DeAnna Knippling is a freelance writer, editor, and book designer living in Colorado. She started out as a farm girl in the middle of South Dakota, went to school in Vermillion, SD, then gravitated through Iowa to Colorado, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Some of her fondest childhood memories are of putting together haunted houses in the basement of her grandparents’ house with her cousins, and taking flying leaps off haystacks and silage piles in the middle of winter with her brother. She was in charge of coming up with the “let’s pretend” ideas when they were kids, at least in theory. But then no plan survives contact with the enemy. She now writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, and mystery for adults under her own name; adventurous and weird fiction for middle-grade (8-12 year old) kids under the pseudonym De Kenyon; and various thriller and suspense fiction for her ghostwriting clients under various and non-disclosable names. Her latest book, Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts, combines two of her favorite topics–zombies and Lewis Carroll. It’s the story of a tame zombie who told a little girl named Alice a story that got them both in more trouble than they could handle. Her short fiction has appeared in Black Static, Penumbra, Crossed Genres, Three-Lobed Burning Eye, and more. Her website and blog are at www.WonderlandPress.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
is a micropublisher of curious fiction and non-fiction for iconoclasts. We specialize in:
- Fiction for 8-12-year-old brats, mischief makers, and reluctant readers;
- Fiction for adults fascinated with how the mind perceives reality;
- Non-fiction for writers who would like to create print and ebooks;
- And custom services including ebook and print interior and cover design, editing, and ghostwriting.
Wonderland Press is owned and run by me, DeAnna Knippling. I have two main names that I write under: DeAnna Knippling (adults) and De Kenyon (kids). I am a freelance writer, editor, book/cover designer, and publisher. I live in Littleton, Colorado, but am from South Dakota. Yes, I am probably related to any other Knippling you have ever met.
Now, enough about me…tell me who you are (or at least which hat you’re wearing), and I’ll try to point you in the right direction:
- Readers (and miscellaneous other persons)
- Librarians and other people who work with kids
- People who are thinking about hiring me
- I want to find more of your stories. Where are they?
- What’s going on here? Are you a publisher or a writer or what?
- I want to find out more about you.
- I want to friend you on social media.
- I like to support writers. How can I help?
I want to find more of your stories. Where are they? You can find my work on Amazon/Kindle, B&N/Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, iBooks, Goodreads, and more. What’s going on here? Are you a publisher or a writer or what? I’m a writer and former technical editor. When I started to self-publish, I discovered it was easier and less paperwork to set up as a publisher, and so now I am, among other things, a Very Small Press with only one writer I publish (me) under a couple of different pen names. I want to find out more about you. Follow me on Facebook; that’s where I am, usually. If you need a bio or a media kit for something, email me directly at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpress ***dot*** com and I’ll cough one up. I want to friend you on social media. I use Twitter and Facebook on a regular basis, and I welcome new followers. I like to support writers. How can I help? First, bless you. Second, I have a Patreon account. Third, buy one of my books–wherever is most convenient for you, or most fits with your values. Fourth, say my name five times while facing a mirror in a darkened room and I’ll appear directly behind you for five minutes. Don’t turn around, whatever you do. I can keep talking about trivia for hours. Booksellers.
- How can I contact you?
- What is your discount/shipping policy for your paperback titles?
- I want to sell your ebooks. How can I do that?
How can I contact you? Email me at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpress ***dot*** com. What is your discount/shipping policy for your paperback titles? 2-4 assorted books, 40% discount + shipping. 5-9 assorted books, 45% discount + shipping. 10 or more assorted books, 50% discount, free domestic U.S. shipping. I want to sell your ebooks. How can I do that? I’m not sure, because there really isn’t a standard for independent booksellers to sell independent publishers’ ebooks yet, but I will work something out with you involving Kobo, gift cards, or a third-party seller like Gumroad. A discount will apply. Contact me at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpress ***dot*** com and we will work it out. Librarians and other people who work with kids.
- Do you donate books?
- Will you talk at my library/school/etc?
Do you donate books? On a case-by-case basis, yes. If you want 5 books or fewer and live in the U.S., I have a budget for that. Email me at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpress ***dot*** com. Will you talk at my library/school/etc.? If you are in the Colorado area and this is for a library or something related to children, probably. Otherwise it depends. Email me at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpress ***dot*** com. Writers.
- Are you taking submissions?
- Will you review my book?
- Will you talk at my writers’ group/conference?
- How can I become a freelancer?
- How can I become an indie publisher?
- Wanna blog?
Are you taking submissions? Nope. I hope to take submissions for specific projects later on, but not yet. My dream: a pulp magazine for kids. Will you review my book? Nope. My reading time is fully booked, as it were. Will you talk at my writers’ group/conference? I like talking to people. Couldn’t hurt to ask. Email me at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpress ***dot*** com. How can I become a freelancer? I recommend starting with part-time freelance work via Upwork or another reputable freelancer site. I also recommend that you stop working for free, or budget how much time you’ll spend working for free, and make sure you invest that “free” time on projects that will directly benefit your career. I also recommend Kris Rusch’s Freelancer’s Survival Guide. How can I become an indie publisher? This is too large a topic for me at the moment. Personally, I recommend Write, Publish, Repeat as my starting indie publishing book of choice. Wanna blog? Sure! Uh…I mean, probably. Email me at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpress ***dot*** com. I do blogs and I can be talked into hosting blogs…for writers. I don’t host blogs that are for companies or products at this time. I don’t write free blogs unless I’m primarily promoting my own work. People who are thinking about hiring me.
- What do you do?
- How much do you charge?
- Can I see samples?
- How do I hire you?
- I don’t want to hire you. I’m a freelancer and I’m looking for work. Do you have any extra?
What do you do? I write, edit, and design books covers and interiors. I try to approach every project, no matter what it is, from a genre-appropriate standpoint. So whatever you hire me for, first I will research similar projects in the same genre to eliminate huge issues before they happen. My approach as an editor is to be a reader advocate. This means I don’t hassle you about breaking the rules if it benefits the reader. Writing: I specialize in ghostwriting fiction for ages 8-12, young adult, and adult. I am solid in SF/F, horror, and adventure genres. I am developing my chops for mystery, suspense, historical, and romance. I will work with you to develop an outline before we begin the project. Editing: I edit the same genres that I write. I can do developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. I will not take on an editing project without obtaining a sample of the text that I need to edit and performing a sample edit. Cover/interior design: I do not do illustrations or extensive image modifications. I build both ebook and print covers. I use InDesign and can handle CreateSpace, Lightning Source, and Lulu.com formats. I will not use images for which you do not have the rights. If I am required to obtain images, you will need to pay any charges for them. How much do you charge? Right now, $25 an hour, which includes any work I do related to your project (like researching images and sending emails). I will work out an estimated budget for you to approve and warn you if it starts getting close. If a job needs to be rushed (in other words, I have to reschedule current work and play to accommodate your project), the rates will be at least 50% higher and I will discuss that with you at the time. Can I see samples? Yes. Email me at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpress ***dot*** com with a description of what you want me to work on, and I’ll put together a set of relevant samples for that project. How do I hire you? Email me at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpres ***dot*** com and I will walk you through what I need to know. If you are not sure what you want and just want to open a discussion, I’m perfectly fine with that. I don’t want to hire you. I’m a freelancer and I’m looking for work. Do you have any extra? I have no additional work for freelancers at this time. I am willing to answer any five-minute technical questions, though. Email me at publisher ***at*** wonderlandpres ***dot*** com.