Sub call

Hey there,

A couple of my colleagues are actively acquiring manuscripts at the moment.

Janna Bonikowski with the Knight Agency is open to queries, especially romance and women’s fiction. See http://knightagency.net/submission-guidelines/ and be sure to query her by name.

Also, another good friend and colleague, Penny Barber, with Carina Press just got finished with the latest Pitmad, but is still looking for Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Interracial/Multicultural Romance, and LGBT. See Carina Press submission guides at http://carinapress.com/blog/submission-guidelines/#how-to and query Penny Barber.

Good Luck!

New consultation service

This service is invaluable for an author who is tired of rewriting, or something isn’t quite clicking and bogging down their writing process. Or maybe you don’t even know where to start as you stare at the flashing cursor in your blank Word document. Let’s hash it out! The publishing market is only becoming more saturated, so let me help you design an original story with compelling characters and concepts.

From my Consultation page:

The consultation service is an initial hour-long conversation between author and myself by skype or phone about your story or stories. With over 16 years in the publishing industry, including five years in genre fiction with a New York publishing house, I have worked with over fifty authors and have edited over one hundred manuscripts.

This service is meant as an intense planning session for a book or series and to avoid hundreds of hours of rewriting. Many authors know that rewriting happens, but you can avoid much of it by a clear picture and documentation of your story. And with that clarity in mind, an author will be motivated and tend to write faster.

This service is for  independent authors who are looking for honest feedback on chosen genre and concepts, but also guidance in stories to produce a book that is marketable and will sell.

It would also be helpful to  publishers who may need an experienced development editor to work with authors who release books frequently to help with planning and execution.

Some of the elements discussed below, but the list is endless, depending on your needs.

  1. Main characters: their motivations, back story, their ARCs
  2. Secondary characters: Are they needed? Relationship with MCs
  3. Plot and sub plots
  4. Conflict and resolutions and closing threads
  5. Setting and setting changes
  6. Genre choice and writing style
  7. Voice and person

Consultation is $150.00 USD and includes a half hour follow-up discussion within one month of the initial call. Payment through paypal.

Kensington Launches Digital Speculative Fiction Imprint

Reprinted from Publishers Weekly. For original article, go HERE

Kensington Publishing will launch Rebel Base Books this fall, which will publish science fiction and fantasy e-book originals. A digital-only imprint, Rebel Base will be overseen by Kensington editor Martin Biro.
“As a lifelong fanboy raised on a steady diet of Star Trek and Lord of the Rings, I couldn’t be more excited to boldly go where Kensington has never gone before,” Biro said in a statement.
The imprint will debut with a new book from Barb Hendee (author of the Noble Death series) called Through a Dark Glass. Kensington holds world English and audio rights to the book, which is the first in a two-book contract.
Speaking to the line, Karen Auerbach, Kensington’s director of publicity, told PW that Rebel Base will publish 60 books a year.
“While Kensington has a storied science fiction and fantasy backlist of authors and titles, including such luminaries as Philip K. Dick, we’ve never delved so deeply into this crowd-pleasing category,” Kensington publisher Lynn Cully said. “We know that these readers are very passionate and discerning, so we’re going to be highly selective in forming our list.”
Manuscripts submitted to the new imprint for publication will be considered regardless of whether the author has an agent, Kensington said. The imprint’s focus will also be on “soft” sci-fi, including thrillers; space travel; alternate worlds and histories; and classic epic fantasy.

Lyrical News

KENSINGTON’S DIGITAL-FIRST IMPRINT LYRICAL PRESS ANNOUNCES
PRINT LINE TO DEBUT IN 2018
July, 2016: Kensington Publishing Corp. announced at the 2016 Romance Writers of America Conference in San Diego that Lyrical Press, its digital-first imprint, will launch a line of mass market paperback originals under the Lyrical Press banner. Lyrical’s mass market line will feature authors new to print, but who previously have been published digitally in Lyrical Press, and gained a following through their eBook titles and series. Starting in January 2018, the Lyrical Press print line will release one competitively priced mass market title per month, with three titles in each author’s series being published within a 12 month period. All releases will have a simultaneous eBook edition.
Three Lyrical authors have already been signed to the program. Leah Marie Brown, author of Lyrical’s It Girls series, is poised to debut the line in January 2018. Heather Heyford, author of the Napa Wine Heiresses series and upcoming Wine Country Romance series, and Jenna Jaxon, author of the House of Pleasure series, will follow Brown to kick off the new print line.
Alexandra Nicolajsen, Director of Social Media and Digital Sales, says of the launch, “Adding a print component to this already prolific imprint will increase the Lyrical footprint in all formats—giving authors an opportunity for a wide in-store presence, which will further grow readership across the board. It is an important next step in the development of our authors and a key piece to building their careers, which is always the central goal at Kensington.”
Martin Biro, Editor, Lyrical Press states, “Our goal with Lyrical is always to first build an audience, then establish a brand and strong sales within the digital market, so it’s wonderful to be able to launch new print series with this pre-existing platform.  We’re eager to get these books into the hands of more readers than ever before and thrilled to see these authors make the leap into print for the first time.”

Facebook Event

If anyone is looking for a response on some opening lines of a book, I highly recommend a facebook event happening soon. Hosted by the Kickass Chicks, a colleague of mine with Kensington, Penny Barber, is going to be critiquing book openings and giving feedback on why she would or would not read on. So important in the publishing industry to catch that publisher, agent, or editor’s eye. Keep them engaged. Give it a go!

PICK UP LINES March 2, 2016 https://www.facebook.com/events/1024966214234096/

New Release – A Fortune to Die For

Congratulations to author Liza O’Connor on her latest release, A Fortune To Die For, the first book in the White Oak Mafia series. A unique view on winning the lottery and what it really can do to a person. I always enjoy working with Liza for her unique content and a different approach to the traditional romance novel!

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