So much went right when we announced Carina Press yesterday that we didn’t notice comments weren’t appearing at the blog until this morning. They are live now, but I thought I would answer some of the most popular questions in this blog post.
First, there is supposed to be an automated response from the Carina submissions inbox saying we’ve received your submission. It wasn’t working yesterday or today. It will soon. For those of you have already submitted (and there are many of you, thank you!) we will send you a reply in the next couple of days so that you know your manuscript arrived.
A few of you queried your book idea a.k.a pitched on the blog. Please send your query to our submissions inbox: Submissions@CarinaPress.com
Please also note that we would really appreciate it if you could delete the automatic subject line (carina submission) and instead add the story title, author name and genre. This helps us organize, read and follow up on submissions faster.
A potential writer wanted to know if Carina Press eBooks will be sold on the eHarlequin.com website. No, we will be building a bookstore for Carina Press and selling through other eRetailers. Why? Because Harlequin offers a very specific promise to its readers and Carina Press is open to a much wider range of editorial.
Another reader wondered what will happen to Harlequin’s existing original eBook programs like Spice Briefs, Silhouette Nocturne Bites and Harlequin Historical Undone. These programs will continue publishing as they have been. I know people can be a little confused about Carina Press versus Harlequin but just think of it this way: what was Harlequin is still Harlequin.
An aspiring writer wondered how long after submitting to Harlequin can she submit to Carina Press. We ask that you wait for your answer from Harlequin. Turn-around varies from imprint to imprint but if you haven’t heard anything after three months, please contact the editorial office and find out the status of your ms. You should always receive a response.
Some people are concerned about our statement that we will not be publishing print editions. Please read our answer carefully: “At this time we have no plans to publish print books.” Notice the key words, at this time. We are not making any promises at this time. The future, however, is wide open.
The question continued about how can an author promote her titles and be involved in book signings? The answer is digital marketing and social media (I know, social media is part of digital marketing, but it also needs to be pulled out on its own to show just how important it is). Authors can do a lot of promotion without a physical book. We’ll be talking a lot about social media in this blog space and with Carina Press authors.
A very astute reader told me, nicely, that I used the wrong term in my I’m so excited post. The correct military terminology is Hoo yah!
Today, I am smarter because of a former Navy office INFP-type who shared her knowledge. Hoo yah! I love my job.