Digital Publishing-Writer get thy facts-Wild Rose Press Interview

After a long hiatus, Editors Agents and Blogs oh my is back in business. Myself ( R R smythe), Marlo Berliner, Marley DeLarose and Cadence Denton will be bringing you articles to arm yourself with information about small press publishers.

We'd like to thank Wild Rose Press for kicking off our initial blog post.

 Intro: What is the purpose of the next set of posts? Once upon a time there was a writer. A writer who just wrote.
Her english teachers had always said, “You should write.” So she finally did.
Without a writer’s organization, without an agent—she just, wrote a story.
Lo and Behold! Someone wanted to buy it…but in this digital, changing-by-the-second landscape, it’s ever- so- important to know digital presses and the correct questions to ask before signing a contract.
Our aim is to help new writers make make better, informed decisions. At the beginning of this journey, I never understood the phrase, “Publish well.”
I now do.
Welcome to Rhonda Penders from The Wild Rose Press
Tell us what makes your press unique?

The Wild Rose Press was developed by writers for writers; there are no form rejection letters.  Authors will always receive a personalized, detailed rejection on their manuscript helping them to grow as writers and hopefully improve enough to resubmit. While we are an epublisher, we also offer our authors print books for anything that is a full length novel (over 65,000 words).  Our ebooks and print books release at the same time.
Do you offer advances? No.
What is your royalty rate?
This information is confidential but we are within the industry averages for royalties.

Do you accept agented and unagented and what is the percentage?

We have no problem with agented work but we deal mostly with unagented.  There is no need to hire an agent to work with our publishing house.
Do you publish print (presumably, print on demand) and if so, under what criteria?

Print on demand and anything that is longer than 65,000 words goes to print.

What are your distribution channels? (Without major distributors, your book has no chance of ever landing in a brick and mortar store, at least a chain) 

We are an ebook publisher.  We only offer our print as a benefit to our authors.  Our print books can be purchased at and through our website.  We are not in brick and mortar stores and have no intention of ever going down that path.
Are they returnable? At what percentage? (Also imperative for the brick and mortars)  We are not returnable and again see response above about our brick and mortars.

Does your press do audiobooks? With what criteria? 

We have investigated audiobooks and are currently still searching for the right company to work with to get our books into audio.  We have a handful through but only a few.  The criteria for our audio books has strictly been based on our own discretion – usually authors who have had strong sales and a strong background with us.
Does your press do any promotion?

We attend several conferences a year, our editors are located across the United States and get to as many conferences as they can.  We promote in trade magazines such as RT.  We also have banner ads on internet sites.

Does your press have any foreign sales? 

We are available through Amazon at a variety of foreign sites such as Germany, and France.

What formats are the ebooks available and what digital sites (Fictionwise etc)? 

Our books are available through a large variety of distributors such as SONY, Amazon, Fictionwise, Barnes and Noble, All About Romance eBooks, Lightning Source, and several others.

When and how are royalties paid?  Royalties are paid quarterly and we pay either by check or through paypal. 

Tell us about a few titles you are excited about?

With a variety of lines in the company we are excited about everything we publish.  I would strongly encourage readers to check out our website and sign up for our newsletter to keep current with all our releases.  I’ve included a couple of our more current releases.  Our holiday releases will start in the next two weeks and one has already come out – In the St. Nick of Time.  

The Chauffeur Wore An Evening Gown


When Erin O'Malley agrees to pinch hit for her brother’s limo service and drive millionaire JR Stone to the Governor's Ball, she has no clue how crazy her night will get.
Dumped by his fiancée on the night he’s to accept the biggest award of his career, Josh Stone convinces his chauffeur to slip into an evening gown and onto his arm. They fool everyone into thinking they are an item, but once they kiss, there's nothing fake about the chemistry between them.
Can a blue-collar girl really appeal to this multimillionaire, or is Josh only playing for the crowd?
Of Ghosts and Geeks

Gwen Walberg, literature teacher and self-professed geek, is thrilled to acquire a priceless antique book but soon learns why it came so cheap. The book contains the ghost of Violetta, its former owner, who spices up her boring afterlife by playing matchmaker. Gwen is her new target—and if she won't cooperate, Violetta is prepared to throw a storm of dangerous tantrums. Rather than give up the treasured book, Gwen reluctantly surrenders, and learns Violetta has already chosen the man for her: Gwen's gorgeous gardener and friend, Paul Chang.
Paul is stunned that a ghost wants to cast him as a romance hero but intrigued enough to cooperate. Step by awkward step, Paul and Gwen allow their weird voyeur to force them into compromising positions. But what if the unlikely couple starts enjoying their bizarre, steamy situation? Can they ever cultivate a healthy relationship with an unstable ghost tagging along?
In The St. Nick of Time

All the Sullivans are good cops… The last Sullivan is a girl. Can she stack up against the boys?
Kay Sullivan Lynch, reinstated to the Chicago Police Department after two years as a widowed mom of four, not only plans to excel on the force, but to show her brothers—who opposed her return to “the job”—that she’s up to the challenge.
Captain Flynn Dowd, battling demons of his own, empathizes with Kay’s struggles—but Sidewalk Santas collecting for the hungry are dropping dead all over Chicago. No apparent motive, no identifiable MO. It’s up to Kay and Flynn to stop the "Santa Slayer."
As they race against time to stop the killer, Kay’s grief-deadened senses awaken to Flynn's overwhelming sexual magnetism. But when he becomes more than just her partner, will her hkids' opposition force her to choose between motherhood and her man?
Does your press have any links to larger corporations?  No – we are privately owned.
 Thanks so much!!

Interview with Literary Agent John Cusick

hi all. this blogs been quiet, as ive taken on the interviews for YA rwa. This interview is copyrighted for ya rwa, so please do not forward or copy without permission from the editor lara chapman. 
heres our link, if you'd like to join the young adult chapter of romance writers of america

 Agent at Scott Treimel Literary Agency

As an agent, what types of stories are you looking for at this time?

Original stories! I read far too many "City girl moves to small town and discovers a ghost" queries. I much prefer to work with an author on a unique tale. Personally, I'm less interested in high fantasy, unless it offers a fresh take. We also have an agency policy against unicorns (not really a policy, more of an aversion).

What have you seen too much of lately, if anything?

Stories opening with the protagonist moving to a new town. Just because the reader is new to the setting, doesn't mean the protagonist must be, also. Also, the discovery of latent super powers. That kind of thing is done to death.

What is your favorite part of being an agent? Least favorite?

