As we come off a big 12-book dual launch that required an enormous team effort, and as we prepare to take a little down time to enjoy the holidays, we’ll need to take a step back, catch our breath, and catch up on pending business.

We’ll be closing to author submissions from January 1 – March 15, 2014.

This will give us the time we desperately need to work through our existing queue of submissions, some of which have been patiently waiting for a few weeks. It will also give us time to lay out our business and marketing plans for the coming year, always a critical consideration.

So if you, dear author, have a manuscript that’s just about ready for submission, please get it to us by December 31st. Any submissions received between January 1 and March 15 will be immediately auto-rejected.

If, on the other hand, your manuscript is not quite ready, then this gives you a bit of a breather to polish it to a fine sheen. We hope you’ll take full advantage of that opportunity.

We’re looking forward to some pretty good things throughout the rest of 2014 and into 2015. What will we be anxious for when the time comes? Great work. Okay, so that’s rather wide open, but really, great work in any genre is always high on our list. Having said that, there are a few genres we’re particularly anxious to expand: Thriller/Suspense, Mystery, Contemporary Romance, Literary Fiction.

So sharpen your pencils… err… keyboards… err… well, you know. We’ll be geared up and ready for you on March 16th.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!