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Interview w/ Paula Guran-Juno Books

Interview w/ Paula Guran-Juno Books


Paula Guran is the editor of Juno Books (www.juno-books.com) 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.



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

Our guidelines are here: www.juno-books.com/guidelines.html.
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
work.

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)
INSIDE THE Editors STUDIO

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
dumpster.



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. :-)


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