Posts Tagged ‘Quartet Press’

A hot paranormal, fiery tango, and scorching romance with a fireman are all on tap this week in Romance Novel Trailers for a Sunday Afternoon.

Hunter’s Need by Shiloh Walker

Berkley & Pocket

Paranormal Romance ~ December 2009

Rhythm of Love by J. Hali Steele

Ellora’s Cave

Contemporary Erotica ~ February 2010

Safe from the Flames by Sandra Sookoo

Liquid Silver Books

Contemporary Romance ~ 2010


Two book trailers that don’t fit the usual Romance Novel Trailer parameters, a teen romance and a mystery. So well done, I couldn’t resist!

The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind
by Kirstin Cronn Mills

Flux Publishing

Contemporary Teen Romance ~ September 9, 2009

The Language of Bees by Laurie R. Kings

Bantam Dell

Mystery with a Romantic Backdrop ~ Current Release

Would you like to see your trailer here next Sunday?

Send me the link to your trailer on YouTube or Google Video. In addition to the usual romance subgenres, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and YA paranormal romance trailers are also welcome!


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Angela James, who only weeks ago accepted the post of editorial director for the now defunct Quartet Press, has apparently been deluged with email from well wishers in the wake of the publisher’s disbanding. This morning she sent out a blanket Thank You via Twitter:

Am buried under all the support you’re sending me. I’m not complaining, I really appreciate it, but plz don’t be offended by no/slow response.

Other than the few simple statements from QP principal Kat Meyer, referring to problems with vendors and financial structuring, further explanations for the closure don’t look to be forthcoming. Nor does James go into details on her blog Nice Mommy, Evil Editor. She does, however, provide a post in reaction to the events of the last two days.

To say I’m sick, and sad, and shocked (and other “s” words you can think of that might be appropriate) and, yep, angry might be putting it a little mildly…

Publishing is a business, and like any other business, the chances we take and the choices we make aren’t always going to work out how we planned. Though I didn’t leap into the decision to join Quartet, and spent weeks negotiating with them, agonizing over my decision, long conversations with my husband, and working out contract details, it only shows that even the most carefully thought out decisions and plans can still crumble.

Though now officially unemployed, James’s statement includes positive words about the future of digital publishing, as well as her own going forward.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Quartet announced September 9, 2009 that it would cease operations. This post is being maintained for archival purposes only.

If you’ve got editorial game and and are tired of being a cube dweller, Quartet Press recently announced content editor and copy editor positions for freelancers interested in telecommuting.

According to the job listing released yesterday by Editorial Director Angela James on the Quartet Press website and blog, where you live is not a factor, and while a resume with solid editorial experience is a plus, it’s not an absolute must. Rather, James will focus on “a practical application of skills.” Basically, applicants will be tested on their ability to line and copy edit, with “training and ongoing support” provided to those selected for the positions.

At this time we are searching for motivated individuals interested in working on one to four releases a month as an editor in all genres of romance, women’s fiction, YA, science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy. Preference for both positions is given to non-authors or to writers not actively seeking publication/pursuing a career in writing, but authors will be considered as well. We are especially seeking editors with interest in working with non-erotic genres such as romantic suspense, historical romance and fantasy, though editors will be asked to acquire and edit across the romance and fantasy genres.

Duties include but are not limited to reading and responding to submissions, contracting books, editing and finalizing manuscripts, communicating with authors, final line editors, other content editors and Quartet press partners about various things such as cover art, excerpts, blurbs, promotion and more.

Content editors’ compensation is per word as well as royalty based pay on ebooks and print books. Residuals are paid on all of an editor’s backlist and pay is monthly. Copy editors’ compensation is per word.

Applicants are instructed to email James at jobs at quartetpress dot com, providing their experience and qualifications.


Publisher Kassia Krozser just updated Quartet’s submission guidelines with more detailed information on their Quench Romance! imprint, including two sub-imprints:

The first focuses on the unusual: steampunk, space cowboys, cyberpunk, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and new twists on classic paranormal themes. and new twists on classic paranormal themes. We’re looking for sexy, sweet, adventurous, and unusual, thought not necessarily at the same time.

Our second sub-imprint is Quench Classics. Inspired by a discussion among readers who wanted to buy digital versions of comfort reads and classic romances, Quench Classics is focused on those books readers want to read over and over…

Sounds like the second imprint is for authors of previously published romance who hold the electronic rights to their work and would like to see it receive new life in digital format.

