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About Arborvale Books

Founded in 2020 to stem the rising tide of vulgarity in mainstream genre fiction, Arborvale Books champions well-crafted, imaginative work with wholesome themes and nonfiction offering practical information in underserved niche categories. We are a micro-press that releases only a few books a year; and the Arborvale Books aesthetic is more DIY than avant-garde. Though our roots lie in historical novels, we’ve started building out a roster of genre titles too. No matter what the genre, Arborvale Books strives for quality over quantity. We accept unagented submissions! (see Submission Guidelines, below)

Apply to be a Beta Reader

A beta reader is someone who reads a book manuscript with an eye towards providing feedback for the author. Though beta readers are not editors or professional critics, they can play an important role in helping the author improve the work by pointing out errors, plot holes, inconsistencies, or unclear passages.

If you are interested, simply fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page and we will notify you whenever we have a rough draft in need of some feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts in every genre are considered for publication EXCEPT erotica, explicitly sexual romance, extreme violence, or horror. We are only interested in manuscripts that would be rated “G” or “PG” as movies. All of our books are published in print and eBooks.

To be considered, authors must submit electronically to Your submission must include: (1) a query letter detailing genre and word count, (2) an outline of approximately half a page, and (3) the first chapter of the book (up to 6,000 words).

We are a tiny publisher with very limited resources. Authors must agree to promote their book including building an e-mail list independent of the Arborvale Books list, and developing email content; book signings, readings, speaking and “meet the author” engagements, etc. The publisher will bear the costs of editing, cover design, and initial advertising budget, with future advertising budget based on sales and profitability of the book.

We look forward to reading your work!

About Linda Grace

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A funny thing happened on the way to becoming a best-selling novelist…I wrote a terrific award-winning novel. But I completely dropped the ball on marketing. Nobody bought my book. Devastated, I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and decided to try again with non-fiction. To do that, I had to find my topic.

Well, what information do people need that I can provide? I don’t have any brilliant insights (like Atomic Habits, The Four-Hour Work Week, or Rich Dad, Poor Dad). I need to find something that I know well and can flesh out with some research to share with others. 

I cast about for ideas. I am famously tight-fisted. Penny-pinching. Thrifty. With inflation running high, people need help to make ends meet. Frugality is something I’m pretty good at, that I can easily research, and that a lot of people want to know about. Bingo! I found my topic and began writing. I was over 150,000 words in when I realized I would need to break this into volumes.

Frugal Food is the fourth volume of my Encyclopedia of Frugality. I have other volumes about saving money on housing, transportation, utilities, milestones like college and weddings, etc. I was going to publish them in proper volume order, but soaring food prices forced my hand. Food budgets just don’t go as far as they used to, and people really need help. So, I switched everything around and Frugal Food is first.

There you have it. Frugal Food is my best effort to remain a contributing member of society and supplement my meager retirement income. If you found any value in this book, please click here, and say so. 

I not-so-secretly hope that the Amazon review section for my book will become a sort of reader forum for posting great tips and useful money-saving ideas. Please feel free to contribute. To sign up for the Frugality Encyclopedia Gazette, and join that forum of like-minded Frugalistas, sign up below or on the pop-up menu for this website.


Linda Grace

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