The Novel Approach is please to welcome Kristi Boulware today to talk a bit about Torquere Press, where it’s been and where it’s going to meet your LGBT reading needs for the future. As a special thank you, Kristi is also offering the chance for one lucky reader to win either an e-book of choice from their extensive backlist, or a gift certificate good toward a future purchase.
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TNA: Hi, Kristi, welcome to The Novel Approach, it’s great to have you hear with us today. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a little bit about yourself, how you became involved with Torquere, and where, when, how Torquere came into being?
Kristi: Hi y’all! It’s great to be here spending some time chatting. A little about me…Well I’m a Texan through and through, have two beautiful kids, work with a dog rescue and have a degree in business management/marketing. About 5 years ago, Shawn & Lorna had me come on board with Torquere as the General Manager and doing marketing. Torquere was started in 2003 when a core group of authors were tired of not having anyone interested in publishing GLBT romance on ebook.
TNA: How has the press changed over the years, and where do you see it going moving forward?
Kristi: Torquere originally started with a core group of 5 authors. It has grown to over 200 authors and over 2000 titles in publication. They also branched out with Prizm Books for Young Adult and New Adult stories. Moving forward Torquere will continue to grow and thrive, allowing for many more categories in our releases.
TNA: What is your submission process, and will that be changing at all under the new ownership? Is there a certain sub-genre you hope to branch out into that you’ve never focused on before?
Kristi: You can find our submission information at Torquere Press Submissions. We ask that all submissions are complete manuscripts. We have several year round calls as well as monthly anthology calls available. We are currently branching into mysteries as well as transgender categories.
TNA: What’s your marketing plan as you move Torquere into the next generation of ownership? Will you be sticking to the current business model, or do you have plans to take things in a new direction?
Kristi: We are branching into several new marketing channels, building our social media presence as well as starting pre-order options. We are also doing blog blast tours for every book release with Will from Pride Promotions.
TNA: What advice would you give to authors who’ve never submitted a manuscript to Torquere before?
Kristi: Don’t be afraid to submit to us or any publisher. When you submit to a publisher and they say no, then take the recommendations given and move forward from there. Never give up!
TNA: Tell us where you can be reached and where authors and readers can find all the news about Torquere on the internet.