Monday, August 17, 2009


Angela James Joins Quartet Press
Reader's Digest to file for Chapter 11 protection
Boys of the Bite (my review of a Ravenous Romance ebook)


Anonymous said...

Regarding Angela James resigning from Samhain - I'm most curious to see how much the supposed 'love and adoration' for Samhain will now shift away from them and follow Angela to Quartet. I'm guessing a lot.

I'm equally as curious to see how many of Angela's Samhain authors jump ship with her over to Quartet. It's quite the coup for Quartet, Angela will bring to them the kind of epublishing industry respect and trust of epublished authors that otherwise would be hard to overcome based on past start-up escapades. It's really a rather brilliant move on their part. I already can name more than 2 dozen quality epublished authors in the past few hours who have baldly stated that since Angela is going to Quartet, they're now willing to submit where before they had plans to 'wait and see'.

Anonymous said...

Angela was the face of Samhain, at least for me.

Quartet was just another start-up; now they have instant credibility. Quite a coup.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be so sure authors are going to jump ship with her unless Quartet is planning on changing that net royalty rate for them.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the third comment. And while Angie was the FACE of Samhain, she wasn't the person behind the big deals, that was Crissy Brashear. Granted, she has probably learned a lot from working with Brashear, but when Brashear started up, it was more about who she was signing. When you can sign the biggest selling author from EC, Lora Leigh, you kind of get some clout. If memory serves, Brashear was the person behind the print dealings at EC, and when she left it seemed to fall apart,
I am sure some authors will go, but there are a few other things. That whole "net" royalty thing is just not going to go over well with authors. At least the ones who understand what that means. Also, many might have a wait and see. The only publisher I have seen to make a splash since Samhain was Siren and their Menage Amour line. While putting out quality product is key, you also have to offer something different. Maybe they have something up their sleeve other than getting top bloggers to go on and on about them, but I have yet to see it.
This was no surprise to me. Angie has been out there bit by bit pushing Quartet for a few months, something that made me think she was either an owner or about to jump over to their ship.
While I wish them the best, and I do because we need more quality epublishers, do not ever think that Angie was the brains behind Samhain. She was a big part of their success, but Brashear has always been the one doing the deals, getting Samhain on the map.

Anonymous said...

Angie had a bit more to do with Samhain's success than that, 7:42 Anon. Crissy is responsible for making deals and running the business aspect; but it was Angie who found and trained the editors who put out such quality books. She ran a lot more over there than you're giving her credit for.

Quartet scooping her up is quite a coup. That said, I don't expect the quality of books offered at Samhain to suddenly go down just because Angie is gone. Why would I, as a reader, "abandon" Samhain just because she's left? I care about the books, not who the editorial director is.

A good book is a good book. It's not like I only buy from Harlequin, or only buy from Kensington. Why would it be any different with an epublisher?

Anonymous said...

Just adding another pov on authors ‘jumping ship’ with Angela.

Many authors write for more than one epublisher, so if some authors decide to submit to Quartet Press—in part because of the confidence Angela's involvement instills—it doesn't necessarily follow that they're leaving Samhain in the dust. Samhain is a good publisher to write for, why burn bridges for no good reason?

For my part, full disclosure, Angela was my editor at Samhain. Earlier she passed on a novella with plenty of feedback and said if I was up to doing the revisions she'd love to see the results. Considering I've undertaken said revisions based on her crit, I'll assume that she'd still want to *see* the results no matter where she is. (see=/sale)

Does that mean I'll sub the mss to Angie @Quartet? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m published in one subgenre with Samhain right now. It'd make sense to have my eggs in more than one basket and have different subgenres published at different houses.

On the other hand I know what Samhain has to offer: a well-earned rep, the traffic/readership and proven sales, and if I hit a certain word count I'm guaranteed to get print distribution in the brick n mortar bookstores. So far Quartet hasn't been clear about the when and where of their books going to print and in stores.

K. Z. Snow said...

Many authors write for more than one epublisher, so if some authors decide to submit to Quartet Press—in part because of the confidence Angela's involvement instills—it doesn't necessarily follow that they're leaving Samhain in the dust.

Six Anon's in row? Wow. I must be the only poster without a horse in this race. ;-)

Re. the above comment: A similar, although probably more rancorous, situation pertained when Ms. Brashear left EC and started up SP. Many EC authors opted to publish through both companies. And why not?

From what I've been able to gather, writers only fully abandon a publisher when they feel well and truly shat upon. I doubt staff changes are particularly germane to their submission decisions.

jenn said...

Whether or not authors decide to split their wares between publishers seems a bit moot to me. What matters more to Quartet's success is that they can attract readers. Not writers.

Anonymous said...

Attracting writers is part of attracting readers. Why do you think Samhain had such instant success when other epublishers have struggled? It's at least partly because a number of "big name" authors came with them from EC, including Lora Leigh. They brought their readers with them.

Lauren Dane said...

Angie is my editor at Samhain. We're working on my last Samhain book with her as my editor right now *sniff* I love working with her and I owe a lot of what I've learned to her and my old editor at EC Ann Leveille.

Samhain didn't have instant success. Many of us who sold to them in the beginning took a risk for our own reasons. What they have now is due to smart business choices.

Samhain has built itself into something special and that takes time. And while Angie didn't do it alone, Samhain owes a great deal of its current success to the fact that they chose good books and carefully hired editors. That's a lot due to who is at the helm as Exec Editor/Managing Editor. It's why other start ups fail, they buy everything they're subbed and then they don't edit.

Readers aren't stupid, they can see it and they don't come back. There are no magic beans, even with big name authors. It's WHY the big name authors came over, it's why Samhain has given a platform to up and comers with a lot of talent.

I believe Samhain will continue to put out quality books and I believe Crissy has worked very hard to create a viable, successful publisher. Angie will be a credit to Quartet but it's not as if they were a bunch of nobodies or failed authors out to create a way to pub their own books. Quartet has a lot going for it, there's a lot of experience and knowledge in that group.

Authors will follow Angie but that doesn't mean they won't continue to write for Samhain as well. Yes, I do think the net/gross distinction will be an issue, but in truth it's an issue for many authors because bigger houses in NY are also moving toward net in some cases.

Anonymous said...

Samhain owes a great deal of its current success to the fact that they chose good books and carefully hired editors.

Is that why the last book I got from Samhain mentioned a Honda Civic Prius and this head-desk dialog snippet:

"Alex. Alex MacGregor."
"Like James. James Bond?"

Ann Bruce said...

Sorry, that last comment was mine.

I've been frustrated with my purchases at Samhain because I'm noticing a lot of things in the editorial department seem to be sliding.

Anonymous said...

To me, Samhain under Angela’s editing leadership has been like any other epublisher in the product-quality area—it publishes mainly inferior books with a few good/great books. While I understand the need to keep business going, etc., the book inferiority is frustrating, like Ann Bruce said.
I predict Quartet Press will be like any other epublisher, publishing mainly inferior books with a few good/great books. The Quartet leaders seem like smart business people, but not book-quality people, despite their profuse promises.
The endless promises annoy me. I prefer straightforward, calm publishing heads. They’re more believable.
In brief, Samhain=Quartet=any other epublisher in book quality (ie terrible). Before and after I heard Angela James joined Quartet. But I think Quartet will make a lot of money. Quartet leaders and Angela James—all smart business people, and popular.