A greeting card from my sweet aunt.
Original by Jung Eon Hwang,
The number three has special resonance in many cultures, finding its tidy, balanced way into such power words as triumvirate, triptych, triskelion ... and, of course, into a word beloved by both writers and readers -- trilogy.
This is an over-blown way of introducing a simple fact: I had three main reasons for submitting my urban fantasy to Carina Press.
(1) Angela James. Carina's executive editor. I have long admired Angela James, noting over the years her level-headed, straightforward comments on various topics on various industry-related blogs such as Dear Author. Therefore, any house smart enough to hire her ...
(2) While their emphasis is naturally on romance and its sub-genres, Carina was open to a broad range of submissions and might not automatically dismiss a novel where romance did not constitute the primary and entire plot.
(3) Carina is the digital-first imprint of Harlequin. Not exactly a fly-by-night-here-today-gone-tomorrow publisher. No troubling gambles/questions about competence or expertise.
Of course, there were lesser reasons: submission guidelines were clear, uncomplicated, and complete; to a digital publisher, my e-pub credits, though meager, would not be sneered at; the royalty rate was fair and on cover, not net; and there was the Carina blog.
Again, straightforward, open, informative, author-friendly, and responsive: introducing editors and authors, providing submission and acquisition updates, posting preliminary blurbs and inviting covers (really good covers), keeping hopeful writers current with progress and the process.
Any writer interested in Carina would do well to read and absorb the wealth of information provided in every post on the blog.
The entrails don't stink and the auguries are favourable.