Calisa/Lisa, we have learned there are many hats in the publishing field as an author, reader and blogger. I see you wear the editor hat, as well. What publishing house are you currently with?
I’ve been with Lyrical Press, Inc. http://lyricalpress.com/ for about a year and love working with this house as an editor and an author. I was with a now defunct small epress for a year before that. I’ve been editing publicly, independently for about three years, but overall for longer.
What drew you to become an editor at such a fabulous house?
I love helping new authors and what better way than to help them see their dreams come true? I sold my latest book to LPI and then asked if they were hiring, since I’d just left my other publisher and when not writing I was editing for friends (Where Would You Like You Nipple by Mackenzie Crown is one I was very honored to be a part of), but wanted to be associated with a reliable publisher. They happened to be looking for a couple of editors and LPI and I fit quite nicely we think.
What genres are published?
Almost everything. Just look up our website to make sure what you write fits LPI.
Are all heat levels accepted?
Definitely! We like sweet to erotic, ménage to hetero and everything between. Off the top of my head, I think about the only subgenres we don’t accept right now is NA and steampunk. If there is any other I can look it up.
What catches your eye in a manuscript or query letter?
The writing first. If an author obviously knows their craft, how to apply it and make me keep reading past the third page I get all goose pimply! LOL My philosophy is: If you aren’t willing to do your job before I see it, why should I try after you send it to me? Whether you write in first person or deep third, know your craft. If the writing is solid I will give one hundred ten percent to that ms and the author. I admit I’m tough, picky. Ask my lovely authors. But if it makes their books better for readers, I’ll go the extra distance if they will.
Are you open to unpublished authors?
Absolutely! You don’t need an agent either. Write, edit, edit, edit, polish, get a Beta reader, and then send it to me/us.
I have seen the website and it is awesome!
Thank you! Renee, our publisher just had it all revamped this year to the new and improved site you see, and I love it!
Can you explain the process of working with authors from editing, choosing a cover, publishing to marketing?
I can tell you some of the process that I personally handle. We go through several rounds of content edits, then I send it to a line editor and when I get it back it gets made into a Galley. During this time our artists work their magic on a cover. I usually don’t see a cover unless I go into files to see it or the artist happens to send the copy to me, but that doesn’t always happen. Once we have a cover and the book is released several months have passed, but the author is usually too busy to realize that. At least I hope. Once it’s published our publisher puts it out there in many venues and has several venues our authors have access to, as well. Then the author does their marketing and there’s a book born!
What are you seeking?
Personally, I’d love to see small town USA, or big city stories, different countries are ok, too as long as your ms is ‘Americanized’ per LPI’s house rules. I prefer fantasy, light paranormal and contemporary. I love cowboys, first responders and law enforcement–and these themes will definitely catch my eye (as long as the writing is solid). I will work with most heat levels, but prefer sweet to extra steamy. I don’t take erotica as a rule, no GLBT, or ménage, though other editors at LPI do so don’t let my preference stop you from submitting.
Right now I’m putting out a submission call for first responders; firefighters, EMTs, police, whatever you like, and sassy heroines. Humor? Love it! As long as it’s not a comedy act. Believable humor melts my heart. Always a happy ever after (HEA) ending at LPI. Short story to full length. The first responder may be the heroine or hero as long as one is. Give me excitement, real life action and believable characters and I’m a happy camper. Just remember to do your homework and research everything.
Where can authors find the submission guidelines?
Here and make sure to follow our general submission guidelines.
Be sure you submit to the right editor also if you want someone specific. You can go here and make an informed decision.
How can authors contact you?
You can submit directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email questions here, as well. Or you can submit to me at submittable: https://lyricalpress.submittable.com/submit Just make your submission says Attn: Lisa Ridge so I know it’s for me.
Thank you, Calisa/Lisa, for sharing your time with us!
I’ve had a great time, Kay! Thanks again for giving me a chance to play on your site.
For your readers I’d like to ask what your favorite trope is? Secret babies? Marriage of convenience? Reunion? What is your favorite first responder? I’d love to hear what you like.
Calisa/Lisa, I must confess I am a genre hopper, but if I had to choose, it would be reunions in paranormal/urban fantasy or suspense with lots of attitude and heat My favorite first responder? That is a tough one…they are all fabulous!!
I enjoyed getting to know you better. I hope you receive many submissions on your wish list!
Thank you 🙂
LISA RIDGE lives in beautiful central Oklahoma, USA with her husband of many years, multi-dogs, a spoiled cat, chickens and her horse. It’s no wonder this country girl loves cowboys in her reading and writing. Her kindle is full of books she WILL read one day, along with the mountains in bookshelves around her house.
She’s seen it all and prefers stories with small-town settings in America and abroad, whether contemporary, suspense/mystery, fantasy or light paranormal, small town folks do it for this editor. Send your cowboys, firemen and law enforcement heroes to her. Your wolves, vampires and ghosts, as well. Heat level and length doesn’t matter as long as she has a good, solid story with believable characters and polished writing, wrapped into a unique story idea to sink her editing teeth into.
She doesn’t care for demons, Satanism, or sci-fi.