Hi everyone, Erica here! Today I get the pleasure of announcing a really exciting new feature coming from Patchwork Press! It’s called Pick Your Pages. Let me tell you a little bit about it…

Pick Your Pages was created with the intention of putting readers in the driving seat. At PWP, we’re strong believers in authors and readers controlling the content. We want to publish books authors love, and that readers WANT to read. (What a novel concept, huh?) And the best way to do that is to give readers a voice and really listen to what they’re saying they want to read.

The creation of PWP PYP (loving the symmetrical acronyms) came about when I couldn’t decide which of two works in progress I wanted to write next. I couldn’t decide between the two manuscripts because they both have something I want to write, and I’m equally excited about both projects! Offhandedly, I had said it’d be so much easier to just toss it to readers and write whatever book they were more excited to see. And then…hey…what if I actually just did that? It gives readers more control of the publishing process, and I can also keep everyone updated at the progress of the book. They’ll be there every step of the way because they helped launch the project and make it happen! It’s cool to get invested in a book before it’s even out, isn’t it?


So here’s how it all works…

With PYP, two titles will compete for your vote. You will see the covers of the two books — for the first time ever! You will also have access to the blurb and the first chapter of each project. Keep in mind these first chapters are SUPER EARLY versions of the draft, and they’re subject to change (as they go through extensive editing), but it’ll give you a basic idea of the voice/pacing/characters. Then, after you check out the cover, blurb, and first chapter, you’ll vote for which book you want to read most!


Shh, child. No worries. Both books competing in PYP will eventually be published, of course! Your vote will simply decide which book will hit shelves first. So the losing title will not go to die in that elephant graveyard in The Lion King. It’ll just be put in a drawer for a few months while the winning book is written and published. Then, expect to see that losing book — actually, I hate calling it a “losing book.” Let’s call it “the runner up book” — that runner up book shift to the “in production” phase of publishing!

Your vote for what book you want to see in print means a lot to us! We love getting readers more involved in the whole publishing process and introducing everyone to characters that we already love (even though they exist only in our heads…for now). And of course we want to publish books that people are excited for and waiting on pins and needles to read!

Let me know in the comments what you think about Patchwork Press’s new Pick Your Pages feature. And stay tuned, because the first PYP competition is coming up soon for two new adult titles that are in my publishing queue. If you’re part of my street team the OddSquad, you’ll be the first to see the books up for PYP!

If last week wasn’t enough, we have even more exciting news for you today! We have yet another author joining the PWP team, AND it’s another author we already love. Kellie and Erica have known Mickey Reed for about two years now, and honestly wouldn’t be where they are in their publishing process now without her. She is a beyond amazing editor, and about to publish her debut novel! We couldn’t be more excited!

Mickey is writing contemporary women’s fiction and romance under the name Eliza Boyd, and her work encompasses so much of what we think the New Adult category should be. Her first novel, One Chance Night, comes out later this month! Details coming verrryyyy soon!

Now, a note from Eliza/Mickey!

I am incredibly thrilled and honored to be working with the amazing ladies at Patchwork Press! Joining forces with these talented women is more than a dream come true. The books in my “Make A Change” series have already grown and become more than I could have imagined thanks to them, and I might not have finished without their encouragement and support. I am beyond crazy excited to be a part of this amazing community, and I’m looking forward to sharing my work with you!

Eliza Boyd

Eliza Boyd is a contemporary women’s fiction and romance author. Also an avid reader, she writes novels, short stories, poetry, and whatever else strikes her fancy. Born and raised in Northern Illinois, she now lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and her plethora of animals. When she’s not reading, writing, or working, she can be found walking around her neighborhood (for exercise, not for stalking), taking photos of her pets, or catching up on her favorite shows. Catching up really means binge-watching.

Feel free to contact her on any of her social media sites. She spends too much time on the Internet, so she’ll probably get back to you right away. Or you can stay connected with her by signing up for her newsletter!

Visit elizaboydwrites.com



Mickey Reed
mickey2Mickey Reed is based out of Arizona. Editor, writer, blogger, wife, pet mother, plant-based vegan, andfitness coach, this girl does it all!

