Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Look Inside Evernight Publishing,Featuring Carolyn Rosewood

Although 80% of Americans believe they have a book-worthy story inside them, few ever complete their book. Of those who do, I wonder how many authors manage to get their books published?
Carolyn Rosewood, our newest blog sister, is a Tennesseean who has succeeded. Her book, "THE LAST SOUL," came out April 20th. I’d like her to introduce herself.
Carolyn. ...
"I love to read all genres of romance. I’ve been reading romance since I was 19. I’m a PRO member of the RWA (the Romance Writers Association), and serve as treasurer for our local RWA chapter here in Nashville, the Music City Romance Writers. I also have a contemporary romance, 'Haunted Heart,' due out in July from Etopia Press.
"I work outside the home as a claims adjuster, and have been a critical-care nurse. I’m married to my real life hero, and we have a daughter in college."
Carolyn has graciously agreed to answer my publishing questions which, I’m hoping, are yours, too.

1. How did you get started as a writer?
"I’ve been writing since I could print. I’m that geeky kid who walked around junior high school and high school with a notebook full of hand-written stories. But it wasn’t until two years ago I joined RWA and our local Nashville chapter, the Music City Romance Writers, and began to get serious about my writing dreams.
2. Getting "The Call" is the moment many unpublished authors fantasize about. It’s that time when authors hear that a publisher wants her work. Can you describe your experience?
"Actually mine was a series of e-mails! My editor at Evernight Publishing, Emma Shortt, also is a moderator on, where I’ve been a member for almost two years. She put up an informal challenge thread and I wrote a 1,000 word erotic horror story. She liked it so much we began e-mailing about turning it into a paranormal romance for Evernight. After a few revisions, she e-mailed me to say Evernight was publishing it, and the next day I received an e-mail with my contract."
3. How long was it from the initial publisher’s request to see your manuscript until it reached published form?
"Six weeks. I know ... fast! But that’s all it took.”
4. What steps were involved to elevate your manuscript from a submission to a published novel?
"The cover art, marketing and blurb form, signing the contracts and mailing them to the publisher, then two rounds of edits and one final proof."
5. What surprised you most about being published?
"How much work goes into it from their end."
6. What advice would you give other unpublished authors who hope to interest your publishing house in their manuscript?
"Read their titles. If you write what they’re publishing now, polish that submission until it shines and then submit it."
7. What reasons would you give an unpublished author for sending his or her manuscript to Evernight Publishing? In other words, what do you particularly like about your publisher?
"Their professionalism and the way they make everything so easy."
8. Tell us a little bit about Evernight Publishing? Is it an e-publisher?
"Evernight is an e-publisher with a print program that is sales based."
9. Typically, how long does it take you to write a book? What’s your writing schedule?
"I work a full-time job outside the home so my writing during the week is in bits and pieces. Typically I write on weekends, as much as I can. I can’t really say how long it takes to finish one book. I wrote 'The Last Soul' in a few weeks, but I have novels in various stages that I’ve been working on for over a year."
10. How do you generate ideas for your stories?
"They come to me at odd times, and often in dreams."
11. What excites you about your current work-in-progress?
"The fact my heroine is Faina’s best friend in 'The Last Soul.' I’m hoping readers will connect with her better that way."
12. Could you share an excerpt from your books?
"Here’s an excerpt from 'The Last Soul':