My favorite part, hands down, is calling authors to say we've sold their book. It's a fantastic feeling. Least favorite is scrapping a project the author and I have been working on for months. Sometimes a book is just not meant to be, and that's always a bummer.
Describe your dream author? And of course....the author from Hades?

The dream author is professional and courteous, has done his or her homework before submitting, has a fantastic imagination and isn't afraid to use it. As far as Hades, I've had writers send me angry emails after I passed on their work, or resubmit the same Eat, Pray, Love knock-off over and over again, even though we only handle juvenile and teen.

What do you read for pleasure? Name three of your all time favorite books or

As far as juvenile and teen, I adore Lewis Carroll and M.T. Anderson (wouldn't that be a fun tea party?) In the adult world I love Vladimir Nabokov and Douglas Adams. I've read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, at last count, six thousand times.
Tell us about a few titles you have coming out you are excited about.

I'm very excited about THE BLENDING TIME by Michael Kinch, which will be released in Fall 2010 by Flux. After the planet gets ravaged by solar flares and world war, some teenagers are farmed out to Africa to help repopulate, or "blend." Michael is one of those dream authors I mentioned. Also (sorry, shameless plug), my own young adult novel, GIRL PARTS, is pubbing in August 2010 from Candlewick. It's about a selfish player who's prescribed a robotic girlfriend to teach him empathy, and what happens when she starts feeling for herself.
How does one submit to you and do you accept equeries? Do you twitter or facebook?
I consider queries solely via our website:, where writers will find a submission form and guidelines. I tweet about industry and agency news at

How about conference you will be attending this year?
I post all my upcoming conferences at

In a year, what is your typical percentage of signing new writers? Do they come from slush or referral or conferences?

Last year we took on two new authors- one from slush, one from a conference. Conferences allow us to help authors shape their idea into something that really sings. We have less time for this with queries.
Are editors buying less due to the faltering economy? Any additional thoughts on this subject?

Everyone is tightening their belts. What this means for unpublished authors is: you must be unique. Few houses are willing to take a risk on a good book that's not a breakout. Everyone wants a sure bet, and that means a fabulously written story with a one-of-a-kind hook. Also, don't expect writing to make you rich. If you write because you love it, and the money is just a bonus, you're in the right business.


and our new question section- an absolute take off of inside the actors
studio-adapted for books (how's that for a switch)

Tell us your favorite movie

WONDER BOYS, from the book by Michael Chabon. One of the rare instances, I think, where the film outdoes the book.


Tell us your favorite protagonist-hero or heroine, your choice.

Alice of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. She tries so hard to be polite in the face of incomparable rudeness and absurdity, and confronts the unexpected with such a can-do attitude. I envy her peace of mind. Someone should write a book: "Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned from Alice."

What is your favorite word or phrase?

Favorite word: Lavender. Favorite phrase: "It's on me."

least favorite word or phrase?

Internet jargon makes me cringe. I heard the word e-tailer (instead of retailer) recently and died a little inside. Also, celebrity-name mashups, like Brangelina.

If you werent an agent, you would be a __________.

For a while I wanted to join the CIA, but I've never been good with foreign languages.

Also...agents talk of voice. What kind of voice hooks your attention? One
that makes you laugh, cry--in your own words.

I like a voice without too much world-weary irony. Passion, even misguided passion, always wins me over. I recently considered a manuscript with a truly sanctimonious narrator. Even though he was a jerk, I loved his sincere, self-unaware perspective. It was refreshing.

Interview w/ Author Carrie Ryan The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Hi all. Here's our latest interview with Carrie Ryan. I've read the Forest of Hands and Teeth, and devoured it in 3 days. That is saying something for me. GO out and get your copy today. ;)

Carrie, could you tell us a little about yourself, and how you came into writing?

Let me see how I can condense it all – lol.  Right now I’m a full time writer and my first YA book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth was published by Delacorte Press in March 2009.  It has zombies in it.  When I started writing it for National Novel Writing Month in 2006, I figured that the “z” word would pretty much make my book unsaleable but at that point I was a few years into my job as a lawyer and I figured I’d write the book because I loved it.  

Right after I’d started practicing law in 2005 I realized three things: (1) if I’d kept writing the book I’d written but never revised in 2000 I might have sold by that point; (2) I didn’t want to wake up in another 5-10 years having done nothing and wish I’d gotten in gear with writing; and (3) I didn’t want to be practicing law for the rest of my life.  So I created the 10 Year Plan.  Which was pretty basic: write and try to get published for 10 years.  That’s when I re-joined RWA, started reading blogs, and began writing diligently again.  I wrote over 200k words in that first year but on a million different projects.  It wasn’t until NaNoWriMo in 2006 that I decided to stop paying attention to the market and just write what I love and I was lucky enough that it worked!

How does it compare to your previous profession? Do you still work a day job, and if so, how do you manage to juggle writing, day job and family obligations?

I was working as a lawyer when I wrote and sold my first book (in fact, I’d just started a new job three days before I got the offer of representation from my agent!).  Juggling writing and the day job was definitely difficult — there were times when I was preparing for a trial and working nights and weekends when the only time I could find to write was the 8 minutes it took for the pasta to boil for Mac’n’Cheese.  But if I could manage any words during that time, it always added up by the end of the week so I kept finding tiny bits of time here and there.  But before selling, I didn’t have any deadlines, so it was okay if my progress was really slow.  It was after selling that it got harder and harder for me to find the balance between writing and the day job, especially because I worked at a big firm with very high expectations.  

Eventually it became clear to me that I’d have to quit working full time as a lawyer or give up writing the second book under my contract.  I sat down one evening with my fiance and did the math and realized that I could write full time for a while and so I took the plunge.  It was scary but also amazing — up to that point I felt like I’d followed all the rules and for the first time was taking a risk and going all-in on my dreams.  My fiance was totally wonderful and supportive the whole time (it helps that he’s also a lawyer and writer).  We pretty much gave up cooking, cleaning, mowing the lawn, TV, etc. so we could find time to write.

How about your agent search, could you describe that for the pre published readers?

I spent a ton of time researching agents and the industry as a whole.  While I was writing I’d read agent blogs, other writer blogs, etc. which I think really gave me a lot of information about the industry and how things worked.  Once I finished a rough draft of my book and sent it to beta readers, I used the time I’d usually write to research agents.  I looked at who my friends were signed with, agents I heard about on message boards and blogs, and looked at some of my favorite books that I thought might be similar to mine to see who represented the author.  Then I looked everyone up on sites like AgentQuery and Publishers Marketplace and individual blogs to get a feeling for how they worked, who they represented and sold to, what their submission guidelines were.  From all of that research I made a list of my top picks and then spent a whoooooole lot of time revising.  To the point where my critique partner got so tired of me putting of subbing that she sent my pitch to her agent who requested the full.  That pretty much spurred me to get the other queries out as well.

