About Rumple_deWriter


I have been a country grocery store clerk, oil field roustabout, infantry soldier, paper pusher, out-of-work, and a newspaper columnist. I am now trying to add published novelist to my resume. My short fiction has appeared in: WORKERS WRITE: Tales From the Clinic (SS anthology), NIBBLER, ABSOLUTE WRITE (newletter article) ROSE & THORN, DEADMULE, USADS, NEW WORKS REVIEW, CHICK FLICKS, MUSCADINE LINES, and LONG STORY SHORT. LSS also ran an excerpt of my second novel, WE DANCED TO RAY CHARLES, a coming-of-age love story that was named a Faulkner competition semi-finalist and a finalist by the Santa Fe Writer's Project contest.

edited to add: Since joining SS, 've lost all sight in my one remaining eye due to a detached retina. Could be worse. At least I no longer have to look at myself in the mirror each morning. Interests

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lost in the ozone west of Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
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Topic: Can't create a sig
Posted: 13 Apr 2018 16:02

Mega-congrats on achieving this milestone in your literary career. ;) Your link is working, at least for me. Just a suggestion -- you might want to consider linking to the 'All Stories' list on your profile instead of the one you're now using.

Now carry on in a most Shameless manner. ;)

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Topic: Add a Joke
Posted: 10 Apr 2018 10:36

The Old-Timer's Lament <img src="/images/emoticons/laughing3.gif" alt="laughing2">

Now that I've reached the point in my life where I pretty much know my way around, there ain't a helluva lot of places left for me to go..... During the
course of my travels, somewhere along the way I was able to participate in a miracle--somehow I managed to get over the hill without ever reaching the top.

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Topic: Publishers with good distribution that accept unagented manuscripts
Posted: 09 Apr 2018 10:00

All of the publishers on this list sell thousands of copies of physical books. All of them have books that are available not just at stores near you, but at libraries as well, because they have good distributors.

If you want your novel or book to have a good chance of being placed on bookshelves and you don’t have an agent, the following publishers are all good options. All of them publish print books (with digital options) and all of them have a good distribution system.

Not all of the publishers are open to submissions at all times, but most are. This list is in no particular order.

Quirk Books

This Philadelphia based press publishes just 25 books a year in a whole range of genres, from children’s books to nonfiction to science fiction. Unlike most publishers that tackle a large range of topics, Quirk books has a clear marketing plan and to a certain degree their books have a cohesive feel, because they all are quirky.

Bellevue Literary Press

Bellevue Literary Press publishes works of narrative nonfiction and literary fiction geared towards a general readership. They are open to unsolicited submissions of both kinds of work. The work they publish explores the intersection between arts and science. Many of the characters in the fictional work that they publish are doctors and scientists, but many of their books also focus on the natural world. They seem to publish about four novels for every work of nonfiction they publish.

Gibbs Smith

Gibbs Smith is an established publisher with good distribution and a focus on cook books, interior design and architecture books, and board books for children. They have published a number of bestsellers, including a board book version of Pride & Prejudice. Gibbs Smith is primarily a nonfiction publisher which is just now entering the fiction market for adults and middle readers.


Harlequin is easily the most famous romance only publisher out there. In fact, their name was synonymous with romance novels when I was growing up. They have wide distribution, from grocery stores to bookstores. They are everywhere.


DAW is an imprint of Penguin that is open to manuscript submissions from authors without an agent. This is unusual and a great opportunity. DAW is a highly respected publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. They have published authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny, as well as many bestselling books and Hugo award winning books. They are respected and popular.

Triangle Square

Triangle Square is an imprint of Seven Stories Press that focuses on publishing young adult novels and children’s books. Their books are distributed by Random House. Triangle Square focuses on publishing high quality writing that is educational.

Seven Stories

Seven Stories Press is an independent publisher that has been around for over twenty years. They have published a number of highly respected books. Their books are distributed by Random House. They take their name from the seven authors whose work has influenced and impacted Seven Stories Press the most.

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

Founded in 1911 and located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company is an independent publisher of religious books. They have a large range, including academic books and reference works in theology, biblical studies, and religious history to popular titles in spirituality, social and cultural criticism, as well as literature. They are primarily a print publisher with excellent distribution. My local independent bookstore regularly carries a number of their titles.

Holiday House

Holiday House is an established and reputable children’s book publisher. Holiday House has been around for over 75 years. They publish picture books and books aimed at children in grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7 and up. They are based out of New York City. They have published many well known books and authors, including Kenneth Grahame. The books that they have published have won numerous respected awards and honors.


Charlesbridge publishes high quality books for children and young adults with the goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. In 2010 Charlesbridge acquired Imagine Publishing, which expanded what they were able to offer. They now have extensive audio offerings. They also publish adult nonfiction, cookbooks, and puzzle books.

Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books is a reputable publishing house that publishes many wonderful books. However for the sake of this list, I am just focusing on their children’s line. They have published a number of books that have been nominated for the Caldecott, the most prestigious children’s book award. They publish a large number of children’s books every year and have excellent distributors.

Free Spirit Publishing


Baen is one of the best known publishers of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. They have published many of the classic genre novels. They have excellent distribution, their books are found in libraries and bookstores everywhere.

