Yesterday, I sent partial submissions to Amazon’s Montlake Romance and Crescent Moon Press. Montlake’s policy is if they’re not interested, then they won’t respond. So, if I hear from the other three publishers first (Forever Yours, Sapphire Star Publishing, and Crescent Moon Press), then I’ll make a decision on accepting a contract. I’m not going to wait longer for Montlake if there’s a chance they’ll never respond at all.
I received a wonderful review from The Romance Reviews for my novel A Rose to the Fallen. They named it a Top Pick. The reviewer Maria Rya loved the story and gave it 5 stars! I’m glad she enjoyed my book so much. I’ve updated the Reviews page with a snippet from her review and added their Top Pick button to the sidebar.
I started working with an editor at Cobblestone Press on my third short story Love Addiction. It’s my first romantic comedy, but it still has a few erotic scenes. I can’t wait to see what the cover art will look like.
Today I received an offer from Eternal Press. This makes two. I’m still pending responses from Forever Yours and Sapphire Star Publishing. Once they reply, then I’ll make a decision on accepting a contract. I hope to hear from them soon.
I really wasn’t planning on submitting to more publishers since I’m still waiting for two to respond. Crimson Romance rejected me, by the way. Anyway, I was browsing Parajunkee and saw an ad for Eternal Press publisher. I liked what I read about them and some of their titles, so I decided it couldn’t hurt to send a partial submission.
I sent a partial submission to Sapphire Star Publishing today. This will most likely be my last query letter. I’m just trying to give The Howling Heart as many publishing opportunities that I can. Their Operations Manager/Co-Owner, Amy, was nice enough to accept my submission although they’re only looking for Adult and New Adult contemporary romances. I appreciate her making an exception for me. I hope the first three chapters I sent are good enough and they ask for the complete manuscript.
UPDATE – I had to decline the offer from Etopia Press because they told me my novel would only be released in e-book. I’m looking to work with a publisher that will release my novel digitally and in print. So now, I have one offer to consider from Vamptasy Publishing—who confirmed they release their titles in print—and I’m pending responses from Forever Yours and Crimson Romance.
Yesterday, Etopia Press offered me a publishing contract for The Howling Heart. They also included a generous advance. I replied and told them I was still pending responses from two other publishers, so I’m not making a decision just yet. I hope to hear from Forever Yours and Crimson Romance soon. But I’m happy I have at least two offers to choose from.
Vamptasy Publishing offered me a contract for The Howling Heart. Their editor said she adored the story. I haven’t accepted it yet, because I’d like to wait until I get responses from three other publishers I queried. I don’t want to be hasty and accept an offer right away since I’m still pending responses. OmniFic Publishing sent me a rejection today, so the publishers I’m waiting for are Forever Yours, Crimson Romance, and Etopia Press. When I get all the responses back, then I’ll make a decision.
In light of recent news, I updated my publisher list for The Howling Heart. I started it in September 2011. I’ve actually been trying to get my second novel published since February 2011, but I had started querying agents first. 52 to be exact. After they ALL rejected me, I decided to cut out the middle man and deal directly with the publishers. This list is basically a record of my query history with various publishers.
UPDATE – I sent a query letter to OmniFic Publishing. They just asked for the detailed synopsis, so that’s all I provided them. Hopefully, the story will pique their interest and they’ll ask to read the first three chapters. So, now I’m waiting for three publisher responses instead of two.
J. Taylor Publishing responded today and rejected The Howling Heart. That was SUPER fast! I just sent them a partial submission yesterday. Oh well. It’s not like I’m not used to getting rejected. One down and two more to go. It would be nice if I could get speedy responses from the other two publishers, but I won’t hold my breath.