Help an Editor Out!


I have been placed in charge of all things Carina Press blog *insert hysterical laughter here*. As some of you know, I’ve been blogging for years, on my personal blog, but if you know this, you also know that in recent months I’ve been an infrequent poster there. Most of my creative social networking energy goes into Twitter these days, because the format is quick and easy, and so delightfully interactive that some days I can hardly tear myself away (and yet, crazily enough, I just added a cooking and crafting blog to my rotation of blogging!) So I’ll be blogging here twice a week, with some of the other Carina members pitching in to help. And, of course, as we sign authors and hire more editors, I’ll be roping them into action as well.

But in the meantime, I certainly don’t want to bore anyone so I could use a little help. Is there anything in particular you’d like me to blog about? I’ll be continuing the behind-the-scenes posts of sharing with you what our weeks are like, and any interesting questions that come up, but anyone have topic suggestions or requests?

Also, Happy Thanksgiving to all of our US readers!

21 thoughts on “Help an Editor Out!”

  1. Kimber Chin says:

    What I’d love to see is…
    what you are buying and from whom.
    If you don’t want to get specific,
    something like “I contracted four superb contemporary romances this week” etc.

    That’ll give us some idea
    on the direction Carina is taking.

    Of course, what you’re looking for is always a nice topic.
    (New calls for subs)

  2. Sara Winters says:

    I’d like to know what you’re reading (genre and vague descriptions if not title) other than Carina submissions. It would also be interesting to read how you got into editing, how you became an avid reader – things that authors and readers can identify with. I’m sure you’ve blogged about some of this in your personal blog, but you can probably find a way to relate it to your current job. All roads have led to this place, after all.

  3. Kristi says:

    I’ve seen the Carina Press name floating around both via e-mail and on Twitter, so congratulations!

    As a submitting writer, I’m curious to know what % of your new authors come from slush pile and what % comes from meeting someone on a more personal basis, either hyper-space personal via Twitter, or face to face such as at conferences, or even word of mouth through recommendation?


  4. I would love to see posts about what makes Carina different from Harlequin.
    Things you hate to see in MSs as an editor.
    Maybe a regular post from a reader or fan.

    That’s all I can think of for now….

  5. Glenys says:

    I think Kimber said it all – I’d certainly be interested in this, plus any feedback you hear about from readers about the genre, etc. Much success with the venture!

  6. Bev Stephans says:

    As a reader, I would love to see more contemporaries. I’m so tired of shifters, vampires, paranormals,etc. Especially vampires. I know that a lot of readers would disagree with me, but I love a good contemporary romance. Okay, that’s my two cents worth!

  7. Eliza Knight says:

    I love all these suggestions, especially updates on who Carina signs, what you’re looking for etc…

    Also, it might be fun to have your new signed authors blog. Tell us their “call” or “email” stories, and how they write, what their stories are about. I always love to read about the authors.

  8. Nancy Naigle says:

    Hi Angela!
    It must be a thrilling Q4 2009 for you in your new role. Congrats!

    I love that you will be integrating crafts and cooking along with the Carina stuff in your blog (3 Cs!). I’d like it if as you start rolling out the new books, you let us know what books might include some of those crafty, cooking kind of tales. I love those kind of stories and it’s exciting to discover new voices.

    Whatever you do it will be entertaining. I enjoy your tweets.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Yes, I want more too. I check on this blog a million … well at least a dozen times a day hoping you might post the first book you’ve chosen or which one are are under serious consideration, etc. Authors all over know that waiting is hell. So, that historical three editors read … who wrote it? With that said, I’d better go baste the turkey – going out tomorrow, but have to have my own turkey for all the yummie left overs. Thanks and have a great long weekend!

    P.S. How’s this for a trade–Will blog for info.

  10. XandraG says:

    Heat levels. A rundown on the range of heat levels welcome at Carina, and what your expertise tells you about the places different heat levels have in the world of epublishing. Thanks and good luck!

  11. Louise Fury says:

    I would love to have a post about the call to the first writer you signed to Carina….from both the editors and authors POV.

  12. I would love to know what trends you are seeing as the marketplace changes.
    Our library system has e-audio books for download, and many publishers have resisted this market, but our patrons love them.

    I’m off on a vacation next week, and I can take 4 books on my mp3 player. No more lugging books onto the plane. And simple mp3 players are NOT expensive. No one seems to see this market, (Ok – we do).

  13. Sharyn says:

    Steampunk… steampunk romance, steampunk mystery, anything steampunk :)

  14. Hey Angie,

    I’m fascinated by the mention in the subs guidelines of Choose Your Own Adventure books. I’d love to see some more information about them–such as what length you envisage them being and whether you’re thinking of them being a sub-section of another genre (romance, for instance).

    I really liked some of the CYOA books of the eighties, but I can’t easily envisage them with a 21st Century feel. And I can imagine getting kind of lost if I were reading them in digital format, although maybe clicking links would be easier than turning frantically to page 164!


  15. Malle says:

    Thanks, all. These are great topics, and the rest of us on the Carina Press team have promised Angie that we will come in and wrote about these topics as well. Keep the ideas coming and we’ll start writing!

  16. I second the request for steampunk romance (not that I’m biased or anything, hehehehe…).

    I’d also be interested in hearing about your plans for working with authors on marketing and harnessing the power of social media–especially for niche genres. What will be expected of authors regarding marketing and promotion? Where should they start? Information about branding. Topics along those lines.

    1. Angela James says:

      Shhh. I’m supposed to be off on days off for the US Thanksgiving so don’t tell anyone I’m posting here. Thanks for all the great ideas, you’ve given me a lot to work with!

      And for those who want steampunk (and Heather especially already knows this) don’t think I wouldn’t love love love to publish it! I hereby send you all forth out into the publishing world to tell other authors to send us steampunk!

  17. Justin says:

    Just submitted a few days ago! Super excited to hear from you.

    Wondering about the interest in publishing fantasy? i have heard from a lot of publishers/agents that fantasy isn’t publishing well right now and I was wondering if I need to hold off for a little while and submit when the market is more open to the genre. Thanks a bunch!!!


  18. Amy Wilkins says:

    Hi Justin,
    Yes, we are open to pretty much all genres, including fantasy submissions.
    ~Amy from Harlequin/Carina

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