Our (we think) exciting announcement, updates and news

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Yesterday we sent an email to our authors with an exciting announcement, update and some news. In the spirit of giving you a peek behind-the-scenes and keeping you up-to-date on what’s going on with Carina Press, I’m going to share that email with you, with a few small modifications–and no, I won’t always share these emails, but I think it can be fun to get a glimpse of what we’re doing and how we’re communicating with our authors, so I hope you enjoy!

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Hi everyone!

To start, I’ve been teasing about some big news we have to share. We are very excited to announce that, starting in February 2011, some of the Carina Press romantic  suspense and mystery titles will be going to print via the Harlequin Direct to Customer (DTC) program. Reader Service, as it known to customers, sends a monthly shipment of 3-4 books to readers who have signed up for the service. As a result certain Carina Press titles will be printed by the DTC team and included in a monthly 2011 shipment. Those titles are:

February 2011: In Plain View by J. Wachowski (edited by Melissa Johnson)
April 2011: Presumed Dead by Shirley Wells (edited by Deborah Nemeth)
July 2011: Fatal Affair by Marie Force (edited by Jessica Schulte)

Congratulations to the initial authors.  Going forward, we will continue to recommend titles that fit the Reader Service suspense and mystery parameters and will let authors know when/if their titles are chosen—and we do anticipate having further titles chosen for Fall 2011!  We’re excited that we’re able to utilize Harlequin’s resources like this and it’s our goal to bring you similar news in the future!

As most of you know, we’ve also partnered with Audible.com to release audio versions of Carina Press titles. To date, Audible has chosen approximately 40 2010 titles they feel are appropriate for their venue. These titles, which began releasing in July and will continue to release on a schedule determined by Audible, are available for purchase on Audible.com, Amazon and iTunes. Carina has worked with Audible to get each author who has an audio release a certificate for 2 free downloads, so you can download and listen to your title.

Below is a list of titles that are due to release via Audible this month, many available now:

Presumed Dead by Shirley Wells
Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson
Exit Light by Megan Hart
Fatal Affair by Marie Force
Panther’s Lair by Esmerelda Bishop
Her Heart’s Divide by Kathleene Dienne
Scene Stealer by Elise Warner
Lovely by Kris Starr
Chasing Silver by Jamie Craig
Three Over Par by Cathryn Brunet
The Price of Freedom by Jenny Schwartz
Amethyst Bound by L. Shannon

As Audible confirms future titles, authors will receive an email alert from me.

Also, just a small informational fact for you: This week, Jenny Bullough finished production on our December 2010 titles. Now that our 2010 year is “closed” for production, we know that we’ll have 101 titles total releasing in 2010. We’re so proud of the hard work all of the staff, editors, cover artists and authors have done to make this possible. Thank you!

Yesterday on the author loop, Eleanor posted an update about the “bestseller” list on the Carina website, but I know many of you do not frequent that loop so I’d like to share that info here as well. She said:

Hey all!

As I know you’ve noticed, our bestseller list was ‘stuck’ for awhile. I’ve
managed (with the help of our ebooks commerce provider, Overdrive) to get it
unstuck. It should now refresh every 24 hours.

However, I learned something new – it’s not actually a ‘bestseller’ list…it’s
a ‘most popular’ list. Meaning the ranking is derived by an algorithm that takes
various factors into play – page views, cart additions, sales, social media
‘shares’, etc. We’ll be adjusting the header to say “Most Popular”, because as
it stands right now, it’s a little misleading (unintentionally).

Let me know if you have any questions.

Eleanor

Director, Digital Commerce

That’s it for our major news, though there are a few minor updates. We’ve acquired three new freelance editors (for a total of 13) and are zipping right along in submissions. If you’re curious about who the freelance editors are, you can read more about them on the Carina Press Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/CarinaPress?v=app_4949752878 If you’re curious about submissions, I do post occasional updates on the Carina blog. However, I will tell you we continue to see less contemporary romance, erotic romance and m/m romance than we do most other genres. But we’re enthusiastic about acquiring and publishing across the fiction genres and are so pleased with the manuscripts you’ve delivered to us.

Right now, we’re working on updating the website FAQ pages to be more customer oriented, and also will be changing the format of the About Us page. Word count is going to be added to the books and CP website before the end of the year. We’re also going to be re-examining our marketing via our social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, blog) so you may see some changes there in the coming months. We’re working on an author welcome package, which you’ll all receive as will new authors, which will give you insight into the different Carina processes and staff, as well as who to contact with individual questions.

Last, we’re going to be holding a live phone/web meeting for all authors the last week of October. We’ll work on getting the date and time out as soon as possible. Because we have so many new authors since we held one of these last spring, we’ll spend some time introducing ourselves and talking about our vision for Carina, as well as going over some eHarlequin Community and Commission Junction information. And, of course, answering any and all questions you may have.

To close, I have two small reminders. Don’t forget you can grab the widget here on the blog (left sidebar) www.carinapress.com/blog for use on your blogs/websites. The content refresh is pushed direct to the widget.

Also, we have a bi-weekly newsletter that you can sign up for here, and send your readers to via social media/websites. http://ebm.cheetahmail.com/r/regf2?aid=1691018318&n=8&a=0&t=%%t%% We welcome content suggestions or ideas (you can email to me).

Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm (and your continued fantastic books!) Can you believe it’s only been 4 months since we opened our bookstore doors?

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There you have it! Our exciting news, updates and a journey behind the scenes. It’s been a great week for us, and we’re glad to get to share part of it with all of you, who’ve supported us via the blog, Twitter and Facebook while we make this crazy journey.

Comments

  1. I saw SEA OF SUSPICION on the audible site. Such a thrill! Thanks to Carina & Audible, I can’t wait to listen!!

  2. I have to keep re-reading this to make sure my book really is there. Twice. :)

    I saw PRESUMED DEAD on the audible site, too. So exciting!

    Thanks to everyone at Carina for everything!

  3. Good about the word count issue. For the last many moons, I’ve considered bitching to you about the fact that you just have “stories” in your shop, with no classification according to length.

    I am not convinced that word count is the best solution, although it is a lot better than nothing.

    The ideal solution may be to use the length classification scheme used by the SFWA, ignoring the lower end (since you don’t buy under 15k words), and dividing novel (40k+) up into three or four length categories, such as Short Novel (40k-60k), Novel (60k-90k), Long Novel (90k-150k) and Very Long (150k+).

  4. It nearly killed me to keep quiet 24 hours. But seeing (hearing?) my novella, The Price of Freedom, at Audible.com has made my day :)

  5. It’s good to see a new publisher doing so well. Also great to hear about print books for old-fashioned people like me who still like their favorites on paper. So, speaking of favorites, can I put my hand up for Josh Lanyon’s “Fair Game”?
    Thanks for some great releases and I’m looking forward to plenty more to come.

  6. @Peter. I’m not sure I understand. You’re suggesting we not use word count but instead use the scheme used by SFWA, which is based on…word count? And is actually less specific because it provides ranges, not the actual count? How would that be better, can you elaborate?

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