The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Friday, 11 November 2011

Welcome my very first guest author from Entangled Publishing!

It is so great to have Nina Croft visit with me today as she is the first author from new and seemingly booming, Entangled Press to do the honors - Welcome Nina!

I have heard SO many great things about Entangled and know they are on my agent's list as a good, solid publisher she is happy to send her client's work for consideration. However, I know very little about them and am really interested to see how you are finding working with them and what you expect in the future.

Thanks for being here!


Rachel asked me to talk a little today about my publisher, Entangled Publishing—I was happy to, because they’re new, and they’re great, and they deserve to be talked about.

My first interaction with Entangled was an impulse thing. I’m a member of Savvy Authors, an online writers’ site, which often holds pitches to publishers and agents. Back in March this year, I noticed a pitch to a new publisher, Entangled Publishing— involving a short online pitch to managing editor, Heather Howland. So I popped over to their website, and I liked what I saw.

What did I like? Generally, that Entangled were looking carefully at the rapidly changing world of publishing and putting together a model, which would incorporate the best of the old and the new. Specifically: high royalty rates, aggressive selling, lots of help with marketing (each author is assigned a publicist to work with them—this was my particular favorite part, as I’m useless at marketing).

I had a paranormal romance, Bittersweet Blood, finished and looking for a home. It seemed to fit their submission guidelines, and so I entered the pitch. I didn’t win, but I was a runner up, and Heather asked to see the first three chapters. She got back to me within days, said she was hooked, and could she see the rest. I had my first contract for Bittersweet Blood and the next book in the series, shortly after. They’re fast—it’s another thing I love about them.

Anyway, move on to April, and my birthday. I got a rejection (can you imagine—the editor could at least have checked that it wasn’t my birthday before she sent it). And it was for my favorite book, but one I had already accepted might be hard to place. Break Out, book 1 in my Blood Hunter series, is a cross genre story; space opera and paranormal—a sort of Star Wars with fangs. But I’d seen that Entangled were looking for space operas, so I pressed the button and sent it.

Liz, my soon to be editor at Entangled, got back to me within the day (still on my birthday—hurray!) and said she loved it and would like to contract the series.

So I had two series contracted.

Entangled launched in August this year, but Break Out actually came as a pre-launch book at the beginning of July, and Deadly Pursuit, book 2 in the series is out this month.

So far, six months or so into the relationship, I’m loving it. I adore my covers, my edits were hard but very satisfying (the best sort), my publicist gets me a load of promo, and I just signed another contract for books 4, 5 and 6 in the Blood Hunter series.

Entangled are a new publisher, they are still evolving, and I think that’s what I love most about them. The publishing world is in a constant state of change right now. Only by adapting to those changes can a publisher hope to survive and provide the best environment for both readers and writers.



The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

So leave a comment or ask a question and I’ll giveaway an ecopy of Break Out.

Thanks for being here, Nina - You have certainly sold Entangled to me as a publisher to consider in the future! I wish you all the luck in the world for sales and your continuing career. Nina would love to chat...



  1. I love Entangled! Congrats on your new upcoming release! And I'm so glad Liz saved your birthday!

  2. Thanks Clarissa - it was a great birthday present!

  3. Great to hear such positive news of a new publisher - good luck with your novels, Nina!

  4. Great post Rachel and Nina!
    Nina: What a wonderful journey you're taking with Entangled! Sounds both personal and professional, which IS a sign of a strong publisher.
    Best of luck to you!
    P.S. Your cover for BREAK OUT is gorgeous. : )

  5. Hi Rachel and Nina. I have yet to read a bad book from Entangled. I've read many (your books are in the cart, as I type) and reviewed some too. The editing is crisp and I'm please that so many authors are finding them.

    Congratulations on your success at Entangled.

    The covers are gorgeous, too.

  6. Nina, it sounds like Entangled are a great publisher to work with - here's wishing you loads more success with them!

  7. Hi Rosemary- thanks for the good luck!

  8. Thanks Tina - yes the cover is gorgeous - Heather at Entangled does wonderful covers!

  9. Thanks Harlie - I'm glad you're enjoying the Entangled books and recognizing the crisp editing - they are very thorough!

  10. Hi Paola - thanks for dropping by!

  11. Thanks for sharing your experience of Entangled with us, Nina, they sound really good!


  12. It is great you've found a publisher you are so positive about Nina. The series sounds a fantastic enterprise for you and a great deal for the us readers.

  13. Well done, Nicola, for getting in with Entangled. You're living proof that the best way to beat the rejection blues is to send it out somewhere else fast. Great birthday present!

  14. Sounds like you've found a great publisher for your books, Nina, who tick all the right boxes for you. I love the idea they respond fast and don't leave you nailbiting for months. Good luck and well done!

  15. I've read Break Out, Nina, and I LOVED it! Can't wait to read the next in the series :)