It looks as if the future of publishing is now. While YA fiction still sells in print form, adult genre fiction—especially by new writers—has been a tough sell since the global financial meltdown.
But today, the forward-looking and seemingly recession-proof Harlequin Enterprises Limited offers us an alternative to print publishing. This morning they announced the launch of a new, all-digital publishing house: Carina Press (http://www.carinapress.com)
They are accepting submissions in all genres of commercial fiction—not just the romance lines they are famous for. And you don’t need an agent to submit.
This is what they’re saying, “If the book of your heart fits into a niche that has very little shelf space in a traditional bookstore, Carina Press is eager to read and potentially publish your story.”
This is good news for writers in almost all genres of adult fiction. They will specialize in erotica and romance, but they are also looking at women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, futuristic, mystery, thrillers, horror, and niches.
They will even consider shorter stories under 50,000 words, plus longer, and complex narratives of over 100,000 words—and will also acquire books that have been previously released in print form, but for which the author has either retained digital rights or had digital rights revert to them.
All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit queries for only completed, fully polished manuscripts. In the subject line of your query, please type manuscript name, author name, genre.
Queries should include the following:
Brief, introductory query letter listing genre, word count and a short description of the book, as well as any pertinent information about the author, including both legal name and pen name and any writing credits.
The manuscript saved as an RTF file and attached, with file name TITLE_MANUSCRIPT
2-5 page synopsis of book that details character development, plot, and conflict/story resolution. Attach as an RTF file with file name TITLE_SYNOPSIS .
Carina Press plans to launch in summer 2010 and will release new titles on a weekly basis. Between now and the launch, readers and writers can follow the progress of Carina Press via its blog (http://carinapress.com/?page_id=9).
For full submission guidelines (http://carinapress.com/?page_id=2) and more information on Carina Press go to www.carinapress.com.