An Interview, and a Review of Skin Game
Recently, founder of MFG, Matthew Feldman had the extreme pleasure of sitting down with fellow digital publishing Elizabeth Prybylski. Elizabeth runs Insomnia Press publishing, and we were able to sit down and talk about the industry and what helped get Insominia Press off the ground. It was a very fun interview, and both myself and Elizabeth enjoyed speaking to one another. So without further delay, here is the interview!
MFG: When did you decide to become a publisher and make it your career?
Elizabeth: I got into publishing about four years ago by accident. I was working as a karaoke host at a bar, and that night one of my customers happened to tell me that he was a publisher. Being a lifelong writer, I pounced on it. Dr. Tupper (the owner of Divertir Publishing) became a close friend of mine, and eventually I joined his company as an editor. The rest is history.
MFG: Did you have to get any specialized education for your profession?
Elizabeth: Yes and no. I have my BA in European history, and had almost enough classes to have a minor in creative writing. However, the education I had for my career as a publisher was mostly being thrown in the deep end of the pool and told to swim! I have learned about being an editor and publisher from decades of being an avid reader as well as learning grammar intimately while I was in college and finishing my understanding of it as the Acquisitions Editor for Divertir Publishing.
MFG: Out of all the styles of writing you publish, which one do you enjoy the most?
Elizabeth: I have a great fondness for fantasy writing and tabletop games. Fantasy has always been my main staple of reading, though I have enjoyed books of other genres. Something about the world of magic and knights has appealed to me my whole life.
MFG: How do you feel about mature themes/scenes in books?
Elizabeth: As long as it is written for adults I've got no issues with it. I can't promise I would publish something with intense adult themes because that isn't what my company does, but it's nothing personal against the genres.
MFG: In your opinion, what three parts makes a good book?
Elizabeth: 1) Character development 2) Polished writing 3) Good plot. These are not necessarily in order!
MFG: How many authors have you published in your time as a publisher?
Elizabeth: Insomnia Publishing is preparing to put out its first book, but in my life in publishing I have been involved in the production process for many books. I can think of at least ten off the top of my head, and that is a quick count.
MFG: Would you be willing to give us a sneak peek at some of the authors you have published for?
Elizabeth: Nope! Not yet. Once we are closer to the release date I may share a chapter with you, though.
MFG: What do you feel is most important about the publishing industry and why?
Elizabeth: It makes me extremely happy to know that I play a part in helping people's dreams come true. Being that closely involved with other writers and artists is rewarding in ways I can't fully express to those whom haven't done it.
MFG: What do you feel is an author's most important tool?
Elizabeth: Reading. You will never become a better writer (or even a good one) if you do not read. Every book you can get your hands on sit down with it for a while. You will learn more about the craft in reading good writing than you will in almost any other way.
MFG: Summarize what you and your company does; as well as promotes any projects that you have in the works you might be looking for help with.
Elizabeth: We publish novels and tabletop games. We are also considering publishing comics, but that will be a future project under an imprint, I believe. Insomnia believes in partnering with writers rather than dictating the process to them; it keeps authors more involved rather than booting them out of the creative loop of their own writing.
Currently, we are seeking manuscripts in a variety of genres (available on our website) and specifically we are looking for sci-fi/cyberpunk stories of 5,000 to 15,000 words to be put into a collection we are hoping to publish in the near future.
For more information on Insomnia Press Publishing, check out our affiliates page for the link to their website and thank you again to Elizabeth for taking the time to do the interview!
-The Review of Skin Game-
Warning: Some Spoilers are Inside
Overall, first and foremost, the most important thing to understand is that the Dresden Files is a series of books that thus far, including Skin Game, reaches the number 15, which is pretty high for a series of Urban Supernatural Fantasy action from the first person perspective of Wizard and Winter Knight Harry Copperfield Dresden, professional Wizard of Chicago and Warden of the Council of Wizards, a group whose been trying to execute Harry since he was a kid.
The book starts out exactly where Cold Days Left off, with Harry having no choice but to accept the job that his new boss, Queen Mab of the Winter Court Of Faerie, who is as cold and calculating as a robotic chess machine, setting him up to work with Nicdemus Archelone, the leader of a group of individuals, who use Fallen Angels for their power and dance to the tune of ancient evil and sets us up for what is surely, the most epic of translations of Ocean’s Eleven in one of the greatest series out of there to date.
From the Get Go, Dresden is on a speeding course for death and pain (though this isn’t new for Dresden), and all the while, the plan is simple: Steal the Holy Grail from the Lord of the Underworld, Hades himself. But further than this, Molly, is now the current Winter Lady, the next in line to throne as it were, but she hasn’t told her Christian-Devout parents, Michael or Charity Carpenter. Michael himself is a retired Ex-Knight of the Cross, after an injury permanently removed him from the position, and placed Harry in the care of one of the blades of the Cross, while a newly Minted Sir Waldo Butters, a now JEWISH Knight of the Cross actually saves the day with thelp of the spirit of intellect, Bob; with a broken blade that becomes the Christian equivalent of a Lightsabre! Dresden himself too has inadvertently created his own spirit of intellect, and when he loses Bob throughout the series, Jim kindly reminds us that like Stephen King’s own Dark Tower Series, Ka is like a Wheel, and at the end of Skin Game, gets his own personal Spirit of Intellect back (you’ll need to read the whole series, not going to ruin the whole thing for you!)
While all this is happening, we still have to worry about the troubles that Harry will Face. From his first meeting with Nicodemus to his conversation with Hades in the Underworld, the book itself has begun putting all the pieces together, setting the stage for what is going to be the penultimate trilogy of the series, as Jim Butcher has been reported saying in the past. The pieces of the story are all finally coming together.
The Dresden Files start off with book One: Storm Front. And from there, we have Skin Game in book 15. In truth, on our rating system, Skin Game Gets 5 out of 5 Stars for the quality, continuity, and continued enjoyment that the Dresden Files bring. While not all of the usual Cast are present in Skin Game, we know that can only mean that the next Dresden Files book is going to have an ultimate resurfacing of characters from the past that we wished Harry would have finished off sooner than later. If you’re a reader looking for action and adventure from the get go, than the Dresden Files is the story for you. From Harry’s first love, to the short stories in between, it’s simply an all-around fun time.
Until next time people; Read on!
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