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: Can reviewers get their hands on a copy of one of your books?
The Short Answer: Yes.
The Long Answer: Reviewers are welcome to request e-books via e-mail at
Thanks in advance for your interest and your honesty. We appreciate feedback and take all constructive criticism seriously, even if we disagree with it now and then.
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 Short Answer: Um, life is unfair (?)
We truly love good writing year 'round, rain or shine, but due to limited time, resources, and man power, we open for submissions at the publisher's whimsy, and them's the brakes.
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 Kindle Direct 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: Well-written fiction.
The Long Answer: Primarily YA fiction.
Exceptions to the YA rule include things we can easily sell like romance or pulp, and subject matter that is weird enough to get our attention such as redneck Macbeth, Orwell-style killer ducks, and Jesus joining the non-GMO movement.
One unfortunate caveat: the genres we seek vary from year to year, and just because we have adopted Orwell-style killer ducks in the past does not mean we will remain the landing spot for similar books.
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 adventure, excitement, and mind-blowing 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 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.