NCP has hired a new editor with impressive credentials. From the NCP site: "Jeri Smith Youness is a former acquisitions editor and cover copywriter for Macmillan, Berkley, Silhouette and Penguin USA in New York City. She has taught romance writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and has worked as an evaluation editor for Romantic Times in New York for over ten years. She is the author of three gothic novels, LEGACY OF HUNTER HOUSE, WITCH TREE INN and THE HAUNTING OF VICTORIA, which won the Bookrak Best-selling Gothic award."
She's looking to acquire "Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-fi/ Futuristic that are spicy or erotic, Historical romance (not Western). She will consider Romantic Suspense and Contemporary Romance, as long as they are well researched and well written."
In other news, I discussed my writing in emails with the boss at NCP the other day and she told me that contemporary sales are "sluggish" for them. I get the impression that she thinks writing contemps for them is not something that's ever likely to win me a big audience. As a consequence, I think In the Mood will probably be my last contemp for them. It's a bit on the ironic side that a genre that regularly hits the USA Today Bestseller list for New York pubs can't find a big audience when it comes to e-publishing!