This month has been full of surprises and gifts from Austen Authors to our readers – giveaways, sales and P&P200 posts for your enjoyment. Today’s surprise is different; it’s a present for us, one that’s been in the works for many months. Today is the 201st anniversary of the Netherfield Ball, the perfect day to unveil White Soup Press, a new publishing imprint for the authors who are part of this blog.
This idea grew out of discussion between various AuAus who were publishing independently or planning to do so in the future. Pooling our knowledge, experience, and publicity efforts was a natural next step. At White Soup Press, just as at Austen Authors, we’re committed to maintaining professional quality in our books. That means that readers can count on a White Soup Press book to be edited, copy-edited, formatted correctly, and written by an experienced and accessible author.
We’re still in the early stages of this venture. Many of the recent White Soup Press releases were published under the White Soup Press imprint, and older books are in the process of being converted to the new imprint. Five Austen Authors already have books actively for sale through WSP, with many others joining in the next year as their new books become available. The majority of WSP books are Austenesque novels, but there are original novels as well. We have modern adaptations and books set in the Regency or other historical periods, plus time travel books for those who want the best of both worlds.
While WSP is an option for any of the authors at this blog to use, it’s up to each author to decide whether and when to participate, so you won’t see every Austen Author there. I can tell you, though, that there are some great books coming up in the near future from WSP. I won’t try to mention them all, but the long-awaited Spices of Pemberley by Nina Benneton will be coming up early in 2013, Jack Caldwell has some zingers up his sleeve in Mr. Darcy Comes to Dinner, Regina Jeffers will be delighting us on Valentine’s Day with His, and fans of Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga are going to be in for a happy surprise with a new prequel. And yes, I’ll have a new Pemberley Variation in the spring.
That’s just the beginning! 2013 is going to be an exciting year at White Soup Press. This week on Austen Authors we’ll be sharing excerpts from White Soup Press books for your reading pleasure. In the meantime, please stop by our brand-new website and check out the initial line-up of books. There will be lots more to come!