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Happy Birthday to Patchwork Press! After two amazing years, we’re celebrating yet another birthday! And because birthdays are always a good time, we can’t let this one pass without some announcements. But first… a HUGE thank you to everyone who has enjoyed this ride with us so far. Authors, readers, our amazing interns, and friends… we couldn’t have gotten this far without every single one of you! This year is going to be the best one yet!




First up, we are SO beyond excited to welcome Erin Latimer to Patchwork Press. Our family is growing again, and we know she is going to be a great addition. Check out her welcome post for more information!

We’re also looking to expand further, and have changed our submission guidelines somewhat, focusing less on individual publishing skillsets (though quality of work is still a must!) and more on growing our community. Visit our submissions page for more information.



And it’s not just our author list that’s expanding. Patchwork Press has a brand new sister imprint! We’re very proud and excited to introduce Weapenry! A resource for writers to improve their craft, form a community, and learn more about all things publishing and marketing. Visit Weapenry.com for more information! And keep an eye on Weapenry for the next release from Kellie!



More exciting birthday news! Except, this time it isn’t PWP’s birthday that we’re excited about! We’ve launched a new project–because shared birthdays are awesome! We’d like to formerly introduce you to… Weapenry, our non-fiction arm dedicated to all things writing, publishing and marketing.

Co-founders Kellie Sheridan and Erica Crouch have always been big believers in the business of self-publishing. Now, they have teamed together again to to form Weapenry, a well of resources for writers looking to make the most of their writing career.

Indie authors are talented, tenacious, and absurdly creative. But going it alone can sometimes be tough. Here at Weapenry, we want to help writer reach their full potential. Independent authors shouldn’t feel in competition with one another: a rising tide lifts all boats. With nearly 20 titles to their names, Sheridan and Crouch want to share what they’ve learned.

Want to learn how to induce some “word magic” into your manuscript? Need advice on editing? Or maybe you’re tired of the same old ineffective marketing routine and are looking for something to inject in your plan to revitalize old titles. Whatever your publishing need, Weapenry is here to help!

What can you look forward to in the future with Weapenry?

  • Nonfiction books on writing, publishing, and marketing
  • Free content and advice from industry professionals
  • Online seminars
  • And more to come!

Needless to say, we’re excited! So head on over to Weapenry.com and see what we’ve been working on!

Since the release of Patchwork Press‘s first anthology (The Lost Locket of Lahari), we’ve been talking about the next anthology and how great it’s going to be. We’ve been pretty tight-lipped on the details, only revealing small facts like the theme — CONSTELLATIONS! — and the genre — YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION! — but everything else? A mystery. But no longer!

Today, we are revealing the title, the authors involved, the constellations the stories are inspired by, and the mythology behind each star cluster. We’ll begin with the title reveal. Drumroll please…


Polaris Awakening is the title of the newest Patchwork Press anthology! Each of the seven stories in the anthology take place aboard the space station of Polaris. The station of Polaris is the brightest star in the galaxy, with it’s shining technology and renowned space academy. But not everything on Polaris is perfect — there’s a tilt of balance in social classes, and those below are beginning to awaken to the injustice of their leaders. A rebellion is thrumming through the ship, and the characters of each story all play a part in the ripple of discontent.

There are seven stories contributing to the anthology. And our authors (in order of appearance) are: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky.


Kellie Sheridan‘s story will not only open the anthology, but it will be peppered throughout the anthology, interspersed between the other pieces. Kellie’s story doesn’t focus on one particular constellation or origin myth, but rather she is writing as the embodiment of Zeus (you know, Mr. Lightning Bolt, the Big Guy in the Sky). Zeus is personified as the supercomputer operating Polaris, and he’s more aware than you’d expect, which could lead to some danger for our characters…


After Kellie Sheridan’s introduction, we have our first full story from Erin Latimer. Erin’s story centers around the constellation Ophiuchus. The constellation represents the god Apollo struggling with the huge snake that guards the Oracle of Delphi. After Apollo slew the snake, he was ordered by Zeus to host the Pythian Games as a form of penance.


