Monday, February 17, 2014

WEEK 1 of 5 Meet the JLB Creatives Publishing Team: Author Dar Bagby ~ Senior Executive Editor

Welcome fans and followers. We're so glad you have taken the time 
to stop by the JLB Creatives Blog.

You're just in time to begin our 5 week mini series of posts. Over the next 5 weeks we will be introducing you to the JLB Creatives Publishing Team members to give you a feel for those who are willing to dream with you. 

Because we see no team member more important than another, and the fact that it takes this entire team to bring to fruition the professional publications they do, the #JLBCP team members will appear in alphabetical order:

Week 1 Feb 17, 2014 ~ Dar Bagby  Senior Executive Editor
Week 2 Feb 24, 2014 ~ Janet Beasley  Founder/Owner and CEO
Week 3 Mar 3, 2014 ~ Jean E. Lane  Senior Financial Director
Week 4 Mar 10, 2014 ~ Connie Thompson  Graphics Design Director
Week 5 Mar 17, 2014 ~ Elise VanCise  Media Director

Welcome to Week 1: Dar Bagby


I'm Dar, head of the Manuscript Editing and Proofreading Department at JLB Creatives Publishing, and one of my favorite things is reading new output from dedicated authors. It's my privilege to see unpublished material before anyone else, and believe me, it IS a privilege. So many people harbor unbelievably wonderful stories, and so few get to share those stories with the world of readers.

Our publishing team wants to get your story “out there” as both a paperback and an ebook, but we refuse to do it any way other than the RIGHT way, and that involves combining the best of both trade publishing and self publishing. We insist on selling our business through our quality service leading to quality products. Our books are, without a doubt, the best on the market, and that is because of our communication with our authors. We deal with writers one-on-one. We know that each author deserves to have his/her story told, and readers deserve to have it presented to them in the most professional manner possible.

How many times have you picked up a book or downloaded an ebook only to lose interest in it after the first few chapters, or even the first few pages? Have you ever wished the print size was a bit larger or the lines were not so close together? Does it frustrate you when you have to spread the book apart in order to read the portion closest to the spine? Do you end up seeing more errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, missing or repeated words, or other similar things that grab your attention more than the actual plot? If so, you're not alone. Most readers aren't even aware of their reasons for closing a book permanently before reaching the last page.

JLB Creatives Publishing accepts submissions to be considered for publication on the basis that an author has written something worthy of the reading public, and if your manuscript is accepted, we give our solemn promise that it will be RIGHT before it reaches the readers. Our team members have all written books and know how important it is to you, as the author, to have a top-notch, professional end product that you can be proud of. I can't tell you how thrilled and proud I am to see your project reach the final steps and know that I was a part of getting it there. What a fantastic way to make a living!

After you get your thoughts on paper (or on the computer monitor), the manuscript must be properly edited. If you choose me for that procedure, it becomes my responsibility to see to it that it all makes sense. I make sure you've presented it in a chronologically ordered manner (which doesn't mean you can't move back and forth from one time frame to another, it just has to be easily understood by the reader). I make sure you've maintained the story from the correct point of view. I make sure you didn't add too much “fluff”—stuff that's extraneous to the story and could possibly bore the reader. I make sure you've kept the tense the same within sentences and throughout the entire story. I make sure that, when you decided to change a character's name halfway through the book, you went back and changed it from the beginning of your manuscript to that point (Oh yes, it happens more than you'd think!) And I do all of this by SUGGESTING changes, additions, or corrections. Then I work directly with you so we can come to an agreement about each of the suggestions. When it comes to proofreading, I've been an English Language Specialist since 1990, so you can count on the spelling, punctuation, and grammar to be correct. Best of all, each of our departments—Author Contacts, Contracts, Design/Layout & Pagination, Printing, and Marketing/Media—works the same way.

I'm chomping at the bit to read what you've written. Please check out the various departments and team members on our web site and learn how your book can be the best possible representation of your work. While there you'll also find a link to the submission guidelines page to find out the kinds of books we publish, as well as the actual submission form. I'd love to read your story and help you get it out to the public through JLB Creatives Publishing.

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To learn more about Dar you may visit the Meet the Team page of our website:

Until next week - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for me.

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JLB Creatives Editor Dar Bagby (L) and JLB Creatives CEO Janet Beasley (R)