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Black Lyon Publishing
Based in Baker City, Oregon, Black Lyon Publishing is a small, independently owned publisher of romance and general fiction novels in both trade paperback and ebook formats.
We are talking with Kerry A. Jones, owner and publisher for Black Lyon Publishing.
PNR: Black Lyon Publishing opened its doors in January 2007, could you tell us about your vision for the company?
Kerry A. Jones: Thanks, Dee ! That’s easy. Black Lyon Publishing will produce excellent books, stay profitable, and be a haven for authors looking to get a foothold in the industry. We have just been recognized by Romance Writers of America as a traditional, non-vanity, non-subsidy publisher, which is a great start in the right direction.
PNR: You are coming to Black Lyon Publishing after working in the business world as a corporate marketing executive; could you tell us why you decided to establish your own publishing company?
Kerry A. Jones: People always tell you to find something you love and work hard at it. From my past experience both within the publishing industry and other corporate settings, I knew I could pull this off if I just made that leap. I enjoy the entire process of writing, producing and marketing books so much. I don’t think I could have done this correctly ten years ago, though. With the advances in technology, I can live where I want to live and still operate an effective business.
PNR: What do you feel Black Lyon Publishing has to offer authors and readers that is not currently available from existing publishers and ePublishers?
Kerry A. Jones: For authors? Only 1-2 books will be released at the first of each month at least through the end of 2008 so we can focus properly on editing, producing and marketing each title. We’ll grow from there. But I want each author to have much more input into the production and design process than they’ll find at other publishing houses. Our process is also faster than at larger companies, so authors aren’t waiting a year or two for a response, then another year to see their book go into print. Believe me, I’ve been there and it’s just crazy! Life’s too short.
For readers? Don’t get me wrong – there are lots of good new books released all the time. But, I sometimes feel like the books that occupy most of the market are too narrowly focused on the same settings, same premises… Not ours! Black Lyon books fit squarely into marketable subgenres, but they always have something just a little “different” in them. It’s hard for first-time authors to get a foot in the door, and so many fresh ideas are lost because of it. Hopefully, we can bring some of those fresh ideas to readers.
PNR: You are a published author yourself, how do you feel this has helped you in establishing your own publishing company and in your dealings with authors on a business level?
Kerry A. Jones: It’s helped me strike a better balance. I know all the excitement and disappointment, the waiting, the learning process... All this has helped me be more willing to bend when an author is requesting something very valid – but it has also made it easier to say no and walk away when the request is way out there.
PNR: Black Lyon Publishing appears to be a “paranormal friendly” publisher, and we are excited about your new paranormal line launched in August 2007; can you tell us a little about it?
Kerry A. Jones: I LOVE paranormal romances! Love, love, love them! We’re launching the line with my own title, CAST IN STONE, in August. This is the first installment in the Quinguard Immortals Series. I was thrilled to see such positive reviews come in. (Everybody buy this book!!) In September, Kimberly Adkin’s book, THE MEDALLION OF SOLAUS, is scheduled for release. (Buy this one, too!!) From there, we have a couple contemporaries and an historical coming out, so it will be in 2008 when the next paranormal is released. In February, M. Jean Pike’s HEATHERFIELD will hit the market, and not only does this book have romance, but a serious goosebump factor. Readers will be blown away, this book is so good.
PNR: Could you tell us about Black Lyon Publishing’s other lines?
Kerry A. Jones: Besides paranormal romance, we have contemporary and historical romance, as well as a general fiction line. The contemporary line tends to lean toward the sweet side for the most part - but one or two won’t and those will be noted with the sensuality ratings scale that goes with each title displayed on our Web site. We’re new enough that we’re just getting started building our catalog in these lines. The general fiction line is reserved for love stories which, for whatever reason, don’t fall within the standard romance genre requirements but are still about the emotions of a relationship – “literary love stories.”
We’re also looking for submissions with which to launch a new line of Ancient Times romance late in 2008. Again, these are romances set in a time period just a little “different” than what you might otherwise find on the market.
PNR: Which talented authors can we expect to see publishing at Black Lyon Publishing?
Kerry A. Jones: Author Kimberly Adkins out of Nashville , TN has her first novel, THE MEDALLION OF SOLAUS out now. Kimberly is just a gem to work with. She leans toward exotic, historic settings – reading her work is sort of like if you were watching the Discovery Channel and suddenly those sites came to life and were… sexy! Sometimes her characters have qualities that seem as if they could have come out of a turn-of-the-century novel while still being modern.
Mary Vine from Oregon has her debut novel, MAYA’S GOLD just released. This title is a contemporary romance that includes love, lust, a touch of suspense, land, gold... How can you go wrong with that? Again, her Oregon ghost town setting is one not typically on the market, but it absolutely works. Her characters are unique. If you want to meet a “spitting gypsy” and a thoroughly yummy celebrity novelist as the two main characters, this is a book for you!
