Interview: Anaphora Literary Press Says Hello From Director Anna Faktorovich

Author Interview

anna f.pngMeet Anna Faktorovich.

Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. She previously taught for over four years at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism, an MA in Comparative Literature, and a BA in Economics. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She published a poetry collection, Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011). She published two fantasy novellas with Grim’s Labyrinth Publishing: The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014). She has been editing and writing for the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009, and started the second Anaphora periodical, Cinematic Codes Review in 2016. She has presented her research at the MLA, SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, BWWC and many other conferences. And she won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

Social Media Links:
https://www.facebook.com/anna.faktorovich
https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-faktorovich-6063812b
https://twitter.com/AnnaFaktorovich

 

The Interview.

What is the origin story for Anaphora Literary Press? A brief bio works too!
Anaphora began when I applied for an Editorial Assistantship with a scholarly journal at my PhD program in 2009, but did not receive this post, instead winning a general Research Assistantship. I realized that I had to create a job for myself if I believed I could do superior work rather than waiting for somebody else to judge me as worthy. So, I posted a call for papers for the first issue of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and submissions immediately started pouring in. In the first year, I started receiving some book-length submissions without asking for them and decided to start helping writers publish their books.
Share with us a little bit about the services you offer and why you specifically picked those specialties to promote and assist writers with.
Anaphora is a general press and the services offered are a full range of services that writers need to successfully publish their books. The model came about when writers started purchasing copies of their books for resale. I realized that with help from this purchase, I could invest more time and money into each new release. Writers buy 50 copies at 25% off the cover price ($15-25). If they sell these at readings or the like at the full price, they make a 25% profit. Books sold through a distributor make a 50% royalty for the author. The need to sell books usually energizes a new release as a writer schedules many of these at libraries, bookstores, in the home and the like. My goal is to provide an all-inclusive package that leaves the writer with a profit. Some of the services included in this package are: formatting (soft and hard cover and EBSCO, ProQuest and Kindle ebooks); editing; proofreading; design (cover, interior); image (graphics, photographs) editing and creation; ISBN and LCCN assignment; title setup with the printer/ distributor (and payment of Ingram’s distribution fees); distribution/ sales processing; marketing; advertisement and merchandise design; electronic distribution of review copies to individual review forms on websites and an email distribution to over 10,000 reviewers, librarians, academics and other parties; processing print review copy mailings; LookInside submission, creation of an author page on the Anaphora website; print catalog mailing; exhibit display design and manning; and YouTube book trailer audio and visual design and distribution. Based on my research into publishing, these are the most important and relevant services that help writers make and sell top-quality books. If a writer informs me of a service he or she would like me to provide that is not currently available, I usually help them out, and if it’s a service that is relevant (and helpful) for all of the authors I publish, I add it to the standard list of services.
Has your experience starting as an academic press helped you grow into what you are today? Did it hinder you in any way?
I started Anaphora with the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, which was in part a scholarly and in part a literary or even general interest periodical. I don’t believe in narrowing the types of books I offer for the sake of having a story I can tell about what kind of press Anaphora is. I believe there are good books in all genres and book categories (non-fiction, fiction, poetry), and I want to share all of them with the world. Many new presses pick a focus like “feminist” or “liberal” or “African American” or “western”. This is particularly common among non-profit publishers who need this focus to explain which underrepresented category of writers needs their assistance. Since Anaphora is fully self-funded through the copies authors purchase, there is no incentive to narrow the focus in this way. I am considering starting a non-profit branch to Anaphora and perhaps there a general focus would be a hindrance, so I might come up with a narrow field of exploration.
Share a fun fact about your journal!
My periodicals, Pennsylvania Literary Journal and Cinematic Codes Review, accept around 80% of the projects that are submitted to them. There are no submission or publication fees. So, if you want to be published and you’ve written something you are proud of, email it to director@anaphoraliterary.com with a paragraph biography, and it will probably find a home.
What was the first book you published?
I believe the first single-author book Anaphora released is Lynn Clarke’s Evidence and Judgment in 2010. Clarke is a successful lawyer in Charleston, West Virginia, and she has since published a second book in this legal thriller series with Anaphora.
Is there any future projects that you can share with us today?
I don’t keep any secrets. I advertise all forthcoming books on the Anaphora website and on my social media. I usually wait to post about a new release until the editing is completed and I have at least a preliminary cover I can post on the author’s page. As far as my own books, I am currently editing a procedural mystery, and just started writing my first science fiction novel. I recently “resigned” from academia via cash purchasing a tiny house, so now I have little overhead, and can focus on my writing and publishing more fully. So, I hope to release even more of my books in the coming years than I have in the past.
Is there anything you’d like to share with the readers today?
You are all warmly invited to submit your books for publication with Anaphora. Each new purchase of books is a contribution to my variety of a funding campaign: I can spend another month doing nothing but art and writing on a single new release. More importantly, I hope Anaphora helps writers who might otherwise be screened out as unmarketable see their books released into the world. The top canonized authors (Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Sir Walter Scott) all self-published, and even though the term self-publishing is a misnomer (as few of us truly publish ourselves), the concept of independent, entrepreneurial self-promotion via self-publication can only be a good thing in this troubled world that we live in.

