures, and ascribe certain folkloric attributes (ie: harmed by sunlight and garlic) exclusively to this species.

 The Vampire Syndrome saga is the culmination of years of Daven’s meticulous research and story crafting, expertly weaving truth and fiction into a seamless whole as never before. At last, a vampire saga where everything makes sense. And yes, even the cars are accurate, fulfilling the decades-old promise Daven made to himself.

A million people said they could write something “better.” Daven Anderson bought his version of “better” to life, and thanks to PDMI Publishing LLC, you too can read the “better” vampire saga.

13 Ways PDMI Rocked the Indie Publishing World

2013 was an amazing year for PDMI Publishing, LLC. Many new people have joined our team here at PDMI. Our printing quality and options have been greatly enhanced, and our authors are now getting their books into physical bookstores.

Our fans have shown us time and time again their love for our small publishing house. As this important and eventful year of 2013 comes to a close, we want to acknowledge our best moments of the year, and give a huge thank you to our loyal fans and team members who have made all of this possible.

  • PDMI has acquired 30+ authors, adding their works to our fast-growing catalog of titles.
  • PDMI has gained access to bookstores such as 2nd & Charles, Dragon Quills Comic Book Store, Catos, etc.
  • PDMI has established official Editorial, Marketing and Illustrator Teams.
  • PDMI has developed an industry-leading client interface where authors can log in and view what is happening with their projects, submit support tickets, access the author knowledgebase and get access to premium industry news.
  • PDMI now works with the Library of Congress to assign Control Numbers to all books.
  • PDMI’s distribution partners have increased from 20,000 online retail stores to 30,000+.
  • PDMI has become a full-fledged Traditional Publishing House, while remaining aware of the Author’s needs and concerns.
  • PDMI has established a variety of Imprints to categorize our content into specific reader genres.
  • PDMI makes extensive use of #RebelMouse to dynamically connect and manage all author content.
  • PDMI offers exclusive discounts on our titles at 55% to Distributors, Wholesalers, and Retailers; with the option to return stock.
  • PDMI’s rapid growth in the year 2013 has been skillfully orchestrated by the steady hand of Victoria Adams, our Director of Business Operations.
  • PDMI is devoted to crafting quality products in every sense of the word; from seeking out the finest and most innovative authors, to graphics design, formatting and printing quality that equal and even surpass the standards of the large New York publishing houses.
  • PDMI has been referred to as “the publisher of the future” by several noted industry insiders, who have long advocated for many of the publishing innovations that PDMI has put into practice.

Author Spotlight on Dianne Gardner

1798746_10202055284116076_1831067777_nI have for you today an interview with my friend and fellow PDMI Publishing author Dianne Gardner.  Dianne’s an accomplished author, a skilled painter, and is even, I hear, pretty darn good at fencing!  She has a new novel coming out called “Altered”–this one not from PDMI–which I plan on checking out as soon as possible.  I advise you to do the same, and also to read “Deception Peak,” Book One in the Ian’s Realm Saga, available now from Rara Avis and PDMI Publishing.  And now, here’s Diane.

  • How long have you been writing? How did you get started?

You know the typical answer? All my life? Well, that’s not so true. I wrote as a teenager. Poems and dark prose. I was a Hamlet sort of person, very introspective. Then I stopped writing as a young adult mostly because I had a family, seven children, and very little time to write. I picked it up again about five years ago. Finished my first novel in 2011 and had it published in 2012.

  • I know some of your work draws on history. Which do you prefer—historical fiction or fantasy?

I love finding historical figures that lived unusual or tragic lives. That’s what the story Cassandra’s Castle was inspired by. I did combine that with fantasy so you can call the novel a historical fantasy. I will probably always include a fantasy element in everything I write. With fantasy I can go anywhere, do anything. I want my characters to have that opportunity as well.

  • How does being a visual artist as well as a writer affect your fiction?

I think being a visual artist and a write gives my work both an abstract view as well as add another dimension. I see things differently having been an oil painter for so many years. Laying down the abstract of a painting is much like forming a book. And to be an artist, or an author, you have to see the picture ahead of it’s manifestation. That’s what keeps you going.

  • What are some of the books/authors that have inspired you?

I am inspired by C. S. Lewis. His outlook on life, his fresh way of thinking after all he went through during the war, and his love for God and the good things in life I find refreshing. C.S. Forester is another favorite author of mine. I love ocean travel, wicked waves and high seas! Almost all my books have some ocean life in them. The book I’m writing now is about mermaids and dolphins.

  • Do other art forms—paintings, music or films—ever find their way into your fiction?

Of course they do. We write who we are and if we surround ourselves with the classics, they show up. In Cassandra’s Castle my supporting character plays the violin. I found it exciting to describe music! In Deception Peak, Ian is fascinated by the artwork that decorates the Kaempern’s yurts, tales of the hunt.

  • How did you get started writing the “Ian’s Realm” Saga?

It began with the dragon. A nine foot by four foot oil painting of the dragon that is. From there I heard Ian whisper that he was going to take that guy on. So the story began.

  • What are your feelings on the publishing industry today? You’ve been with a couple different publishers thus far—how have your experiences been?

I think small press is a great way to break into the industry, especially if you write genre related. I would be wary self-publishing without some books under my belt and some good editors. I have to admit, I do have a secret desire to get an agent.

  • What advice would you give new writers?

Study the craft. Make sure you know the rules before you try to break them. Look at your work through someone else’s eyes. There is always, always room for improvement. Take critique, but make sure you respect those who give it to you. Be bendable.

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