RE-OPENED

August 1st, 2018 (closed in 2017 due to unforeseen health issues)

MOTTO

We’ll keep you up at night.

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide the public with enthralling genre fiction in print, electronic, and audiobook formats.

DESCRIPTION

A genre publisher, Strigidae Publishing focuses on bringing the public works of fiction from both new and established authors through print, audio, and electronic publications. Contracted novelists receive aggressively pro-author royalties and a hands-on approach to seeing their work migrate from submission to publication.

Royalties include:

  • ONLINE SALES – 50% of the publisher’s gross receipts from online sales of print and electronic versions of the novel are paid to the author (more on our “Common Questions” page).
  • PHYSICAL SALES – 50% of the publisher’s net receipts from physical sales of print and electronic versions of the novel are paid to the author (more on the “Common Questions” page).
  • AUDIOBOOK SALES – 50% of the publisher’s net receipts from audiobook sales of the novel are paid to the author (more on the “Common Questions” page).

CO-FOUNDERS – FICTION FOUNDRY

During the summer of 2012 Hollie, Henry, and several other writers formed Fiction Foundry – a group of experienced writers, editors, and layout artists coming together to share their work for final peer feedback with the goal of attaining professional publication for every member.

 

TOP 101 WEBSITES FOR WRITERS – WRITERS DIGEST

With writer-aid articles by Hollie Snider and other authors, along with categorized reference links and website layout from Henry Snider, Writer’s Digest chose to include the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group in the May, 2005 issue as part of the Top 101 Websites For Writers. The CSFWG entry appeared again in the 2006 Writer’s Yearbook publication.

VERY USEFUL SITE AWARD – PREDITORS AND EDITORS

Volunteer efforts from Henry as website designer and Hollie as content editor and author of many how-to articles for writers, the website Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group received the Very Useful Site Award in July of 2005 from Preditors and Editors.

 

CO-FOUNDERS – COLORADO SPRINGS FICTION WRITERS GROUP

In January, 1996, Hollie and Henry Snider, along with John Irwin, founded the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group – creating a place where both aspiring and established authors could come together, critique each other’s work in a friendly environment, nurture their skills and hone themselves into stronger writers. They were active in the group until fully-transitioning to Fiction Foundry in 2013.

With a degree in English, Hollie Snider has actively aided the writing community for over two decades as an editor – both professional and freelance, creative writing instructor, lecturer, and served as editor for a local writing organization for over a fifteen years. An award winner for her editing efforts (credit shared with husband, Henry Snider), Hollie nurtures the authors she works with by not only correcting manuscripts, but showing how to avoid similar errors from reoccurring.

For information on Hollie’s prose and history in the writing world, visit her page on Fiction Foundry.

Over the last two decades Henry Snider has served the writing community as an editor, lecturer, layout artist, graphic artist, website designer, officer for multiple writing groups, and taken awards jointly with his wife, Hollie Snider. His volunteer services over the years include co-founding two writing organizations (chairing one as president for thirteen years), lecturing on various aspects of the writing process, organizing/implementing local high school writing contests, and providing creative writing classes for a local teen inmate facility.

For more on Henry, visit his page on Fiction Foundry.

(as editor for Gardenia Press)

The purpose of this communication is to provide comment on the editing expertise, abilities, and professional relationship with Hollie Snider. I have been a technical writer for the Department of Defense for several years and thus, believe I can speak with some reasonable degree of experience.

Ms Snider was the contract editor for my second novel, “Cry Judas.” I cannot speak with greater praise for the talented effort displayed in the editing of this manuscript. The dialogue with Ms Snider was positive and continuous throughout the editing process which was thorough, rapid, positive, and objective. Ms Snider goes far beyond the general requirements of an editor and proveides additional analysis as to the strengths and weaknesses of the writer. I found her suggestions and comments to be of great value. Her technical skills are excellent and the final “Cry Judas” product now reads much tighter and more fluidly due to her meticulous evaluation and review of each and every sentence in the manuscript. Her suggestions on plot and character development have been insightful and clearly added polish and depth to the novel. Perhaps more important than her editing skills, I found Ms Snider to be a “thoughtful ear” and excellent sounding board for my own ideas and concerns.

I can offer no higher confidence in her skills and abilities other than to note that it is my intent to contractually solicit her as my editor on future novels through whatever publisher I may then be working. She had made this author appear to be a much better writer than he actually is.

– Frederick F. Meyers, Jr.

