July 31st, 2006
I am back…and only managed to freak out a few people

Update to the Dorchester info: I forgot to mention that the graphic type novels they are looking for will not actually have graphics in them. Weird, I know, but they’re looking for the tone of a graphic novel. The new line is called Show Me and it’ll launch in July 2007. They want the books to be 85 to 100K and ask that you send in a cover letter, synopsis, and the first three chapters. They’re looking for light and dark toned books. They gave an example of a book they recently purchased for the line. The book is described as follows: Post-apocalyptic trans-Siberian trucker romance. *ggg* And they do not want any sweet romance books.

I got back yesterday. I must say I’m glad to be home. I met a lot of wonderful people, many of which were fellow bloggers who I’ve spoken to often online. It was great. 🙂 I also met the Harlequin editor who has my Blaze. Kathryn was very nice and I hope we get to work together. She hasn’t had a chance to read the ‘new’ version of my book yet, but hopefully I’ll find out if I’ve sold Sky Goddess soon. I haven’t received any news yet on my Tor submission. I’m guessing that I’ll know much more by the end of next month.

Thank you to the folks who’d wished me luck on my social skills. I wish I could say that everything went well in that arena, but it would be a lie. Snort. I know I’ve mentioned it several times on my blog, but I’m going to mention it again. Despite the way my blog entries turn out, I’m incredibly direct in person. I do not mince words. I am not purposely mean–ever, but I will not lie to you. Why am I mentioning this? Because I know I shocked several people with my forward personality and it really bothered me afterwards.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about publishing. 🙂 For those of you who haven’t seen the news on the lists, Red Sage is now accepting work for their new EBOOK line. The stories are between 5000-20,000 words and can be either erotica or erotic romance. They’re also looking for Inspirational Erotic Romance that doesn’t necessarily fall into the Judeo/Christian realm.

Bantam Dell is looking for paranormal historicals, some multi-cultural, and is open to seeing women’s fiction books. They said if you send them a first novel that you should mention if the book is part of a series. They are publishing erotic romance, but it will not have its own line. They will be individual books that focus on building an author’s career.

Tor is still looking for romances, but stressed again that the books should not be more than 50% romance. They also stressed that they are looking for big PLOTS, so fluffy books need not apply. They are actively seeking mysteries and don’t mind unusual settings. A couple of new things for Tor are graphic novels (which seems to be big for a lot of publishers this year) and YA (young adult) books. They did say that they only want YA books that appeal to adults first, then young adults second. So basically they want books like Harry Potter. (wg) Right now Anna Genoese is the only person to query if you have a romance for Tor. Contrary to stories you may have heard online about her, Anna is actually a nice person, so remember that when you’re inhaling the rumors floating around in cyberspace. There are always two sides to every story.

Dorchester said they are always looking for anything and everything. Chris Keesler is actively pursuing stories for their new graphic novel line (think Matrix with Trinity as the key to the story) and he also desperately wants futuristics. Dorchester also said they’re actively looking for historical books, including those set in the west. They said the western is not dead at their publishing house. Their big focus in the talk was to point out that they are the launching point for many new authors. They wanted to make it clear that if you have a book that doesn’t fit easily into the other publishing houses to please send it to them because they can take chances that the larger conglomerates can’t, since they’re one of the few independent publishers left. Apparently, Leah (I believe that’s the editor’s name.) has the shortest turnaround time for them. They mentioned that if you wanted to know which agents they work with regularly to phone them and ask. I thought that was pretty cool, although I’m not sure they’re really going to want all those phone calls. *ggg* Like Bantam, Dorchester wants to know if your book is part of a series. A lot of publishers are looking for series books, BUT they don’t want you to shop them the series when you send in the query for the first book. They just want to KNOW it’s part of a series. The final thing Chris mentioned was that when querying Dorchester to PLEASE keep the query SHORT and SWEET. He says he skims the letters for pertinent info, so the shorter the better. Another editor concurred.

I know this entry is running long. Tomorrow, I’ll put up the info I have on NAL, Pocket, and St. Martin’s. I’ll list Harlequin on Wednesday. In addition to the publishing houses, I have info on a few agents that may help in everyone’s great search. Unfortunately, the tape for Warner wasn’t available by the time I got ready to leave. It’s being shipped to me. I’ll let you know what they have to say once it arrives.