Following Mary’s book we have West Virginia ’s very talented Angela Steed whose 1080 KISS is a contemporary romance with a nice, urban feel to it. Readers will get to meet “the god of snow” – an usual hero in that he’s a professional snowboarder. This will be the perfect book to cuddle up with in front of the fireplace this winter with a hot cup of cocoa.
Authors M. Jean Pike and Ryshia Kennie are two more of fabulous Black Lyon authors to look for soon.
PNR: Can you give us an overview of your rating system? Will you be publishing erotic romance?
Kerry A. Jones: Ah, the nookie-o-meter. J Seriously, though, one of the biggest complaints I’ve heard from readers is not knowing what they’re getting when they pick up a romance novel. Sweet? Steamy? They couldn’t tell until they got into the book. Two of my childhood friends were actually screening the books they bought before they could pass them on to other family members. Thus, the “sensuality scale” of Black Lyon Publishing was born – and posted for each book.
To answer your second question - no. There are plenty of other companies producing erotica at the moment.
PNR: The paranormal romance genre is very popular with publishers at the moment. What do you feel accounts for the sudden interest in all things paranormal?
Kerry A. Jones: Wow. That’s a good question. Basically, it’s popular with publishers because it’s popular with readers! I think there’s a strong lure to the danger and magic a writer can infuse in characters of this subgenre. I also think writers have the chance to really open up their imaginations, which readers respond to.
PNR: Black Lyon Publishing is unique in that from the beginning you have offered all published titles in both electronic and print formats; what made you decide to take this approach?
Kerry A. Jones: I wanted to cover the market and have ebooks and paperbacks out there to address both reader preferences. I think ebooks are wonderful, especially for the visually impaired and frequent travelers. Ours also come in at about half the price of a print book, which is nice for customers.
On the flip side, I know many small presses these days launch strictly as digital publishers, but there’s something a little lackluster for an author about getting “the call” yet never having a printed book in her hand to show for it. (Pretty hard to hold book signings, too!) Maybe I’m just old-fashioned that way. I like the smell of ink on crisp new paper!
PNR: What can readers expect to see in the coming months? What paranormal romance offerings can we look forward to?
Kerry A. Jones: Well, we have the two I’ve mentioned that were just released in August and September. HEATHERFIELD by M. Jean Pike is a paranormal scheduled for February. There will also be another release in the Quinguard Immortals Series with probably 3-4 other paranormals by different authors in 2008.
PNR: For authors interested in publishing with Black Lyon Publishing, where can they find out about submission guidelines?
Kerry A. Jones: They can go to www.BlackLyonPublishing.com and click on the submission guidelines link at the top of the page. Everything there is always current. I’d like to mention right up front that like many small presses we don’t offer advances, but do offer free paperback author copies and a good royalty percentage based on retail cover price.
PNR: Thank you, Kerry, for taking time out to talk with us about Black Lyon Publishing, where can readers find out more about upcoming releases?
Kerry A. Jones: www.BlackLyonPublishing.com is the first place to look. Readers can look on sites like PNR or our authors’ Web sites for information. I also promote my books and those of other Black Lyon authors from www.myspace.com/kerrywrites.
Thank you so much, Dee. I appreciate your time and look forward to talking with you again!
Meet the Authors
Kerry A. Jones
M. Jean Pike
Black Lyon Publishing
August 1, 2007
The lore passed down on the medieval parchment was real. His love could bring about her destruction...
He waited seven hundred years to find her. For what seemed an eternity, Julen endured a nightly punishment that never should have been his. Descended from a line of ancient warriors, he vowed not to become the creature his persecutors claimed he was - the creature they did their best to make him into. Now that he has found the healer who can end his nightly torment, the stirring she creates in his Agathyrsi blood threatens to bring more danger than redemption. She was sworn to destroy him.
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Black Lyon Publishing
September 1, 2007
A Darkly Enchanted Artifact. A Passion to Outlast the Centuries. Solaus had but one wish of the medallion: to save his dying bride. But when he placed the pendant around his neck, his wish was changed by a malevolent twist of magic that made him Djinn, but also took away the knowledge of what he is and who he used to be. Flung from Ancient Persia into immortality, Solaus has only the memory that he did not save his true love-and nothing more as time begins to pass. Eager for a fresh start, award-winning New York City photographer, Kaitlin Sommers accepts a rare assignment on a deserted island fortress off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. Surrounded by the shadowy underworld of illegal treasure smuggling, Kaitlin finds herself in the arms of man who seems to spring directly from dreams of her past-a man Fate threatens to tear her away from a second time.
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