Guest Review: Tormented Path

Book Reviews, Guest reviewer
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and are not represented by any other reviewers or A New Look on Books in accordance.

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“In the end, everything we do is just everything that we have done.”
– Adriana Fox, Devil of the Knight Skies within Tormented Path

Tormented Path – A Book of Poems by Adriana Fox
Reviewer: Marianne Caesar

Her first self-published work of poetry, Tormented Path presents a collection of Adriana Fox’s experiences and her transition of darker times into words of poetry. Providing a group of 15 poems, Fox presents the ways in which dark times can cause dark and light thoughts. She shares the ways in which reactions of sadness and despair can show a glimmer of hope, though sometimes causing thoughts of extreme desperation and a means for escape.
Many of the poems are dark in nature but serve as a reminder that there are other options when times push people to look for escape by occasionally negative means. By publishing her book, Fox not only serves as a symbol of hope to others but also as proof of success in overcoming challenges of abuse, be they emotional, physical, mental etc. Fox shares her experiences of poor relationships, neglect, fears, and many other emotions relatable to any age.
In addition to the poems focusing on the dark times, Fox also highlights the importance and value in meaningful relationships and interactions with others, and the ways in which we count upon others we care for and support. This can be seen especially in her poems Losing the Other Half of Your Soul Mate, and The Fallen Angel. From reading this book, it is evident that there was a struggle for Fox present between herself and the everyday battle which we call life; i.e. having to go through the motions while fighting questions of her purpose in life, how to determine the goodness of a person despite their actions and finding the inner strength to move above and beyond the sadness and thoughts of suicide.
One poem which exhibits this best is Tiger Rider, in which Fox expresses the power of a character who rides a tiger that has been in the dark waiting to break free and face their challenges. Painted as a weathered and worn creature, the Tiger is ready for what comes its way, protecting the rider. Working through this metaphor, we are able to see the strength which Fox held at the moment of writing, ready to go beyond the darkness presented in her other works, and to be the victor rather than victim.
A further degree of expression shared by Fox is the concept of illusion and the meaning of reality, expressed in the works Escaping Reality and Lamenting Dreams. While exploring different ranges of the illusionary concept, the first work permits the reader to understand that the author’s reality was composed at a time loneliness and solitude. Through her words, she shares having felt unnoticed and wants to find herself anew, able to begin again. Battling the invisible monster that is depression, she aims for hope and a chance to fight back rather than giving in to the despair felt within. Coupled with this poem comes Lamenting Dreams, in which Fox presents an image of surrealism where her use of vivid description again brings the reader to a place of unknown creatures and a sense of disorientation. As the journey for the character continues, we come to question the meaning of reality and dreams, and thus self-reflect on that which we view as our own dreams and reality.
On the whole, I would recommend the reading of this text not only for those interested in sharing the works of other artists but for all those who may be in a dark placing needing a symbol of hope. To share one’s innermost thoughts at the hardest times can be a large challenge in itself, and Fox accomplishes this and shows that nobody is truly alone, no matter how it may feel that way.

