Boroughs Opens Its First
For those of you who don’t know, the Romance Writers of America national convention will be held this year in California, at the Anaheim Marriott, July 25th - 28th.
For those of you attending, Boroughs invites you to join us for the following events in our Hospitality Suite – Room #355 at the Anaheim Marriott:
Friday, July 27, 2012, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 28th, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
RWA remains the best single resource for aspiring romance writers, bringing together authors, editors and all types of publishing professionals. For information about the conference, go to: http://www.rwa.org/cs/conferences_and_events.
For information about RWA or a chapter near you, visit: http://www.rwa.org/cs/about_rwa.
Boroughs was invited to spend an afternoon with the Maumee Valley chapter of Romance Writers of America in Toledo, Ohio, on Saturday, April 28th. (Thanks, ladies!) The MVRWA chapter boasts a fantastic mixture of published and unpublished authors, and all present agreed it was one of the best and most informative meetings in recent history.
For those of you who can’t pick him out, that’s our Editor-in-Chief on the far left. Liz Edelstein from Heroesandheartbreakers.com was also in attendance.
Interested in having Chris or someone from Boroughs visit your chapter? Send a request with event details (including date) to email@example.com.
In New York
Romantic Times Book Reviews interviewed Editor-in-Chief, Chris Keeslar and wrote:
Video Interview: Editor Chris Keeslar
By RT Book Reviews, May 17, 2012:
Chris Keeslar planted his publishing roots as an editor at Dorchester Publishing, where he spent many years working with authors including Marjorie M. Liu, Victoria Alexander, Lynsay Sands and more. Now, Keeslar is spearheading the new Boroughs Publishing Group, an e-book house, where he will continue his practice of taking chances and discovering new author voices. RT's Morgan got a chance to talk with Keeslar about his new endeavor and find out what Boroughs is looking for and how authors can submit their manuscripts. So what does Boroughs want? Keeslar shares that an author's vision is key, and while he's partial to urban fantasy and paranormal romance stories, he wants books that give their hero and heroine a happily ever after. Ultimately, romance is near and dear to this editor's heart, and we can't wait for what's on the horizon for Boroughs.
You can watch the entire interview at RT’s Daily Blog:
http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/video-interview-editor-chris-keeslar and on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVgkXb6ZtQU.
Author Introduction: Staci Weber & Sara Dailey
Staci Weber & Sara Dailey are avid readers, English teachers, friends, wives and soccer moms. They have been teaching together for the past eight years and writing together for four. Pack of Lies is their second young adult novel.
We want to start by saying how excited we are to be working with Boroughs. We could not be happier with the way our book turned out, and to have a group of professionals so enthusiastic about the story assures us that our baby is in good hands. We were so nervous! We wanted to write a series, much like some of our favorite adult paranormal romance series, where each novel is from the point of view of a different character—or characters as it happens in Pack of Lies. About a third of the way into the manuscript we decided to use three different first-person POVs. We feared the series would be a tough sell for a few reasons. One, it’s about werewolves, and two, it’s told in those alternating points of view. But we forged ahead regardless. It was the type of series that we wanted to read, and we simply hoped that others out there would too. Judging from feedback, you do!
So, we were asked today—and it’s a question we get a lot—how two people manage to write same story together. Well, four years ago, when we started our first novel, we had absolutely no idea how it would work or what we were in for. We just sat down with one laptop and passed it back and forth until the book was finished. This is probably why it took us over a year to write! Since then we have changed things a bit, but some things remain the same. We still try to meet at Starbucks once a week to plan, organize, and write together. The only real difference is that now we each have our own laptops, and we each write our own chapters. Forward progress!
We have run into a few problems along the way—like finding time between school and soccer games to get together to write or make our individual chapters flow together—but we always find a way to make it work. Our passion remains strong. One of the first and hardest things we learned about writing together was that we have to be honest. If something isn’t working or just doesn’t sound right, we have to speak up about it and not let our feelings get in the way. Luckily, we have been friends for quite a while and are comfortable enough with each other to speak our minds.
Despite the problems, writing as a team has been an absolute blessing. We can’t imagine writing without each other. When we get a good review, we can celebrate together; when we get a bad one, we can talk trash together. We give each other the confidence to get our work out there for people to read, which can be really scary, but no matter what, when you’re part of a team you get to have twice as much fun. And that’s what writing’s all about. Having fun.
Thanks—and we hope you enjoy Pack of Lies!
Staci Weber & Sara Dailey