Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Why Line by Lion? Why not Quill By Quail, Pen By Penguin, or Hyperbole By Hippo?
The Short Answer: C. S. Lewis.
The Long Answer: The head publisher, like generations of young readers dating all the way back to 1950, grew up loving The Chronicles of Narnia in which a strong, mysterious lion is prominently featured.
Question: Line By Lion has been closed for submissions for months. What gives?
The Short Answer: (see "submissions," and thank you for your patience)
The Long Answer: Our submission season currently runs from November 1 to February 28. We publish something like 5-10 books each year
Question: I ordered my book from the Line By Lion site, and it took forever for me to get it. Why is that?
The Short Answer: One of the quirks of working with our distributor is that we have only one person who can order and dispense books for us. For this reason, we have the unusual honor of encouraging folks to either bear with us through some lag time or purchase our books at www.amazon.com.
The Long Answer: I know what you're thinking. "Amazon?! What? No, no, no, NO! What are you doing, Small Business? Have you a death wish in telling me to shop on Amazon?"
You're quite right. As a rule, shopping at the large, monopolizing corporation is a good way to kill someone's small business. However, here's how buying Line By Lion books through Amazon.com actually helps us our particular business:
-Any books you order from our publishing house is printed / bound by either Ingram or Createspace.
-If you buy a book from us "directly," it makes an extra trip to us before it gets to you, and that's much of why it takes extra time.
-If you buy directly from Amazon, you free our Mistress of Ordering and Odd Jobs to do... well, odd jobs, and the royalties still go to the author.
-In addition, should you end up with a Createspace copy of one of our books, it will likely be a high-quality novel made in America (I know this because I've been ordering proofs of some of our books just lately. Two were from Charleston, SC, and one was from Lexingtion, KY).
So, yay supporting small business in a devious manner! I knew you had it in you. Isn't being sneaky and making Big Business work for the little guy fun? I think it's fun!
Question: What sort of books does Line By Lion publish?
The Short Answer: Good writing.
The Long Answer: Primarily young adult works of fiction. Exceptions include things that we know we can sell like romance or pulp, and subject matter that is weird enough to get our attention such as lit-fic cyber punk, Orwell-style killer ducks, and Jesus joining the non-GMO movement. But no matter how many style points we may give someone with an original concept, we can't work up much enthusiasm for a project unless it contains good writing.
Question: Would Line By Lion be open to representing non-fiction works?
The Short Answer: YesBUT...
The Long Answer: Non-fiction is not something we've typically represented in our half-decade or so years as a publishing house. Circumstances would have to be very special for us to take on a work of non-fiction, and if we did so, we would be learning how to market your book right along side you rather than being the old pros taking the fledgling author under our wing.
Question: How soon can you make me the next J. K. Rowling?
The Short Answer: Hah!
The Long Answer: A good publisher can help, but miracles like those experienced by J. K. Rowling are rare. The reason? Publishing is a business. As much as we like to think it's an altruistic business full of good story-telling and exciting, new ideas, publishing is still a business. Those who oversee this business will reliably choose the books that they believe will make money over books that could change the publishing world. Therefore, if you see your book more so as a world-changer than a money-maker, get ready to face some days of hard-core self-promotion and boldly telling your story until people want to hear it. That is what will make you the next J. K. Rowling.