Good morning Karen I’m so excited to have you finally visit the book review café, first thing first tea or coffee?
What made you decide to set up a publication business?
What genre of books do Orenda Books publish?
What makes Orenda Books unique from other publishers?
What would you say has been your biggest success so far?
Which brings me to my next question, What has been the biggest challenge?
You must get hundreds of submissions from authors, how do you choose which books you will publish?
If I sent a book I wrote to you how long would it take you to review and respond?
What would put you off reading my book I sent to you?
If you accepted my book how long is the process from accepting a manuscript to final publication? And what does the process involve?
Usually about a year, but it depends upon what time of year it’s signed. What we do first is a structural edit … loads of editorial notes that send the author back to his/her writing desk to get the bones of the book … the plot, characters, timeline, continuity, atmosphere, setting. It might go back and forth several (or even dozens of) times before it’s ready for copyediting. This is the line edit, and the copyeditor always finds more things that need addressing, and the prose is polished at this stage. The author then answers queries and checks the edits to make sure he/she is happy. During the process, we write a blurb, commission a jacket, get it up for pre-order, pitch to the sales teams around the world, discuss marketing and publicity approaches, etc. Once the book is in good shape, it is typeset. We usually print uncorrected proofs at this stage (about five/six months before publication), and these go out to the press, booksellers, other authors for jacket quotes, the sales teams, and some of the bloggers. The book is then proofread by author and an outside proofreader. Then a couple of months before publication, we print the final book! It takes a while…
You have some fantastic covers for your books, how do you choose a cover?
Are there any books you are publishing this year you are really excited about?
As for the marketing of your books, what have you found works best for Orenda Books?
Can you tell us a little about a typical day at Orenda?
I am up at seven, get my youngest off to school, and then work well into the night (stopping to cook dinner!). I go to lots of launches for authors from other publishers, too, and am away a LOT a book fairs, author events, festivals, international sales conferences, etc. Every day brings something new and maybe that’s partly why it is so much fun. Although there are a lot of extremely boring administrative tasks, I can always do something else if I start to lose my mind!
One final question can you sum up Orenda Books in five words?
About Orenda Books
Karen with author Thomas Enger
Orenda Books was founded by publisher Karen Sullivan in late 2014 to specialise in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, about half in translation. The company has fast made a name for itself, being shortlisted for the IPG Nick Robinson Newcomer Award, shortlisting for and winning a clutch of awards, including CWA Daggers, Authors’ Club First Novel Award, the Petrona Award, the Glass Key and the Dead Good Reads Awards. Karen was also named as a Bookseller Rising Star for 2016.
My thanks to Karen for taking time out of her hectic schedule to take part in this feature.