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Newsletter Dated: 2/27/2007 10:01:13 PM
Subject: Soup*s On
Andrea Campbell’s Newsletter
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This newsletter is being sent to you because you are a writer, professional friend of Andrea*s, or a fan and reader of her books. If you are new to the list, welcome. There are a ton of newsletters and e-zines out there to read, thanks for requesting and reading mine.
Have questions, comments, or ideas for future publication? I look forward to your input and hope you will stay around to see new features in every
In this issue:
• From the Author*s Desk
• April Star and Five Star
• Washington Post Mensa Invitational
• New Literary Agency
*** From The Author*s Desk ***
For my local readers and friends, I will be speaking at Lakeside High School in March. The topic will be about forensic science and I’ll probably administer my Armchair Detective Quiz. If you’re in the neighborhood, talk to Rachel Shankles about stopping by.
Conference season is heating up!
Remember to mark your calendars for Houston and the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. I have a featured mystery panel spot called The CSI Effect, to be given at a 3-4 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Here's the convention web site: http://www.rtconvention.com and the magazine web site: http://www.romantictimes.com Please think about attending and look me up when you arrive. After the event, at 7 p.m., I will join a group of eight mystery authors for a group signing at Murder By The Book.
Wow! Something very cool happened in February. My “CSI Effect” web site (http://www.the-CSI-Effect.com) was featured in the Clipart.com February
e-newsletter and as a result, I got a one-year free subscription! I used photos from Clipart.com to augment my site and it was fun picking them out and I think made for a nice picture. To read about it, go here:
Legal Ease: A Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure (Charles C. Thomas Publishers) is going into a 2nd edition! I just finished the Subject and Case Index. If you’ve never done indexing, it’s a trip. There is a lot of thinking backwards and with legal phrases and definitions my right brain/left brain was whacked out for a while! But I still like indexing and recommend learning how to do it.
*** April Star and Five Star ***
Q,: Thank you for agreeing to talk about your publishing experience with Five Star. April, I know you said you were exhausted searching for prospects for your book, can you tell us some of the things you?
A.: Believing in my novel as I did I started out at the top, submitting my proposal to top NY publishers where an agent wasn't required. One by one, these publishers began sending the infamous "Dear Author" rejections. I continued to believe, recalling the tenacity of such authors like Stephen King and continued down the list. I believe it was rejection #20 that exhaustion turned to discouragement. It was at this time I came across Karen Fox's site and the list of smaller publisher's. Five Star Publishing, for whatever reason, is the one I chose to contact. Discouraged and halfway expecting another rejection, I sent a query which was not at all in the format as I had been taught. It was more a pitch, explaining WHY I felt Tropical Warnings and my wanderlust mystery series was original and why and where I thought it would sell. A few days later I received a reply asking me to send the completed manuscript.
Q.: What type of publisher is Five Star? and did you get an advance?
A.: The primary focus of Five Star Publishing is on the library market with more than half of its books sold on standing order. They say, “When a librarian signs up for a standing order, they save both time and money and are assured of being first to get all the new titles in that series. In addition, librarians know that our editors will select the very best titles to be published. Five Star books are frequently reviewed in well-known publications such as Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.” Yes, I received an advance of $1000.
Q.: Can you talk about the distribution with this publisher, I believe you said your book will also be in WalMarts.
A.: Besides libraries, the distribution goes to all the major book chains as well as a number of bookstores in the UK and Japan. I haven’t yet seen my title in the local WalMart but do know it’s available at WalMart online.
Q.: How did you feel about your contract? I think you remarked that you are planning on selling foreign rights too. Can you tell my readers what your plan is for that?
A.: Upon contacting Five Star to ask about foreign rights, I was told I was free to submit to foreign publishers. I heard from Nurcihan Kesim® Literary Agency the largest agency in Istanbul, Turkey, and was told they had a publisher who was interested in purchasing the foreign rights. I sent out an ARC and am now awaiting the offer.
Q.: Are you looking for an agent as well? Is that because you plan on other books or do you feel you could have benefited more with an agent?
A.: I’m now on the same path in search of an agent as I was with a publisher! Not so much for Tropical Warnings and the Wanderlust Mysteries, though I would like to find one for this series as far as those foreign rights and hopefully eventual movie rights are concerned! I have a proposal out to an agent now for a single title suspense novel, The Dolphi Triangle. I don’t know if I would have benefited more with an agent. As everyone in this business is aware, as a first time novelist it’s difficult to get an agent if you’re not already published and even more difficult to get published if you don’t have an agent.
Q.: Can you tell us a little about the submission process? I believe you sent me formatting for submissions, can you talk a little about that?
A.: So I don’t miss anything, here are the exact details of the submission guidelines for anyone interested in submitting to Five Star:
Five Star will consider manuscripts from 65,000 to 95,000 words in length. Manuscripts above or below this word count may be acceptable, but only for an exceptional submission. All material must be the author’s own original work, and material that has been previously published in any form (including electronic) will not be considered.
We do not accept: nonfiction, westerns, poetry, memoirs, autobiographies, short story collections or children’s.
Romance: We will consider any subgenre of romance, including, but not limited to: Historical (set before 1900), Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Inspirational, Sweet, Romantic Comedy, Time Travel, Fantasy, Multi-Cultural, Gothic, Regency, etc. We will also consider genres such as Tart Noir and Chick Lit. Stories based on actual events, locations, etc. must be well researched. List the subgenre on your cover letter.