Your book has done very well. How has it changed your life?

I think the biggest change is that I’m now writing full time which is still just so amazing to me.  I’ve also gotten the chance to meet a lot of really amazing people: other writers, booksellers, publishing professionals and readers.  Though I have to say if it’s changed anyone’s life, it would have to me my dog’s — he now gets to spend the entire day inside sleeping on the couch rather than outside.  

Do you have any up and coming titles, and can you tell us anything about them?

My second book, The Dead-Tossed Waves, which is a companion to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, will be coming out March 2010.  It starts a while after the end of the first book and has a different narrator but definitely touches on a lot of the questions raised in Forest.  And then a third book in the series will be coming out in Spring 2011.  I’m really excited about both!  I also have a few short stories coming out but it’s too early to talk about those yet :)

OH and I found this article online....with regard to the book. I will be there opening night, for sure to see it brought to life. From

YA Zombies to Hit the Big Screen; Kristen Stewart Likely to Star

The Forest of Hands and TeethCarrie Ryan's young adult zombie novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth has just been sold to Seven Star Pictures, the studio behind Kristen Stewart's upcoming movie K-11.

The novel, which was published in March by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, has been an instant hit with critics and book bloggers. It tells the story of Mary, a girl living in a small village bordered by a fence to keep out the Unconsecrated -- savage zombies intent on destroying the town and everyone in it. Add a little bit of romance and a gutsy female heroin, and you've got a teen thriller to rival Twilight.

Rumor has it that an A-list actress is tipped to star in the movie (could it be Kristen Stewart?), and a first draft of the screenplay is being written as soon as possible. With the popularity of vampires, werewolves, and all things supernatural currently dominating the literary world, it seems book adaptations are the way to go. What could be next? Our money's on Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments trilogy. Somewhere, somebody will be closing a movie deal on that one soon.

Interview w/ Agent Michelle Andelman

EABLOGS oh my is happy to present Michelle Andelman

Michelle Andelman joined Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd. as a literary agent after agenting for three years with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she also earned her MA in English literature there. As a member of SCBWI, she specializes in the children's/YA book market.


As an agent, what types of stories are you looking for at this time?


I like my middle-grade quirky and charming, and my YA daring and emotionally driven, whether fantastic or realistic. I am on the lookout for innovative storytelling, fresh genre crossings with YA romance -- dystopian YA romance, for example, or YA horror with a core love story, and coming of age memoir.


What have you seen too much of lately, if anything?


Paranormal romance, sibling middle-grade adventure stories, chapter books without a strong enough character to drive a series, first pages that set a plot in motion, orient us to a storyworld, or reveal character, but not all three.


What is your favorite part of being an agent? Least favorite?


Making the calls that offer representation and bring news of a deal. I love the senses of discovery and collaboration, advocating for an author’s interests, and being part of a creative community. Least favorite is stepping aside from projects I see greatness in, but which I don’t feel I could confidently represent.


Describe your dream author? And of course....the author from Hades?


Dream Author writes with a point of view, deeply and fearlessly revises when she must, thoughtfully sticks to her guns when the time comes, knows good advice when she hears it, and seeks to partner with her agent and publisher. Hades Author is closed when she needs to be open, talks when she needs listen, lacks publishing’s #1 virtue (patience), and has unrealistic expectations.


What do you read for pleasure? Name three of your all time favorite books or



My pleasure reading is stacked bedside, so let’s see – we have a memoir about a woman playing detective to her father’s mysterious life and death, the collected stories of a Jewish American woman writer, and Gourmet magazine. Three favorites are Vivian Gornick’s memoir FIERCE ATTACHMENTS, Jeffrey Eugenides’ THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and the American-living-in-south-of-France children’s author Susie Morgenstern’s SECRET LETTERS FROM 0 TO 10.


Tell us about a few titles you have coming out you are excited about.


Matt Blackstone’s A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE, a YA “bromance” (FSG, 2011). Emily Horner’s YA love story set against a high school musical that crosses Rent with Kill Bill (Dial, 2010) is one I’m lucky to count amongst many I repped at my old agency, also out soon. Simon Pulse pubs Albert Borris’ sexy, gritty YA about suicide, CRASH INTO ME, in July, Lauren Strasnick’s sexy, wrenching YA about grief, NOTHING LIKE YOU, in Oct, and, Dia Reeves’ sexy, scary YA dark fantasy, BLEEDING VIOLET, in Jan. Less sexy (maybe, maybe not) is Melissa Hart’s memoir GRINGA, from Seal Press this fall.


How does one submit to you and do you accept equeries? How about conference you will be attending this year?


I am open to submissions, and I only accept equeries. Authors can find our agency’s guidelines posted on the Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd. profile page at I’ve loved doing conferences, but I’m slated for any more through year’s end.


In a year, what is your typical percentage of signing new writers? Do they come from slush or referral or conferences?


I love working with debut authors, finding them in the slush, via referral, in my college newsletter, out in the wild. Writers are everywhere!


Are editors buying less due to the faltering economy? Any additional thoughts on this subject?


My single thought on the subject: while the economy is probably inspiring prudence all around, enthusiasm for one’s work is probably also the best antidote.


and our new question section- an absolute take off of inside the actors

studio-adapted for books (how's that for a switch)



Tell us your favorite movie Band of Outsiders, by Jean-Luc Godard.


Tell us your favorite protagonist-hero or heroine, your choice. Harriet the Spy.


What is your favorite word or phrase? Me too.


least favorite word or phrase? Later.


If you weren’t an agent, you would be a speechwriter for President Obama.


Also...agents talk of voice. What kind of voice hooks your attention? One

that makes you laugh, cry--in your own words.


One that gives me pause after the first page, maybe after the first sentence, and inspires me to think back my favorite word or phrase: me too.



Interview w/ Editor Natashya Wilson

Eablogs oh my is proud to present.....Harlequin Editor, Natashya Wilson!

As an editor, what types of stories are you looking for at this time?

Right now I am focused on acquiring young adult fiction for Harlequin Teen. I am interested in stories targeted at girls, 12-18, across all teen genres. Paranormal, contemporary, historical, futuristic, science fiction, mystery, adventure, and across all tones--light, dark, funny, serious...whatever works for the story and characters.


