About Us, Call to Action

How I’m Becoming A Better Publisher

You might have your concerns about publishing with me because of my limited experience publishing books. Good! You should be concerned. And you should do your research. Don’t go with any random spazz off the internet just because they tell you you won’t pay a dime–or worse, you’ll pay them to publish your book. (Please, don’t ever, ever do that. Those are called vanity publishers and they’re basically scams.)

So, since you’re obviously giving me a chance, I’ll take a couple minutes to back my case.

Just as I believe you should be concerned and do your research before choosing a publisher, I believe that I should be concerned and do my research with every single step of the publishing process. Especially as I’m starting out, and especially when I don’t have a lot of experience with that realm of publishing before. I know how to publish books on Amazon. I know how to register ISBNs and why they’re important. I know how to run advertisements and write blurbs and put together images that get people’s attention. But there’s still a lot I don’t know, and I am constantly trying to fill in those holes.

Here’s what I’m doing to fill in my knowledge gaps right now.

First of all, I’m attending college! Right now I am working on a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies at BYU-Idaho online. This school has some spiritually intense classes, and as a result they’re also heavy on the personal development. That alone is making a huge impact on me and how I’m applying what I learn. And while “Professional Studies” may sound like a synonym for “general degree”, oh, it is so not. It’s actually very specified. The really cool thing about this degree is I get to customize it with the certificates (1/4 degrees, basically) that I deem most relevant to me. As a result, I am gaining mini educations in Entrepreneurship, Social Media Marketing, and Marriage, Family, and Human Relations. Each of these play a huge part on different roles of being the manager of a publishing company.

Not only that, but I’m doing research on my own. Blog articles, YouTube videos, real experience with my own books–I’m doing all I can with the time I have to make sure that I do your book no disservices. I want to be the very best at this job and I will continually be working at that.

There’s so much more that’s going to change as I learn more. I’d like to expand my knowledge into things like market trends, pure effectiveness through keywords, and being able to work with our graphic designer(s) to make the best cover to attract the right readers. I’m certain that as I learn more, even more will pop up to be learned. I’m going to try to master it all, and I look forward to it.

The question now is, what are you doing? Have you set up your platform as a social media influencer/mental health advocate? Have you been learning how to advertise so that you can help make your own books make money? Or are you just starting out? Here at More Than A Fantasy, you won’t just be an author. You’ll be part of the family. I look forward to teaching you everything I know as we work together to get your book to the readers who need it.

For now, I hope you know that you are loved and that you matter. Have a wonderful day!

About Us

What To Expect After You’ve Queried Us

So you’re thinking of sending us a query letter–or you’ve already done so! Now what?

At this point in time we’re still too new for a lot of traffic and our managing editor does not go on long vacations without her phone. Yours may be the only query letter in our inbox. What this does not mean is a guaranteed spot in our to-publish list. What it does mean is we should get to it quickly. If we aren’t the right fit for your novel, you can expect a formal rejection letter within five business days. Assuming we really don’t have a lot of other things to do, we will try to make it as encouraging as possible. If we want to see more, we will request your full manuscript within the same time frame.

Before we officially accept your manuscript, our managing editor would like to meet with the author face to face or over video call for an interview. If all is well and we think you and your novel are the right fit, we will send you a contract to sign. Within the next 1-8 weeks after receiving the signed contract, we will return your full manuscript with comments and content edits and expect you to make any necessary changes before your manuscript goes through the line editing process. Shortly after you have edited your manuscript and sent it back we will commission the cover to be made. After final edits, your book will be formatted. From start to finish, we expect the process to take 2-6 months before your book is available for purchase. Oh, and we’ll throw in a couple images for social media advertising purposes! We will also run ads on your book at our discretion.

During this time you will not pay a dime. More Than A Fantasy Publishing will cover the costs we deem necessary, and in return we will receive a percentage of your book’s profit before handing the rest over to you.

We are more than happy to talk with each author about the bigger picture they see and how they’d prefer to do things. For example, if you would like to finish each book in your trilogy and have us do a rapid release, we can make that happen. As long as everything sounds reasonable, we are very flexible.

For now, thank you for considering us, and we look forward to reading your work!

*p.s. while ‘we’ use the term ‘we’ in order to sound professional, it’s really still just me, Mariah, and though I’m a professional, I promise I’m not intimidating. Just thought I’d let you know!

Call to Action

Now Recruiting Hope Readers

Here at More Than A Fantasy Publishing we are now looking for volunteers to read, rate, and review published books!

Here’s a more detailed explanation:

We’re working on a project called The Hope Stamp, which is a list of clean fiction novels that include arcs about mental health and inspire hope. There are more books out there than we at the company can ever hope to read alone, so we’re relying on the help of dedicated readers to get through them.

If you’re interested in being one of our readers, please request to join our Facebook group here (Hope Readers) and answer the questions. We will post book recommendations there for readers to accept. There is no limit on how many people may respond to one request or write reviews, but we may pick and choose whose reviews are published on our blog.

About Us

Introducing Mariah K. Porter

Meet author Mariah K. Porter, our managing editor and more at More Than A Fantasy Publishing.

Hi! I’m Mariah, and I’m honestly so glad you’re here! (That means exposure! Woot!) I have a lot to say, so let’s start with the personal history that went into creating this company.

When I was about eight years old, my mom ran a card business from our home. As a scrapbooker she was very into paper and stamps and her cards were beautiful. I thought it was the coolest thing that she could run a business like that, so I decided to do the same. I made a collection of cards, attached strings to the box my porcelain doll came in, wrote “CARDS $1” on the side, and brought it to school. I made quite a few dollars before the school told me that I wasn’t allowed to sell things on their property.

That didn’t stop me from trying again with a new business a year or two later.

I was addicted.

Come summer 2020, I had a growing feeling that I needed to start a new business. I thought, “Well, I’m not going to sell crafts again. Ain’t nobody got time for that.” And on July 26, I stumbled across the thought: “I could start a publishing company.”

You see, I had already self-published three novellas and a nonfiction booklet to do with depression and finding hope. Just about a week before I had ended a semester of college that had helped me realize I wanted to be a social media influencer and mental health advocate. I knew I wanted to create a vast array of resources for those who, like me, struggle with anxiety and depression. And I already had the quote “Hope Can Be More Than a Fantasy.”

Thus, More Than A Fantasy was born.

Today is Day 2 of the existence of this business. I’ve made plans to set up business bank accounts, get a P.O. box, and set up my company as an official LLC. I’ve also made plans to write more and longer books to publish under the company name. This is an unusual feeling for me thanks to my depression: I am absolutely ecstatic. I already feel so much hope and joy at the thought of what this company has the ability to offer people.

So, to conclude, I am very very excited at the opportunity to serve you and others by producing clean fiction with characters affected by mental illness who find hope. Now, it’s time for me to get to work!