The site you are viewing is the initial information
available. We put this site up early so that anyone interested in Flying Pen
Press could find the information they needed quickly.
However, this is only the basic site. Soon, we will have a
very exciting, interactive website that will perform a large number of
functions for consumers, retailers, wholesalers, writers, freelancers, internal
staff, and the press.
In fact, the site will be so complex that we will be
unveiling an innovative design for website navigation.
The website design will resemble that of a building, the Flying Pen
Building. Each of the
different types of features found on the new website will be divided into
departments. Through the use of a company directory, viewers will find it easy
to navigate the Flying
Take a look below at the blueprint for the Flying Pen Press Virtual
Building, and feel free
to send the publisher comments at this link here.
Building will have the
following departments which most viewers can visit:
The Lobby will
be directly inside the Front Doors (i.e., the Home Page).
In the Lobby,
visitors will be able to view the company directory (a site map of the entire
page will be located in the lobby, and through the receptionist, visitors can
access the FAQ files, sign in with their account-access password, or read the
Flying Pen Press brochures.
The Lobby will
be an access point to all the other departments.
will include the various Flying Pen Press book catalogs. Information about all
of Flying Pen Press’s books will be available, and visitors will be able to
purchase books, including e-books and podbooks, through a standard shopping-cart
Each book will
have its own set of pages. These pages will include free excerpts, downloads,
author interviews, critics’ reviews, library cataloging information, and
readers’ reviews, and anything else we think is good that goes with the book.
catalogs will be filtered as readers want, by imprint, title, publication date,
author, or subject. “New and Feature Titles” will be one typical filter.
There will be a
space to enter coupon codes, as coupons are distributed for many different
specials, discounts and rebates.
The Flying Pen
Press Coffee Shop is the area of the Flying
where readers and the public are invited to have fun and enjoy a good book.
There will be a variety of pages where readers can interact with each other and
discuss their favorite books, and perhaps even meet an author or two.
A Blog section
of the Coffee Shop will have blogs and journals from authors, editors and even
the publisher. This will be a great way to find out what is in the works at
Flying Pen Press.
Book clubs will
meet in the coffee shop, through forums related to different titles or topics.
will also be available, a common feature of most any interactive website these
days. Any topic that relates to books, Flying Pen Press, or any of our authors
will be fair game.
A Chatroom will
be available, and will often be used for author appearances, writer workshops
and other exciting meetings. There will be rooms for readers to discuss their
favorite books, as related to the book clubs. A general discussion chatroom
will also be available.
A Lectern will
be set up for author appearances as well, and readers will be invited to drop
A Bulletin Board
will allow posting of small ads, notices, messages and the like, just like any
other coffee shop.
Visitors to the
coffee shop can sign up for the Flying Pen Press newsletters.
A Mailing List
will be available for those visitors who like to receive special offers and
discount coupons from Flying Pen Press.
Visitors will be
able to pull up a chair and play games and work on some puzzles, and any other
pastimes we can fit on the coffee shop shelves.
Bulletin Board will feature links to pages we find exciting. Visitors can
nominate links, and we will be featuring a cross-linking program where links
will be free on this site.
What coffee shop
would be complete without a Charity-Drive Fishbowl? Read about Flying Pen
Press’s featured charities and our author’s favorite non-profit organizations.
Links to these organizations will make it easy to learn more and make donations
to these organziations if visitors are so moved.
houses the back offices of Flying Pen Press that can be visited by the public.
will list all of the numbers to our virtual offices.
will allow visitors to send email to the various virtual offices in the Flying
Pen Press Virtual Building.
is an office dedicated to handling customer comments and complaints. Our return
policies will be listed here. A hotline email link will direct visitors
directly to the Flying Pen Press ombudsman.
The Jobs Office
will be dedicated to helping those interested in becoming a part of the flying
Pen Press staff. Job openings will be posted, including employment
opportunities, calls for bids, open freelance projects, and contract positions.
applications for these open positions can be delivered here, and applicants
will be able to download our application forms.
Visitors will be
able to take the virtual elevator to the Editorial Offices of Flying Pen Press.
Here, our editorial guidelines will be posted.
information about each of the Flying Pen Press imprints will be found here.
will have its own submission guidelines.
A Submission Box
will be available for authors to submit their manuscripts, book proposals and
Masthead will list all of our various editors, with contact information.
At the heart of every
publishing company, there is a marketing department that is bustling with
energy and activity. Flying Pen Press is no exception, and our Marketing
Department will span the globe. Here, Flying Pen Press speaks to the public,
the press, and the industry.
A Press Room is
available to the media. Some of the areas in the Press Room require prearranged
passcodes, other areas are open to the public.
The Press Room
will have press releases on display. Fact sheets will be readily available on
all Flying Pen Press books and activities.
The Press Room
is the place for reporters and journalists to make “requests for information.”
The Flying Pen
Press Press Secretary (say that five time fast!) will have answers ready for
Clips of reviews
and other articles will be available in the Press Room Library.