Next up is Erica Crouch with her story based on the constellation Lyra. In the original myth, Orpheus — a musician with almost supernatural talent — falls in love with Eurydice. But their love is doomed, and Eurydice dies, stolen away to the Underworld by Hades. When Hades hears Orpheus’s mournful music, he strikes a bargain: Orpheus will be returned his love if he continues playing his music. Eurydice will follow him from the Underworld, but if Orpheus doesn’t trust Hades and turns around to check that Eurydice is still with him, he will lose her forever. The deal is made, and Orpheus plays his lyre, but when he walks over pine needles and can no longer hear Eurydice’s footsteps, he turns around and Eurydice fades away, gone forever.


Following Erica’s piece is Janna Jennings‘s story of the constellation Gemini. The Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, were both born from Leda, the Queen of Sparta. Their sister is Helen of Troy and there are several myths about them, including sailing with Jason and the Argonauts to find the golden fleece and fighting in the Trojan War to bring their sister Helen home. Castor is a renowned horseman, and Pollux is a great boxer.


Then we have Hannah Davies‘s story, inspired by the constellation Scorpio. Scorpio has a few different mythologies to chose from, but the one Hannah chose was a story about Orion and Artemis. Orion boasted that he was the greatest hunter in all the land and could kill any animal. Artemis — Goddess of hunting and also protector of beasts — sent a scorpion after Orion to defeat him. The scorpion stung Orion’s ankle, killing him. Zeus was impressed by the scorpion, so he made a constellation for it. In the sky, the scorpion is at the opposite side of the horizon to Orion to keep them apart.


Terra Harmony‘s story follows next, and she was inspired by the constellation Virgo. Persephone, beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter, is tricked by Hades who carries her off to the underworld to be his wife. Her mother was so upset by this, she completely neglected her duties as goddess of agriculture, and famine spread over the entire world. The solution was for Persephone should be with her mother for half the year, and go to the underworld with Hades for the other half of the year. When Persephone is gone, agriculture essentially dies until she returns again six months later.


And finally, to close the anthology we have a story from Meghan Jashinsky, based on the constellation Taurus. From the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the goddess Ishtar sends Taurus to kill Gilgamesh because he spurned her. In the sky, this is why the constellation Taurus seems to be facing off with Orion (who is representative of Gilgamesh).

Patchwork Press’s Polaris Awakening is going to be a whirlwind of a read! With so many spectacular myths interpreted into the science fiction world by an array of talented authors — all with strong, unique voices — we’re readying for an epic read. You can expect the cover reveal in March, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it! The release day is scheduled for April 28th, one day before Patchwork Press’s second birthday! So let us know…

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It’s a new year and Patchwork Press is filled with new faces.  We have new authors and new interns and we’d like to introduce you to some new (and some familiar) faces!

IMG_20141022_143638Lily Meade

Age: 20

About me:  I’ve tried a lot of jobs!  i have been a nanny, a barista, even an ice cream lady, but I’ve always circled back to writing.  I really love writing, reading, and interacting with people.  The internet is such a fun resource for passionate fans.  I really love social media.  I have my own website and YouTube channel.  I am really into interacting and helping people.  My ultimate goal is to make a living writing Young Adult books.  I’m super excited to one day have fans of my own to interact with.

Favorite books:  What a hard decision!  I don’t think I could choose just one favorite book, but I’ll say that my favorite Harry Potter book is The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Favorite authors:  Ugh.  Again, I can’t choose.  I’m just going to stay stereotypical and say J.K. Rowling.

Favorite snack while reading:  Anything that won’t stick to my hands.  I’m super strict about the care of my books, so stains and reside is a definite no-no.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  I want to know more about publishing.  I really want to improve both my writing and marketing skills and this seemed like a surefire way to help.  I am also hoping to make some new friends.

You can find Lily on her blog and twitter.


