Friday, September 2, 2011

Sweet Success! - Harvey Stanbrough


Harvey Stanbrough's magic realism YA+ short fiction collection, Stories from the Cantina (ISBN: 978-1-4581-8047-6, ~26K, ebook) was independently published in May 2011 by StoneThread.  The collection is available online from Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble in all formats.  The author's website is at http://HarveyStanbrough.com.

In these five stories, you will meet people significant to the life of young Maldito and the fictional village of Agua Rocosa. Eufemia and José, his parents; the Storyteller himself, Juan-Carlos Salazár; and several other colorful characters who are used to the magic that surrounds our everyday lives. If you've enjoyed the works of Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende, if you enjoy reading about characters who live at the precise point where reality folds into imagination, you will enjoy these Stories from the Cantina. 

His nonfiction essay, The Essentials of Digital Publishing (ISBN 978-1-4580-4909-4, ~6k, ebook) was independently published in July 2011 by Writing the World.  The essay is available online from Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.  

This book discusses manuscript preparation for submission to Smashwords premium catalog and how to create an attractive ebook cover. Step by step prep including screenshots, how to create an interactive table of contents and several other notes and tips. Cover design section includes step by step instructions for changing the color and texture of your stock cover photo, adding and adjusting stylized text, and using the Print Screen feature on your PC and the Paint program to create your own JPG files. Includes how to size the cover for Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others, how to create a thumbnail image, and more. Also includes a section on marketing, social networks and much more. 

Harvey Stanbrough was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. He spent most of his early life in the home of his heart, the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. After graduating from a 21-year civilian-appreciation course in the U.S. Marine Corps, he attended Eastern New Mexico University where he managed to sneak up on a bachelors degree. In 2006 his traditional poetry collection, Beyond the Masks, was nominated for the National Book Award. He writes and works as a freelance editor and writing instructor from his home in southeast Arizona.