Happy 2013 and Digital First Publishers – Part 4 (Escape Publishing)

Happy 2013 to all the Digireado readers! I appreciate each and every one of you reading the posts. I know that the coming year will be another exciting one for publishers, writers and readers. I enjoyed many opportunities in 2012 to teach and talk to authors and publishing students about the changing face of publishing.

2012 also saw the publication of my first book – Crowdfund it! Having spent most of 2012 researching crowdfunding, I also commenced blogging and tweeting about the subject. It’s no surprise that literary projects are ones I take a particular interest in as this is a way for writers to have the potential to self-fund their professional publication in order for it to compete with those traditionally published. If this is interesting to you then the seminar at the NSW Writers’ Centre in April may be for you! I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes on crowdfunding and hope to share more of this soon.

If you are a writer trying to decide what strategy you should pursue, then you may find the one-on-one sessions I’m conducting at the Australian Society of Authors in February a benefit. You can read more about how to book on their website. I’ll try and keep you posted about other events I’ll be speaking at or conducting via the blog of my Digireado Facebook page.

It’s always a delight when I meet some of my readers or followers so please always say hello if there is the chance.

Now onto another blog post!

This post, part of my series about digital first publishers, has been rather a long time coming! Writing about digital often needs to come behind paid work and other pressing matters that involve small children.

Harlequin Australia announced Escape Publishing in August 2012 to take their well-known business to a new global market. As part of Harlequin Australia, Escape Publishing is a digital first publisher with global deals and distribution.

They officially launched Escape Publishing and their debut authors at a lovely event at ECQ Bar in November. Entering through a ‘keyhole’, we then were allow to choose our key. These were really lovely keys and for a magpie like me I wanted one of each, but instead chose a heart-shaped key.

The second ‘key’ was in fact a USB with ebooks by their five launch authors: Keziah Hill, Lee Christine, Ainsley PatonRhian Cahill, and Rebekah Turner. That was a great touch and very nicely executed. Talking to people at the launch they all loved the keys and were intrigued and delighted to receive the five launch books on the nicely designed USB. The key was handed out to discover who could unlock the mysterious wooden box with the prize! Unfortunately that wasn’t my beautiful heart shaped key but I still love it.

If you would like to know more about the Escape Publishing launch, I’ve uploaded some launch photos to the Digireado Facebook page. Managing Editor Kate Cuthbert has published a very descriptive post of the launch from the author side. Stretch limo and hair and make up done! Lush! The whole event was beautifully done.

I asked Kate Cuthbert, the Managing Editor at Escape why digital and romance go so well together:

I think romance readers are readers, first and foremost, and anything that makes reading easier is going to appeal. Digital also has the advantage over print in terms of privacy. I definitely advocate for being a loud and proud romance reader, but sometimes (I’m thinking public transport, swimming carnivals, kids’ birthday parties) discretion is the better part of valour.

Kate Cuthbert, Managing Editor of Escape Publishing

Escape Publishing do not pay their authors an advance, but a higher-than-normal-royalty-rate, in line with most other digital first publishers. With global digital deals, authors will be for sale on Kobo, Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Apple’s iBookstore, Google eBooks, Booki.sh and others.

Although an Australian-based digital first publisher, writers do not need to be based in Australia to be published by Escape Publishing. Despite intending to find writers globally, they are interested in an Australian focus. They will be publishing globally with a DRM free approach, although of course some retailers put DRM on their ebooks.

Escape Publishing submission guidelines indicate they are wide open to a wide range of genres. The length of manuscripts range from 5,000 words for a short story through to over 100,000 words for a long novel. Happily they indicate that writers can expect to hear from them within two weeks.  Their online submission streamlines the process for writers and they accept manuscript submissions in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, and .pdf.

To make the process for new authors easy they have enabled submissions via their website – a good way to discover new authors. As always, read the Escape Publishing submission guidelines before you hit send.

Escape Publishing do not pay their authors an advance, but a higher-than-normal-royalty-rate, in line with most other digital first publishers. With global digital deals, authors will be for sale on Kobo, Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Apple’s iBookstore, Google eBooks, Booki.sh and others.

Although an Australian-based digital first publisher, writers do not need to be based in Australia to be published by Escape Publishing. Despite intending to find writers globally, they are interested in an Australian focus. They will be publishing globally with a DRM free approach, although of course some retailers put DRM on their ebooks.

 

Escape Publishing submission guidelines indicate they are wide open to a wide range of genres. The length of manuscripts range from 5,000 words for a short story through to over 100,000 words for a long novel. Happily they indicate that writers can expect to hear from them within two weeks.  Their online submission streamlines the process for writers and they accept manuscript submissions in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, and .pdf.

You can enjoy the Escape Publishing website, Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, add them to a circle on Google+ and follow them on Pintrest. Or perhaps even submit a book to them?

Links you may like:

  • Penguin recently launched Destiny Romance and I featured them in this post.
  • Read about the Escape Publishing launch at ECQ on the Escape Publishing blog.

January 2013

 

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