Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Fun Facts

"And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department." ~Andrew Carnegie

I'm still on vacation in the Outer Banks, with one eye on Hurricane Bill (looks like we'll have some turbulent surf along with a few storms on Saturday, but nothing too bad)...but I do have two pieces of NEWS for all you romance writers:

First, Firebrand Literary Agency recently announced that it's closing its doors. This is interesting news, since it comes on the heels of a Writer's Digest article that features 2 of its agents as open to submissions from new authors. Regardless, they are no longer in business, though I hear that one/or more of their agents may be opening her own agency. Don't know what genres they'll be looking for. Anyone heard?

Here's the official statement from their website.

Second, if you haven't already heard, Quartet Press is a new digital press, currently accepting submissions in the usual variety of romance sub-genres. Now, I don't know anything about Quartet Press and am not endorsing them, BUT Angela James, former Executive Editor at my publisher, Samhain, recently joined them as editorial director.

While we at Samhain are sad to lose Angie, it's a huge gain for Quartet. She has tons of editorial experience, and she's savvy to the ways of digital publishing and its future. I'd say that Quartet is very lucky to have her.

So...if you're looking for a new publisher, you might want to check them out. Again, this isn't a recommendation by any means, but here's their home page all the same.


Diane Craver said...

You are kidding me. I'm at Outer Banks, too! I left last Sat. and return tomorrow. Isn't it beautiful here but hot...we are staying at a condo in Corolla.

When my blog tour was scheduled, wasn't expecting to be here but we have internet which is a blessing.

Charity said...

The new agency is Upstart Crow and they have a web site and blog full of information/clients/tastes, etc.

Allie Boniface said...

Thanks, Charity!!

Mary Ricksen said...

The talents always seem to stay around, lucky for the writers!

Dayana said...

Wow! I met Angela at the Sun Coast STAR chapter Super Saturday last year. Very interesting information, Allie. Saimhain has lost an exceptional editorial director but they will move on as Quartet will who has gained one:)

Thanks for sharing.


Dayana said...

I stand to correct myself. Angela was the Executive Editor and not the editorial director at Samhain. Sorry:)