26 comments to “I am back…and only managed to freak out a few people”

  1. I had such a great time at RWA, but it IS good to be home – lol. You and I are blogging the publishers backwards. I started with Harl’ – lol.

    Enjoyed your post for today. Lots of good info in there. BEST on the Blaze submission, Jordan.

  2. Wow, big surprise on Red Sage! That’ll be interesting. Very cool to hear that paranormal historicals are in demand, and the news on Dorchester.

  3. Lot’s of great information here, Jordan. Thanks for such an interesting post. Now, of course, you’ve got me curious about your social skills and incredible directness. LOL I wish you all the best with the Blaze and Tor submissions!

  4. The Dorchester editor Leah would be Leah Hultenschmidt.

    Sometimes being blunt is better than lying. Yep, I call it blunt, and I can call it that because I’m like that too.

    Thanks for the info!

  5. I had the pleasure of meeting Jordan and drinking with her, on a few occasions…:-) First I have to say she ROCKS! She has the sexiest voice EVER, and her directness is a refreshing change from most people…

    All in all, I give Jordan 5 thumbs up!!!

  6. I thought you were wonderful in person!!! It was so awesome to finally meet you 🙂 I’m keeping my fingers crossed on your Blaze…

  7. LOL Sunny on the blogging backwards! Glad you had a great time at the conference. It was definitely interesting. 😀 Thanks for the luck. I’m going to need it. 🙂

  8. Charli, I was actually surprised to hear that about Red Sage too. I think it’s going to be really interesting to see how they do.

  9. Thanks Daisy! I’m just going to have to work on my social skills. *ggg*

  10. Thanks May! (((Hugs))) Also, I appreciate the addition of Leah’s last name. I knew I was going to butcher it, if I tried. *ggg*

  11. LOL! Thanks Vivi! Where do I send the check again? 😉 No, in all seriousness, I really enjoyed meeting Vivi. We are very different from each other and yet, very alike. 🙂 I feel like I’ve found a new friend.

    Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that I’m actually jealous of Vivi Anna too because she managed to snag some early copies of books from the new Nocturne line. *ggg* It’s a good thing I like her. (wg)

  12. Thanks Steph! It was great meeting you and Larissa too. 😀

  13. Welcome back, Jordan! And thanks for the great wrap up. ::squealching sheer jealousy of having gone to RWA::

  14. Jaq, *ggg* I hope the write ups help. 🙂

  15. I’m so very jealous. I just sat here typing. But I do hope you hear great news on all your projects (especially the Blaze).

  16. Thanks Jo! Fingers crossed. I really wish I would’ve gotten to meet you. I met Suzanne McMinn, Jill Shalvis, and Alison this time arouhnd. They are ALL super ladies. 🙂

  17. Jordan’s back!! YEY! I love your posts after conferences. They’re always so informative.

    Best of luck to you on your Blaze submission now that edits are done. I hope the editor just snatches up your book as fast as she can!!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  18. Thanks Patrice! I hear congrats is in order for you. 😀 For everyone out there, Patrice just landed a three book deal with Harlequin Nocturne!!! Woo Hoo!!! Way to go! 🙂

  19. Great to see you back, Jordan, and thanks for sharing the news! I’ve been devouring any reports I can find 😉 I totally related to what you said just before you left, so I’m glad it worked out well. I hope to be there next year, so if you are there you can freak me out then ;-))

  20. Thanks so much for the congrats, Jordan. I’m super excited to be a part of the new Nocturne line!! 🙂

  21. Jordans back Jordan’s back!!!!! Yeah!!!

    thanks for the update and congrats to Patrice!

  22. Welcome back! Thanks for the update.

  23. Saskia, 🙁 I won’t be at the one in Dallas, unless I suddenly have copious amounts of business to do at the conference. I may attend RT next year, but again, I’m not sure. I would’ve liked to have shocked you. 😉 *ggg* Hopefully we’ll run into each other soon. 😀

  24. You’re welcome, Patrice. 🙂

  25. Cece, *ggg* 😀

  26. You’re welcome, Cherie.