THE JAMES GANG
Each month I interview an author or publishing insider who has “James” in his/her name. My January James Gang interview is with Samhain Publishing Executive Editor, Angela James.
1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?
Actually, James isn’t my last name. I chose to use a work name because I blog a lot about my daughter and I didn’t want our real name out on the Internet. Angela is my real first name, though. But I chose James because it’s my husband’s middle name (and my father-in-law’s first name). There have been times when he’s been to a conference with me and been called “Mr. James” which is a hoot for him. To be honest, I spend as much of my days as “Angela James” as I do “Angela (my real name)” that I think of myself and respond to Angela James as if it’s my own. I’m totally comfortable with it and it’s who I am!
2. What do you enjoy most about being an editor?
New authors. Brand new authors. I love authors who’ve never been published before. They’re shiny and excited and grateful and haven’t had a chance to develop the publishing cynicism that the rest of us wear after a year or so in the business. I love how excited they are to reach authors, their motivation to succeed, their love of learning to improve their writing and how they just seem to soak up the whole experience. It’s awesome.
3. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you edit for Samhain?
I edit all sub-genres of romance, as well as science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy. I’m very fortunate to get to work with all of my favorite genres.
4. Do you have a personal favorite fiction genre/sub-genre or a favorite author?
I’m particularly fond of fantasy/urban fantasy as well as paranormal shifter books. In my pleasure reading, my favorite author is JD Robb, but I read a lot of fantasy and urban fantasy otherwise.
5. What Samhain releases do you have this month?
In January I have 5 releases.
The first is Devonshire by Lynne Connolly, which is the second in the Richard and Rose series. This series, begun in Yorkshire, is a fabulous historical series that follows the same characters through six books.
Next is Take Me Again by Mackenzie McKade. Take Me Again is an erotic contemporary romance featuring some really naughty scenes, including some ménage a trios.
Broken by Eve Vaughn is a riveting interracial contemporary romance about rediscovering an old love and letting go of past secrets.
The Devil Inside by Kate Davies is a contemporary romance set in the exciting world of rodeo.
Last is debut author Leah Braemel with her erotic contemporary romance, Private Property, which is a whole lot wicked with a little bondage and ménage a trois thrown in for good measure. Leah is an extremely talented author and she’ll be one to watch as she builds her career.
6. Do you have a reader email loop, and how can a reader join it?
Samhain has a yahoo group for readers called the Samhain Café, where the authors and readers can interact. There are always excerpts and contests being posted. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/samhaincafe/join
My personal site is http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/blog but I like to warn people that I use it as much for talking about my own life and reading, as I do for editing, so don’t expect a lot of insightful posts about editing and the publishing industry, because this is my personal site.
7. How would an author submit a manuscript to Samhain, and do you have any submission hints or pet peeves?
Our submission guidelines are on the website at http://samhainpublishing.com/submissions and I would ask that authors read those carefully before submitting. My hint would be to make sure that we accept the genre of book the author wrote (we only accept romance, science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy with romantic elements), to tell us about the book in your query letter, not your life history, and to make sure you spell the company name correctly.
8. Do you have any suggestions or pet peeves about author pitch sessions at conferences?
I’m not a huge fan of pitch sessions at conferences, because anyone can have a really wonderful pitch but not have the writing to match, or a really terrible pitch but the most fabulous book ever. I think you’ll find that many editors and agents feel this way. I like to use pitch sessions as a time to let authors ask questions about the company and epublishing in general. If I had to choose one pet peeve for pitches, it would be someone pitching to me who isn’t familiar with either epublishing or the company. It makes me think they’re not really serious about submitting to me.
9. Do you work with your authors to promote Samhain books?
As a company, we provide a lot of marketing opportunities for authors. As an editor, I do some promotion for “my” books and authors, at conferences and online. For instance, my authors and I just held a huge contest on my blog at the beginning of December giving away two Kindles and 12 boxes of other prizes.
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?
Treat your writing as a business and act in a professional manner even when you think no one is watching.
Thanks, Angela! Next month I’ll interview Tiffany James of the Armchair Heroines blog (http://armchairheroines.blogspot.com/) and the No Rest For the Querying blog (http://norestforthequerying.blogspot.com/)!
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