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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for Publishing

I have really enjoyed posting this month on the theme The Making and Selling of Books, because I am so passionate about the topic.

I like writing and publishing books. My own, of course, but it is also incredibly rewarding to have a hand in seeing other writers' dreams of publication come true. I love it love it love it. Having a career in publishing is the best job I could ask for.

I feel honored to be a part of  WiDo Publishing. I am proud of all the authors who have published with us. I've seen the hard work they go through to get their manuscript print-ready. The unveiling of a new release is just the most exciting moment ever. You can't help but feel like a new mama.

Clarissa Draper won a submissions contest on my blog a while back and now her wonderful mystery, The Sholes Key, will be released on May 1. I wasn't her editor but I'm still as proud as can be. I read an ARC and it's an absolutely brilliant book. I can't wait to see this baby launch upon its journey!


All across London, single mothers are vanishing. Margaret Hill, mother of two, walked out of her house two months before, never seen again. A month later, Carrie-Anne Morgans takes her two-year-old son for a walk in the park and disappears, leaving him alone in his stroller. Lorna McCauley leaves her London flat in the early hours of the morning to buy medicine for her sick child and does not return.

Newly promoted Detective Inspector Theophilus Blackwell is assigned the case of Lorna McCauley, which on the outside seems to be a simple case of mid-life crisis and child abandonment. Elsewhere in London, MI5 analyst, Sophia Evans, is working undercover to catch an animal rights group responsible for targeted bombings. As Sophia's case (and her personal life) fall to pieces, she receives a strange envelope in the mail. It contains a picture of Lorna McCauley's lifeless face along with a daunting code.

Now the police and MI5 are forced to work together to stop the murders, and Sophia must find her way into the terrifying mind of a serial killer.

22 comments:

  1. I remember this contest, we were all so happy for Clarissa. Boy, it sounds like a great mystery. I can't wait to read it!

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  2. I cannot wait to read this! I love the premise, and Clarissa's a wonderful writer.

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    1. Talli, You are going to absolutely love it. It's very very good.

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  3. Hi Karen .. thanks for posting this here - and I agree with Sam - I love the cover. Also the premise sounds so interesting - I can see a series arising here.

    I'd seen Clarissa's use of the name Theophilus .. and had thought it was set in medieval times - as during my castle research the name cropped up! But no it's modern day ..

    I too look forward to reading it .. and congratulating her on its actual release on May Day .. Cheers Hilary

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  4. This sounds excellent, right up my alley.

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  5. I am so happy for wonderful Clarissa!! Yay for spotting such talent and all the wonderful writers WiDo discovered too! Take care
    x

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  6. LOVE this cover! Lots to be proud of, Karen, WiDo, and Clarissa.

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    1. Mirka, I love it too! It does such a great job of reflecting the tone and story of the book.

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  7. Publishing, an excellent topic for P!!

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  8. I loved the premise of Clarissa's book and it's one I'll be reading and hope to have the chance to review.

    Karen, it's always wonderful to see those who have a passion for what they do.

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  9. Whoo hoo, I've been wanting to read Clarissa's book ever since she won that awesome contest you had. Now, after reading what it's about, I want to read it even more! Can't wait!

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  10. I always love a good mystery. I'll have to keep an eye out for Clarissa's book.

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  11. Congrats to Clarissa! And much luck with the release!

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  12. I'm really looking forward to this one!

    Karen, I don't have your email anymore. When I got hacked and got a new email, I now can't get into Bloggers' emails. I click on the links and it goes to my old email account. I wanted to tell you: go read the "rebuttal" on my memoir. Now I know for sure: "a disturbed relative" is my oldest granddaughter, whom goes by the name of Liz and I only mentioned a few times as Elizabeth. She IS disturbed! She responded to your and Maureen's comments. It gets worse...!! I'm heartsick about her. Email me so I can email you back. bestann07 at gmail dot com.

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  13. Interesting description, and I love the book cover! I envy you for being able to work in publishing. When I was in college, I did an internship for a publisher, and I actually considered pursuing a career in that field. Every once in a while, I wish that I had done it.

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  14. This book sounds really good and I love the cover too. Congrats!

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