Snapchat--6692625453070590398Hannah Davies

Age:  24

About me:  I’m an English Literature and Creative Writing student at the University of Greenwich in London.  I’ve been interested in writing and reading as long as I can remember and my goal is to work in publishing, possibly in an editorial capacity.  I recently started reviewing books on my blog.  I’m lucky that my passions are the same as my work but besides reading and writing, I like to bake, explore and travel, and draw.  I am also obsessed with Pinterest.

Favorite books:  Tough question!  Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, The Graceling series by Kristen Cashore, the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater… there are millions more!  The best book I read recently was Tiny Pretty Things.

Favorite authors:  I’ll read anything by Sarah J. Maas.  She is queen.

Favorite snack while reading:  I generally don’t eat while I read but if I do, I eat sweets.  I mostly drink peppermint tea while reading.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  Well, I want to go into publishing so it’s the perfect opportunity to get lots of experience and learn how the world of publishing works.  I also feel very passionate about the ‘author-powered’ ethos of Patchwork Press so its a brilliant company to be involved in.  Besides that, the work is very interesting and the rest of the team are wonderful people.  I’ve made some fantastic friends at PWP!

You can find Hannah on her blog and twitter.


10850093_10202902637438050_7387529754941062729_nAyah Assem

Age:  20

About me:  I am a pharmacy student.  I am obsessed with nature and any cute animals.  I have two cats.  If only I could adopt a panda!!!  I have been reading and writing ever since I was able to do these things.

Favorite books:  My current favorite book has to be Splintered by A.G. Howard!  If you love Edgar Allan Poe and Tim Burton movies, then you will really enjoy this!

Favorite authors:  A.G. Howard, Edgar Allan Poe, Lauren Oliver, Lesley Pearse, Cassandra Clare, and this is not the end of the list!

Favorite snack while reading:  I do not usually eat while reading.  If the books is really good, then I will read while eating lunch/dinner!

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  Because it would be great to know what happens in the backstage of publishing a book.  Being a PWP intern makes me take one step closer to fulfilling my dream of finishing my book and entering the publication world.  Besides, the Patchwork Press family is super friendly!

You can find Ayah on her blog and on twitter.


books phottMadeline Klepec

Age:  18

About me:  Hmmm…. I am a first year college student.  When I’m not complaining about homework and school, I like to catch up with friends, read, write, and on and off try to run.  Emphasis on the word try.  I love to tap dance ( I’m a former dancer ).  My dream is to live near an ocean because I love the beach.  Unfortunately, I grew up in a small town surrounded by corn fields.  Oh, and I work at my local library where I am literally surrounded by books.

Favorite books:  I’m going to pretend you meant to put “favorite books”  Lux series, Shatter Me series, Hunger Game series, Divergent Seres, and Dare You To.

Favorite Authors:  Again, more than one 😛  Jennifer L Armentrout, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Katy McGarry.

Favorite snack while reading:  I don’t eat while reading because I catch up with reading before bed or in the middle of the day.  Plus, I don’t want to get food on my books or kindle.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  Last year during my senior year of high school, everyone knew what their majors were going to be and I was still in limbo.  So, I decided I wanted to work in publishing:  I want to become a literary agent.  So, I searched for internships and found PWP, which has been a great experience for the past year.

You can find Madeline on her blog and on twitter.


df406683d0f56e9fce671412d5179d6e (1)Dana Cuadrado

Age:  19

About me:  I am a college student, blogger, reader, and TV addict.  I am an English major in my first year of college.  I would like to get a masters degree in publishing.  My dream is to work in a publishing house, in particular the publicity department.  It doesn’t hurt that I live in NYC.  I love to write as well.  I have been blogging on and off, for three years.  It is one of the best things I have ever done and I hope to blog for a long time.

Favorite books: I am going to go with my most recent favorites which were A Court of Thorns and Roses and Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda.

Favorite authors:  Sarah J. Maas, Marie Rutkoski, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Erica Crouch, and Kellie Sheridan are among my favorites.

