Interview with Elizabeth North of Dreamspinner Press

I will be interviewing Elizabeth North, President of Dreamspinner Press next month. The questions will be sent out this weekend, and the purpose of this post is to ask if you, the readers, have any questions for her.

As you know, Dreamspinner is one of three publishers that provide free books to readers on this site on a regular basis and we all appreciate this generosity.

Please leave your questions in the comments section of this post before this Saturday, August 14. Thanks guys.


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  • A couple of questions floating around my head, probably not original, but I’ll give it a shot.
    What were your favorite books before Dreamspinner? And do they effect what you publish now?

    What would you consider a fair cut for the author when it comes to paperbacks vs. ebook royalties? And why, if at all, would they be different?

    Are there trends to look for concerning seasons? For example, holiday romances in the winter time and scary stories in the fall.

    And I would not be my quirky self if I did not ask this one ^_^ : If you were a taco what kind of hot sauce/salsa/condiment would be appropriate for you?

  • Dreamspinner and Amazon (or any other 3rd party eBookseller).

    I notice some Dreamspinner ebooks are on Amazon (or other sites like ARe) but not all. What is the deciding factor? And why are is there sometimes a delay between publish date and when these books are available at 3rd party sites?

    Thanks. By the way, big fan of Dreamspinner books. Rarely am I disappointed by a purchase.

  • Loving the “bittersweet dreams” idea! Thanks for that info, feliz!

    My question is sort of shallow: Why are we being subjected to cartoonish cover art? That is an even more massive turn off than headless torsos. (That said, DSP is quickly becoming one of my most-shopped publishers.)

  • Hi Wave,

    i’ve been to DSP’s “Call for submissions” page recently, and apparently they are right now looking for stories WITHOUT a conventional HEA for some series called “bittersweet dreams”. I think this is a great idea! I’m very curious about the outcome of this new line of products as well as about the authors’ and readers’ reaction to it. Do DSP plan to continue this?

    Greetings Feliz

  • Hey Wave, Dreamspinners Press is one of my favorite publishers and I am looking forward in reading the interview. What I would like to know is: a) how do they decide how the cover of a book will look like! Their covers are some of the best (Cut and Run and all the other in that series, so simple but so powerfull or Gathering Storm, very well done!) but also some of the worst (the PC drawn ones)! Do they think that almost all the covers from all the publishers are are a look-a-like so that making a difference on the shelf is harder and harder to do? b) I am not a big fan of ebooks so I love their paperbacks but what do they think of the future of paperbacks vs ebooks? c) How do they see the future of the M/M books? Is it going to be a permanent segment of the bookmarket like Harlequin romance novels? d) Do they think that the kind of M/M books in genres like paranormal, romance, crime, sports has already reached its full potential or do authors be more creative in choosing the world where the M/M novel takes place? That’s it! All the best, Mirko.

  • What advice would she give to someone looking to get into the publishing industry? More specifically to someone who’d like to work in editing/manuscript assessment/directly with authors.

  • Like Tam, I’m curious about the story lengths and the reading market. Some small imprints seem to publish shorts & novellas almost exclusively, and others seem to almost ignore them.

    Although I’ve discovered a few good authors by reading anthologies, on the average my patience with short stories is very limited. Some readers find the shorter stories to be a better fit for their life style and attention span.

    So, from the seller/publishing side, how do you choose ratio’s of novellas to novel length? Is it a management choice, or merely random as good stories are submitted by your authors? Is it financially ‘safer’ to publish anthologies b/c readers will purchase if a favorite author is included?

  • Hmmm, I’d like to know how DSP works. Is there an office or was DSP started from home. Some background on the publisher.

    I’d also like to know if the format the books are published in is DSP “(house)style” of publishing.

    And if they considered formats for the (many) different readers out there. For example there are some publishers that make their e-books available in sony ereader format or other e-reader formats.

    And, where does the name come from?

  • I’m curious about what went into the decision to make Dreamspinner a publisher of same-sex romance only.

    I mean, it seems obvious now in 2010 that the m/m romance field has enormous growth potential, but that may not have been as obvious a few years back, which makes it a very brave choice, considering how almost all of the other publishers were MF + MM.

    Torquere, also an exclusively GLBT fiction publisher, was already out there as helpful proof that the same-sex fiction focus could work out well, but still it must have been a bold business decision to make. What factors went into that deciscion and what hunch or hints at that time made Dreamspinner see something worth gambling on in m/m (GLBT) fiction?

  • Dreamspinner produced a lot of anthologies and Daily Dose products. Are they more lucrative than just producing single shot books or are they finding them increasingly popular? I’m curious as other publishers don’t seem to be following that them at this point so wondered how it came about and if they see it continuing for them.

    Kind of a long wordy question. Please feel free to edit to your heart’s content.

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