Monday, August 1, 2011

Farewell to My Very First Publishing House

My very first title with Heartsong Presents in 1997. See below on how you can win a copy

Wow, what a heavy heart. I just received word that the house which published my very first title, Mountaintop, is closing its doors. Heartsong Presents, a division of Barbour Publishing. Another casualty to a dwindling economy and the need to downsize, and one near and dear to my heart.

Heartsong Presents was one of the few publishing houses back in the early days that took on brand new authors like me and without an agent. They had a neat little book club that put out several books a month, so they were looking for writers. I joined the club first to see what books they published and met such popular authors now as Wanda Brunstetter, Colleen Coble, Loree Lough, Kristin Billerbeck, Donita Paul, even Tracie Peterson, all who began their now highly successful publishing careers with titles published by Heartsong Presents.

I developed a story I thought might go - a story of two hikers (imagine that!) who meet in the unforgiving White Mountains of New Hampshire and who learn to lean on each other and God when the going gets rough. I submitted it and anxiously waited. I didn't hear anything for a good long time and contemplated quitting the writing business (I had very little patience back then). I talked to a good friend of mine who said - "Hey, Lauralee, did God tell you to quit?" Well, no. And a few days later, the editor of the line, Rebecca Germany, called me on the phone to discuss my book and a contract. I was ecstatic! About a year later Mountaintop was born. And so too followed many other titles with this company, including my first ever historical book line.

The editors at Heartsong Presents gave me a chance with my work and alllowed me to grow in my writing.

Now sadly they are closing their doors. But I will never forget what they have done for me and the books they published to help launch me in my writing ministry. To my editors, line editors, copy editors, marketing, everyone in Heartsong Presents, thank you for 15 great years. I will miss you very much.

**Special Giveaway!! - I only have a few special copies left of my very first release, Mountaintop. I will be giving away one copy of this book near and dear to my heart. Leave a comment and your name and e-mail to enter. For anyone who signs up to receive this blog via e-mail or by Feedblitz, I will put your name in again for 2 chances to win (be sure to let me know). One name will be picked Wed, August 17th.

Odds at winning depends on number of entries received. Void where prohibited. 

On August 15 I am blessed to have an old  Heartsong friend, Donita K Paul, now a successful fantasy author, as my special guest blogger. Don't miss visiting with her!


Joy said...

I would love to win this book! Love reading what you write! :)

Rhonda Tenderholt said...

Can't wait to read the next series starting w/the Vanishing Sculptor. I LOVE the Dragon Keeper Chronicles w/Kale. I loved making the scene's in my head.

Thanks for the chance to win some awesome books by an awesome author!


Ausjenny said...

I was sad when I heard HP was ending. I got back into reading thanks to a friend giving me a copy of Janette Oke's Canadian west series. Then we started to get some HP books in Australia and I loved them. there was another line also promises or something. But I had lots of HP books and many are now in our town library and very popular. I can understand how sad it is for the line to finish as they were some of the first many readers will remember.
I love the look of this book there is something about mountains and hiking in them that soothes the soul. when I went to canada the top of the mountain at Whistler was breathtaking much more so than Niagara Falls.
ausjenny at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


Lauralee Bliss said...

Jenny was the winner of Mountaintop. Thanks for stopping by!