Favorite snack while reading:  Just going with chocolate for all occasions, preferably in cold weather and with an e-book while radon because that can get messy.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  I want to work in publishing, specifically publicity/marketing, so PWP has given me some great experience as well as knowledge that I can put on my resume.  At the same time, it has been a very well rounded learning experience in all aspects of publishing.  I have loved every minute of it!

You can find Dana on her blog and on twitter.


IMG_0199Ashley Shannon

Age:  26

About me:  I’m a work at home single mom to the cutie pie in my picture.  His name is Graham.  I run a blog that is for other moms who are writers too.  I horde books which is one reason I have a Kindle and not many physical copies of books.  My Kindle has over 700 books on it.  My dream job would be to be a full-time writer, either traditionally or self published.  My ultimate life goal is to teach my son to enjoy reading just as much as I do.

Favorite books:  Most of the books I love to read are Young Adult Fiction however my all time favorite book is Gone with the Wind.

Favorite Authors:  J.K. Rowling, Rainbow Rowell, and George R.R. Martin.

Favorite snack while reading:  Tea.  Always Tea.  Or Diet Coke.  Those aren’t really snacks, but when I do snack its usually something sweet.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  I recently just finished my first book and I want to learn everything I can about publishing.  One day I hope to be listed on the PWP authors page.  I couldn’t have dreamed I would be working with such an amazing group of talented people.

You can find Ashley on her blog and on twitter.

If you’re not on Reddit’s YAWriters thread, you might want to jump on there soon! This Monday, November 17, Patchwork Press founders Kellie Sheridan and Erica Crouch will be doing an AMA on the subreddit YAwriters!


So what exactly is an AMA? An AMA is an Ask MAnything — or in this case, an Ask “Us” Anything! We’ll be answering whatever questions you have about Patchwork Press, our authors, and our titles. So make sure to think of some questions and pop over on the YAwriters forum sometime Monday, and we’ll be there to answer your questions as best we can.

Can’t wait to talk to you guys! 😀

— Kellie & Erica

We’ve got a BIG announcement to kick off the new week. The PWP family is getting bigger!

Pauline C. Harris and Angela Myron are the newest authors to join the Patchwork Press team, and we couldn’t be more excited. Pauline C. Harris is the author of the Mechanical Trilogy and The Secrets of Evelyn Taylor. Angela Myron is the author of Enara and the Fallen Druid. We can’t wait to work with both of these wonderful authors, and we know you’re all going to love their books!

 A little bit aboutbc2103_5632a77d9585543b4f9610807c938638.jpg_srz_p_428_443_75_22_0.50_1.20_0 Pauline C. Harris: 

Pauline C. Harris is a eighteen-year-old author living in Northern Idaho. She started writing short stories when she was eight, and after she self-published her first book when she was fourteen, moved on to write the Mechanical Trilogy. She loves anything that has to do with science fiction, including Star Trek, and her main hobbies are writing and playing the violin in various orchestras and quartets.

Mechanical is her first professionally published novel. She is currently studying in both high school and college and hopes to achieve her AA degree alongside her high school diploma.

She is also working on another series of YA science fiction novels.


A li7086152ttle bit about Angela Myron: 

Angela Myron was born in Vancouver, Canada and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and twins. She grew up in the piney forests of southern British Columbia, studying tiny blue bells, dodging cacti, and creating fantasy worlds in her back yard. She loved to create fantastic worlds of fairies and goblins, then invite friends over to introduce them.

Angela studied biology and professional writing at university. She wrote grant proposals for nonprofits, computer software manuals, and freelance journalism before writing fiction. Ennara and the Fallen Druid is her first published novel.



We are looking forward to their future work. In the coming weeks, there will be an interview post for you to learn more about Pauline, Angela, and their books.


We’re in the final stretch of celebrating Patchwork Press’ first birthday, and today’s post is all about the Patchwork Press anthology. In case you didn’t already know, the five original authors of Patchwork Press — Kellie Sheridan, Terra Harmony, Janna Jennings, Ruth Silver, and myself (Erica Crouch) — are collaborating to write one kickass anthology.