Arthur A. Levine Books

An imprint of Scholastic Inc., Arthur A. Levine Books was founded in 1996. They publish hardcover literary fiction and nonfiction for children and teenagers (and discerning adults). They have published many award winning and nominated books, as well as a number of very well known and respected authors (including J.K. Rowling).

Chicago Review Press

Chicago Review Press was founded over 40 years ago. They are an established independent publisher of literary fiction, nonfiction and memoir. They also publish books for children (but not picture books). They were founded by Curt Matthews and his wife, Linda Matthews.


Omnific Publishing is romance publishing company that started out publishing digital books. However, they have turned into a successful publishing company, regularly landing books on the Kindle bestsellers lists. In July 2014, Gallery Books entered a co-publishing agreement with Omnific Publishing. Because of that agreement the Gallery Books and Pocket Books imprints co-publish with Omnific a select number of titles in print and electronic formats. Simon & Schuster now serve as the exclusive distributor of all other Omnific titles.


Tor/Forge publishes science fiction and fantasy books. Run by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, Tor/Forge is an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big five publishers. Tor is one of the most established science fiction publishers and they have won the Locus Award for best SF publisher 27 years in a row. They offer advances.

Hard Case Crime

Hard Case Crime is a well respected and established niche publisher of hard boiled crime novels. The publisher has been featured in a number of respected publications including Time Magazine and The Stranger. They are distributed by Random House.

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* Excerpted from the free, online and highly recommended (by me) newsletter of 'Authors Publish'

Topic: Congregation of squirrels
Posted: 02 Apr 2018 06:28

Shameless, that has to be one of the best collections of inane, juvenile, and just plain bad Easter jokes I've ever stumbled across.
Thanks. I needed those. ;)

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Topic: Awarding the DirtyMartini badge.
Posted: 01 Apr 2018 08:56

Might not hurt to repost the criteria for the 'Dirty Martini' badge for the benefit of the new and the forgetful. ;)

Great to have the dynamic duo of Milik and Simi among us. Looking forward to reading their fine writing.

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Topic: Looking for familiar faces
Posted: 31 Mar 2018 11:15

Welcome to this outpost of semi-respectable if 'little read writinghood'. (that was a joke...honest)

Most of the folks here have had their shots and claim to be housebroken so it's probably safe to wander around. You'll recognize some of the 'handles' from Lush. Other folks are in the writer protection program and have different names. I'm guessing about half the posts are by folks who are only here. All are welcome, of course. Let's face it, if they let me in, dang near anybody might show up.

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Topic: I FINALLY did it. I'm one of them.
Posted: 30 Mar 2018 07:12

Mega-congratulations, Ms Fate! ;) To post a story in every category is something I can barely imagine, much less hope to accomplish. IMO, you done did good, real good.

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Topic: The Old Duffers New Golf Shoes
Posted: 29 Mar 2018 07:45

Bert, at 85 years old, always wanted a pair of soft spike golf shoes like Freddie Couples, so, seeing some on sale after his round, he bought them. He
was so delighted with his purchase, he decided to wear them home to show the misses. Walking proudly into the house, he sauntered into the kitchen and
said to his wife, "Notice anything different about me?" Margaret at age 83 looked him over and replied, "Nope." Frustrated as all get out, Bert stormed
off into the bathroom, undressed and walked back into the kitchen completely naked except for the new golf shoes. Again he asked Margaret, a little louder
this time, "Notice anything different, NOW?" Margaret looked up and said in her best deadpan response, "Bert, what's different? It's hanging down today,
it was hanging down yesterday, and it'll be hanging down again tomorrow." Furious, Bert yells out, "AND DO YOU KNOW WHY IT'S HANGING DOWN, MARGARET?" "Nope.
Not a clue", she replied. "IT'S HANGING DOWN, BECAUSE IT'S LOOKING AT MY NEW GOLF SHOES!” Without missing a beat old Margaret replies, "You shoulda bought
a new hat.”

Topic: Stories Space down tomorrow for 12-hours
Posted: 21 Mar 2018 18:45

From: Gav
Location: Sydney

We need to upgrade the storage engines in the database and media store. We have ~1tb of data to backup and restore so its expected to take up to 12 hours.

This is scheduled for 14:00 Pacific Time, Thursday, March 22.

Added info: that'll be about:

2:00 pm on the US west coast
5:00 pm on the US east coast,
9:00 pm in the UK
and the break of dawn in Sydney (where it'll be Friday morning).

note: ALL sites in the lands of Lush, including Stories Space, will be down. Be brave.


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Topic: Stories Space and the rest of Lush going dark this Thursday
Posted: 21 Mar 2018 18:39

From: Gav
Location: Sydney

We need to upgrade the storage engines in the database and media store. We have ~1tb of data to backup and restore so its expected to take up to 12 hours.

This is scheduled for 14:00 Pacific Time, Thursday, March 22.

Added info: that'll be about:

2:00 pm on the US west coast
5:00 pm on the US east coast,
9:00 pm in the UK
and the break of dawn in Sydney (where it'll be Friday morning).

note: ALL sites in the lands of Lush, including Stories Space, will be down. Be brave. ;)

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