First of all, thank you for taking some time out of your busy day to hang out with us for a while! It’s been a long time since we had a moment to catch up and we hear that there has been some changes over there.
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.
So, lets tackle this and find out what’s going on with Torquere Press.
Shawn and Lorna opened Torquere Press in 2003 as a labor of love for authors that wanted to publish GLBT (primarily m/m) in ebook format when no one else was. But regardless for the love of the company and industry they were primarily authors. So they made the decision to retire from publishing and focus on their writing careers. This is a wonderful move for both of them! As well as a great move for the new owners of Torquere Press. Kristi and Joanna have owned and operated the company since January 1, 2015.
So, your role prior to buying the publishing company, was what?
In 2010, Kristi became the General Manager and Submissions Editor for Torquere. Managing all the daily operations of the company as well as acquiring new titles. Joanna came onboard originally in 2014 as the Distribution Manager.
What made you decide to jump from one end to the other?
Well, honestly I absolutely love the company and industry as a whole. Shawn is my sister, a well known fact, and her wife Lorna is of course my sister in law. Being able to own and operate a company I had grown to love along with seeing them pursue their real passion in writing was very motivating for me.
What changes, if any, does the change mean to your writers, and readers?
We are continuously making changes to boost our marketing efforts, offering new preorder options each week and starting blog tours for each week’s new releases. Our authors are able to write to many more open submission calls we have offered along with monthly anthology calls. We did not change our payment methods to authors or rates that we offer. Only good changes have happened and many more to come.
As you know, when a publisher changes hands, it tends to rock the community boat, given the past issues and all with other presses. So, what message do you have for people who are very concerned and outwardly nervous since the big announcement?
Relax y’all! Everything is going wonderfully and the change isn’t anything negative. Torquere is not struggling or doing poorly at all. We are in fact growing much faster than I had expected in just the first couple months.
What are you currently offering potential Torquere authors?
Along with the new submission calls we have an entire team of wonderful editors who work tirelessly to make sure the books are amazing before production. We also have opened our cover artist team up and work one on one with the authors to develop a cover that will not only sell the book but truly shows the vision the author has.
So, from what we see…there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to Torquere Press. We’d worry ONLY if we didn’t see any new titles being released…