With all the attention the publisher has received in the romance media as of late, I figured they must already be well bought up into late next year, but Angela James assured me in an email this morning that, “We’re seeking all genres in submissions right now. And we’re only at the beginning stages of acquiring, for early 2010 launch, so people still have a chance to be one of the launch titles and/or release in early 2010.”

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quartetlogoIMPORTANT UPDATE: Quartet announced September 9, 2009 that it would cease operations. This post is being maintained for archival purposes only.

It’s easy to overlook a start-up book publisher when it hasn’t yet started up. Quartet Press, scheduled to launch this fall, is still actively acquiring product (i.e. your manuscript?). If you haven’t already heard about this new publisher either through their excellent social networking campaign, interviews on Dear Author, or missed them at RWA Nationals, click on over to their website to take a look.

I admit, for all their media presence, I keep forgetting they’re there. I can’t make up my mind whether it’s the logo or the website, neither of which shout “romance” to me. Until those first books hit the eBookstand, they will remain an unknown quantity with readers.

Taking a chance on a publisher that hasn’t put out its first book is taking a leap of faith that your book, if contracted, will be published. Balancing that is the opportunity to be one of the first authors a successful company publishes. The people involved in this start-up have presented themselves as so smart, savvy, and earnest in their commitment to publishing quality romance titles, that it’s difficult not to feel their excitement.

Below are the basic submission guidelines.

Quartet Press is currently accepting queries for all genres of romance fiction, including erotic romance. We will also consider other genre fiction, provided the story contains a strong romantic plot thread. At this time, we are particularly interested in queries for erotic romance and romantic suspense.

We are looking for strong, engrossing stories featuring great characters and solid plots. Trends come and go, but good novels live forever. Focus on storytelling, character development, and solid plotting. We’re interested in books that keep our readers up past their bedtime and leave them satisfied when they reach the final page. (Satisfied, yet wanting another great book to read!)

Please only query with new, previously unpublished material or previously published works for which the author has had all rights reverted (see information below regarding reprints).

  • Full-length novels should range between 50,000 – 100,000 words.
  • Short stories and novellas ranging from 10,000 – 30,000 words will be considered as well.
  • If it falls somewhere in between, please limit your query to cover letter and synopsis.

For stories that fall into the “erotic romance” arena, sex scenes must be integral to the story. In any work, actually, the developing sexual relationship should be a natural extension of the story. Remember: quality, not quantity. Language should fit the story, characters, and author voice.

Only one manuscript per author will be considered.

If you are submitting simultaneously to other publishers, please indicate this in your cover letter. If the manuscript you are querying with is accepted by another house, please let us know as soon as possible.

Quartet’s Contracts, Royalties, and Payments

While visiting the Quartet site, don’t skip their FAQs page, where they answer questions about the royalties they offer, rights purchased, and marketing plans for their authors. As with most other publishers operating under the eBook business model, Quartet does not offer advances against royalties. Their royalties do appear to be in line with other publishers, though unlike Samhain and Ellora’s Cave, who pay authors monthly, royalties from Quartet will come on a quarterly basis.

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Round up of Bloggers Blogging and Tweeters Tweeting about Nationals

Sarah Wendell over at Smart Bitches posted an entertaining RWA Mini Recap with details on too much beer at their Bootleg Booksigning, the standing-room-only success of the Digital Rogue Conference, and the healthy turnout for RWA’s last minute bone thrown to eBook authors and publishers, the “Digital Initiatives” seminar.

Barbara Vey has a quick post at Publisher’s Weekly about Janet Evanovich’s inspiring Q&A at breakfast this morning. Apparently Evanovich made her first sale only after buring a crate filled with 10 years of rejections letters.[warmth = better use for rejections than papering bathroom walls, IMHO]

I loved this Evanovich quote from the breakfast, found not on Vey’s blog, but posted by Susan Gable on the Absolute Write Water Cooler forums.

Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself. Life is long.
—Janet Evanovich

Meanwhile, the tweetosphere is on fire for the RWA Nationals:

  • Elle Drake, RWA attendee and writer of dark paranormal romance, broke the news on the winners of the Prism Awards for futuristic novel and novella
  • Quartet Press is currently engaged in an interesting twitterfest  at hashtag #rwa09, answering questions about copyrights. Hint: if you’re writing under a pseudonym, it’s still better to copyright a book under your real name. Lots of great info about how to protect your work.
  • Looking for photos from Nationals? So far, I’ve struck out on Flickr, but Twitter has photos posted by various tweeters.
  • One of the best blogs I’ve found, Blogging Nationals, is featuring a compilation of notable tweets from D.C. The tweeters themselves are quoting romance authors. Though these are recycled quotes, my favorite is:

Every time I hear writers talk about ‘the muse,’ I just want to bitch-slap them. It’s a job. Do your job.
–Nora Roberts

  • Finally, for all of us who aren’t at the conference, and are feeling sorry for ourselves, join the twitter chatter at #rwaenvy.

