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From The Editor's Desk

Tales of Submission

If you think this is some sort of BDSM blog, think again. There are many types of submissions. The one I’m going to talk about here is submission to a publishing house, like Champagne. I wear two hats, editor and author. And I angst over submissions, even though I’ve been in this business for several years. So thought I’d talk about the process I go through when submitting a story for consideration.

First, I write and do a round of edits on a story. I make a few notes about things I still need to work on. Then, if possible, I put it away for a month and work on the next story. That way, when I go through on round two of edits, it’s fresh and easier to see the places I need to fix. This is when I’m really looking closely at the emotion, where I need to slow things down, where to speed them up...and what to gut. After this, I go through one more time, looking closely at grammar and punctuation. Now, I’ve already been through the story three times, but you’d be amazed how many things I catch on this last pass.

Then, my story goes to my critique partner, who catches even more things to fix. After I’m done with that, I send it to a beta reader. Yep. She catches a few more things, but by now, they’re pretty minimal and easy to fix. While my story is being beta read, I check out what the publisher I want to send it to is looking for, making sure my story’s a good fit. At this point, my story is polished and ready to go, so that’s when I format however much the publisher wants (like first three chapters) to the specifications they ask for. Champagne uses pretty standard formatting (TNR size 12, one inch borders, double-spaced, etc.)

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JULY NEWS

The CBG offices will be closed June 27 and reopening July 2 for the Canada Day long weekend. Customer service emails will be monitored should you require assistance.

Waxing Deadly by Charles Pero is now available in audio format. Look for it exclusively on Audible.com. Amazon.com and iTunes.

Haven by Celia Breslin finaled in Best First Book category of the Holt Medallion contest. Congratulations on a job well done! http://www.virginiaromancewriters.com/Contests/holtwinners.html

New Contracts!

J. A. Garland returns with UNSPOKEN, another fantastic urban fantasy for a January 2015 release.

Calendar News

Champagne Book Group will be at the RNC convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 9-13. Be sure to drop by the Champagne Book Group social and say hello!

If you're an author with a book to pitch and would like to set up an appointment, email publisher@champagnebooks.com  or cassie@champagnebooks.com , or catch us at the convention, and we'll be happy to make arrangements to talk with you about your work. 

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