Over the next several months, I followed Fool’s Journey with the publication of my backlist of Regency romances as the old rights reverted back to me. I enjoyed tweaking the books, designing new covers, and learning about marketing. Then I started thinking about other writers I knew who were renegades too. Renegade Publications was about to be born. My friend and critique group member, Margaret O’Neil, had written several great romances, but editors and agents didn't want her stories. They broke the rules of traditional publishing, but both of us still believed there was an audience out there.
Finally, it occurred to me that I was onto something. I added the great Nadine Miller to my group of writers with her backlist of traditional Regencies. They began to roll off the digital shelf as buyers, anxious to find traditional love stories, clamored for more. So...books were selling. I was taking 10% and liking it. My writers liked getting personal attention. I started thinking about what defined my minuscule publishing house:
RenegadeBooks is small
I am the only staff member, so small is necessary. I also teach writing, wrangle two dogs and acclimate to having my retired husband at home.Small is good
I like being able to respond to my writers immediately, sometimes several times a day. Their writing is important and so is their input.Our authors are talented writers
RenegadeBooks is a little different, but so are its authors.
They either have a backlist of traditionally published books, or completed novels they—and others—believe in.
They want to be a part of the publishing process, but they don't want to deal with the technology.Our books reflect traditional romance sensibility
Our books certainly are not prudish, but love is at their center, not sex. If there are sex scenes, they are central to the plot. If you want to know more, read Peter Jordan’s Marriage or Here for You Always by Margaret O’Neil.
|Max and Whisky, always on the job.|
I'm finding there are a lot of readers who appreciate a little old fashioned romance, with a little sizzle in all the right places. I’m interested in adding a few more writers who fit the bill—four to five this year and more later. If you're interested, let me know. (Now, if I can just teach my dogs to edit, I should be set.)