Thursday, April 26, 2012

Discover a New Love!

by Deb Werksman
Editorial Manager,
Sourcebooks Casablanca

We've started an exciting new venture: www.discoveranewlove.com

Discover a New Love is an online readers club, featuring DRM-free ebooks. Members join for 6 months, and every month they get a choice among 4 featured selections for download. They also get a hefty discount on any other books they want to buy from the site.

Our whole purpose is to make it easier for readers to discover authors they've never read before. We've been hearing over and over how difficult it is to know what's good with so many books out there now. How does a reader know she's going to get a book that's any good? We're taking the guesswork out, and also providing ways for reader to connect with the authors they love.

We launched about 2 weeks ago, and we've already had thousands of visitors from all over the world. 2/3 of the books are available all over the world, and we're really excited to be cultivating an international audience that we know is hungry for English language books, and romances in particular.

The amazing Barbara Vey is going to host events weekly for members (we call her our "Ambassador of Awesomeness"). If you don't already know Barbara, check out her PW blog, Beyond Her Book.

Discover a New Love is meant for the whole community, whether people join as members or not. There will be tons of blogs, cover votes, title votes, eye candy, contests, promotions, and best of all—a lot of really good romances and other fiction to choose from.

No DRM means you get to own the books—you can put them on all of your devices.

We’re talking to other publishers about participating with us, so the book selection will continue to grow and evolve.

Take a look and let us know what you think: www.discoveranewlove.com

And of course you know I’m acquiring new titles and new authors all the time, so please send me your submissions: deb.werksman@sourcebooks.com

I’m looking for single title romance about 90,000 words, paranormal romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, contemporary and erotic romance. Complete guidelines are on www.sourcebooks.com or you can always email me with your questions.

Keep in mind I’m looking for:
*a heroine the reader can relate to
*a hero she can fall in love with
*a world gets created that the reader can escape into
*a hook I can sell with in 2-3 sentences
*the author has a career arc—in other words, if readers love that first book, what will come next and next after that?

Thank you! I can’t wait to hear from you, and discover you, and for you to discover us!

13 comments:

  1. Very excited about this new venture! I love the website too.

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  2. Anything associated with Barbara Vey is going to be a) fun, b) good for romance readers, and c) good for the romance community. Now if only there were chocolate involved...

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  3. This is great, Deb! Really excited about this new venture!

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  4. Awesome new venture. I'm so glad to be a part of it!

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  5. This looks very cool! So excited Barbara Vey will be a part of it!

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  6. This is so exciting, Deb! I just shared this on twitter :)

    Congrats to our Sourcebooks sisters the fabulous Carolyn Brown, Grace Burrowes, Elisabeth Naughton & Susanna Kearsley for having their books featured on DANL!

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  7. A very innovative and exciting adventure! Congrats SB!
    Amanda McIntyre

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  8. Sourcebooks continues to be a leader when it comes to new and better! I think this will be fabulous!
    Amelia

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  9. Love how Sourcebooks continues to look for new ways to introduce readers to the romance community. Such a great partnership between Sourcebooks & Barbara Vey. Really exciting!

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  10. What a great combination between Sourcebooks and Barbara Vey. Very exciting news, Deb!

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  11. This is a fistful of awesome! I am so excited!

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  12. Looks like an interesting concept, good luck with the new venture.

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