Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 9, 2013

Bloomsbury Spark

Publisher’s Weekly announced that Bloomsbury Children’s will launch its new e-book-first imprint, Bloomsbury Spark in December. The line will kick off with the simultaneous release of seven titles, and the program will continue with two new titles each month.

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“The majority of today’s digital imprints are genre-focused and narrow in scope, but teen and new adult readers have diverse interests and tastes,” says Cindy Loh, U.S. publishing director for Bloomsbury Children’s Books. “We have designed Bloomsbury Spark specifically with the reader in mind. It’s a place where science fiction sits alongside dystopian, mystery, contemporary romance, and more. It offers exciting, new books every month for every kind of reader.”

The digital line is one of the initiatives involved in Bloomsbury’s ongoing restructuring. In the spring, Loh hired Meredith Rich as a dedicated e-book editor, and she will focus on signing young adult and new adult talent across all genres.

“I have two main goals for Bloomsbury Spark: creating exciting and timely e-books for our current market, and ensuring that our Spark authors have a great publishing experience,” said Rich. Bloomsbury Spark is actively acquiring novels from debut, self-published, and established authors.

“Our editorial structure at Bloomsbury means that Bloomsbury Spark offers authors the chance to be published globally and marketed locally,” said Emma Hopkin, managing director of Bloomsbury Children’s and Educational Publishing Worldwide. “We are acquiring books from all territories and marketing them locally to our readers around the globe.”

The seven e-books included on Spark’s launch list are Pride’s Run by Cat Kalen; The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel; The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston; The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski; Beyond Our Stars by Marie Langager; Until We End by Frankie Brown; and Positively Mine by Christine Duval.

Emma Hopkin, managing director of Bloomsbury Children’s and Educational Publishing  said: “We’ve seen a great increase in our digital sales in both the US and UK, in particular for YA titles, and we realised there was no YA-dedicated digital list, and Bloomsbury can offer local marketing around the globe for these titles.” Hopkin did not divulge details on terms offered to authors, saying only, “It is a contract specific for Bloomsbury Spark, but the contracts are fair.” Standard ebook royalty rates are offered. Specific terms of compensation will be discussed at acquisition.

Bloomsbury Spark is a one-stop shop for getting your book published, starting with your manuscript to posting your book for sale. Every Bloomsbury Spark eBook will be edited by a dedicated Digital Editor. Other services provided include: copyediting, proofreading, cover design, and local marketing. The entire imprint will also receive marketing and advertising support in addition to the campaign for individual books.

They are currently accepting English language manuscripts between 25,000 and 60,000 words. Submit manuscripts in Word doc by email only.

For submissions in the United States and Canada: BloomsburySparkUS@bloomsbury.com
For submissions in the United Kingdom, Europe and ROW: BloomsburySparkUK@bloomsbury.com
For submissions in Australia: BloomsburySparkAUS@bloomsbury.com
For submissions in India: BloomsburySparkINDIA@bloomsbury.com

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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