STATUS: I’m doing great. Still working on a deal in process but hey, no one is going to be in the office tomorrow so it will just have to wait. The new network seems to be doing okay. I’ve caught a few minor glitches but minor they are so nothing to stress over.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH by Meatloaf
I have to admit that when it came to the genre of paranormal romance, I’ve been a little bit of a harbinger of doom.
I’ve been stressing how tight this market has become. Paranormal has been popular now for several years. Basic trends in publishing will tell us that the market will eventually get glutted and reader demand will fall off, publisher interest will decline, and those authors who are strong in the field will only get stronger but the newcomer will have a hard time breaking in.
Then I held an auction for a paranormal romance last week. The deal is up on deal lunch if you get it.
If not, I’m happy to share. Here it is:
Author of A Darker Crimson Carolyn Jewel’s next paranormal romance MAGELLAN’S WITCH, set in a world where human magic users and demons are on the brink of disastrous conflict, moving to Melanie Murray at Warner Forever, in a two-book deal at auction, by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency (World).
Does it change my mind? Yes and no. Maybe I’m not quite the harbinger of doom I’ve been lately but I do think the market is still tight.
Why did this project sell and at auction to boot? Well, I’m not sure if there is an absolute answer to that but here are some thoughts.
1. Carolyn was previously published in historical romance and for one other paranormal romance. Her numbers were solid. Editors like that.
2. The story line was fresh, fresh, fresh. Of course demons have been done before but her approach had a lot of original elements.
3. World building, world building, world building. When Carolyn and I were preparing for this submission, I really drove this home. To the point where she was probably sick of me but I really emphasized the need to layer her world with small details that make a powerful whole. Small things count in a tight market.
4. Her heroine had such an interesting dynamic to her paranormal ability. In fact, in the opening pages, we aren’t quite sure what exactly is unfolding because the heroine doesn’t know either. She also suffers from crippling “migraines” which ends up being something else entirely. The emotion and the tension in the opening scenes put the reader immediately on the edge. It’s also a great hook. The heroine simply thinks she is suffering from a debilitating condition that has shaped her life. Now a whole new world opens up—literally.
5. Sometimes what causes editor excitement just is. It’s the voice, the world, an original approach, they fall in love.
So the good news is there still is room in the paranormal world—even for a newcomer—so don’t put away those elements quite yet.