Thanks so much for taking the time to let me interview. How about we start off with the usual question. Tell me a little about your background?
I've been editing for 14 years now. I have a BA in English, a post-grad certificate in Book and Magazine Publishing, and a post-grad certificate in creative writing. I worked for Harlequin for almost seven years and worked as a freelance editor for five years after that before joining Entangled full time.
That's a wonderful background and it's great to see someone with your experience as a judge of the Linda Howard Contest. Thanks again for volunteering your time! Is there any type of story you're hoping to find, but not seeing in your submissions?
Somewhere along the way people got the idea we were about CEOS and bosses (white collar guys) and that is so not the case. We take all kinds of heroes, as long as he's alpha and confident and smokin' hot. So I'd like to see some heroes in interesting careers that aren't business related. I'm revamping the guidelines for Indulgence and they'll be posted soon so make sure to have a look. Personally, I'd love to see a high drama, action story that follows category but does it outside of the box. High concept category!
This new high concept category romance gives writers with out-of-the-box heroes a place to share their stories. Wonderful news! Tell me, how often do you select manuscripts from the "slush pile?"
All the time. I have a few agents I work with closely, and they have brought me great talent, but when we first started it was all slush. Agented or un-agented, it's all the same to me.
Wow. Now you're talking my language. I love having a new publishing house who is willing to let writers go directly to them with their unpublished manuscripts. While reading a manuscript, how long does it usually take before yo know whether or note you want to request the full? Why?
I know pretty much right away, after say the first five pages. Truly. If by page 30 I'm still not in it, then there's less of a chance I'm going to later on and that you'll get picked up. But the first five pages is where it's at, when I know I have something special.
Sounds like if you like a high concept hook, too. What do you consider the most important qualities of an author?
Flexibility, professionalism, co-operation, patience, and kindness in how they deal with you. Sounds simple and what should be, but you have no idea... it's often not the case.
Patience is important in this industry. As are all the other qualities you look for in an author. If you were to give an aspiring author one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don't give up. But don't be lazy. Keep trimming and tightening, and honing that story.
Never give up and never surrender and always keep learning how to improve the story. Sound advice! Now that we know what you're looking for in an author, here are a couple of fun questions.
What book or books do you like to reread every year?
The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag.
Have you ever become star-struck when meeting an author? If so, who?
I wouldn't say star-struck, but I met Sandra Brown in New Orleans years ago. Her husband made us bananas foster. It was a tad surreal. She is such a beautiful woman, and grand, and has such a dignified air about her. Like a movie star! She and her family were so much fun and so likable.
MMMM. Bananas Foster and a wonderful evening. Now I want to meet Sandra Brown!
If you want to learn more about the Indulgence line at Entangled Publishing, please check out their website and the Indulgence Blog. I know I will!! And I think I've got a manuscript tucked in a drawer somewhere that just might fit the bill.
Everyone, here's your chance to ask an editor from ENTANGLED what you've always wanted to know.
And check out their guidelines as well. You can click here: