***For Immediate Release***
September 11, 2015
Chief Executive Grand High Cat Herder
Redlands, CA—Startup e-book publisher Semper Press announced Friday that local writer Nadlee Thims has now become Semper’s first contracted author. Thims’s erotic romance novel, Mr. Montgomery, was accepted for publication shortly after Semper Press opened its doors to submissions.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Nadlee to Semper Press,” said J.S. Wayne, Semper’s self-described Chief Executive Grand High Cat Herder, from the company’s Utah headquarters. “As the first author to sign with Semper, she’s setting a very high bar for those who follow her. Mr. Montgomery was a genuine pleasure to read in draft form, and is a great, fun, sexy read that I’m very eager to see on the shelves and in the hands of readers.”
Thims said, “Mr. Montgomery was an idea that came to me based on my feeling that a lot of erotica is missing the fun, flirty element of a relationship. We want the sexy, but why can’t we have the sexy and a solid story line? This book was designed to cater to those that enjoy a steamy, sexy story, but want the cuddle afterwards. Mr. Montgomery is our gentleman in the streets and the freak in our bed, to flip the old cliche.”
According to Thims, her manuscript isn’t the only thing setting a high bar at Semper. “Semper Press won my trust almost instantly. The submission process is amazing! You get three rounds, each complete with a score card and comments on your [query letter], writing sample [and] manuscript. You can tell the editor actually took the time to read your product, based on the comments. You feel important and it’s not like being a mass number.”
Doing things differently than any other publisher is engrained in the company’s DNA, said Wayne. “We wanted everything we do to set us apart. Our company mission statement is that ‘Authors and readers deserve better!’ and we try to prove that right from minute one, because as an author myself I know how frustrating it is to get a form rejection with no idea what went wrong or how to fix it. I’m confident that our system is the best in the business, and that the authors we ultimately sign will deserve the 65% royalty share we offer.”
Regarding Semper’s manuscript vetting process, Thims said, “It feels very personal and the editor is very straightforward, but in a fun, jovial kind of way. Semper Press is perfect for me, based on the fact that the editor gets that we are all more than just a faceless stack of paper.”
Semper is currently in first-round crowdfunding through its Indiegogo.com campaign, and is seeking manuscripts from authors of all experience levels. Wayne said that despite the company’s early developmental stage, the decision to proceed with accepting submissions was not premature or made lightly.
“Everything we’re doing right now looks like madness according to conventional industry wisdom,” Wayne said. “But with every submission we receive, we get an opportunity to make a believer out of one more author. Now is the time to make sure everything we do really delivers on what we promise, and the only way to do that is to test the system in action. It’s easy to make refinements at this stage, but much harder and more problematic to retool when you try to switch gears with an established brand. Based on Nadlee’s feedback, I’m confident we’re on the right track and excited to see how the next stage goes.”
As of press time, Mr. Montgomery is anticipated to release in mid-February through Semper Press.
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