What have you seen too much of lately, if anything?

I will never see too much of any particular story type when the story is well told, but, I do see too much derivative work, where the author is trying to create the next Twilight or House of Night type series, or some other current favorite author voice/story type, instead of developing his or her own story and voice.


What is your favorite part of being an editor? Least favorite?

My favorite part of being an editor is buying a project from a new author. It is thrilling to find a manuscript that reads fresh and original, such as the first wonderful faery story I acquired from Julie Kagawa, The Iron King, and Saving June, a contemporary story by Hannah Harrington. I also love having the chance to work with a pro author who is new to me, such as Douglas Rees, whose story Majix is one of the most heartfelt and truly funny books I’ve had the pleasure of working on. I am having the best time working with these exciting authors and can't wait to see their stories make it to the shelves in 2010 and 2011.

 My least favorite thing by far is saying No. I put rejections off sometimes; there is just nothing fun about disappointing hopeful writers. It is even less fun when I have to say no to a story I truly like--there is just so much competition and our program is small, so I find myself in that position fairly often. It's hard.

 Describe your dream author? And of course....the author from Hades?

My dream author is a consummate professional who is open to suggestions and is also not afraid to respectfully stand up for his or her work. He or she delivers manuscripts on time, or keeps me informed when things go amiss, and works as a team to create the best package possible for the story while being understanding of the challenges and timing faced by the in-house team. My dream author has his or her own Web site and does everything he or she can to self-promote, including anything from making connections with young adult fiction blogs and popular sites to taking advantage of local promotion opportunities. However, this author does not get so caught up in promoting that he or she stops writing!

 The author from down below…would be someone who is constantly worrying about/comparing his- or herself to other authors, focusing on what other authors are doing and getting, and is constantly complaining about it instead of focusing on his or her own work.

 What do you read for pleasure? Name three of your all time favorite books or authors.

I am partial to mainstream fiction. Lately, I’ve been reading almost all young adult stories—not just because I’m working in that field, but because I find them earnest, honest and unpredictable in ways other genres don’t always deliver.

 All time favorites:

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (all four and 1/3 books—I’ve read Twilight and the Midnight Sun partial too many times to count, and the rest of the books almost as often. They’re my go-to feel-good reads).

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


 Tell us about your new YA line at Harlequin, and the titles that will be kicking it off?

Harlequin Teen publishes young adult fiction targeted at girls, 12-18. Our stories feature extraordinary characters caught up in extraordinary adventures, told in authentic, memorable voices that will resonate with readers and be remembered after the covers are closed. HQ Teen is a single title program focused on building author names through individual and series titles and unique packages. Our first two titles, both by New York Times bestselling authors, will be published in 2009, and we’ve got about 14 books scheduled in 2010.

 MY SOUL TO TAKE by Rachel Vincent lands on shelves in trade paperback in August. The story features teen banshee Kaylee Cavanaugh, whose discovery of her secret banshee heritage coincides with the frightening deaths of several of her classmates—and when someone near her is about to die, Kaylee can’t help her urge to literally scream bloody murder. This is book one of Rachel’s Soul Screamers series.

 Gena Showalter’s INTERTWINED hits shelves in September in gift hardcover. The story features Aden Stone, a teenage boy who is a magnet for all things paranormal. Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s sent to a halfway house for wayward teens.  But he doesn’t mind. For months he’s been having visions of a beautiful girl entering his life—a girl who will either save him or destroy him.  And even though he’s half in love with her before she ever arrives, he’s unprepared for the centuries-old secrets she brings with her.  Together, they’ll enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger . . . and not everyone will come out alive. INTERTWINED is the first of four Intertwined novels.

 How does one submit to you and do you accept equeries?

I get so many e-mails that, from unagented authors, I am asking for hard-copy queries, including a detailed synopsis of the story. If I am interested in a project, I may invite the author to e-mail the manuscript, although I do sometimes prefer a hard copy (my in-box tends to fill up and create problems when I receive too many attachments). I do accept agented queries and projects via e-mail. I’m also happy to send updates if gently reminded about a project via e-mail. Currently I do not have an assistant and my response time is slower than optimal, and I understand that writers are anxious for news.

 Will you be attending any conferences this year?

I am not officially scheduled to attend any conferences as of today, but I will be lurking around RWA on Saturday and will also be making the rounds at BEA at the end of this month.

 In a year, what is your typical percentage of signing new writers? Do they typically come from slush, or referral, or conferences? How about the ratio of agented to unagented?

Hmm, percentage—I’m not sure how to calculate one, but, this year so far I’ve signed one new author and hope to find several more. All of the authors signed to Harlequin Teen have agents. However, we have no rule that an author must have an agent to sign or submit to us, and I’m happy to look at all submissions. So far, the authors I’ve signed have come to me through meetings with their agents or through referrals from other agents. But you never know where the next gem will be found.

 And Our new question section- an absolute take off of inside the actors studio-adapted for books (how's that for a switch)


 Tell us your favorite movie

I have to pick ONE?! Twilight, The Princess Bride and Moulin Rouge. Sorry!

 Tell us your favorite protagonist-hero or heroine, your choice.

Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. And the Little Prince. And Elizabeth Bennett.

 What is your favorite word or phrase?

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (The fox, to the Little Prince)

 Least favorite word or phrase?

Currently, high fructose corn syrup is right up there with No you can’t do XYZ.

 If you werent an editor, you would be an Olympic-level dressage rider.

  ** Also...agents talk of voice. What kind of voice hooks your attention? One that makes you laugh, cry--in your own words.

 One that makes me so involved in the story, I lose track of reality. Sometimes through laughter, sometimes through heavy emotions, and always through a character who draws me in and doesn’t let go.



Interview w/ Editor Anne Heltzel

Eablogs oh my is proud to welcome Anne Heltzel!!



    Anne Heltzel has been with Razorbill, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, for one year. Her authors include Tricia Mills, Suzanne Young, Yxta Maya Murray, and Kirsten Miller. Prior to her time at Penguin, she worked as an agent assistant in the children’s division of Curtis Brown Ltd. Anne graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Program of Liberal Studies and later obtained an M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New School in New York City.  

As an editor, what types of stories are you looking for at this time?

 I’m interested in quirky, funny, and heartfelt middle grade for girls as well as high-concept, literary YA. I have a special fondness for dark humor and unsentimental prose. I’m open to paranormal and magical realism, but I tend to stay away from true sci-fi, historical fiction, and faeries.