GardeniaPress

June 17, 2003

Dear Hollie,

This notarized letter is to serve as an affidavit concerning your reliability and competence as an editor. Gardenia Press has utilized your services for more than a year and has always been more than satisfied with your work. Your editing service and knowledge is above and beyond that of most manuscript editors. Line by line edits performed by you are extensive and detailed, exceeding our required editing levels by several degrees.

When I met with you at the Orlando conference, I was impressed with your professional demeanor and obvious dedication to your work. Gardenia Press would be pleased to have you do editing for the company now and in the future. If you need additional references, I am available weekdays. Feel free to call and request whatever you may need, or have any individual requiring more information call. I am pleased to provide this reference.

Cordially,

Robert L. Collins,
Senior Editor Gardenia Press

(as editor of the anthology LIVE AND LET UNDEAD)

Despite being a national board certified English teacher, I found the editing process with Hollie to be quite humbling. My short story came back covered in red ink with a two page summary of suggested improvements. You know feedback is spot on when it gives you that “Ah ha!” light bulb moment. Reading her feedback, I felt sheepish that I had not thought of the instructions myself. Her grammar and punctuation feedback was instructive and she has improved my writing overall. The content feedback felt right for the piece and improved the story tremendously. I often show her feedback to my own students to demonstrate that although you may know a rule, it is very difficult to sometimes see the errors in your own writing. It amuses them that she busted me on several of the issues I nag them about.This process was so valuable, that I decided to go out of pocket to have Hollie edit a much larger project, my novel, Liquid X. Mid way through screenplay negotiations it occurred to me that the comparatively little amount I invested in the writing process would reap much more down the line. I’m of the opinion that an excellent editor brings the best out in your work, without changing your voice or intentions. In the end it still feels like you- only better. I’m grateful for the work Hollie has done with me and I will continue to work with her on my future projects – the bigger the better. Thank you, Hollie.

– Brooke Fabian

(as editor for Gardenia Press)

The purpose of this communication is to provide comment on the editing expertise, abilities, and professional relationship with Hollie Snider. I have been a technical writer for the Department of Defense for several years and thus, believe I can speak with some reasonable degree of experience.

Ms Snider was the contract editor for my second novel, “Cry Judas.” I cannot speak with greater praise for the talented effort displayed in the editing of this manuscript. The dialogue with Ms Snider was positive and continuous throughout the editing process which was thorough, rapid, positive, and objective. Ms Snider goes far beyond the general requirements of an editor and proveides additional analysis as to the strengths and weaknesses of the writer. I found her suggestions and comments to be of great value. Her technical skills are excellent and the final “Cry Judas” product now reads much tighter and more fluidly due to her meticulous evaluation and review of each and every sentence in the manuscript. Her suggestions on plot and character development have been insightful and clearly added polish and depth to the novel. Perhaps more important than her editing skills, I found Ms Snider to be a “thoughtful ear” and excellent sounding board for my own ideas and concerns.

I can offer no higher confidence in her skills and abilities other than to note that it is my intent to contractually solicit her as my editor on future novels through whatever publisher I may then be working. She had made this author appear to be a much better writer than he actually is.

– Frederick F. Meyers, Jr.

(as editor for Evil Jester Press)

I can’t say it was always a fun experience, because there were times when Henry made me work pretty hard to sharpen my prose to a fine edge, and I sat at my desk, cursing his name. Then I bent to the task of making the changes he’d suggested – because as an editor, his job is to make me, as the guy with his name on the cover, look good. And he did that job exceptionally. What particularly impressed me was his ability to find improvements without altering my narrative voice. He didn’t change the novel, he genuinely improved it. And in a few cases, he kept me from making a complete fool of myself. There is no doubt in my mind that the book is stronger for the hard work and thought that he put into it.

– R. Michael Burns

(as a freelance editor)

First Henry worked with me to edit my book. He was very professional and helpful. Henry helped bring out the best in my work with his vast editorial knowledge. He taught me so much more that I didn’t know about proper grammar and the mechanics of writing. Any questions I had, Henry was more than willing to go out of his way to explain anything I had trouble understanding. After going through the editing process with Henry, I felt like I had just completed an advanced writing course.

– Jason Thacker

(from the acknowledgments of DEEP WITHIN)

Henry taught me so much about the writing process, and he did such a fabulous job of cutting out what needed to be cut, assisting me in getting my imagination in gear again to add new plots and scenes that were missing, and to omit those that just didn’t fit. Now my novel was even better, and I wanted to personally thank you, Henry. You were instrumental in getting this story to be told the way it was meant to be.

– Bram Stoker Award nominee Charles Day