Take A Walk On The Sweeter Side
It is no secret the publishing industry is going through some pretty major changes. With the ever-growing popularity of e-readers (Kindle, Nook etc), the bigger publishing houses find themselves having to conform to what their readers want.
While the smaller e- publishers are reaping the benefits while they can, authors are exploring the option of self-publishing their electronic versions of books. Amazon Kindle is only one of many venues making it very easy to do so, giving authors 75% of the listed price as opposed to 35-45% or less they usually take in.
Another shift in the e-publishing world is the influx of erotica and the growing demand for it. One has to wonder where that leaves those who enjoy the sweeter side of romance and other genres.
Under the guidance of best-selling author, Diana Castilleja, I’ve taken over the reins of a group, Sweeter Romantic Notions. I have committed whole-heartedly to breathing life into this group. Over the past three years or so, my role at S R N entailed coordinating online chats for the core group of authors. Carol Ann Erhardt, Elaine Cantrell, Celia Yeary, Diane Craver, Diana Castilleja, Denise Patrick, Nell Dixon, Lindsay Townsend, Jane Richardson, F L Bicknell, Cindy K Green, Brieanna Robertson, Maggie Toussaint, Judith Rochelle, Stacy Dawn, and Adelle Laudan. I believe now more than ever, authors like us need a place to shout out about our books and interact with our readers.
In an effort to help our authors find a home for their stories, I have organized a Pitch Day, set for January 20th, 2011. What is a Pitch Day? It is a pre-determined time frame of which a select group of publishers offer their time to read pitches from authors who write in their genres. If your pitch intrigues a publisher, they will ask for one, or a combination of the following; a synopsis, first 3 chapters or full manuscript. Once they’ve read over your submission they will offer contracts to those they feel are the right fit for their publishing house, and possibly request revisions from others with an invitation to resubmit.
A fresh face in the world of e-publishing, Astraea Press, will be one of the participating Publishers on Pitch Day. You might want to book mark this website, if I’m right, this new e-pub will be a force to be reckoned with in the e-book industry.
Who can pitch their manuscript? All published authors and those who aspire to be. All you have to do is join Sweeter Romantic Notions Yahoo Group and adhere to the PG14 rating.
My vision for Sweeter Romantic Notions is to be a safe haven of sorts, where authors have a place to talk about their books, and readers will be given the opportunity to interact with their favourite authors.
On December 15th you’re invited to join us at Sweeter Romantic Notions for a Christmas Open House. This will be an all-day event, offering the perfect opportunity to hop on board and take a look around. Authors will share Christmas stories and traditions, talk about our new and upcoming releases, and maybe a surprise or two to be won.
Please bring your favourite cookie recipe. You’ll have to stop by to find out why. Trust me, it’s all good. I love surprises! Hope to see you there!