Monday, June 13, 2016

Transitioning from Writer to Author to Publisher

Transitioning from Writer to Author to Publisher

So when I first started my writing career, I had only ever dreamed of having a published novel. That was it. Last year, I finally made that life-long dream a reality when I went into self-publishing. I followed the advice from a former mentor of mine, and took the steps to become legitimate.

  • I registered for a federal tax EIN #
  • I came up with a company name for myself
  • I edited my book
  • Got a cover artist
  • Got a formatter
  • Got registered with Create Space and Kindle Direct Publishing

I can’t express to you the immense joy that I experienced when I finally held a real-life book in my hands. It was beyond amazing. However, once the sense of victory wore off, I asked myself that one particular critical and constant life question…. “Okay, now what?”

I had created my own label and brand, Kapuha Press, and yet, I wanted more than just a stage for me to produce my own works. I needed something more. I climbed to the top of my own personal mountain ( getting published) and when I got to the top, I discovered something.

Off in the distance, there was an ever greater, more splendid mountain in the distance. I had NO idea what was on the top of that mountain, but I knew I had to climb it.

After a lot of prayer and discussion with close friends, I decided to make Kapuha Press into a company that not only empowered me to tell my stories, but I also wanted to empower other people to tell their stories too.

In April, I became an LLC, and Kapuha Press LLC was born.

At the moment, I am moving toward expanding so I can publish other peoples’ works. We’re also getting into the audio drama production business and the anthology creation business.

When I first started my writing journey, I never thought I would become a publisher, and now…. I can’t imagine not doing that. Here is for hoping that more exciting things come our way. Watch out, for Kapuha Press LLC is going to take this world by storm.

Monday, April 11, 2016

A new name for the Company!

Hello all:

Last Month, I registered with the state of Missouri, and I became and LLC, which is a Limited Liability Company. The new name of my company is Kapuha Press LLC.:) I am now the Creative Director of Kapuha Press LLC. :)


Friday, April 8, 2016

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

By Michael Ignacio Jr

Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who went by the name ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ She lived in a cozy mountain village, and everyone who knew of her said that Little Red was the sweetest, most delightful child around. No one had anything bad to say about her, and it was a general consensus that she was an absolute angel.

Little Red was not an angel; Hell, she wasn’t even a little girl. She was something as ancient as time itself, and she had bore witness to the very creation of the planets and stars. The only reason that she went by such a ludicrous moniker was because it served her purposes nicely.

Every hundred years or so, Little Red would emerge into a mountain village and become a part of the community. The people who lived in these isolated little towns were always so easy to control, for their minds were such fragile and simple toys. Every one hundred years, Little Red would appear, for every one hundred years…

…she grew hungry.

Little Red had feasted on many exotic creatures over the eons of her consciousness, and this cycle required a very particular flavor of meat.

It was a bright morning when Little Red went skipping off of the woods. If any of the insignificant worms who lived in her village asked her, Little Red would simply say she was going off to see her sick grandmother. Countless people warned her to be careful and stick to the roads, for the Big Bad Wolf was prowling about.

Outwardly, she trembled slightly. Inwardly, she salivated.

Little Red skipped into the woods, with the fa├žade of innocence and youthful energy. Her skin tingled, and her soul lurched with delight.

Little Red was being watched by her prey. She clutched her basket tighter, and used her ancient and terrible magic to fill said basket with tasty meats and breads.

The forest was silent as she moved deeper past the trees. Her future meal was closer now, and Little Red had to fight the urge to spoil all the fun before it even began.

Just as she predicted, the Big Bad Wolf stepped on to the road.

“My, my!” The Wolf said. “What do we have here? You have something delicious in that basket, don’t you?”

Little Red batted her eyes, and she used her most pleasant human voice. “Oh, why yes! I’m bringing smoked ham and French bed to my sick grandma. She lives in the house at the end of this road.”

“A sick grandma, you say?” The wolf smiled.

To an actual little girl, those rows of sharp teeth might have been intimidating. Little Red feigned nervousness, but the lycanthrope couldn’t have been less scary.

The wolf stepped back and gestured for Little Red to pass him by. “Well, you don’t want to keep Grandma waiting. Be safe, you pleasant child!”

Little Red thanked the wolf and skipped along without a care in the world. She smiled as she reached out into the world with her mind. Everything and everyone within a thousand miles of her was known, felt, smelled, and heard. The Big Bad Wolf was sprinting toward a solitary house at the end of the road. Inside that house, the Wolf would find what appeared to be a plump old woman.

Little Red saw the Wolf eat the homunculus in her mind’s eye, and her delight exploded into larger proportions. She made her way to the house and opened the front door.