"Faina donned a Betsey Johnson flowered dress and wedge sandals, then materialized a few blocks from where Jace worked.
"It felt so good to be outdoors. The warm air was soothing, the traffic noises and bustling crowds reminding her of New York City. Faina didn’t often get nostalgic for her human life, but today she did. If she succeeded in this mission, she’d be human again. Warm weather, noisy crowds and city life would be her reality, not simply the realm in which she was allowed to work.
"Unless Mastema had tricked her. No. She wouldn’t think about that now. She had a job to do. She took her time, peering in shop windows and trying to look like just another California trust fund babe out for a stroll on a bright summer day. The fact nearly every man pounding the pavement tripped over his own two feet as she strolled past wasn’t lost on her. She didn’t have the baby face, long blonde curls, and legs up to there for nothing.
"She avoided eye contact. It was enough to leave them with her scent, they’d have trouble getting it out of their head for weeks, but to look them in the eyes would be downright cruel. Even when she’d been alive all she’d had to do was turn her baby blues in a man’s direction and he followed her around like a dog in heat. She’d made more money for Madame Lily during her first six months than most of her girls made over the course of two years.
"As she made her way to the entrance of the 770 Wilshire Building, she caught a whiff of burned toast. She ducked into the nearest shop and pressed her nose to the plate-glass window, scanning the crowd for a familiar face. She’d only seen Mastema appear once in human form. He’d looked ridiculous dressed in a long coat and cowboy hat on the streets of Aurora, Nebraska, population 4,2025 as of last year. His bad-boy Western get-up would have been more appropriate for Arizona in the late 19th century.
"Either Mastema hadn’t been the demon she smelled or he’d already evaporated. The sidewalks were filled with six-foot blondes and men who looked like they walked off the cover of GQ. Not a weird outfit or menacing swagger in sight.
“Help you, Miss? You need mani and pedi today? We have new summer colors that look perfect on you.”
Faina whirled around to face the ancient Vietnamese woman. She’d ducked into a nail salon. Her senses had been so focused on the burnt toast smell and Mastema’s human form she hadn’t noticed the acrid smell of nail polish.
“ 'No, not today. I’m sorry. I’ve got to go.' ”
"Faina opened the door and strode to the parking garage entrance of the building. On the way a clock struck five. The smell of burnt toast wafted from a nearby taco stand. Had that been what she smelled? Tacos? She was jumping at shadows. That wasn’t like her.
"She made her way to Jace’s sports car by visualizing it. As the flood of workers poured into the garage, she hoped Jace would stay calm when he saw her. She was taking a risk as there would be plenty of witnesses if he wigged out.
"He was busy scrolling through messages on his phone as he sauntered to his car, and didn’t see her until she stepped in front of him as he was about to open the door.
“ 'Oh Jesus. Holy fu—.' ”
" His warm brown eyes opened wide and he visibly swallowed. 'How did you... you’re real. Holy shit.'
“ 'Get in your car, Jace. People are staring. One of them looks like he’s going to take a picture with his cell.'
"The lie snapped him out of his trance. He unlocked the doors and she slid into the passenger seat. 'Start the car but don’t move yet.'
"He stared straight ahead as the engine roared to life. Beads of sweat pooled at his hairline. She could hear his heart pounding. When she reached up to wipe his forehead, he moaned. 'It’s all right, Jace. Just try to relax.'
“ 'I don’t understand.' His voice shook.
“ 'You don’t need to. Wait until the garage clears out a bit. Then we’ll leave.'
“ 'I... I have a dinner date. A family friend. I have to go. I don’t want to but… I… I should.'
“ 'Do you want me to leave?'
"He looked into her eyes with the most desperate longing she’d ever seen on a human face. A flash of apprehension shivered down her spine, unbalancing her. She was going to hurt him. Badly. He’d lose everything. His home, the Foundation, his dinner date, maybe even this fancy sports car. And some kid wouldn’t have a place to sleep on a cold, winter night, or a youth group to keep him off the streets.
"The men she brought to Mastema were bad-to-the-bone to begin with. They just needed a little help to push them in the right direction. The inevitable direction, as he liked to call it. But Jace Blackmon was a good guy.
"Then why does Apollyon want him? But what if he didn’t want Jace? What if Jahi was right and Mastema had forged the contract?
“ 'Faina.' His whisper pulled her back to the present. Until she had proof to the contrary, it was Jace’s soul or her eternal torment as one of Mastema’s sex slaves. This was self-preservation. Nothing more.
"She looked into his eyes and smiled. 'Yes, Jace?'
“ 'Please don’t leave, Faina.' ”

(Any formatting errors belong to Brenda's web skills--not Carolyn.)

13. Where can readers find you on the Web? (Twitter, blog, Facebook, Website)?!/CarolynRosewood
We hope you’ve found Carolyn’s interview interesting. We appreciate your questions or comments.


  1. Thank you so much for having me here today, Brenda!

  2. Great interview! Good luck with your book, Carolyn. :-)

  3. Carolyn,
    Thanks for sharing with us today. Kudos on THE LAST SOUL's release!

  4. Interviews are always a favorite, thanks for the introduction and giving some insight into Evernight Publishing!

    Happy TT,

    13 Paragraphs

  5. I'm not sure that the butterflies in my tummy could ever handle me being an author.

    Enjoy your Thursday!

  6. Thanks for the look into a new publisher. Best of luck to you in your writing.
    Happy early Easter!

  7. Congrats on your first publication, Carolyn! Your experience closely mirrors my own.

  8. Xakara,
    Thanks. I always like to hear about other authors. I'm glad you like it too.

  9. I am Harriet,
    Oh, I bet you'd be a great author.

  10. Adelle,
    Yeah, I'm with you. It's interesting to find out about other publishers.

  11. Alice Audrey,
    Really? Cool. You're both very talented.

  12. Thanks CountryDew,
    I appreciate your visit.

  13. Enjoyed the excerpt. I wanted to keep reading! Thanks for sharing your journey to publication, too! Inspirational!

  14. Karen,
    I'm glad you liked the excerpt. Thanks for stopping by.

  15. Thank you, Karen! I'm really thrilled you'd keep reading.