by Karen Sue Burns, author of In Hot Pursuit (June 2012, Crimson Romance)
I’m so excited — color me crimson, for Crimson Romance, the fantabulous publisher of my debut romantic suspense novel, In Hot Pursuit. This is a dream come true for me as well as the publisher’s other first time authors.
What is so incredible is that I had just pitched the manuscripts to a well-known romance agent two weeks previously. Her main complaint: the heroine is forty-four years old and about to become a grandmother. Yep, that’s it, the mega reason for her rejection. She loved the plot but couldn’t get past the romance rule that heroines don’t age past thirty-two and are not granny material.
Not so with Crimson Romance.
Editor Jennifer Lawler, said this in a recent interview: “We’re also very open to all kinds of writing, all kinds of heroes and heroines, all kinds of plots — we don’t have a preconceived idea of what we want, other than it has to be a great story — with that satisfying happily-ever-after readers expect of great romances.”
Music to my ears and happy typing to my keyboard. Crimson Romance is making dancing outside of the typical romance box the new cool thing. Actually, they’ve thrown the stupid romance rules box over a cliff.
I love it.
They care about story and are willing to nurture writers with talent. Name another big-time publisher willing to expend that effort. *time passing* That’s what I thought — zip, zilch, nada, nothing. Crimson is taking the lead. Speaking of story, it’s the number one reason why a romance reader buys a book. This savvy publisher knows this and has concentrated on entertaining, heart-warming, and exciting stories for the June 4th launch of their imprint.
I’m honored to be one of the launch authors. This group of writers is über talented and quite simply, an interesting cross-section of talents and background.
Okay, back to my keyboard. I’m working on a follow-up to In Hot Pursuit. I don’t want to be one of those one-book-wonders with my new publisher. My goal is to publish many more eBooks with Crimson Romance.
Happy reading, y’all!