I first met Sherry almost a year ago (can you believe it, girl?) when she placed an ad for a critique partner at Literary Rambles. I answered the ad, and we became critique partners and friends. I count myself lucky to have met Sherry because she has taught me so much about writing and editing and life in general. Now, Sherry has joined the Crescent Moon Press family as an Acquisitions Editor.
This post is dedicated to you getting to know her and possibly submitting your manuscript to her. Let's start with a short interview.
Please state your name, occupation, and cocktail of choice for our readers.
Sherry, Acquisitions Editor for Crescent Moon Press, and I love an apple-tini. Lifting my glass to all of your readers!
If I were to walk into your bedroom (assuming you hadn't called the cops on me first) what would be the first thing I would see and why?
Well, it’s a good thing we’re friends (yes, good that), Kate or I’d actually have to tidy up before you came over. LOL Because you’d be shocked by the stack of books and the huge pile of jeans sitting at the end of my bed. Once you maneuvered past my TBR novels piled on the floor, you’d spot them on the dresser, and shelf, (the others are scattered throughout bookcases in the rest of my house) then step around my Jeans. I’m obsessed with buying jeans. LOL And I have so many that I had to leave some folded favorites out for quick access. Sadly, most of the jeans lining the shelf in my closet don’t fit right now. L Too much time spent sitting on my butt either writing or editing. Hmmm, note to self—work out more.
Coffee or tea? And why?
Coffee. Starbucks—white chocolate mocha—here I come! Actually, I like both. Coffee in the morning (so not a morning person) and occasionally a cup of green tea in the afternoon.
What is the job of an Acquisitions Editor? Why is it so important?
Glad you asked, Kate. (I aim to please) Well, my job is to read submissions and look for stories that I think the publisher might be interested in acquiring. Sometimes, I come across a newer writer that shows promise and has a unique voice, however I feel the manuscript could benefit from more revision. I know a lot of agents and editors don’t do this, but I offer a few suggestions and ask them if they are willing to make the changes, they can resubmit. I also edit manuscripts to get them polished and ready for publication.
According to your Call for Submissions, you're focusing more on Romance. Why?
Because Crescent Moon Press is first and foremost a romance publishing house. The focus of the plot does not have to be romance, but it must be an integral part of the storyline. And to be honest, I usually don’t like to read anything that doesn’t include some romance. Love is the most powerful emotion we possess as people. It makes us human. There is nothing more motivational to us than love. It can cause us to do extraordinary things. It can change our lives. Most of greatest stories throughout history stay with us and touch us in some way because of the devotion and passion that love can bring out in character.
If you could have written any novel already published, what would it be and why?
Sheesh, Kate! Tough question. (Well, I do live to make you sweat.) Hmmm, let me think…I still admire V. C. Andrews. Her stories really struck a chord with me in my teens. I always wanted to be a writer, but after reading her novels, I knew I wanted to be one. It still saddens me that she died so young, but at least she accomplished her dream. And then there was Anne Rice who captivated me with her genius for storytelling. Uh, what was the question? Oh!--yeah, so I would have written “Flowers in the Attic” or “Interview with the Vampire,” which I’ve reread about a dozen times over the years. Not very scholarly or classic picks, but novels that I love and still enjoy today. It is all about voice…
If you could sit down with any writer living or dead, who would it be and what questions would you ask this person?
That’s an easy one! P.C. Cast. I absolutely adore her voice, writing style, quirky characters and witty dialogue. First question would be, ‘how do you create such sexy, alpha leading male characters in your novels?’
Kate, it was a pleasure and an honor to be your guest. Thank you so much for having me.
The pleasure is always all mine, my friend. I'm happy to help.
Now, this is what you need to know if you want to submit your manuscript:
Sherry is currently looking for young adult and adult submissions with strong romantic elements and fast-paced, character driven novels where romance is integral to the storyline. Witty, believable dialogue and character interaction are crucial to making the romance and conflict intriguing.
Members of RWA and YALITCHAT will get high priority.
Full-length fiction, 75,000 to 100,000 words
Genres she'd like to see:
All submissions must have strong romantic elements: paranormal, urban fantasy, young adult, tween, and even horror or Gothic tales as long as it has romance. The darker and the more romantic--the better!
No sci-fi, children, middle grade, or non-fiction books.
Please address query letters to: Sherry@crescentmoonpress.com
In the subject line, please include the word query, book title, and genre. In the body of your email, paste your query and the first 10 pages of your MS. Your query SHOULD look like a professional letter.
Please visit her Submissions Page for guidelines and additional information on submitting.
If you have any questions for Sherry about submissions, writing, or her being an editor, please add them in the comments section. She'll be happy to answer them for you.
Have a great weekend everyone!