“These are very touching poems that make people think about many things.”

– Timothy on Amazon

Links:
Adriana Fox: http://www.amazon.com/author/adrianafox
Black Fox Creations: http://www.blackfoxcreations.com/
Written Rock Publishing: http://www.writtenrock.ca

 

Ratings: 3/5

Always and Forever Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal, Misc.

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ALWAYS AND FOREVER

BY IPSITA BANERJEE

Important Dates Upcoming:

Cover reveal: March 6, 2017
Pre-sale: March 13, 2017
Release date: April 10, 2017

About Always and Forever:
A collection of poems celebrating a father’s love.

Author pic.jpgAbout Ipsita Banerjee:
http://www.asliverofmoonbeam.blogspot.com
http://www.ipsitabanerjee.wordpress.com
FACEBOOK/TWITTER/INSTAGRAM

Ipsita Banerjee is a lawyer who practices at the High Court at Calcutta. A mother of two teenage girls, Ipsita is used to juggling many roles at the same time and writes  because she loves to. She is an intermittent blogger and also writes about her roller-coaster experiences in life. Ipsita has two books to her credit, “A sliver of moon beam”, a collection of essays, short stories and poems and “Footprints”, a novel. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and publications both in India and abroad and is currently her preferred medium of thought. She lives in Calcutta, India comfortably ensconced in the heart of a large family. For more information about Ipsita, visit her websites now!

The Traveller Series Spotlight

Blog Tour, Uncategorized

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About, The Traveller Series:

 The series started from a longing to want to travel after hearing all the good and bad tales from long term backpackers.

Every single piece that made it and didn’t make it in this is book has a special place in my heart as they were the beginning of a journey of a memory that never happened, but a longing that was constant.

We all naturally have it in us to wonder and wander, it’s just a matter of allowing it to take you to places.


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About Tiffany Teoh:

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK/TWITTER/INSTAGRAM

Tiffany is a Malaysian born Chinese, of Peranakan heritage. She was raised in Kuala Lumpur until the age of 17 and proceeded to live in Australia for 8 years until the age of 25. She is currently hitchhiking and traveling around the world with her fiancé and their puppy. For more on Tiffany, visit her website.


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Click here  or visit Royal James Publishing’s Facebook page to enter to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of, The Traveller Series by Tiffany Teoh.

 

Tour Hosted by: Royal James Publishing

Sneak Peek of Love Letters to the World

Poetry, Spotlight Tour

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Here’s a sneak peak of Meia Geddes’ recently released book, Love Letters to the World! In this lyrical collection, Meia touches on helmets, life, love, toes, adoption, and more. A lot of things influenced the book, including Meia’s adoption from China, her experiences with her small origami business (Make-A-Crane), and her time in South Africa. Those who are fans of Rupi Kaur or Mary Oliver’s poetry might enjoy the collection.

My dear world,

I wonder if you would agree with me that slip is a very good word. Slip is currently my favorite word, though I have never had a favorite word before. Maybe slip is my new favorite word because all the lovely intangibles can slip into your life without your noticing until the slip of your being realizes it is so. Maybe it is because I have a need to slip my life into you in ways unknown, maybe because you, world, are a slip of a word. Maybe because it relates to the way one wants to live, leaving an imprint but no more, maybe because I like the way bodies can slip into one another, maybe because a slip as a garment is ever contradictory, a container yet not. A slippage, what has not come to pass or what has passed, a bit of nothingness or a bit of everything if one considers all a slip of paper might hold. The word slip contains and offers itself. Maybe one should aspire to be a slip, to slip.

With love,
M

My dear world,

I once heard tell of a tall young man who wore a helmet everywhere he went. He bumped his head so often that he decided it was a necessary precaution. Imagine having to protect the space around your head like that. I think we all strive to be like this young man, wearing our respective helmets, protecting ourselves from the doorways and ceilings of the human life. And when we go to sleep at night, when we are running in open fields, when we are sitting still in high-ceilinged places, we can let the helmets fall to our sides. I did not mean for this to nearly rhyme, but I guess it is not a bad thing, for rhyming can create unity, and walking down the street or through a house with a helmet on one’s head will have a sweet and certain beat, like a person is trying and succeeding.

