Thursday, February 3, 2011

Astraea, Interview, Paranormal Dads

This Thursday, publisher Stephanie Taylor is Talking Back.

But first, the winner of last's week's copy of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYLIST:


(You're a lucky one this year!)


Welcome to another edition of Talk Back Thursdays. Today PoC welcomes Stephanie Taylor to the series. (Our first publisher! Yay!)

Hello, Stephanie! Welcome to Points of Clarification. Your publishing company, Astraea Press opened it's e-doors on February 1st. Congratulations! What made you want to start a publishing company?
Thanks for having me, Claire! I decided to start a publishing company mainly because I noticed a gap in the market for clean romance epublishers. My own work falls into a black hole. Not quite inspirational, definitely not erotica, but I have to compete with erotica authors. So Astraea offers a place for writers who don't want to compete with erotica.

So, putting the romance back in romance? Are you only looking for romance novels?
No, we take all genres. Technically, our slogan is "Where Fiction Meets Virtue". I also toyed with the idea of "Putting Heart Back into Fiction." Basically, we just want work that doesn't use language or graphic sex to get a point across.

What services do you offer your clients as a small publisher? Do you offer the full editorial process? What can you offer that a bigger company may not?

Astraea offers the full editorial process by yours truly (and hopefully I'll be hiring some new editors soon). We offer a lot of things bigger companies may not offer. I'm directly involved with all of my authors. You can ask them. I participate in our forum conversation and help them with marketing. My marketing director is working on personalized marketing plans geared toward the specific area my authors live in. These are just the highlights! For a complete list, go to

What formats will you be employing (e-book, traditional, audio, etc)?

Right now we're focused on ebooks and print on demand. Audio is in the works, but nothing in our immediate future.

Finish this sentence, “Before you send your book to us,…”
research us, edit your manuscript and relax. We don't bite!

Thanks for taking time from your undoubtedly busy schedule to hang out with us, Stephanie!

Today's giveaway is a copy of Rebekah Purdy's MY DAD'S A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR, the first YA release from Astraea Press.

(Oh, yeah. One thing that doesn't come up in the interview: the AWESOME cover art!)

1. Today's giveaway is (mostly) digital, but if you don't own an e-reader, you can still receive a PDF. (If you absolutely prefer a physical book, you can have a pre-order of that instead.)
2. Today's giveaway is open to anyone, follower or not, wherever you are in the world.
3. You've got until Wednesday 11.59 pm EST to enter by commenting.

And don't forget to swing by Astraea and check out the new and upcoming releases.


Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview. It's great when an editor sees a hole that needs filling and starts up for that reason.

I don't have an e-reader and don't really want to read this as a pdf so I'll pass on the contest.

Brooke said...

Yay! Thanks so much Claire! Should I email you again, or do you still have my info?

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this up here! I appreciate it. Oh, and the cover art is FABULOUS. I think I spent a full day opening the email with the cover in it just to keep looking at it (LOL).

Alleged Author said...

Cool interview. So glad they don't bite! LOL! :P