Monday, April 27, 2015

IP Projects Are Great!

Recently, I've been introduced to a lot of great IP opportunities for my authors.  For those of you don't know, IP projects are ones where the idea is generated in-house by the publisher.  Basically what happens is the editor will give you an outline of the story, and then the author has to write out a few pages to see if they will be a match for the project.

Three different IP projects have come my way lately for YA and MG novels.  I thought they would be great fits for several of my authors, so now they are all busy writing samples!  I don't want to give away too much in this post, but these story ideas are INCREDIBLE.  I'm already in love with them from their outlines, and I know they really excited my authors, too.

This is my first real foray into doing something like this.  One of Emily's authors has a work-for-hire contract with Soho, so I'm familiar with the concept and basics of IP work, but I'm not sure what the steps between turning in the sample pages and seeing the first draft of the contract.  The big "for instance" in this situation is I'm not sure if some of my authors will move to a next step and then have to write all or most of the manuscript, or if a contract will be offered based on the sample pages.  I'm guessing more writing will be involved, but I'll let you know as I know!

I really hope that at least one of my authors lands one of the work-for-hires...it would be amazing if I could get authors doing all three!!  They really are fantastic stories and I think they would be amazing chances for my authors to build their careers!!

 
Both Alloy projects!

P.S.  I have my first romance client!  Over the weekend, I signed the amazing Shana Figueroa and am sending out her erotic, Veronica Mars-esque noir today!!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Query Critique

It's query critique time!  For everyone who enters (and those who don't) spread the word so that even if you don't submit a query, you encourage others to read and comment.  Thanks :)



 

If you're not familiar with how to enter, take a look at my previous post to read the rules.  Good luck!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Until Next Time

Hi, everyone!  So I totally forgot to write a blog post for this week...Things have been pretty busy around here lately, so I am writing myself a free pass for now.  Query critique next week!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring!

It's spring!  I know it's officially been spring for a little while now, but it's only recently felt like it. When Micheal was here, we had some really nice warm days, and I got to walk around the city without wanting to light my face on fire.  We didn't end up doing the Mission Escape thing (it was $180!!!) but we took him and his friend to Brooklyn Bowl and St. Mark's Place, which was a lot of fun.




Now that it's feeling nice outside, I've been wanting to do some spring cleaning and freshening up.  I've been telling myself to paint the apartment ever since I moved in, and there is one sad swatch of blue that has been painted over my stove since November, so my goal for this week is to get out, buy the paint, and just do it!!

Since I'm pretty caught up on reading at the moment, my other goal for this week is to follow up on submissions.  I have a couple projects that might be up for deals soon, so I need to check in with editors.  I've also been at work updating bios on the website and helping Emily get a booklet ready for RWA--it's an awesome anthology of teasers from novels by all of our romance authors!

Speaking of romance, who saw the Outlander premiere this past weekend?  IT WAS GREAT!  When I was getting out of the subway on Wednesday, men dressed in kilts handing out fliers to the red carpet premiere in the city.  I didn't end up going, but I kept the flier...it's pretty awesome!