Last week was an exciting week for us because not only did I get eight editors on board and reading submissions, we signed our first three authors, for a total of six acquisitions, and we know there are more to come. I’m going to list the acquisitions in a bit, and I’ll be posting more about each of them this week, but first I wanted to share some insight into the numbers.
As of last Tuesday, we had set aside not quite 70 manuscripts from the slush pile for rejection. 2 had been send revise and resubmit requests. And 1 had been acquired. The other 2 acquisitions came after Tuesday and didn’t come from slush, but came from direct submissions to me, from authors I’d worked with before. So, as of last Tuesday, 1 in 70 manuscripts had been accepted from the slush pile.
When Carina Press first announced we were opening, I got emails from several people (including one agent) and heard from others about forums and chat lists stating they’d heard Carina was not going to worry so much about quality and would be taking most everything submitted. I don’t really know where people heard that since it’s not something we’d have ever said, because it’s certainly not true! But, while I, and the other Carina Press team members, can say that’s not the case, it’s much easier to show it, via our statistics. Of course, the final proof will be when our books are available for purchase, but since that’s still months down the road, I’ll let the statistics do the showing for us!
Given all that, I’m incredibly excited to welcome the first three authors to Carina Press. I hope you’ll join me in congratulating them on their new contracts, and wishing them many (many) sales!
In order of “they said yes!”:
Shannon Stacey with her contemporary romance novel, Just Joe
Charlene Teglia and three erotic romance novellas about three djinn: Djinn and Sin, All Bottled Up and As You Wish
Carrie Lofty is bringing us a yet-to-be-titled historical romance (set in an unusual historical romance place).
We are so pleased to have Shannon’s, Charlene’s, and Carrie’s books for launch publication in 2010.
Coming this week: Stay tuned for further details of their books as well as up-coming announcements of more acquisitions I’ll be making. I’m not quite done hiring editors, I still have two more who will be joining us, so I’ll be working on that. Once I’m done, I’ll be introducing each of them here on the blog so everyone can get to know the Carina editorial team with their combination of awesome experience. This week I’ll be calling more authors with “the call” (yay!) but will also be sending out our first rejection letters, which is no fun. And in addition to all that, I’ll finally be starting the copy editor hiring process. It’s all coming together, isn’t it?