Thursday, July 30, 2009


This post is dedicated to Shannon Stacey.

Seven weeks ago, Shannon posted on her blog about a new publisher with an impressive pedigree. Curious, because Shannon has also posted about new publishers that looked abysmal, I clicked over to check them out. And was impressed. I investigated backgrounds, Googled for more info, and thought, "hey, I wonder if this would be a good place to try Black Widow".

Yous see, BW is my problem child. I wrote it to target a defunct line of romantic adventure books in which the romance was often light or untraditional. And boy, did I go balls out on the untraditional with this one. But they didn't like it.

I sold the book to Inara Press because it didn't have a chance in you-know-where for a home anywhere else, and come on. Inara Press! I was still in full Firefly obsession back then. But Inara succumbed to reality before we even got to editorial.

The great thing about start-up publishers is their time frame. Query to submission to contract offer in 22 days!

I don't have a release date yet because the revisions this book requires are whew let me sit down, but I'm fully in love with the publisher and my editor and will shout the news as I have it. But you can make a mental note now:

Black Widow. Quartet Press. Coming soon.


MJFredrick said...

EXCELLENT NEWS!!!!! I'm hearing excellent things about Quartet, too, on Twitter.

Tracy Madison said...

Huge congrats, Natalie!

word verification: apenylsi Why can't they use real words?

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Thanks, guys!

LOL, Tracy, because it's like Sniglets. You're supposed to define it yourself.

Susan Kelley said...

Great news, Natalie. I heard good things about Quartet from another source.
word veri: crotom LOL, they forgot the 's'

Cindy Procter-King said...

Yay, that's fantastic. You done good - no, great!

Natalie said...

Thanks, Cindy!

Natalie said...

AHAHAHHAHAHA, Sue! And thank you. :) (

Shannon Stacey said...

WHEEEE! Congratulations, Natalie! I hope it's an awesome experience for you!

Natalie said...

Thanks so much, Shannon!