Department can arrange author appearances, and author tour calendars will be prominently
Department can even handle requests for author appearances at conventions,
conferences, book clubs and classroom talks.
Department will have a special area for critics and reviewers. Qualified
reviewers will have access to free review copies, which can be ordered as downloads
or as printed copies in the mail. Reviewer feedback can be recorded here on a
special form that goes directly to the author and publisher.
Department will offer special programs to our readers, including a program
where readers are rewarded for posting a link on their own website that leads
more potential customers to the Flying
Of course, the
Marketing Department will also be the keeper of the Flying Pen Press privacy
policy. This is a very important duty.
A number of our
books will have space available for advertising, especially our reference books
and directories. This includes The Game
Day Poker Almanac. This department handles advertising sales.
Rate cards will
be available for download or viewing.
contracts can be completed here, and advertisers will be able to contact the
Flying Pen Press sales staff.
can be submitted here to the Advertising Editor.
sponsorship and advertising opportunities are listed in this department.
The Flying Pen
Press Virtual Building Warehouse handles all sales to retailers, wholesalers,
distributors, and special large orders for libraries, schools and other
qualifying volume buyers.
must sign in at the Warehouse entrance (this could be done at the Receptionist’s
Page, as well).
will receive a special coupon code that they can use in the Bookstore to
receive wholesale discounts.
The Flying Pen
Press Credit Manager pages will handle credit accounts.
Manager will be able to answer questions relating to retailer and distributor
returns. Returns can be scheduled here, if desired.
Cashier can also accept payments towards credit accounts at the Warehouse.
policies and package tracking will be found on the Warehouse pages.
offers, such as professional specials and charity sales, are handled through
the Warehouse, as well.
volume-buyer accounts and retailer accounts can manage their accounts on the
Flying Pen Press
will offer its authors website space in the Flying Pen Press Virtual Building,
to help them stay in contact with their readers.
Authors can have
their own blog pages, chatrooms, calendar of events and releases, podcast
downloading page, FAQ page for their books and themselves, recorded and
published interviews, special reader offers, book reviews, excerpts for viewing
or downloading, contact pages, and mailing lists.
Offices will have a list of all authors published through Flying Pen Press,
including contact information.
department provides a directory, biographical notes and email links to the
staff of Flying Pen Press.
The Guest Suites
in the Flying Pen Press Virtual Office will house special conference areas and
will be accessible by invitation only.
The Guest Suites
will be used for surveys we take for the creation of industry directories,
including the list of poker venues that we will publish in future editions of The Game Day Poker Almanac.
A special Guest
Suite will be prepared for customer surveys and another for reader surveys.
will have their own Guest Suite, where media packets, downloads, review copies
and interview material will be available. Reviewers will be able to arrange
arrange to have Guest Suites for their own purposes, where special friends,
family members, fans, industry shakers and movers, and celebrities can be
invited. These Author Guest Suites can be stocked with special gifts, book
offers, and any letters or information the Author wishes to post. Guests can
request special inscriptions in a signed book.
The best Guest
Suite is the Ballroom. The Virtual Ballroom at the Flying Pen Press Virtual
Building can host a variety of special parties, conventions, conferences, or
other events. Gift bags could be provided to guests. Guests will be able to
mingle in a large, well-designed chatroom, and live webcast appearances of
authors and other guests of honor can be viewed.
will also be available, for live, interactive webcast conferencing. These will
be perfect for writer’s critique groups, brainstorming sessions, and in-house
planning with authors and retailers.
department, visitors can view the Flying Pen Press Calendar of Events. This
includes publicity events, book signings by any of the Flying Pen Press
authors, and conferences that Flying Pen Press editors will attend.
sign up to receive calendar notices by email or postal mail.
to request an event, such as an author appearance, or wanting to invite Flying
Pen Press staff or authors to a conference or other event, could send their
request from this department.
is for staff only, and requires a passcode. However, as we plan the Flying Pen
Press Virtual Building, you can take a sneak peek at the floorplan.
Office will house personnel records behind special firewalls (with all
sensitive information kept off line, of course).
Rooms, Chatrooms and Forums used for project management and staff purposes.
Offices where project management pages keep track of the many different tasks that
go into book production.
List servers to
keep all staff informed of their project progress and of company news.
Vault to hold the different drafts and proofs for editors and typesetters on a
given book project to consult.
Human Resources offices
to track and access staff members efficiently.
Procedure Manuals will be posted for all staff members. This will include the
Flying Pen Press Editor Handbook.
for employees, freelancers, authors and editors will be posted.
office will handle benefits claims and expense reports from the staff.
area will be provided so that the staff members in all their virtual offices
can discuss whatever they want to.
event calendars, to coordinate the travel, appearance and work of all staff,
editors and authors.
pages, for all the files it takes to keep the Flying Pen Press Virtual Building
A silly name for all the error messages, such as
“Under Construction,” “Opening Soon,” and “Error Code 404, site unavailable.”