Women’s Fiction: We are accepting quality women’s fiction with a focus on women’s issues or life experiences and values that feature strong, self-sufficient, interesting women—a literary voice and a unique story that may include a romantic theme. Manuscript should have a broad appeal to mainstream readers. List the subgenre on your cover letter.
Mystery: We will consider any subgenre of mystery including cozy, hard-boiled/private eye, police procedurals, suspense, thriller, historical, etc. List the subgenre on your cover letter.
Science Fiction/Fantasy. We are accepting any subgenre of science fiction/fantasy including science fiction, fantasy, horror, time travel, alternate history, alternate universe, etc. List the subgenre on your cover letter.
How to Submit:
Our Five Star title submission is overseen by Tekno Books. All queries and submissions should be directed to the Acquisitions Editor:
P.O. Box 8296
Green Bay, WI 54308
Please send a synopsis, your bio and publishing history, and at least the first three chapters, if not the entire manuscript. Submissions may be sent via regular mail, but we have a strong preference for email submissions. All manuscripts submitted to us must be available in electronic format. Email manuscripts should be forwarded in one complete attached file, preferably in either Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF).
Please be aware that the volume of submissions we receive is enormous—and we have a small, happily-overworked staff. Because of this, we do not accept simultaneous submissions, but we will respond to you as soon as possible.
Q.: Would you like to describe your book?
A.: Thank you, I’d love to! In Tropical Warnings Laura Madison, the manager of a Florida Keys camping resort is the perfect businesswoman. Slippery, an anonymous stalker, is making death threats against Laura’s campers, employees, and family—anyone whom he believes stands in the way of their happiness; happiness which is to begin on Valentine’s Day—the resort’s biggest dance and dinner of the season.
David Jennings, semi-retired martial arts instructor turned Private Investigator, is the only one willing to help the sensuous Laura, though his methods leave her trembling with a mixture of hidden desire and obvious annoyance. He insists on posing as Laura’s boyfriend to draw out the madman—a role he relishes with Laura as his woman.
Never leaving her side nor keeping his hands—or mouth—off her, Laura’s defenses breaks down as she finds herself feeling liberated, like a real woman, as well as safe and protected. This only serves to incite Slippery the stalker.
When the stalker’s threats of violence and vandalism become reality, David is forced to take stronger, more aggressive strategies in pulling this psycho out of the shadows and restoring peace within the campground.
Tropical Warnings is a mystery full of intrigue, unexpected pleasures, and dangers. It’s also a non-stop love story.
Q.: Is there anything you might say to other writers who are frustrated with getting the attention of traditional publishers?
A.: Though you may, like me, believe strongly in your work—start out small, or at least in the middle! Starting with the big name publishers will only slow down your publishing opportunity. The great thing about Five Star is that they are known to accept titles that may not fit in any set genre. If the writing is good, you believe in it and the salability, try first with a small traditional publisher. I’m completely impressed with the rapport Five Star has with its authors. Quick responses to inquiries, the efforts they take with first time authors in submitting ARC’s to top reviewers, and the distribution of the titles.
Q.: What are you using a pseudonym? April Star is the pseudonym for my real name (which I doubt would fit on the cover of any book) JoMarie Grinkiewicz.
April Star writes riveting, edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense and cozies. After traveling in an RV and managing a camping resort with her husband, Jerry, April (known to her family and friends as JoMarie) began her Wanderlust mystery series featuring amateur sleuths who are full-time RV’ers and find murder and mayhem each time they are “on the road again.” Tropical Warnings is the first in this series.
A member of Mystery Writers of America, The Author’s Guild, and International Thriller Writers, April lives in Central Florida with her husband of 35 years and their three Maltese terriers. You can visit her at: www.authoraprilstar.com
*** New Words for 2007 ***
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the winners:
1. Cashtration (n): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone (n): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of having sex.
7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
11. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
12. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
13. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
14. Glibido: All talk and no action.
15. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
16. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
17. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at 3 in the morning and cannot be cast out.
18. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
Check out the new poetry: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/26/AR2007012600879.html
*** New Literary Agency ***
Veteran author and Editor Terry Whalin has opened Whalin Literary Agency in Scottsdale, Arizona. For the last five years, he has been an acquisitions editor at Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster and Cook Communications. As the author of more than 60 books including Book Proposals That Sell, 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success (Write Now Publications), Whalin has transitioned to this new role.
“As an acquisitions editor, I have been championing authors inside the publishing house. I can continue this role as a literary agent,” Whalin said. “In publishing, it’s a matter of who you know as well as what you know. I will represent nonfiction and fiction projects to the general market and in particular the Christian marketplace. I’m excited to bring my 20 years of experience and many relationships in this direction.” Whalin is currently on the board of directors for the American Society of Journalists and Authors (www.asja.org), the leading nonfiction writers group in the U.S. A popular conference speaker, Whalin will be meeting authors and teaching at a number of locations in 2007. Learn more about Whalin Literary Agency, Whalin’s background, speaking schedule and how to submit material at: www.whalinagency.com.
A wealth of information for writers who want to be published can be found at www.right-writing.com. In addition, he writes a popular blog about his writing life with over 580 searchable entries at: www.thewritinglife.ws.
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*** Future Newsletters ***
In upcoming newsletters we will answer reader’s questions, share a new story or two, talk more about publishing, and provide additional writer’s tips. If there is any area of my life or work you would like to discuss, from autopsy to monkeys, just send me a note. Thanks for the read. : 0 )
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