New York, NY (PressExposure) March 16, 2009 -- Sun River, Montana â M.L. Bushman thought it would be fun to give something back to her growing fan base out there, so with her publisher Jigsaw Press's blessings, she chose her sixteenth novel, Tornado Talon, to share with any and all. She's already started with the prologue at her blog, Montana Crosswinds, and, once a week, will post the next chapter of the story.
For those new to her warped story-telling mind, she hopes the tale brings them a laugh or a smile or even an escape from the everyday concerns of life in America during the present troubling economic times. Ms. Bushman invites all to share this and future installments with their friends.
M.L. Bushman epitomizes the free-willed spirit of Montana. She started her creative life out as a singer/songwriter until an auto accident drastically altered her career path of over twenty-five years. Not wishing to waste her time with agents and major publishers, she started her own publishing company, Jigsaw Press, in 2006 from her rural Montana home where she continues to satisfy her passions for writing, raising a daughter and ranch living.
Other authors were attracted to her no-nonsense frontier approach to publishing. Personally editing every novel she accepts for publication, Ms. Bushman is dedicated to bringing readers choices in quality authors and unique writing and story-telling, options to which the literary consumers of America and the world might otherwise have never been exposed. She is in effect creating her own game, a new marketplace within the old, where hitherto unknown authors enjoy the type of care and nurturing they can only dream of these days, and the only criteria is the value and creativity of their work.
Even her publishing model is an experiment. While Jigsaw Press pays no advance, there are also no "creative" accounting practices employed, nor is an author required to sign any contracts.
"We don't believe honest people need contracts to keep their word to one another," Ms. Bushman said in a recent interview. "If I can trust the author and they feel they can't trust me, there is no real relationship."
Another plus, Ms. Bushman added, is that authors are not required to sign their rights away. "If an author is offered a better deal, they are free to take it, no hard feelings. We do hope they remember Jigsaw Press when they sign that seven-figure movie deal, however, but they are not required by law to do so." And if Jigsaw Press should go belly-up in future, something Ms. Bushman doesn't foresee happening, her authors contracts and, subsequently, their rights to their own books will not be tied up as assets in a long lengthy bankruptcy proceeding, like other authors have recently experienced with the demise of some rather large and well-known independent publishers.
M.L. Bushman is the author of Miracle and The Implausible Hero, and excerpts for both are available at her publishing companyâs website, [http://www.jigsawpress.com]. To read her free installments of Tornado Talon go to [http://www.montanacrosswinds.blogspot.com/]