Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Spotlight with Crescent Moon Press

It's Tuesday, which means it's Spotlight time. Today I have a very special guest, Marlene Castricato with, Crescent Moon Press. For those of you who are Romantic Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Paranormal writers looking to be published, you've come to the right place. Marlene answers all the questions you may have about her and her company.

Tell us about Crescent Moon Press…

MC * Crescent Moon Press is a boutique publisher of Romantic Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal. We have several best selling authors in our line including Judi McCoy, Leanna Renee Hieber and Isabo Kelly. We are confident that several of our lesser known authors, will also become major contenders in the not so distant future.

We are a small press with a reputation for quality over quantity. We have it on good authority that some major publishers look at our line to find new talent.

How long have you been publishing?

MC* Launching a publishing house is not a small undertaking. We officially opened our doors for business in April 2007 at the RT conference in Pittsburgh. We began building our infrastructure about a year prior to that.

Are you currently taking submissions?

MC* We are always looking for a good story. As a boutique publisher, Crescent Moon Press, has the luxury of fast tracking a book. If the book is fairly ‘clean’, almost print ready, we can take it from submission to publication in under four months. That’s unheard of in most of the industry.

What genre of books are you looking for?

MC* Crescent Moon Press publishes Romantic Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal. The themes tend to be out of the box. Often other publishers will say the story is ‘well written’ but they, themselves don’t have a line for. We are willing to take more chances.

We don’t accept erotica. However, providing the story has a well developed plot and the author has taken the time to develop commitment between characters and readers, we are open to all levels of heat. We say bring it on!

How many books a year do you publish?

MC* Crescent Moon Press publishes between 6 and 10 books a year. We are very selective.

We don’t just take a book on, we take an author on. We help them with website development, if that is what they need. Crescent Moon Press helps them secure interviews and blog tours. We have a Public Relations firm which works almost exclusively in helping our authors establish themselves

Several of our authors, who have since established themselves in the mass market, have come back to us with sequels. I think that speaks volumes for Crescent Moon Press. It’s all about building relationships.

I’ve noticed on your site that a lot of your books are receiving awards. Tell us a little bit about what you guys have received…

MC* We have some very talented authors. A number of our writers have both won or finaled for some prestigious awards. Barbara Romo, who came to us through our own writing contest, finaled for an Eppie. She finaled along side Christine Dodd, so she was in good company. Leaana Renee Hieber won the much coveted PRISM for Science Fiction.

I also saw on your site that you will be appearing at the Velocicon 2010. What is that? Can you give us information?

MC* We are all very excited about Velocicon. Velocicon is a full day of Parnormal. We have awards winning authors giving workshops all morning. The afternoon will be followed by lectures from experts in the paranormal field. Our Keynote speaker is Dave Goldberg, an Astrophysicist who will discuss the realities of time travel. We have TV personality Jell Belanger on unraveling the paranormal, NJ Ghost Hunters, from TV, to discuss tools and techniques of the trade. The list of participants is long and impressive. We are very excited about it. This is also an amazing opportunity to promote or market, for authors, vendors and artisans of paranormal. After the CON there will be a marketplace open to the public. Check out Discount and group rates may apply.

I love the book covers that a lot of the authors on your site have. Who does the art work?

MC* We have a very talented staff with great vision. Several of our award winning artists are Maythe Carpetino, Ash Roland, and Knanxa. You’ll see more of their work in the near future. We are also open to new talent, if an artist enjoys this genre and has vision we would encourage them to contact us.

What does Crescent Moon Press have coming up in 2010?

MC* We are very excited about Crescent Moon Press. We have a new futuristic series opening up the year. We also have some well established writers who will be joining us for select projects. Please sign up for our newsletter at Its chock full of news, contests and free reads.

Tell us about Marlene? I know you are a writer as well as your busy publishing life. What do you write?

MC* My own writing has taken a back seat to establishing Crescent Moon Press. Hopefully this coming year will be my year to get published as well. Yes, I am a publisher and that should make it easy for me to get my book in print. Not so. My Editor is tougher on me than anyone else submitting manuscripts. LOL!

My stories lean towards time travel. I don’t want to let the dragon out of the bag, so I’ll leave it at that. Though you’ll be amongst the first to know when I have any release dates.

Where do you see yourself as a writer in 5 years? And your publishing company?

MC* I see great success in my future! I also see great success for anyone who wants to align themselves with Crescent Moon Press! We have worked very hard to establish a trust with our authors, reviewers and resources. Our word is our bond and only good things can come of it.

Our press will continue to be a well established and respected cornerstone in our industry, for our market. Velocicon will have grown, and we’ll need the NY Javitz Center to contain it. All good things!

Marlene thank you so much for letting me have this interview with you. Now I have something just for fun… I like to call it my fast five.

Fast Five

White or Wheat Bread?

MC* I’m going to throw you a curve ball….flax seed bread is so healthy and I’ve actually lost weight eating it.

Sappy love story or Horror Film?

MC* OMG! I am so sappy. I cry at Hallmark commercials.

Early riser or Night owl?

MC* Night owl and an early riser only because my kids make me. LOL! Gotta make the lunches.

What is loaded in your i-Pod right now?

MC* Josh Groban & Lady Gaga

Vampire or Wolf?

MC* I find wolves are much more trainable

Thank you Marlene for this wonderful interview. Remember to check out Crescent Moon Press on the web. Hope you enjoyed the latest installment of Micole Writes Romance.


Micole Black


Anonymous said...

WOW! I am learning so much from you Micole! With each blog and each interview I learn something new! Keep up the great work, I know that you work very hard at this! Hopefully we will one day see a book published by Crescent Moon written by our very own Micole Black! Can't wait to see what's coming next week! Have a great day!

Heather said...

Sorry Micole that Anoymous is me!! lol

Micole Black said...

Anonymous.... I mean Heather, hee hee hee, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad that you are learning so much!


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KDS said...

You are doing such a great job with your blog Micole! Everything you've posted has been fun to read. Kimberley

Micole Black said...

Thanks Kimberley!!! Hugs to you!!!


Sarah Simas said...

Hi Micole and Marlene!

Fun interview! I enjoyed getting to know a little more about Crescent Moon Press. Thanks!

I adore your fast five, Micole! :)

Micole Black said...

Thanks Sarah :) Glad you made it by.