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    Oh, I dunno...they sign some shifty folks these days.

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    Yeah, I heard they signed someone called Cardinal Township or some crazy name like that. Even put her on the front page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann_Mayburn View Post
    Yeah, I heard they signed someone called Cardinal Township or some crazy name like that. Even put her on the front page.
    LMAO!!!!!!

    I submitted to LI a couple of weeks ago. I received a request for the full 3 days later and now I'm just waiting nervously for the outcome,

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    LESS THUMBSUCKAGE MOAR FILTH-WRITING!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann_Mayburn View Post
    It went into things they would like to polish in the story before I signed, giving me the opportunity to know what would be worked on etc.
    That's always been one of my very favorite things about LI. Letting you know upfront the vision they have for the book.
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    When I got that letter, I thought, "Hell yeah! I'd sign away my firstborn to get a piece of this!"

    n.b. I never want to have children, so it was an easy bargain to make. Treva Harte just asked for my mortal soul instead, signed away in blood.

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    New Author Packet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann_Mayburn View Post
    Their new author packet is fantastic and I can really tell that they are an established e-pub by the quality and detail of their acceptance letter. It went into things they would like to polish in the story before I signed, giving me the oppertunity to know what would be worked on etc.
    Hey everyone! I've been looking around and learning more about the different publishers. LooseId is definitely near the top of my list, but I have to ask... What is a 'new author packet'?

    Is that the contract they send? You said it told what they wanted polished. Is that how it normally works with a packet like that? It makes me kinda nervous if they're just sending out a demand that you rewrite right off the bat, but is that what usually happens?

    What else did they include that made this 'new author packet' really great? What set it apart and made LooseId better? Were there goodies or something?

    Sorry I'm blabbering so much and have so many questions. I'd just love to learn more, since LooseId is looking really appealing.

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    What is a 'new author packet'?
    I'm not at liberty to go into details, but its basically information about the company, how they work, and what is expected of you. All very clear, concise, and professional.

    Is that the contract they send? You said it told what they wanted polished. Is that how it normally works with a packet like that? It makes me kinda nervous if they're just sending out a demand that you rewrite right off the bat, but is that what usually happens?
    EVERY publishing company is going to require you to make edits with your editor. I can't think of any author I know that sold their story to a publishing house and had it published as is.-I'm sure there is an exception to this, but for the majority of us edits are a way of life- Part of your editor and publishers job is to help strengthen and refine your story, to polish it to the best possible level. They are staking their reputation on your work, and the reputation of their other writers. As such, editing is a part of life.
    Loose Id simply told me up front what they would like worked on in the story in concrete terms. They did this so I would know what kind of revisions I could look forward to, and why. There are tons of posts on AW that go into editing. Would be highly benifical to you to read them.

    What else did they include that made this 'new author packet' really great? What set it apart and made LooseId better? Were there goodies or something?
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    I suspect that anyone who said your every word was golden and edits were not required is more likely to be an author mill than a publisher. Or your mom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kara_Lyndon View Post
    It makes me kinda nervous if they're just sending out a demand that you rewrite right off the bat, but is that what usually happens?
    Yes.

    It's called editing.
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    Editing isn't a demand. It's part of the process and how it works with every publisher.

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    What happened with me was - probably the same for all Loose Id authors - they sent me a letter asking me to clarify certain plot points and left it entirely up to me how I did so.

    I was also told to think about their requests before signing the contract, so we'd only be working on a book both they and I were happy with.

    For the record, before they offered, I emailed the editor I ended up working with to say "I can change this, yes, okay, gotcha, yup, not a problem, no." I refused to change one particular plot point, or saw no logical way I could do what they were asking.

    Didn't stop them offering. Why? Were they just testing me out? No. I was able to tell Loose Id in detail why I was saying no. I wasn't being petulant; I was being logical, and they saw the merit in my thinking.

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    ScarletPeaches, that is probably the best advertising ever that LooseId could have.

    In contrast, my partner sent a novel ms to a publisher. They replied with "we're interested, but before we talk contract, we think the story would need XYZ changes." Most were minor; one was a fairly major change to the storyline. My partner considered the suggestions and replied with "Yeah, I'll be happy to do X and Y. Z, the major one, I don't think will work because what I'm aiming for with this story is Blah. I'd like to keep the focus on Blah. Changing Z will change the Blah. I'm happy to discuss -- maybe I could do this other thing to Z that might address your concern but would still keep Blah in context?"

    And never heard anything back.

    So she queried, and got no response, and queried, and got no response....rinse, lather, repeat. Finally after about two years she got hold of the head of the company, who said "Oh, the editor figured if you wouldn't make that Z change then you weren't interested." And that was it.