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Elise Logan over at Scorched Sheets has done a fabulous job of providing transcribed notes from the Rogue Digital Conference that took place today at/outside of RWA Nationals. My guess is that she aced every college course she ever took, because the notes are extremely detailed and helpful, so much so that they make not being able to attend the conference in D.C. a little less painful (only a little).

Among the surprises in the conference presentations:

  • From Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches—It costs nearly the same amount to prepare an eBook for publication as one in print format ($3821 vs. $5538 respectively)
  • From Angela James of Samhain—Average publisher profit on eBooks is only 5-percent.
  • From Kassia Krozer of Quartet Press—There’s a trend toward “chunking content,” which is sort of the writing equivalent of parting out cars, meaning selling a literary property piecemeal, a poem here, a short story there.
  • Discovered in an interview with eBook author Maya Banks—First day of an eBook release has the strongest sales. After that, the sales start to fall off. Maya also loves the Kindle!

Check out the full transcript at ScorchedSheets.com.

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For months, a contentious flap has been brewing within the Romance Writers of America® over the status of eBook writers.

Should they be considered pros? Or are they still wannabes, desperately awaiting that life-changing call from New York? Could they even be something else entirely? Inhabitants of an odd sort of limbo in which their books earn them money, but it isn’t the right kind of money to classify them as career track professionals? Writers who ironically are disqualified from entering or being nominated for contests for both the published and unpublished?

Unfortunately, that featureless mist of purgatory has formed around eBook writers for now. As the RWA’s 29th Annual National Conference opens today in Washington, D.C., the organization seems to be saying, Sorry guys, you aren’t really writers…yet.

At least that’s the sort of thinking organizers of the Rogue Digital Conference believe they’re up against, a denial of the rights of eBook authors.  Not allowed a workshop or a place for one of their publishers to make a presentation on the official conference program, rogue conference organizers decided to take matters into their own hands. Their alternate, mini-conference begins tomorrow at 8:30 am in the Harding Room. Sponsors include: Books on Board, Red Sage Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Quartet Press, and Smart Bitches.

As the host of this blog, I’m sure you can guess where I stand on the legitimacy of eBooks. However, I get why hashing this out is going to take time. eBooks involve a new technology, a new format, with operating rules so fundamentally different from those in traditional publishing, that the old school is having a difficult time integrating the new school’s business model into their own worldviews.

RWA is an amazing organization, however, and though it may take a while for the two sides to come together, I’m confident that an exciting fusion of the two will eventually emerge. Hopefully it will be one that strengthens the industry as a whole going forward.

[Late breaking news: RWA Conference Administrators have added a new session to the calendar for 4:30 pm tomorrow. “Digital Initiatives” asks “How are authors and publishers innovating and using technology to connect with readers?” The session features execs from Harlequin and HarperCollins, as well as author Rachel Vincent and blogger Sarah Wendell. Doesn’t quite sound like an endorsement of ePublishing, but it’s a gesture.]

Helpful Expository Lumps for the Hopelessly Confused

As a service to all of you out there who may not be up to speed on the back story re: this brouhaha—or like me, may be in serious need of a recap—below are links to pages detailing how the major players feel about the issues:

  • In the June Romance Writers Report, the trade publication for the RWA, President Diane Pershing, caused a ruckus with a letter to members in which she stated, on behalf of her organization, that the digital publishing model is not a legitimate one; and intimated that eBook authors are not career track professionals.
    In addition, RWA’s stance is that no matter how many thousands of dollars in royalties an eBook writer might earn, s/he doesn’t qualify for PAN (the Published Authors Network). I wish I could provide a link to the original letter in the RWR, but the report is available online only to members.
  • Deidre Knight, author and owner of The Knight Agency, responded to Pershing’s letter with The Digital Age and RWA: A Call for Change, a post on espan-rwa.com. Knight pointed out that the old ways of figuring publishing status may no longer apply and suggested, politely, that RWA might want to drag itself into the 21st century.
  • Diane Pershing followed with a rebuttal to Knight’s call for change, which was also posted on the ESPAN website.
  • In the interim, Knight and several other RWA members created Romance Writers for Change, a website for the purpose of advocating the rights of all RWA members with regards to digital publishing. Founded on June 19th, the membership in their Yahoo User’s Group currently tops 600.

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