Toil and Trouble Studios LLC was founded by authors Ronnie Massey and Gary Robinson. Like many other authors before them, once they completed their first novels, they had no idea how to go about getting their books published.
Ronnie spent a few years posting her work at online e-books sites such as Wattpad and Scribd and researching the publishing industry. She read submission guidelines for numerous publishing houses. To say that she was intimidated is an understatement. Very few places accept queries from new authors, and most require authors to have an agent. Once she started researching agents and her hopes of getting published got knocked down a few more pegs.
Despite her doubts, she began to query agents and publishers. Some never even bothered to return her emails. Some rejected her based on query alone and some requested more information only to reject her later. After receiving the rejection letters she almost gave up, but lucky for Ronnie the encouragement of a fellow author gave her the boost that she needed to try one more time. With that encouragement also came a small bit of advice; try micro-publishers.
Micro-Publishers are smaller publishing houses that often start as self-publishers that expand to include other authors. Ronnie took her advice and it paid off. Her first novel, Crimson Dawn, was published in 2011.
Another bit of advice that she was given was to release a few short stories on Amazon in Kindle format, as a way to build interest in her forthcoming novel. She released two short stories in e-book format and found that she enjoy the publishing process.
Her experienced publishing her short stories and novellas gave Ronnie the confidence that she needed to now help others achieve their dreams of becoming published authors. After partnering with fellow author, Gary Robinson, their sister imprints, Toil and Trouble Studios and Imagine That Books came into being. They may be small but Gary and Ronnie will offer their authors unlimited and unparalleled support as they work with them to bring their works to the public.