What have you seen too much of lately, if anything?

 I’ve been seeing a lot of “issue” novels and coming-of-age tales. It’s hard to address themes of abuse, addiction, etc. in a fresh and different way.

What is your favorite part of being an editor? Least favorite?

 I love the creative aspects of being an editor, including brainstorming scenes and pitches with my authors, writing flap copy, and contributing to cover development. Like most editors, I have an analytical personality, so I very much enjoy identifying ways to help make a good story great. I also love the writing, editing, and agenting community. As a native Midwesterner, the children’s book community has made a huge, positive impact on my transition to life in New York.

Describe your dream author? And of course....the author from Hades?

 I am lucky to work with some talented and hard-working writers who are true professionals. I appreciate an author who revises thoughtfully, taking my editorial suggestions to heart. I love authors who are mindful of deadlines as well as authors who have a sense of professional boundaries (and who appreciate nurturing but don’t necessarily require coddling). Authors who can write across genres are a dream, but I also love authors whom I can help grow in a particular market. I want to know that an author is willing to put in the work required of her, and that she’s capable of doing so. Self-reliance, self-possession, dedication, work ethic, and professionalism are five qualities I admire in an author.


As for less-than-stellar qualities…I imagine there’d be nothing worse than getting back a revision that appears wholly unrevised, although this hasn’t actually happened to me yet. Being late on a deadline can really affect the production schedule and, in some cases, our ability to publish in a planned season. Being reliant on an editor for reassurance and personal motivation is (in my opinion) frustrating and inappropriate – although we editors do often form friendly relationships with our authors, it’s important to keep in mind that (while creative and supportive) this is first and foremost a business. Feelings and sensitivity often come into play in creative industries, but keeping an open-minded perspective is important. Bottom line, we all want the same thing: the success of the book and the author.

What do you read for pleasure? Name three of your all time favorite books or

 I love literary fiction, memoir, biography, and humor. The last book I read outside of work was A POCKET HISTORY OF SEX IN THE 20th CENTURY by Jane Vandenburgh. It’s way too hard to name all-time favorites (so many!), but these three are up there:

 This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Year of Endless Sorrows – Adam Rapp

The B.F.G. – Roald Dahl

Tell us about a few titles you have coming out you are excited about.

 I’m very excited about a new series I’m editing by Suzanne Young, called THE NAUGHTY LIST. It’s about a group of cheerleaders who double as secret, nighttime sleuths…but the purpose of their missions is to nab cheating boyfriends! It’s truly infectious: heartwarming, hilarious, bubbly. I also can’t wait for the release of THE GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO GETTING KIDNAPPED by Yxta Maya Murray. Yxta tells the story of her protagonist, Michelle Pena, with incredible wit and strength. Michelle is a former gang-princess who’s broken from the gang and created a new (Ivy-League bound) life for herself. When The Snakes and her former childhood sweetheart re-enter her life, kidnapping her and her best friend, Michelle’s forced to face up to her two identities (gang princess/liar/seductress versus star athlete/straight-A-student/foster daughter).  

How does one submit to you and do you accept equeries?

 I prefer to receive queries via email. It usually takes me about 4-6 weeks to respond. Please don’t attach your manuscript – if I think it’s right for me, I’ll request fifty pages.

Are you attending any upcoming conferences?

 Yes, I will be attending an SCBWI conference in Bethlehem, PA on June 2nd.

and our new question section- an absolute take off of inside the actors
studio-adapted for books (how's that for a switch)

Tell us your favorite movie

 American History X – love it! I don’t know if I hold onto it as a favorite out of stubbornness, but I’ve managed to convince myself that nothing else compares!

Tell us your favorite protagonist-hero or heroine, your choice.

In kids’ books, it has always been Betsy Ray from the BETSY-TACY series by Maud Hart Lovelace. She is unremarkable, but her ongoings are a point of fascination. Everything sounds so idyllic: Sunday suppers with the Crowd, skating parties, dances, caroling. I really envy her.

What is your favorite word or phrase?


a posse ad esse – from possibility to being

Least favorite word or phrase?


“Pie,” as in pizza, as in, “I’ll take one sausage pie.”

If you weren’t an editor, you would be a __________.

Chef. I love food as much as I love literary pursuits; I just lack the talent.  

Also...editors talk of voice. What kind of voice hooks your attention? One
that makes you laugh, cry--in your own words.


Well, both! One that feels authentic and alive. I love crying (when I read, not in life); but I really love strong emotions that are provoked by a voice that’s (as I mentioned above) unsentimental, organic, and subtle in its emotional strength.



Interview w/ Emmanuelle Alspaugh

Ea blogs oh my! is proud to welcome Emmanuelle Alspaugh!!!! 

Emmanuelle Alspaugh joined Judith Ehrlich Literary in August 2008. Previously she was an agent at Wendy Sherman Associates and an editor at Fodor's, the travel division of Random House. She represents women’s fiction, historical fiction, and romance in most subgenres. She also represents memoir, narrative nonfiction, and select how-tos. Emmanuelle was born in France and grew up in Eugene, Oregon, before settling in New York City to work in publishing. She enjoys developing long-term relationships with her clients, helping them to build strong and lasting literary careers. She offers authors the full breadth of her editorial experience, guiding them in developing their proposals and manuscripts, as well as advice on marketing and promotion.

As an agent, what types of stories are you looking for at this time?

I am on the hunt for great paranormal and historical romances.  I’m partial to the work of Nalini Singh, JR Ward, Judith McNaught, Elizabeth Hoyt, and the wonderful Lisa Kleypas, so I would welcome manuscripts that might be compared to them.  I love strong, feisty heroines who might be dealing with tough situations like abandonment or problems beyond their control but don’t feel they’re in need of rescuing. And I love dangerous alpha males.  In paranormal, I’m looking for shape-shifters, vampires, werewolves, empaths, badass angels or even faeries, and I prefer dark and dangerous over light and funny.

What have you seen too much of lately, if anything?

I’ve seen a lot of women’s fiction about a divorced or widowed woman inheriting a house in the country and rediscovering love. Unless there’s a strong and unique angle, that kind of story is feeling very cliché at the moment.

What is your favorite part of being an agent? Least favorite?

Working with my extraordinary authors is a definite highlight. I have to say that I love everything about being an agent, from discovering great new talent to making the sale. Publishing is a complex and wonderful industry full of smart people who love to read.  Matching an author to an editor and an imprint that will publish them beautifully is an electrifying experience. My least favorite part is having to turn down writers, and getting turned down by editors for projects I believe in.  At the same time, we have to view rejection as part of the process of finding the right fit, and something that everyone goes through.

