My name is Julie Ann James and I am the publisher and founder of the Peppertree Press. Along with my colleague Teri Franco, editorial director, we are proud to introduce to you a company that offers professional publishing with a personal touch!

Together we have planted the book publishing seed and with great enthusiasm have launched this fine company to aspiring authors who have dreams and aspirations of turning their manuscripts into masterpieces.

Although based in Sarasota, Florida our authors are coming from all over the globe and embracing this opportunity with both hands and are able to share their untold stories worldwide.

The Peppertree Press set out as a goal to give voice to writers by offering a comprehensive array of genres, such as; fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, poetry, photography, children’s stories, biography, autobiography, educational titles and cookbooks.

All projects that come to the Peppertree Press are thoroughly screened and evaluated before acceptance and are professional edited and enhanced by our graphic design team. We are proud of authors, who have incorporated meticulous research and have a passion for writing that shows how they care for their readership.

We welcome you to reach out to us, stop by our office for a chat, take the grand tour of our website and find out how you can turn your creative words into a published book.

Discover some of our individualized creative book interior designs in our newly published promotional book, Take A Look Inside.

This book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Books a Million.  Or, simply contact our office and we would be happy to mail a copy directly to your front door. 

This book will give you some insight into the eclectic book designs that we have published since the fruition of the Peppertree Press in 2006.

My name is Julie Ann James and I am the publisher and founder of the Peppertree Press. Along with my colleague Teri Franco, editorial director, we are proud to introduce to you a company that offers professional publishing with a personal touch!

Together we have planted the book publishing seed and with great enthusiasm have launched this fine company to aspiring authors who have dreams and aspirations of turning their manuscripts into masterpieces.

Although based in Sarasota, Florida our authors are coming from all over the globe and embracing this opportunity with both hands and are able to share their untold stories worldwide.

The Peppertree Press set out as a goal to give voice to writers by offering a comprehensive array of genres, such as; fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, poetry, photography, children’s stories, biography, autobiography, educational titles and cookbooks.

All projects that come to the Peppertree Press are thoroughly screened and evaluated before acceptance and are professional edited and enhanced by our graphic design team. We are proud of authors, who have incorporated meticulous research and have a passion for writing that shows how they care for their readership.

We welcome you to reach out to us, stop by our office for a chat, take the grand tour of our website and find out how you can turn your creative words into a published book.

Discover some of our individualized creative book interior designs in our newly published promotional book, Take A Look Inside.

This book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Books a Million.  Or, simply contact our office and we would be happy to mail a copy directly to your front door. 

This book will give you some insight into the eclectic book designs that we have published since the fruition of the Peppertree Press in 2006.

My name is Julie Ann James and I am the publisher and founder of the Peppertree Press. Along with my colleague Teri Franco, editorial director, we are proud to introduce to you a company that offers professional publishing with a personal touch!

Together we have planted the book publishing seed and with great enthusiasm have launched this fine company to aspiring authors who have dreams and aspirations of turning their manuscripts into masterpieces.

Although based in Sarasota, Florida our authors are coming from all over the globe and embracing this opportunity with both hands and are able to share their untold stories worldwide.

The Peppertree Press set out as a goal to give voice to writers by offering a comprehensive array of genres, such as; fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, poetry, photography, children’s stories, biography, autobiography, educational titles and cookbooks.

All projects that come to the Peppertree Press are thoroughly screened and evaluated before acceptance and are professional edited and enhanced by our graphic design team. We are proud of authors, who have incorporated meticulous research and have a passion for writing that shows how they care for their readership.

We welcome you to reach out to us, stop by our office for a chat, take the grand tour of our website and find out how you can turn your creative words into a published book.

Discover some of our individualized creative book interior designs in our newly published promotional book, Take A Look Inside.

This book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Books a Million.  Or, simply contact our office and we would be happy to mail a copy directly to your front door. 

This book will give you some insight into the eclectic book designs that we have published since the fruition of the Peppertree Press in 2006.

Until the next time we chat,

Keep clicking the keys…

Julie Ann

Again, we welcome you to reach out to us, stop by our office for a chat, take the grand tour of our website and find out how you can turn your manuscript into a published book.

http://www.peppertreepublishing.com

941.922.2662

Getting back behind the typewriter keys…

I must admit that writing a novel is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to my own personal writing. However, even though it is a challenge, I wish that I could write and publish a novel once a year.  Sounds like a great concept in my head, and I am up for the challenge.

I have been notorious for challenging the writers that step into our cozy office here at the Peppertree Press to write a novel, if they haven’t already.  Perhaps they write children’s books or poetry, and have never written a novel before in their lives. So, to challenge your writing skills and to step out of your comfort zone by writing something completely different would give you that “stretch,” so to speak.

 Perhaps using your own life experiences, and basing your novel on a topic you know or lived and fictionalize it. Most of the authors that I have challenged look at me in total shock, and either take on the challenge or not.  

“It’s easy,” I will add with encouragement in my voice and a “you can do it” attitude while offering some easy tools of the trade.  Just start with a clean sheet of paper and write. It is your choice, pen to paper or keys to keyboard, first person or third person. The only thing that matters is that you start the writing process. Will you choose a mystery, a romance or perhaps a little of both?

Once the first word is written, then the question is how dedicated are you as a new novelist to stay on a daily writing schedule?  I asked that question of myself just recently and now I am asking it of you, the novel writer reading this blog.  

Just like blogging, it is a commitment to stay true to your schedule and daily routine of writing while incorporating other wonderful things like working, family, friends, dinners, appointments, laundry and all that lies between.  