With love,
M

Need more?

Buy Links:  Amazon / Goodreads / LibraryThing

Meia is on Twitter @meiageddes and her website is www.meiageddes.com.

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February Author’s Gallery Interview

Author Interview, Writer's Feature

Good morning everyone! Each month I will post a two part feature. The first part will be an interview with the month’s author and include a short bio. The second part of the feature is a sample of the writer’s work. Sounds fun right?

Everyone give a big welcome to February’s writer, a former professor of mine at Arcadia University who writes primarily poetry. *claps*

 

Meet Michelle Reale.

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Michelle Reale is an Associate Professor at Arcadia University.  Her work has appeared in a wide variety of venues both online, in print and anthologies.   She is the author of four collections of poetry and two collaborative collections.  Her book of poems, titled Birds of Sicily will be published in 2016 by Aldrich Press.  She conducts ethnography among African refugees in Sicily and blogs about her experiences at www. sempresicilia.wordpress.com.  She also maintains I, Introvert, a blot explicating and extolling living the life of an introvert at www.iintrovert.wordpress.com    Her interested are all things Italian-American, ethnography, auto ethnography, poetry, narrative, reading, librarianship, writing , walking and birds. She lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her dog Miso. 

 

Now onto the interview…

 

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

“I have never experienced writer’s block!  I think one of the reasons is that I have made writing , in one form or another, a daily practice,  The advice to “write everyday” is scorned by some, which I never really understood.  If you want to play an instrument or a sport, you do it everyday! Writing is a muscle that develops over time.  Writing deserves a bit of your time everyday.  If someone is having trouble breaking through to an idea while in the midst of a project,  then write in your journal!  They only way through a roadblock is to simply move through it.”

 

Where do your ideas come from?

“Really and truly, from every day life!  I am very, very interested in the quotidian—the things that other people find boring.  I find every day people and every day life, magnificent in a variety of ways.  I think that Virginia Woolf was a writer, more than any other that I have every read , who understands the power of the every day, the small moments.  I will often seen young writers’ stories full of drama: car crashes, wars, rapes, etc—-things they  may know nothing of, because so many of their ideas are coming from what they see on television.  But really, great writing begins with something that we know, intimately and deeply—it comes from inside of us and then we relate it to something on the outside.  Once I was riding the train into the city and I could write an entire book on what I observed.  For instance, I observed a man who was in some kind of work uniform, who slept so deeply.  His hands looked permanently stained with grease, his face was sunburnt, lines etched deeply in his cheeks. The conductor woke him at his stop. It was obvious that this man was exhausted after a long day.  That he probably sleeps every day on the train.  That the conductor knows he needs sleep and watches out for him.  I wrote all of these details in my notebook.  Someday I will write a poem about it.”

 

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

“I was  professional reviewer for many years.  My thoughts as a writer are much different than my thoughts as a reviewer, especially now that I have several books of my own!  Occasionally I wil still review, but only if I like a book.  I have no interest in knocking a writer. A bad book takes as long as  a good book to write.  One of my books received 3 stars out of 5.  I shrugged.  No biggie.  On to writing the next book!”

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest poem/story?

“No, never.  I am always on to the next poem!”

 

Do you learn anything from writing your poems/stories, if so, what is it?

“I learned that writing deserves my time, that it is a worthwhile craft. That writing poems helps me to make sense of my life. That writing an reading poetry is a beautiful way to spend a life!”

 

What are you currently working on?

“I will have another collection published this year that I just finished called Birds of Sicily. Also in the words is a collection called Terra Ballerina (Dancing Earth) based on the 1908 earthquake in Sicily, the worst ever, in recorded history in the region.”

 

 

She has two blogs!

Find her here to read about her work with refugees in Sicily.

Find her here to read about living the introverts life.

Find her on Twitter

 

Check back tomorrow to see Michelle’s poem entitled

East Vineland, New Jersey, 1930 published in THRUSH Poetry Journal!