Up Close and Personal with Nicole

I do quite a few book reviews here.  And often I have them from Tribute Books.  Nicole Langan is the founder/owner/operator there.  As a matter of fact she is the go to everything needs to be done and keep it all up and running gal.  You know the head honcho and gofer all in one.  I have loved working with her especially this last year.  She makes it so easy to have all the information I need to tell you about the book I am reading, information sheets, photos, dead lines...the works.  And Nicole also is supportive and shares a great sense of humor too.  So when I heard she was working on a new area for Tribute Books, I was happy to find out more.  Lucky me, I was able to get in a few questions with Nicole and can now share with you a lil about Nicole, Tribute Books and how they are moving into the young adult ebook area.

1. Since you are looking to work with established authors in the young adult ebook area, how would a new author go about catching your attention?

The first thing that I look for is if they have a well-followed, frequently updated blog, Facebook page and Twitter account. The second factor concerns the quality of the manuscript. Has it been professionally edited? Is it well-written? Is it free of typos and grammatical errors? Is the story engaging? Is it fast moving? Are the characters realistic and three-dimensional? 

2. I see that you and hoping to have 12 new authors this year (a new one each month).  Are  you looking to have a different genre of young adult book each month?  If so what is your favorite areas to promote.  What is most successful?

I am pretty wide open when it comes to the specific categories of the young adult genre. But I do have a slight preference for paranormal romances due to their popularity. Personally, I love historical fiction as a break from the modern high school narrative. 

3. It has been wonderful to meet some amazing writers while doing blog reviews for Tribute Books.  How has it changed the direction of Tribute Books in the last few years to have so many new authors writing about local history and events?

Since 2004, we have worked with historians in publishing non-fiction works about the Scranton, Pennsylvania area where we are based. Unfortunately, the market for these titles is limited. In order to compete in the marketplace, the transition needed to be made in order to broaden our overall readership. 

4. Nicole, you and your mother work side by side daily running Tribute Books.  What helped you start this business together?

My mom, Mary Ann, is retired. She is an avid book reader so she decided to start her blog, Tribute Books Mama (http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com) about a year ago to help spread the word about the titles we have for sale and the publishing opportunities we have to offer. 

5. And when shall we see a book from your own writings?  (I have often heard that there was a book in every publisher too!)

I hope someday before I die that I will find the courage to write a book, and that when it comes time I will have something meaningful to say. The idea is always in the back of my mind, but for the time being I thoroughly enjoy working with authors and providing them with the support and encouragement they need to succeed. 

I encourage young adult writers to visit (http://www.tribute-books.com/publish.html) for more information about our submission process. We also offer blog tours for those wishing to promote their published work (http://www.tribute-books.com/blog_tours.html).

We try to keep an active online presence with our web site (http://www.tribute-books.com/), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/TributeBooks)  and blog (http://tributebooks.blogspot.com/). In 2012, we'd love to have anyone who loves young adult literature to join us for the ride. 


  1. Lenore, it's been nothing but a pleasure working with you. Thank you for always being there for us and for doing such a great job. You're a special, kind-hearted person and I really appreciate all of your efforts on our behalf. And thanks for thinking about Tribute Books Mama - it's her birthday today as well :)

  2. Just wanted to drop in and say hi.

    Love ya~



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