Describe your dream author? And of course....the author from Hades?

All of my authors are ideal clients; there is no one perfect personality type.  That said, I especially appreciate authors who are career-minded and who seek to inform themselves about the publishing process and their market. The best authors have realistic expectations, understand that publishing is a business, and are diplomatic and professional when working with their publishers. Authors who are heavy promoters—those who seek out reviews, plan events, create beautiful websites—make me very proud.  

A problematic author would be one with poor communication skills, someone who didn’t respond to email in a timely manner, or someone constantly challenging the expertise of their agent or editor.  I’ve never actually worked with such a person, though. All my clients are wonderfully responsive. That said, I believe authors should not hesitate to ask questions of their agents and editors. A well-informed author is an agent’s best friend.

What do you read for pleasure? Name three of your all time favorite books or authors.

For fun I read contemporary fiction and memoir. My fiction tastes range from romance to fantasy/sci-fi to literary. Occasionally, I read big-idea nonfiction, and sometimes I’ll take a classic novel (love George Elliott) with me on vacation.

Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books, what springs to mind are those that made the biggest impression on me as a child. Those would be A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Watership Down, Dean Koontz’s Lightning, and Stephen King’s The Stand. My tastes have definitely gone more feminine since then.
I’m loving the paranormal romances that have come out in the last five years or so, and my favorite so far is Mine to Possess. Other recent faves are Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle and Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex (which has a female protagonist, sort of).

Tell us about a few titles you have coming out you are excited about.

I’m thrilled to see Alissa Johnson’s third historical romance, McAlistair’s Fortune, come out in May, and Beverley Kendall’s debut Sinful Surrender next February. I’m also very excited about Andrea Richesin’s Because I Love Her, an anthology of essays by well-known women authors like Susan Wiggs and Jacquelyn Mitchard on the mother-daughter bond. It’s coming out from Harlequin Nonfiction in time for Mother’s Day.  I’ve had two memoirs come out in the past two months: Cooking and Screaming, by Adrienne Kane, and When the Piano Stops, by Catherine McCall. And finally, I have a lovely collection of erotic short stories due out in May called Oysters & Chocolate, edited by my clients Jordan LaRousse and Samantha Sade, who are the founders of

How does one submit to you and do you accept equeries?

I prefer e-queries along with the first 10 pages of the manuscript in the body of the email.  If you’re a romance writer and you’ve placed in RWA chapter contests or, better yet, published with the e-publishers, definitely mention that in your query.

Are you attending any upcoming conferences?


April - Dreamin’ in Dallas
May - BookExpo and the BEA Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam
June - Writers’ League of Texas
July - RWA National
September - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
October -  Hyannis Physicians’ conference (fiction)  
Do you feel small press to be an assest or a liability?

An asset, particularly the well-know e-book publishers for romance and erotica.  If the press is very small but has done some notable books, that’s worth mentioning.

and our new question section- an absolute take off of inside the actors studio-adapted for books (how's that for a switch)

Tell us your favorite movie

Old favorites are Labyrinth and Flashdance. More recently: Sideways, Crash, and Magnolia.

Tell us your favorite protagonist-hero or heroine, your choice.

Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She was a little library rat who fought for what she wanted (an education) and she managed a positive outlook even in very grim times.

What is your favorite word or phrase?

This week it’s “lovemuffin”

least favorite word or phrase?


If you werent an agent, you would be a __________.

A animal dentist. I don’t think such a job exists, but I always wonder how elephants and tigers keep their teeth clean. My Cornish Rex, Mr. B, had some pretty bad dental issues but after learning to clean his teeth without him protesting too much, he’s much improved. I also love watching his vet crack off his tarter. Gross, I know. :)

Also...agents talk of voice. What kind of voice hooks your attention? One
that makes you laugh, cry--in your own words.

I think agents speak of “voice” so much because it’s rare to find a book that won’t let you put it down.  These days books have to compete with TV remotes and game consoles, so more than ever authors have to deliver stories that grab readers and won’t let them go.  Therefore, I look for a voice that makes me turn the page.  One that doesn’t get hung up on the details or descriptive words. I like a brisk pace and a narrator that assumes the reader is intelligent and will follow along.  Among female protagonists I like a tough-as-nails voice hiding a softer interior, and among romance heroes I like ‘em mad as hell, perhaps masking some inner pain.

Thanks for having me, R!

**on a side note---eablogs feels legitimized as it was mentioned on ABSOLUTE WRITE. We are also making large attempts NOT to have big line breaks in the interviews-- so as to avoid ridicule on the board in the future . LOL!

Interview w/ Literary Agent, Jessica Regel

Editors Agents and Blogs oh my! is happy to welcome Jessica Regel

Jessica has been at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency for six years, the Agency has been around for over thirty years. They represent a range of authors, including: Jean Auel, Mary McGarry Morris, Lily Prior, Phillip Margolin, David Levy, Carl Safina, Cecilia Galante, Ellen Potter, Nancy Springer, and Roger Duvoisin.

Jessica received her BA degree in English Literature from Hunter College. A few of her authors include: Rayo Casablanca, Cecilia Galante, Jillian Cantor, John Michael Cummings, Pamela Wells, Victoria Strauss, and Lesley Livingston.


Below is a list of the genres she's looking to represent and a comparative title in those genres-- that she wish she had worked on!

Memoir & Narrative Non-fiction (THE GLASS CASTLE)

Women's Fiction (TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE)


Literary Fiction (CASE HISTORIES)

Edgy Fiction (THE END OF MR. Y)


Middle Grade (BLUBBER)

Young Adult (STORY OF A GIRL)


As an agent, what types of stories are you looking for at this time?

Right now I'm looking to be entertained! I'm looking for humor writers (either in fiction or nonfiction), modern love stories (like Maynard & Jennica or The Time Traveler's Wife), pop culture, and  narrative nonfiction. I want unique voices and settings.

I also handle a lot of young adult and middle grade writers.
For my children's books I like reality based fantasy and science fiction with big themes or contemporary novels with a lot of heart.

What have you seen too much of lately, if anything?

I've been getting a lot of chic-lit, memoirs about the writer's year abroad, and, in young adult,  I always see a lot of portal stories, or stories about teens with powers (especially VAMPIRES!)

I like humor and I like travel, but the chic-lit and abroad memoirs are incredibly hard to sell, which means that the plot and the voice needs to stand out EVEN MORE.

