Debby Giusti here!
Have you heard the news? Love Inspired Books has expanded their Love Inspired Suspense line to SIX books each month. While many publishing houses have been forced to cut back, Love Inspired continues to grow because of the hard work and dedication of outstanding editors who know their readers and select stories that are sure to please.
To celebrate the LIS expansion and Love Inspired’s continued success, we’ve invited Love Inspired Editor Emily Rodmell to guest blog with us today. Always generous with her time, Emily has graciously agreed to answer your questions, many of which were submitted to Seekerville some weeks ago. Emily enjoys finding new authors so be sure to share your congratulations as well as pose any additional questions you have about Love Inspired Books.
Now help me welcome Emily Rodmell to Seekerville…
Good morning, Seekerville. It’s always a pleasure to visit with all of you. I’m especially excited to be here to talk about Love Inspired Suspense’s expansion to 6 books a month, starting this month.
|Love Inspired uses creative ways|
to find new authors.
|Emily's hard at work in her NYC office editing submissions, |
looking for new authors and sharing LI news on Twitter.
How stringently do you abide by your submission requirements, such as word count, # of POVs, amount of time the H/H are together, how soon they have to meet, etc.?
With the international problems facing American military, would LIS consider a series where the American protagonists are based overseas, dealing with terrorist threats in cities like
London or ? Sydney
Love Inspired Suspense books focus on danger that directly affects the hero and heroine. Terrorism plots usually involve trying to stop mass casualties. So terrorism isn’t something we’re looking for. And we generally prefer that our books be set in
North America, but we do on occasion publish books set overseas as long as the protagonists are North American.
|LOL with Emily!|
Do you have any favorite settings, and if so will you share with us what they are and why they are special to you?
Our readers tend to gravitate towards small towns. So that’s where most of our books are set. I’m a city girl, so I love when authors can manage to get that small town feel in a larger city. I enjoyed working with the authors who wrote the Texas Ranger Justice continuity series because I was able to set it in San Antonio, Texas, a city I’ve been to many times. But because it focused on this tight unit of officers, it still had that community feel that our readers love. We’re trying it again this year by setting our continuity (Capitol K-9 Unit) in
My sister lives in D.C., so I’ve spent a lot of time there and love seeing a place that’s dear to my heart come alive on the page. Beyond that, I’m a Washington, D.C. Florida girl at heart (lived there more than 20 years) so I love seeing settings. Florida
Suspense involves danger and encounters with evil. Are there any situations that you prefer not to see in an LI?
|Emily visits with many of the Seekers at ACFW.|
|Missy, Janet and Debby chat with Emily at her first ACFW Conference.|
|Follow Emily on Twitter. Here she's announcing the|
contract she offered Keli Gwyn. SQUEAL!
What is the first thing you, as an editor, consider when you review submitted manuscripts?
My number one priority is to consider whether or not it would be something that our readers would enjoy reading.
Please explain the editing process a manuscript goes through from contract to publication.
Thanks again for having me, Seekerville. I’m happy to answer any further questions in the comments.
Emily, thanks for answering so many questions and for providing such great information about Love Inspired Books and your submission process. We’re cheering on the Villagers who are involved in the Killer Voices Search and encouraging all our writers to consider submitting to Love Inspired. Working for you and with you has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I hope many of the folks who visit Seekerville today will realize the outstanding opportunities available to those who write for Love Inspired.
Emily has graciously donated 6 books today, and Love Inspired Seeker authors have added additional giveaways. We’ll have a total of ten winners, each receiving two books. Leave a comment to be entered in the drawings, and stop back this weekend to see the list of winners.
In honor of Emily’s
roots, we’re serving Fresh Squeezed Florida Orange Juice and Cut Florida Grapefruit, along with cooked-to-order eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, assorted biscuits, fresh baked bread, and shrimp and grits for breakfast. The coffee’s hot. Pour a cup and enjoy the buffet as we chat with Emily. Florida