Good morning! I’m Anne Scott and I’m an editor at Samhain Publishing. We’ve been around since 2005, and I’ve been here since 2006. I love my job and I’m excited to be entering my fourth year of working for Samhain.
Samhain is an epublisher. Our books come out in digital first. If the book is long enough (somewhere over 50K usually), it is also released in trade paperback ten months later. We publish books with word counts from from 12K to 120K.
While we’re known to some extent as a publisher of erotic romance, we actually publish a complete range of heat levels, from sweet, close-the-door romances to sexy to red-hot. As well as romance and erotica, we publish fantasy and science fiction, as long as they have romantic elements.
One of the great things about epublishing is the versatility it offers. We don’t have a certain number of slots we have to fill with, say, contemporary romance or historical romance—though we definitely love to publish those. We can choose to publish the best stories that come to us, and it doesn’t matter the size (within our 12-120K range) or subgenre. This versatility allows us to publish cross-genre and niche books that might not easily fit at a mainstream publisher, or books that might be difficult to market. That historical set in Africa or that gay futuristic romance set in another galaxy can find a home at Samhain. I love having the freedom to simply buy books that are good 🙂
I’ve been busy editing this year and have had a number of different types of books come out in the last third of 2009.
In the cross-genre and niche category, Blood and Roses by Aislinn Kerry is a historical, paranormal gay romance set in Holland. Not easy to pin down in terms of genre, but very evocative and romantic. With vampires.
For science fiction, Happy Snak by Nicole Kimberling is a novel that will be released December 22 in ebook format. There is more than one romance within the book, but the major focus is on the hermaphrodite aliens and the narrator’s developing relationship with them. Excellent sense of humor, wonderful world-building.
But I buy more well-known subgenres too, such as romantic suspense. Beneath the Surface by MJ Fredrick is action-adventure, wherein archeologists on the brink of divorce rebuild their fractured relationship and save each other’s lives while diving off the Yucatan Peninsula.
I wouldn’t want you to think I don’t love to read and buy red-hot romances too. One wonderful example of a straightforward, sexy contemporary is Sami Lee’s Sunset Knight, in which the inexperienced heroine sets out to seduce the playboy hero. It’s a very emotional read.
I’d love to give away a couple of Samhain books. I’ll choose two people who comment below to win their pick of one of the books I’ve described today.
I’d like to take this moment to wish everyone the best in December, and enjoy your coming holidays.