For the young adult vampire/portal stories, I need to see a lot of originality in order for me to request to read more.

What is your favorite part of being an agent? Least favorite?

Oh, that's easy, the best part is finding a book/author that I absolutely fall in love with. Something that gets me so excited that I want to tell EVERYONE.

My least favorite part is when I'm not able to find a publisher for the above mentioned book.

Describe your dream author? And of course....the author from Hades?

My dream author is: an optimist (you need to be in this industry!), a go-getter, a team-player... and someone who can intelligently talk about their book(s). In terms of their writing style, I'm looking for authors who have distinct voices-- you can read any page of their book and know immediately who the author is.

An author from Hades would be someone who doesn't trust the people they work with, feels they can do & should do everything on their own, isn't interested in improving their craft or feels that their "capital L literature" is perfect, and is snarky. Snarky writers need not apply!

What do you read for pleasure? Name three of your all time favorite books or

My reading habits have really changed over the years. When I worked in a library (shout out to the Charles City Public Library!) I would read anything that caught my attention-- from Clive Barker to Karleen Koen to Lois Lowry-- but almost all fiction. Now, working in publishing, I have little time for personal reading. There are certain "buzz" that I have to read and then there are books that editors give me that I need to read in order to grasp their taste in books.  So, those books get priority and I have very little time to "browse". But, when I do read I like general fiction with unique plots and voices. When I went on my last vacation I picked up: Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell, The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

The "three favorites question" is always a hard one and the answer will change depending on how I'm feeling in the moment I answer the question... here's my attempt right now (on Friday at 10 a.m.):

Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende and Ralph Manheim
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

And, I'm adding two more (see, I can't do this!): The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas and Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.

Tell us about a few titles you have coming out you are excited about.

Jillian Cantor's book THE SEPTEMBER SISTERS (HarperTeen), which is a beautifully written sister story (I'm a sucker for sister stories!) If you read this, you should have a box of Kleenex with you!

VERY MERCENARY by Rayo Casablanca (Kensington) which is a romp of a novel-- fast-paced and wacky. This is Rayo's second novel (the first, 6 SICK HIPSTERS) and he's only getting started!!

DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston (HarperTeen). This book has everything: fantasy, romance, adventure... incredibly interesting Shakespearian and Central Park history... and to top it off Lesley has a great voice! This is the second book in her WONDROUS STRANGE series.

Cecilia Galante has a new middle grade novel coming up from Simon & Schuster titled WILLOWOOD. Her first novel THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES (Bloomsbury) is doing incredibly well and her middle grade novel HERSHEY HERSELF is pitch perfect. She's an excellent example of the type of middle grade author that I'm looking for.

How does one submit to you and do you accept equeries?

Actually starting this year I only accept e-queries. Writers should email me with a description of their book and a bio of themselves, typed within the email. I don't want attachments and I don't want pages pasted into the bottom of the email.

and our new question section- an absolute take off of inside the actors
studio-adapted for books (how's that for a switch)

Tell us your favorite movie

Oh, I'm crazy about movies!! I see everything. I love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I thought Slumdog Millionaire was awesome, The Big Lebowski I could watch over and over again, and It's A Wonderful Life (obviously).

Tell us your favorite protagonist-hero or heroine, your choice.

Heroine: Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged. A smart woman who gets things done!

What is your favorite word or phrase?


least favorite word or phrase?

And any of its variations, for example:  "I loved it, but..."

If you werent an agent, you would be a __________.

Travel writer. I love to travel (my last trip was over Christmas, where I went to India and Dubai.) I have two clients, Karen Schaler and Jeryl Brunner, who write travel pieces and they're always jetting off to the most fabulous destinations. I kind of want to be them.

Also...agents talk of voice. What kind of voice hooks your attention? One
that makes you laugh, cry--in your own words.

That's exactly it. If an author can make me laugh out loud, cry, or scream at the pages then I'M IN!
Finding your voice is incredibly hard, but you know immediately when you find a writer who has mastered it. From the first page you're hooked.

With the current economy-have deals gone down?
No-- we're still here!  We continued to make deals through the end of last year and into this year.  What's happening now is that editors don't want to take risks. We've seen our big "brand" authors sell better than ever, but debuts have been harder and harder to place. It's a challenge, but one worth pursuing. It's hard to get published, but talented writers will sell eventually. I don't give up easily!

Do you view small press credits as an asset or a liability?
It depends. If it's a small press I've heard of and respect, then absolutely. If I've never heard of them, it doesn't make much of a difference to me either way. For fiction, the book matters more to me than the bio. For nonfiction, the writer's platform (their bio and connections) is practically the only thing that matters--  I can always set them up with a ghostwriter.
Are you attending any conferences in the next year?
Emerald Coast Writers Conference
BEA Writer's Digest Pitch Slam
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Pitch Session
Nebraska Summer Writer's Conference
Thanks for participating!

Thanks for having me!


Breaking Out w/ author- Alyson Noel

Hi. I'm starting a new set of blogs, along with the agent-editor interviews. When authors "break-out" (which should probably have a copyright symbol beside it with an ode to Donald Maas) meaning they hit a best seller list after some years of writing, I think its worth hearing about them. So to kick off this subject--please welcome Alyson Noel


So how does it feel to BREAK OUT, as they call it in publishing? (again bow to Donald Maas)

Surreal, amazing, and definitely a dream-come-true moment! The day after EVERMORE was released and my publisher informed me it had gone into another printing and had a shot at the New York Times Bestseller list—I could hardly breathe! Then as the week progressed it went into two more printings and made the Bookscan, Borders, and Ingrams bestseller lists. At the same time, A TV option we’d been negotiating for the last three months seemed to be nearing a conclusion, so I spent most of the week glued to my computer and phone waiting for updates. And so, in the tradition of watched pots refusing to boil, the one day I’m forced to leave the house for a dental appointment is when all the good news came in! On my way to the dentist I learned that Spring Creek Productions and Warner Horizon had optioned the rights to all five books for a TV series, and I was literally in the dentist’s chair, mouth full of instruments, when my editor called to tell me I’d debuted at #3 on the New York Times Children’s Paperback list! (And yes, I answered the call—my hygienist is a kind and patient woman!). Then by the time I got home I learned it hit #84 on the USA Today bestseller list—and I nearly fainted!! Needless to say, a lot of champagne was consumed that night!
Could you tell us a little about your writing life--how you got started? Your agent tale, and ultimately, selling to houses?
The moment I finished reading Judy Blume’s, ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET, in the sixth grade I knew I wanted to be a writer too. But aside from really bad poetry penned in junior high, short stories written in high school, and the odd writing class taken as an adult, I mostly just talked about writing rather than actual doing it. It wasn’t until the events of 9/11, when I was working as a flight attendant in NYC and figured a career change might be in order that I finally got serious and enrolled in some online writing courses where I worked on expanding a short story I’d written a long time ago into a novel. It was through that class that a fellow student led me to my then agent, and after revising the book one more time, he sold my debut novel, FAKING 19, in a two-book deal to St. Martin’s Press.  So, all in all it took around 2.5 years from seriously sitting down to write to the first sell.