I have been writing my third mystery novel, The Ribbon Key  for quite a while now, and I must say it is difficult to even admit to myself how much time has passed since I had clicked the keys on my keyboard.   Let’s just say that my 31,000 plus words have been sitting on the dusty shelf far too long.  I can honestly say that I was getting frustrated with myself for not finishing this book. What was keeping me from continuing to write?  At the time I was on a roll and literally hit the breaks.   So, I came up with a plan to get me back on track, and hopefully you as well.

Print out your manuscript – all finished chapters including your notes.

Your notes can be paragraphs that you had written in-between your chapters…those paragraphs and ideas that you had come up with and literally had no clue as to where to place this  paragraph.  This is totally normal, I promise.

Hint:  Highlight them in yellow and push them down in your manuscript for later use.

Once your pages are printed, reread each chapter out loud and make copious notes By reading your chapters out loud it will help you determine if you are stumbling over words and if your sentences flow.  If you, the writer is stumbling on your own words, chances are your reader will as well.

  • By reading your chapters out loud, it will refresh your mind of the direction you were going back when your book was not covered in dust.  By reading your chapters over again, your characters will creep back into your brain and you can reintroduce yourself to your characters, and all of you can become acquainted again.
  • It would be a good thing if the characters that are swirling around in your head wake you up in the middle of the night and surprise you with the next chapter idea.  Because of this in the middle of the night interruption, make certain there is a pad of paper and working pen on your nightstand…just in case.
  • Get some index cards and list your characters, describing their role. Their characteristics, backgrounds, family members, job.   Title it “Cast of Characters,” listing them in the order they appear in your manuscript. Even though some of them might have a small role to play, still list them. They are still a character and there is a reason they are on the page and included in your story. They might just come back up as a witness to a crime or the whodunit part to your novel.
  • List out all of your loop holes from each chapter endings that leads you to the next chapter and gives your reader that I want to turn the page feeling.  It is our responsibility as writers to keep the reader interested and turning those pages to ultimately get the surprising ending.

Once you have done this your creative juices will be back on track, you will be writing happily behind your typewriter keys and keeping your pages dust free.

Until the next time we chat,

Keep clicking the keys…

Julie Ann

We welcome you to reach out to us, stop by our office for a chat, take the grand tour of our website and find out how you can turn your manuscript into a published book.

www.peppertreepublishing.com (941) 922.2662

My contact information: peppertreepublishing@yahoo.com

Photo by: Backyard Photography – Behind the Lens: Julie Ann James

The next chapter…

One of my favorite components about being a book publisher is hearing the inspiring stories of where the writers choose to write and where they feel most creative.

 Is it on the beach in the quiet solitude with your toes in the sand, or at your favorite coffeehouse with the background noise of baristas grinding the rich smelling aroma of freshly ground coffee beans?  

Perhaps it is on your front porch, or on a bench in the park. The important factor is that you are writing, and continue to write until the final word is typed.

Just a few weeks ago one of the Peppertree Press authors stopped by our cozy office in the heart of downtown Sarasota to sign her next manuscript. Once we made her book official, she and I had a chat about her writing.  I was curious to know where she found the motivation to write her many incredible stories, and where she felt the most comfortable writing.

She happily replied, and with a smile on her face that she writes at the kitchen table. With a cup of coffee by her side, the words just pour onto the paper.  She then leaned in and lowered her voice to a whisper and told me that lately she had been writing in church, and that she felt a little guilty about it. She continued by saying she didn’t have any paper, so she used the perimeter margins of the church program.   We had a good laugh about that!  Again, wherever you feel inspired and comfortable works perfectly.

I would love to hear from all of you aspiring writers where you feel most comfortable writing…

Until the next time we chat,

                          Keep clicking the keys…

Julie Ann

We welcome you to reach out to us, stop by our office for a chat, take the grand tour of our website and find out how you can turn your manuscript into a published book. www.peppertreepublishing.com   (941) 922.2662

My contact information: peppertreepublishing@yahoo.com

Welcome to Click the Keys!

 My name is Julie Ann James and I am a book publisher, business owner, writer, freelance photographer, decorator (not by trade), a mom, a friend and… my favorite, a Mimi.

I live and work in Sarasota, Florida and have since the sixth grade. It seems quite a few of my friends that I graduated from High School with stayed the stay here in Sarasota.  So, no matter where I go, I see familiar faces and it’s like a reunion all over again. 

You might say that I wear many hats, all in the creative sense of the word. Since entrepreneurial is one of my favorite words I have applied its’ meaning to my career along with all the things I love to do. I enjoy trying new things, and I am notorious for picking up a book on “How To” and just going for it!

If I am not behind the typewriter keys working on my latest novel or encouraging the authors that come to the Peppertree Press to publish their manuscripts, you will find me with camera in hand shooting photos of anything and everything that inspires me. Through the lens of a camera is an awesome place to be.  And, on the last note… I cannot tell you how many times I have rearranged my living room furniture, just because.

So, I look forward to starting a conversation with YOU in hopes that the topics that I blog about will inspire you to write and publish your work. Please enjoy the beauty of the photos that I have taken and will continue to post in this blog. And – perhaps rearrange “Your” furniture more often.

                              “Write what you know and write it from your heart”

                                                                          Author- Julie Ann James

We welcome you to reach out to us, stop by our office for a chat, take the grand tour of our website and find out how you can turn your manuscript into a published book. www.peppertreepublishing.com  (941) 922.2662

My contact information: peppertreepublishing@yahoo.com