BONELLA: It’s my displeasure to welcome the publisher of MuseItUp and MuseItHOT Publishing.
LEA: Displeasure? A bit rude, no?
BONELLA: Listen, walk in my shoes for a bit. It’s very uncomfortable interviewing someone draped in...skin.
BONELLA: So tell us, from writer to editor to publisher. What gives?
LEA: Well, with any job you first learn the industry inside out and then go for your dream. My last two goals have always been to open a publishing house and a bookstore and house books on consignment from writers around the world, those books that the mortar brick bookstores seem to deny because the books are POD, or self-published.
BONELLA: For a sec I thought you said ‘mortal’ and that made sense to me. So why is it so hard for you human writers to get into bookstores? Our Deathly Pit Emporium is huge and you can find everything from How to Date the Skeleton of your Dreams to Opening Mortal Doors and Scaring the BeeGeeBees Out of Them.
LEA: Well...um...fascinating titles. For us humans it’s a bit harder to get our books into actual stores only because the bookstores believe the profit margin – if compared to the bigger houses – is simply not there. So we need to work twice as hard to convince the store managers our books deserve placement.
BONELLA: So I hear you’re missing a tooth.
LEA: Come again?
BONELLA: Yeah, old man Haunt told me you don’t smile anymore cuz you’re missing a tooth. Heck, look at me, smiling and not one tooth.
LEA: I do smile.
BONELLA: Whatever. How many authors do you have? Are they happy with you? Has anyone dissed you? Hear you pull quite a few wet noodles. What’s up with that?
LEA: We have 80 authors right now, and yes, I believe they’re happy so far. And the wet noodles are nothing to fear. They’re little nudges of encouragement.
BONELLA: But you totally avoided answering the diss question. Okay, okay, stop rolling your eyes or I’ll shoot mine at you. Let’s see...okay, here’s a real human question—I read your post in the Readers Group and you mentioned something about more goodies in store for everyone. Like?
LEA: Well, this month we begin our monthly free ebook giveaway where one participating member in our readers group who joins in discussions with our authors gets the opportunity to be a winner. This month’s book was my tween chapter book, The Halloween Dino Trip, and the winner was Cheryl Malandrinos. Next month our FREE ebook will be The Killer Valentine Ball by C.A. Verstraete.
BONELLA: Oh, that’s so cool. Sounds like my kinda book. Most likely has my relatives in there cos, well, you kinda guessed we’re into ‘dead’, right? So what other goodies?
LEA: December 1st we'll be hosting our Launch Party and have two grand prizes, a year's worth of free ebooks and six months worth of free ebooks...
BONELLA: Is it necessary to add 'free' all the time? You are an editor and it's repetitive.
LEA: Uh...January we'll announce our FREE
BONELLA: I can’t think of any questions so for now I’m going to have to thank you as the hostess of the Muse Masquerade Festival, but I reserve the right to pull you back in here when I come up with something else.
LEA: Thank you for hosting our...BONELLA: We ran out of time, sorry. Okay, readers, so rate me. How was my very first ‘human’ – yuck – interview? I’ll be popping in and dissing...um...interviewing more authors throughout the month so stay tuned.