How will this affect your life? It’s said 75 % of writers still work a day job---will this new success permit you to write full time, if you aren’t already?
I’m not really sure what, if anything, will change, other than I get to put New York Times Bestseller next to my name (which, trust me, excites me beyond belief!). But I’ve been writing full time ever since my airline offered voluntary furloughs a few years back. And, in the grand scheme of things, the laundry will still have to be done, the dishwasher unloaded, the trash taken out, deadlines met . . .so I’m just enjoying the rush for as long as it lasts!

Tell us about your books, what inspires you?
I love writing in the young adult genre because I have a real affection for those years. I love how they’re so full of dichotomies: wanting to fit in versus wanting to be your true self, wanting to break free from your parents yet liking the security of home—those years are chock full of possibility and struggle and so ripe for story telling!

As for the inspiration behind EVERMORE, well, a few years ago I lost a three people I loved in five horrible months, and just when the dust began to settle from that, my husband was diagnosed with leukemia and it felt like my entire world was crashing down. A year later, when he was in full remission, I wrote SAVING ZOE and CRUEL SUMMER, both of which explore the subject of grief and unavoidable change. But when it came time to write my next book, I realized I wasn’t finished exploring those themes, though I wanted to do so in a much different way by giving it a paranormal twist and pushing the boundaries between life and death, and the story of EVERMORE came pouring out of me
Breaking in, let alone breaking out is so very difficult in publishing? How did you persevere and what kept you hitting the keys?
In the beginning it was a mixture of pure stubbornness, complete naivety, and a total aversion to the word no! Seriously. I was so green, I had no idea what I was up against, but I just kept plugging along, determined to see it done. Though I have to give my husband the bulk of the credit—he served as my number one cheerleader/dark cloud eraser, always boosting me up whenever I was tempted to quit!

And now: Well, I just love what I do—I love telling stories that, hopefully, readers will connect to. And while it requires a lot of time alone, a lot of time away from family and friends—I can’t imagine doing anything else!

Alyson Noël is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of: FAKING 19, ART GEEKS AND PROM QUEENS, LAGUNA COVE, FLY ME TO THE MOON, KISS & BLOG, SAVING ZOE, CRUEL SUMMER, FIRST KISS (THEN TELL)- an anthology, and the IMMORTALS series including: EVERMORE (Feb 09), BLUE MOON (Aug 09), and three more titles for 2010.  Her books have won the National Reader’s Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer’s Choice 2007 Top Ten, and appeared on the CBS Early Show’s “Give the Gift of Reading” segment. Her titles have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Hungarian, and Romanian. She lives in Laguna Beach, CA with her husband.


Interview w/ Paula Guran-Juno Books

Interview w/ Paula Guran-Juno Books

Paula Guran is the editor of Juno Books ( which 
recently became an imprint of Pocket Books. She also does some 
agenting, freelance writing, reviewing, and teaching. She has won 
genre awards and work in many capacities in publishing. Previous to 
her life in books, she was, at various times,  a theatrical tech 
director/designer,  pastoral assistant, enchilada roller, newspaper 
morgue assistant, and a PTA president.


As an editor, what types of stories are you looking for at this

Our guidelines are here:
They explain what we are looking for.

What have you seen too much of lately, if anything?

I see too many people who don't know the genre, who haven't read enough of it to
know what it is, but who still try to submit their or their client's

What is your favorite part of being an editor?

Finding new talent.

Least favorite?

Dealing with issues I have no control over.

Describe your dream author?

Someone in touch with the realities of
publishing who turns in a polished manuscript.

And of course...the author from Hades?

I've been lucky enough not to encounter a really hellish type. Generally, I would not care for a prima donna who has no claim to prima.

What do you read for pleasure?

Right now I read mostly nonfiction for pleasure.

Name three of your all time favorite books or authors.

Too many to mention.

Tell us about a few titles you have coming out you are excited
about. All of them, of course :-)

Our first release as Pocket Juno is in June:

AMAZON INK by Lori Devoti.
The heroine, Melanippe Saka, left the Amazon tribe in order to create a normal life for her daughter, Harmony. She runs a a tattoo parlor in Madison, Wisconsin
and her Amazon warrior mother and priestess grandmother live with
them. Then dead Amazon teens start turning up left, literally, on
her doorstep.

Linda Robertson's debut novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, comes
out in July. It's about a modern-day witch who is hired destroy her
werewolf friend's killer. Other werewolf friends, including Johnny,
a motorcycle-riding lead singer for a techno-metal-Goth band, get
involved -- for better or worse.

Stacia Kane's DEMON INSIDE, a sequel to PERSONAL DEMONS, is the August release. Megan, the psychic psychologist heroine, has become the leader of the personal demons -- little demons all humans have, except Megan -- and she has to
deal not only with a big new demon in town, but a lot more. Well, I
could go on about more titles, but...

How does one submit to you and do you accept equeries?

The guidelines (see above) are updated and we are open.

What can you tell us of your merger announced on Publishers
Marketplace? How will it effect Juno books?

Juno is now an imprint of Pocket Books. We've gone from being a small
press imprint to being an imprint of the fourth largest publisher in
the U.S. It affects just about everything.

And our new question section- an absolute take off of inside the
Actors studio-adapted for books (how's that for a switch)

Tell us your favorite movie:

The Crow

Tell us your favorite protagonist-hero or heroine, your choice.

Rickenharp in Eclipse by John Shirley.

What is your favorite word or phrase?

I'm a real word wonk, so I can't say there's just one. Today I am liking "incognito".

Least favorite word or phrase?

Probably any word used improperly.

If you werent an editor, you would be a...bag lady living in a

Also...editors talk of voice. What kind of voice hooks your
attention? One that makes you laugh, cry--in your own words.

I don't talk about "voice", so I can't really answer the question. :-)