    That publisher goes to the bottom of my list. LooseId just moved to the top.

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    It's happened twice now, actually. I don't feel right going into too much detail because the book isn't finished let alone sold, but I sent my editor another manuscript. They knocked it back. Fine, shit happens. I sent another manuscript.

    She got back to me with, "Hmm, we love A, B and C, but we need more X, Y and Z and would love to see the book again if you can resolve these issues."

    The next day after some thought, I emailed my editor back with, "Okay, here's how I can fix X and Y but sorry, Z just doesn't make sense. It means giving one character a personality transplant and it means I have no conflict. So...yeah, I'll revise the other two plot points, though."

    She replied words to the effect of, "That sounds really good, and yes, you're write on plot point Z."

    I'll be emailing the manuscript back within a few days I hope, so wish me luck.

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    I've said it before, and I'll likely say it again, of all the publishers I've been with over the years Loose-Id is my favorite, hands down. They are very professional, polite and always answer any questions I have quickly.

    I'm working on a batch of stories for them now, in fact.
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    Loose Id simply told me up front what they would like worked on in the story in concrete terms. They did this so I would know what kind of revisions I could look forward to, and why.
    Thanks for the clarification! I totally read too much into what you'd said before that. I was under the impression they were asking for a full rewrite, not just thorough edits. Looking back at your post again, I can see where I made a strange illogical leap. Editing is definitely expected, and that they were thorough and up front about what you could expect is really great. I didn't mean to sound like I was waiting for a publisher who would just publish me as is. XD I'm all for editing. I'll check out those editing threads as well, though. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!

    Thanks for sharing, Unimportant and Scarletpeaches! That's a really great way for them to approach the editing. It sounds like LooseId really communicates professionally, and that's awesome.

    ~*~*~Kara~*~*~

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarletpeaches View Post
    It's happened twice now, actually. I don't feel right going into too much detail because the book isn't finished let alone sold, but I sent my editor another manuscript. They knocked it back. Fine, shit happens. I sent another manuscript.

    She got back to me with, "Hmm, we love A, B and C, but we need more X, Y and Z and would love to see the book again if you can resolve these issues."

    The next day after some thought, I emailed my editor back with, "Okay, here's how I can fix X and Y but sorry, Z just doesn't make sense. It means giving one character a personality transplant and it means I have no conflict. So...yeah, I'll revise the other two plot points, though."

    She replied words to the effect of, "That sounds really good, and yes, you're write on plot point Z."

    I'll be emailing the manuscript back within a few days I hope, so wish me luck.
    I know it's been months, but I hope it went well. They look like a really good publisher.

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    Just an update from me. I've sold three books to LI. They've been amazing with their editing process. They've spent so much time with my books, I almost feel guilty. My editors are as proud of my books as I am.

    So yeah... lots of love for LI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoriToland View Post
    Just an update from me. I've sold three books to LI. They've been amazing with their editing process. They've spent so much time with my books, I almost feel guilty. My editors are as proud of my books as I am.

    So yeah... lots of love for LI.
    Congrats and that's great.

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    A quick question. I have a single title erotic romance that is, it turns out, too erotica for NY. I'm looking at the digital pubs now, but, ideally, I would like it to be available in print and digital. Their website says this:

    20,000-120,000 words. Flings of less than 20,000 words and shorter stories are by invitation only to authors currently publishing with us. Stories of 55,000 - 70,000 words will receive an advance and be automatically considered for print.
    Well, at single-title lengh, I'm closer to a 100k, not 70k...why would that not be considered for print (whereas a 70k would be)? I'm guessing I can still bring it up if they want to contract it... but it struck me as odd.

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    It is probably the price range they want to offer/profit margin they want to get. But honestly I very rarely see paperback LI books in store and though I may have been considered... not been offered the option. If it is a deal breaker for you I would suggest putting it in the query.
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    Because over 70K cost more to print. The more pages in the book, the more it costs. 55K-70K is the sweet spot.

    Send it in. eBooks are where I make my money, not in print books. If it's too erotic for NY, it sounds like a title I would be buy. NY has become too boring for my taste.

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    From what I understand, the longer a book the more it costs to print, but the price can't go up in direct proportion to those costs to maintain the profit margin, because buyers won't pay it. That's an issue right across the publishing industry. If a book is significantly longer than is standard in the genre it's usually going to have a hard time.

    My first, which came out in ebook in January last year and is about 65k long, has just came out in print with Loose Id, but that's through Print on Demand rather than on shelves in stores. I think I have in the past seen pictures of Loose Id books on shelves, but in specialised bookstores, say ones selling just LGBT themed books for example.
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