The Wolf was in her ‘grandma’s bed, and dressed in her ‘grandma’s clothes.

Little Red smiled. “Grandma, is that you?”

“Of course it is, dear,” The Wolf replied.

Little Red stepped further into the house. “Grandma, what big eyes you have.”

The Wolf grinned. “The better to see you with, my dear.”

Little Red blinked and then revealed her real eyes. The Wolf paused and gaped astoundingly, and he even leaned back a little against the head board.

“Grandma,” Little Red said. “What big ears you have.”

A slight degree of trepidation had crept into the Wolf’s voice. “The … better to hear you with?”

Little Red took another step closer to the foot of the bed, and she took on her normal size. She still looked like a little girl, but the Wolf stared up at her now.

She said, “Grandma, what big … teeth you have.”

The Wolf whimpered and said something in a series of mumbles. He tried to hop of bed, but Little Red grabbed the end of the brass railing at the end of the bed. The metal groaned and bent under her might.

The Wolf stopped and started to cry out loud.

“I said…” Little Red spoke in her real voice. “Grandma, what big teeth you have.”

Tears cascaded off of the Wolf’s cheeks. Every word was wrought with anguish. “The better to eat you with.”

Little Red smiled and revealed her real teeth. “That’s what I thought you said.”

She leaped on to the bed.

The End

Monday, March 14, 2016

Update for Kapuha Press

Kapuha Press Update!!!

Hello all! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything. I’m sorry for that. There has been a lot of travel for my day career, as well as various real-life experiences that have stolen my attention away from posting more content.

However, I have been quite productive. My editor, Mr. Daniel Wilkens, currently has ‘That Which Dragons Fear’, which is the sequel to ‘The Wrath of the Forgotten’, and  ‘Supercharge your Team’, a non-fiction professional development model using superhero team work tactics. I expect to release my 4th and 5th books within the next month to two months. Not only that, but I have sent ‘To Stand in Defiance,’ to my beta readers, and it will be my 6th book. It is a sequel to ‘Out of the Shadows: Sagen City Sagas’.

I am also starting to work on producing the audio book for ‘The Wrath of the Forgotten’, although it will actually be an audio drama since I am hiring multiple voice actors and actresses. I am going to have auditions by invitation in April, and I will try to release the completed project by mid-summer.

Not only that, but I am also trying to create a fantasy anthology in which I debut other aspiring authors.

I have a lot going on, and I promise I’m working hard to continue to develop a good brand of storytelling.

Stay tuned, because I have a lot of great plans for Kapuha Press!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Interview with Published Author: Len Berry

Interview with Published Author Len Berry


M.I: Hello Mr. Len Berry. Thank you for allowing me to interview you today. For my first question, I'd like to know what inspired you to start writing in the first place.


L.B: Nothing inspired me to start writing; I just never stopped using my imagination to make stories. During a sick day in Kindergarten, I wrote a fantasy story and drew some pictures to go with it. My Mom let me dictate it to her. She ended up stapling it together where it would look like a book. I think she still has it.


M.I: That’s really interesting. What was your first story about?


L.B: Monsters, spooky mountains, and dread councils. Crazy stuff only a kid would dare think of.


M.I: What is your process when writing stories? Would you be comfortable telling us about your process?


L.B: I'm comfortable sharing. Part of what starts me off is a collision of two ideas. The short story I'm working on right now is based around the history of a fantasy religion as much as it serves as the origin of the lead villain of the setting. Once I know how those ideas interact, I start to see pieces of how the story works. Since I only know pieces, that's what I write. That also means I rarely write a first draft in the order it will be read in.


M.I: That's amazing. Who is your favorite character that you created and why?


L.B: Kathryn Angel hasn't been in print yet, but I adore her. Sure, you could say she's my ideal girlfriend, but I think it's more than that. She has a lot of Jean Grey in her--powerful, yet vulnerable--but Kathryn's journey is as much about personal discovery as it is learning about her powers and the secret forces shaping the world.


M.I: What is your opinion about the current market for authors, publishers, and story tellers?


L.B: It's hard, but there's a narrow shot at massive rewards. Traditional publishing is still working off a formula that will give a writer $5000 for a single novel, but it still offers the best chance at long-term success.

Independent publishing is just as tough since there is no support network in place for refining creativity or distributing work. Which is great for those who can independently recruit and organize--but I'd rather be writing.

That's why I like the "storyteller" part of your question. This is a period that will be defined on taking chances with telling new kinds of stories with new kinds of characters. Doing X because it worked for Y won't cut it any longer.


M.I: Can you provide any words of wisdom to aspiring authors and writers out there?


L.B: As I mentioned, writing is not something that will make you rich. Despite that, being a writer is one of the happiest professions out there. How do you find that happiness? Follow your characters, tell your stories. Embrace the passion to draw on your creativity. Try different things with it and don't be afraid to pursue anything that might interest you.


M.I: How would you describe the process of submitting your queries and stories to publishers?


L.B: Those are two very different beasts. Stories: My success on that front has come in two forms, open calls and invitations. My first published story, "Dreams of Freedom," was in DREAMS OF STEAM II: BRASS AND BOLTS. I'd read the initial volume, knowing there would be an open call for the next anthology. Confident in my ability to deliver a steampunk story, I put things together and sent it. A few months back, I got an acceptance notice, signed some documents, and was officially published. Given the positive reaction to the second volume and my inclusion, my editor asked if I had another story with Harrison Beaumont, the lead of "Dreams of Freedom." I said I did because there is no other answer to that question if you want to really pursue writing. The next year, I submitted "Heart of Steel." With short stories, in a lot of ways it's a case of give the people what they want.

Novel querying is a different beast entirely.

I've queried editors a few times, usually markets that have open submissions. Most publishers won't deal with authors directly when making business arrangements, so finding an agent is a must. Last year, I let an agent have an exclusive look at half of a future noir novel. She ended up passing on it, which sent me back to square one in my search.


M.I: What advice do you have for people who find themselves on the receiving end of rejection after rejection? Should they just give up and let their creativity die?


L.B: I play Dark Souls. One of the first pieces of advice your character gets is "Don't go Hollow." It's meant initially as a warning not to go insane, but it also means you shouldn't give up. No one can write your story for you, so if you want to masses to see it, you have to keep trying.


M.I: Great Advice. I have one final question for you. What do you want your legacy to be for your writing? What do you personally want to share with the masses?


L.B: To entertain or to make people think. If I can do both, great. As writers, we are the architects of dreams we will never see.


M.I: Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to interview you. I look forward to seeing what you come out with next. Do you have any exciting projects that might be coming out soon?


L.B. Sometime in the spring, I'm planning on releasing another installment of THE FANGED CIRCLE. In the summer, I'm going to have a story called "The Mirror of Tila" as part of a fantasy anthology from Kapuha Press.


M.I: That sounds wonderful. Again, thank you very much. Good luck in all of your projects.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Land of Korrine: The City of Jadai

The City of Jadai

The city of Jadai is a city on the northwestern part of the empire. Jadai historically developed around the University of Magic, which is a building and organization that is just as old as the empire itself. In the beginning, the university was nothing more than a collection of smaller square buildings settled out in the middle of nowhere. The original intention of the university was to study and master the new magical power that the humans stole from the Celestial Ones. The first headmistress of the university was named Jadai Honzo.

When settlers and merchants started settling around the university, the university mages decided to create a prominent tower. The tower was built ten years after the end of the Great Rebellion, and it has stood the test of time for nearly a thousand years.

The organizational chart for the University of Magic consists of a headmaster/headmistress on the top, followed by seven school chairs, which are in turn followed by the individual professors. There are seven schools of magic in the world of Korrine, and they are the following: Necromancy, Elemental, Restorative, Divination, Meta-Mental, Creation, and Meta Physical. There will be greater explanation about the magic in Korrine in a future world building posts.

The headmaster/headmistress is always the most qualified mage at the university. Each headmaster has to fully master two complete schools of magic and be voted into the office unanimously by all seven of the school chairs.

Each of the school chairs is the head of their particular branch of magical study. They make sure that the professors under them are providing adequate instruction about the spells, magical theories, practicals, labs, etc. To be considered for a chair position, the professor has to have mastered a complete school of magic and be appointed by the acting headmaster/headmistress.

In order to attend the University of Magic, mage students need to pay hefty tuition fees. With that being said, only affluent families are able to afford allowing their children to pursue careers as mages. Sometimes there are scholarships provided for special circumstances, but these cases are few and far between.

When a student first enters the university, they spend an entire year going through basic instruction, learning about the various seven different schools of magic, and the sub schools corresponding to each school.

During their second year, mage students select a school and a sub-school in which to study. Six of the schools of magic have two sub-schools each, with the exception of Divination, which doesn’t have a sub school. Each of the sub-schools of magic (and Divination) have special magical tattoos that correspond to the individual magic power.

In order to use magic from a particular sub-school, a mage needs to have a central tattoo in order to link themselves with the magic. Once they have the central tattoo, they need to acquire smaller tattoos that allow them to cast the individual spells. This will be covered more in depth in a later post.

The University of Jadai has a long standing tradition of training mages, supporting the empire, and being able to govern itself with nearly perfect sovereignty.