I am thrilled to announce that my novel, Along the Way Home, has been contracted for publication by Astraea Press.
Signing with Astraea Press wasn’t a decision I took lightly. At the time the contract was offered (on my birthday!!!!!) I had six agents and three editors (Medallion Press, Tor/Forge, and a small press) reviewing requested partials/fulls, an R&R offer from an agent, and an offer pending from another small press.
I happily walked away from all of the above because I believe so strongly in Astraea Press, and the niche they’ve carved out for themselves in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
What does that mean? Let me backtrack a bit and reveal something that happened a few weeks ago that perfectly illustrates why I chose to go with Astraea.
I was rejected by an agent who called my book lovely and sweet, raved about my writing and the storyline, but ended with the statement, “…let your characters engage in sex and describe the sex. As it stands, I’ll pass. Put the sex in and I’ll take another look.”
I assure you, I have thick skin when it comes to rejections. I’ve racked up my fair share since I began querying, and normally take them with a grain of salt (and chocolate—lots of chocolate), but this one really bothered me. I understand if a rejection is based upon my writing style, the likability of my characters, or a flaw in the storyline—but to be rejected solely on the basis that I choose NOT to include sex? That one didn’t go over well.
So much so that I finally decided it was time to query the one publisher I’d had my eye on for months. A publisher that cares not only for the authors, but for the kind of work they attach their name to. I’d discovered Astraea Press before I started querying in September and really liked the stance the owner, Stephanie Taylor, took against unnecessary sex.
During a 2011 interview, Six Questions for Stephanie Taylor, she made the following statement: “I also believe that in general the public is getting sick of all the sex in books today, the lack of plot and bad writing, and I think everything will come full circle.”
In this same interview she also stated: “…Astraea offers a safe haven for good books where the focus is on the STORY and not the sex”.
Bottom line, I’m proud to have my book published with Astraea Press!
I’ve gathered a few links together if you’d like to learn more about them.
Click HERE for their link on Publisher’s Marketplace…
Click HERE for where Predators and Editors readers voted them one of the top e-pubs of the year…
Click HERE for the interview with Stephanie Taylor I quoted from earlier…
Click HERE for an interview done by Women on Writing about the state of the e-publishing industry as a whole (This features five e-pub owners all giving answers)
And now that I’ve announced my news, I shall resume skipping around the room with gleeful excitement!
If you are in/have gone through the querying process, what sites do you use for research? Did the results affect your decision on whether or not to query the agent/publisher?