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Monday, May 29, 2006

I Love Looking at the Book Section. . .

I love looking at the book section in my supermarket to see what's happening in the marketplace. With limited shelf space, they can only put a certain amount of books on the shelf and they tend to stick to what's HOT. Ten years ago, you'd find romance dominating the shelves with a couple of Kootz, King, and Grishom tucked in here and there. Not so anymore. Now, the shelves are dominated by suspense and thrillers, with a few romance titles tucked on the bottom shelf. Why? Because suspense is what's selling. Suspense is what readers want.

And suspense is coming on strong in CBA. You have Kathy Mackel, James Scott Bell, Brandilyn Collins, Colleen Coble, John Robinson, Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock, Hannah Alexander, Clint Kelly, Bill Myers, Ted Dekker, Don Brown, Alton Gansky... and the list goes on.

So, we're here at Keep Me In Suspense to talk about the latest trends, the hottest sellers, the publishers, the writers, and what we write...suspense.

Have a question? Feel free to ask.

Have a comment. Feel free to speak up.

We want to be an interactive medium for suspense writers, whether they write thrillers, suspense, romantic suspense, mysteries, or cozys.

As most of you know by now (if you're staying on top of things) Barbour/Heartsong has dropped their suspense line to start up a mystery/cozy line for their bookclub. Less than 55,000 words, Spyglass is set to release up to 4 books every 6 weeks to club members.

Harrison House is "testing the waters" with a new suspense release and if all goes well, plans on expanding their suspense line.

RiverOak has suspended their entire fiction line for at least two years while they restructure, but they promise they will be back, stronger than ever.

Jeff Gerke has moved over to NavPress and looking for some outstanding suspense to add to their line.

Know of any other publisher actively looking for supense manuscripts? Let us know.

And stay tuned. Our contributor's list is growing and you'll soon be hearing from other authors like Kathy Mackel, Angie Hunt, and others...

As Keep Me In Suspense gets rolling, we'll be adding more authors to the blog, lists of new releases, industry news, and editors wants and needs, so stay tuned...we're just getting started.


Anonymous Tamela said...

What a superb site! A must-see for suspense writers and readers alike. Great job!


12:27 PM  
Blogger Rhonda Gibson said...

THIS IS AWESOME! What a wonderful idea ladies. I can't wait to see what all is in store for your site!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Woo!!! Hoo!!! You go girls!!! I'll be checking back often, and I'll have Heather put your link on my blog.

By the way, you might want to turn on the verification thingy so you don't start getting spam comments. I had to on my blog. It's on the blogger dashboard.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

What a cool name for your site! I look forward to reading more here. I'm going to add your url to my blog.

Yes, re the verification thingy. And recently, I was amused on one blog to have to write in tofu, :d she said, licking her lips.


12:45 PM  
Blogger eileen said...

Just finished Wanda's Obsession. Great read!! Looking forward to learning more from y'all. Congrats on this new site.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Cathy West said...

Great Site, Great Ideas, Great Writers.
Look forward to checking in often, even though I'm a romance and women's fiction writer...but hey, it's all good,right? I am sure I will learn a lot from you ladies!

1:13 PM  
Blogger CHickey said...

Wow! I'm so glad ya'll are doing this! I plan to visit here often.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Cara Putman said...

This looks like a great blog. I look forward to checking in frequently. So this is where you went, Lynette! :-)

4:44 PM  
Blogger Dineen A. Miller said...

Awesome idea, Ladies! I'll be coming back. Thanks for doing this, can't wait to read more.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Frances Devine said...

Love the idea. Good for you.


6:55 PM  
Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Hey, this should be fun! Love the background. My friends won't let me go with a fun color like black on Girls Write Out. LOL

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Marta Perry said...

What a great idea! I'm delighted that there's a place for inspirational suspense writers to hang out!

Your comments on who's buying what are so helpful. You may know that Steeple Hill's Love Inspired Suspense has been successful enough that they'll be going to more books per month starting next year, so I imagine they're interested in submissions.

Marta Perry

8:38 AM  
Blogger Raj said...

'Novel' Idea indeed!

9:45 AM  

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