A New Look for Amanda Travels

On October 1, we’ll release the fifth book in the Amanda Travels series by Vancouver author, Darlene Foster: Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music. In this fun travel adventure series, 12-year-old Canadian girl, Amanda Ross and her best friend, Leah, find themselves in different countries always in the middle of a mysterious adventure.

They’re a perfect read for kids 8-12 as they learn about new cultures and countries, all while having some fun.

Previously the book covers had a kind of collage look to them, but we’ve redesigned all of them to make them a little more current.

To remind you, here are the old covers:


Hopefully you like the new look. Throughout October, we’ll have lots of giveaways and other events happening. Stay tuned!

Win! Win! Win!

img_2249Guessing by the title of this post, yes, we’re giving some stuff away! You might know that publishers produce Advance Reading Copies, (ARCs) which are early editions of the book before the final proofread happens. They’re used to help market the title, to query to the large review magazines, and to help the sales reps sell the book to bookstores. The interior is the same as the final book (perhaps with a few typos that haven’t been caught yet), but the back cover looks different because it has some marketing and technical information about the book on it.

Anyway, we have a few of these left over from our 2016 seasons, and in the interest of reducing waste and sharing some great stories, we’d like to give them away rather than pulp them.

If you’re interested in winning a bunch of these, just enter the giveaway here and if you win, we’ll send a bunch of books to you. We’ll pick several winners but the actual selection will vary depending on what is left and what will fit in the package. Oh, and sorry, but this giveaway is only available to entrants in the US.

Good luck!

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Calling All Book Bloggers! Fall Catalog Available

The Fall 2016 CAP Catalog

It’s just about the end of summer and while I’m lamenting the imminent loss of sunny, hot days, I am excited about the launch of our fall titles! We have 6 books releasing this fall, and I’m very proud of each of them.

There’s a little bit of something for everyone: an intelligent thriller, a steamy romance series, a fun kids’ mystery and a beautifully crafted book of inspirational messages and illustrations.

We’re about to query book bloggers for reviews, but feel free to download our Fall catalog and find out if there’s anything you’d like to read. If you’re a blogger, please email us at info @ centralavenuepublishing dot com with what you’re interested in. We unfortunately only have a very limited number of printed ARCs left but of course, unlimited digital copies.




Introducing Alex Lyttle

AlexLyttleI’m very pleased and proud to introduce the newest author to the Central Avenue cache of amazingly talented human beings, Alex Lyttle.

I knew it was meant to be, because I couldn’t stop reading his middle grade contemporary novel. I then immediately asked if he’d like to be published by CAP. Luckily, he said yes.

From Ant to Eagle is his first novel and it follows an 11-year-old boy through a tumultuous time in his and his family’s life. I’ll post more on his book once we’ve finished the cover and working through all the details. It will be published in April 2017.

Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children. He was raised in London, Ontario – the setting of his first novel, From Ant to Eagle, which he wrote based on his experiences working in the Pediatric Oncology unit. When he is not working, writing or playing basketball, he enjoys learning new magic tricks to perform for his young patients.

You can catch up with Alex on all the regular places:

Twitter: @Alex_Lyttle

Facebook: /AlexLyttleAuthor

Website: alexlyttle.com


On Creating a Publishing Brand

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It’s been a little over a year since my journey to New York to BEA. And what a year it’s been. After seven years of running this small publishing house, I continue to be awed and honoured by all the great things that keep happening. That’s not say that there haven’t been setbacks and disappointment but the wins definitely outweigh the losses.

In the past year, we finally got ourselves a real, bona-fide distributor – IPG. Everyone there has been great to work with, offering help when I’ve asked, but more importantly telling me when I’ve missed the mark and then helping me celebrate my wins. I’ve been to Chicago twice and each time has been full of learning and fun. I’m proud to call them a partner.

I believe that since getting a distributor, Central Avenue is starting to make a name for itself. While I’d like to think that readers buy books based on which publisher they like, this isn’t really true. Over the past few months, my goal has been to make the brand of Central Avenue known – not necessarily to readers – but to other businesses in the industry. I believe that this is the next step for this house and it will lead us successfully into the next seven years and beyond. My goals in building the Central Avenue brand are:

  • To be known by reviewers as a publisher who produces high quality books that resonate with readers, regardless of genre.
  • To be known by my distributor as a publisher who makes them money and has fun doing it by creating marketable products and sales tools all while meeting deadlines, listening to their advice and ensuring accurate data.
  • To be known by printers for submitting quality files free of errors and paying my bills on time.
  • To be known by other small publishers as a resource who shares what they have learned to help others grow.
  • To be known by bookstores as a publisher who supports their books with committed writers, unique marketing efforts and funds to support their in-store and online activities.
  • To be known by writers as a publisher who collaborates fairly and constructively, pays them on time and who will make their book the best it can be.

I’ve given these goals a lot of thought over the past few months and I plan on making sure that, every day, the tasks I do fulfill one or more of these goals.

What do you think? Have I missed anything, gotten anything wrong – or right? I’d love to hear from you, whether you’re a writer, supplier or a fellow publisher.

Happy Release to Our Spring Titles!

With all the busy-ness of BEA and getting books ready for Fall, I’ve been completely remiss in congratulating our four authors who have books that launched this spring.

DeanMayesDean Mayes, The Awesome A9781771680394ustralian, released his third full length book, psychological thriller, The Recipient
to strong pre-orders, online buzz and local bookstore support.




TaliaAikensNunezTalia Aikens-Nunez, The New England Knock-Out, released her second book in her perf5.250x8.000.inddaward-winning mid-grade reader, OMG series, OMG… I Did It Again?! to much critical aplomb. Her book has already been favourably reviewed in Kirkus Reviews & Publishers Weekly and will be featured in School Library Journal.


Molly Ringle

Molly Ringle, The Seattle Sensation, 9781771680400completed the final book in new adult mythology retelling The Chrysomelia Stories, Immortal’s Spring, to much blogger and reader anticipation. The book was also favourably reviewed by Publishers Weekly.



Abbie Williams, The Minnesota Marvel, launched the
second of her Civil War saga Dove trilogy, Soul of a Crow, which has received awards and glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly and Foreword Reviews.


So, all in all, a rather successful Spring Season! Congratulations to all these writers and I look forward to the many adventures that still await us.

Persephone’s Orchard Flash Kindle Giveaway

PersOrchWith just a few weeks left before the launch of Molly Ringle’s Immortal’s Spring – the final book in the Chrysomelia Stories – we’re offering up 10 Kindle copies of the book to the first 10 people who comment here. You can either enter your email address in the comments below, or make a comment saying you’re interested and I’ll follow up with you privately.

If you like it, follow it with Underworld’s Daughter and then Immortal’s Spring. FYI – as of May 19, we also see that Amazon has Immortal’s Spring on for super cheap – only $3.82 last time we checked – a great deal from the regular price of $8.99!

Or if you’re interested in some fun swag, enter this giveaway for some cool Underworld-related stuff you’ll actually use!