Now I don’t want to brag, but I think this is one of the coolest anthologies I’ve heard of (and I’m not just saying that because I’m contributing a story!). But before I get into the summary of the anthology, I guess I should tell you the title, right? Announcing… The Lost Locket of Lahari Anthology! And I’m now realizing you could have gotten that bit of information from the title, but now it’s official so… There ya go!

The Lost Locket of Lahari (or as I’ve been lovingly calling it LLoL) is a young adult fantasy centering on a mystical, kickass locket, which by the way, looks a little bit like this:


Pretty cool, right? Well if you love it so much, you can enter to win your very own locket below!

Anyway, onto the anthology itself… There are five novella-length stories in the anthology, all centering on this locket that travels through the different decades of the book:

  • The Victorian Era (My story!)
  • The Roaring Twenties (Terra’s story)
  • The 1940s (Janna’s story)
  • Present day (Ruth’s story)
  • and the Future (Kellie’s story)

In each story, it takes on different magical qualities, becoming what the characters need it — be it a vehicle to see ghosts, or something entirely different!

So, as I was saying, this locket is special. It all ties back to an Indian Mythology that we developed especially for this story. To sum it up quickly, an elderly Indian man crafted this locket in hopes of his six children (represented by the six dragonflies) returning home to him one day. He took their most prized childhood trinkets, melted them down, and forged them into this locket. But through his wish for his children, he imparted a bit of magic… It seeks out those with the same attributes of his children, and while it never brings his children back to him, it finds the next best thing: their spirit in other people. And that’s how the locket finds all of our characters in their stories.

You can expect a lot out of this anthology, as each story is entirely unique! Different characters with different voices in different eras. Mine, for example, is a Victorian romance/ghost story, inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. (Yeah, I am EXCITED about this one!) Other stories feature a spy, a thief, a dancer, and a dreamer… Hmm, you can only guess what these great stories will be about!

Here’s the official synopsis and our temporary cover:

LostLocketCoverThe Lost Locket of Lahari Anthology by Erica Crouch, Terra Harmony, Janna Jennings, Ruth Silver, and Kellie Sheridan
Published by Patchwork Press Published Summer 2014 
Genres: FantasyParanormal,Young Adult 

In a dusty, dilapidated stall tucked away in an alcove of a bustling Bazaar in India, a man with a rickety spine and a spindly beard bends over his work bench, forging a locket with accidental magic. There’s power in a wish, and there’s nothing he wants more than for his children to return home. The locket was intricately crafted, adorned with one dragonfly for each of his children—and the power to find them.

With the guidance of fate, the locket skips through time and journeys across oceans, traveling from person to person in a constant search for the souls whispered into its vessel. Centuries after the magical old man in the Bazaar became near-forgotten myth and whispered legend, the locket has fallen into the hands of those with echoes of the six dragonflies: a seer, a specter, a dreamer, a spy, a thief, and a dancer.

In the hands of its new owners, the power of the locket adapts, bending and remaking itself to answer need. While the locket never found the children of Lahari, it found the next best thing… Their spirits.

The five novellas of the Lost Locket of Lahari anthology pause a moment in time when the locket finds the ripples of its ancestry. From the Victorian-era to the Roaring Twenties, the 1940s to modern day and beyond, this anthology is a collection of stories as dynamic as the authors themselves.

Are you excited? Because we sure are! As of now, we are expecting the anthology to be out and available this summer, so make sure you add it to your GoodReads and get ready for this awesome title to become available! For now, though, go ahead and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win the locket (with a personal message from me!).

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Today we have a BIG annoucement. Big, big, big! Are you ready? Probably, seeing as you’ve read the header by now. Patchwork Press is adding a new (and absolutely fantastic) author to our ranks. Leigh Ann Kopans is a YA author who has already published a fantasy duology (One, and Two) as well as a contemporary YA novel, Solving for Ex, whose companion, First World Problems comes out later this year.

We’ll have more from Leigh Ann a little later on, but for now we just wanted to introduce her to all of our beautiful readers, and to give all of you the chance to get to know her books.


Get to know Leigh Ann
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