Week Six…Where Does the Time Go?

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Last week we all received an updated “action plan”. Meaning, all the major actions that need to be done in order to launch were on there, with their proposed due dates for our proposed launch date. That was cause for a great, big EEP! from me because, well, my initials are next to quite a few of the action steps, meaning I’m responsible for them. Go ahead, say it with me…Eep!

I’m still working with two more editors to get them on board, and hopefully they’ll be ready to go at the new year. Copy editor tests are going out this week (tomorrow, I hope)! I know, great timing for those of you who are interested in testing for the job, given the holidays, but submissions and content editors have been consuming my days these past weeks and no worries, I just want to get them out so anyone who does have time over the holidays can work on them if they like, but they’re not due back immediately, by any means.

Last week I sent out the first round of rejection letters. We knew it had to happen sometime, but they’re no fun for anyone involved. As of Friday, I’d sent out one hundred rejections to both agented and unagented submissions. If you submitted your book in the first few days of our opening and haven’t heard yet, don’t despair, it means it’s with an editor getting a closer look! With 8 editors as well as the Carina acquisitions team going through submissions, we are getting through them pretty well, but there’s a lot to get through!

Aideen (our marketing guru) and I put together some mock cover art forms from five different genres, and Aideen sent those to several different cover artists. We’ve gotten our first mock cover art back and have been analyzing it and discussing it with the Carina Press team. In January, we’ll be sharing all five mock covers with you, so you can get a taste of just what Carina’s cover art might look like–or even possibly what your cover art might look like.

Last, but certainly not least, we made two more acquisitions last week. We’re very excited to welcome these two authors to Carina Press:

Ann Bruce, with her Untitled contemporary romance, for launch month publication.

Goddess with a Blade, an urban fantasy by Lauren Dane for fall 2010 publication

I’ll be sharing further details of both books on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, so stay tuned! You know, if your submission isn’t in our inbox, you can’t be next!

Coming up in the next week: We’ll be off on Friday for Christmas, and Toronto is off on Monday for Boxing Day, but I’ll still be here! This next week will be about sending out copy editor tests, reading submissions (I’m reading! I’m reading!), sending more rejections–I promise not to send any past tomorrow, in deference to the holiday spirit–and just keeping on top of my action items. No pressure!

8 thoughts on “Week Six…Where Does the Time Go?”

  1. I’m so excited about Lauren Dane’s book. Love her work. Looking forward to seeing cover art, too.

  2. Eep!

    Cover art is one of my favorite things about being a writer, especially that little tingle of anticipation just before you open the email and see it for the first time.

    And congrats to Ann and Lauren! Can’t wait to hear more about your books.

  3. Bernita says:

    Bless you for keeping everyone so well informed.

  4. Congratulations to Ann and Lauren. Bet this makes your Christmas a little bit happier! And Happy Christmas to everyone on this blog, all the authors and all the editors!

  5. Karen says:

    I’ll see your eep and raise you four — count ’em, FOUR – ACKs. In caps, no less. ;-)

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Andrew says:

    Cool! Sounds like things are progressing well. Although I would like a clarification on how long “the first few days” would entail. A week, perhaps? ;)

    Hope I’m not overstepping my bounds with my anxious questions!

  7. Angelina Barbin says:

    Happy Holidays to everyone. Congrats to Lauren and Anne.

    Angela- It sounds like you have a ton of things to do, but don’t forget to spend time on you.

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