In celebration of our one year anniversary, I asked as many of our Harlequin team members and Carina Press freelance editors as possible to write a short blog post, talking about what the past year or so has been like for them, working on Carina Press. I deliberately didn’t provide any direction other than that, because I wanted to see what people came up with, in the spirit of Carina’s 1st anniversary. I was so pleased when I saw what they’d all come up with, and had to say (and some of these posts made me just a little teary)! I hope you enjoy the post, and look for your opportunity to win a Carina Press book at the bottom of this post. If you’re curious about my thoughts on the Carina Anniversary, you can find me on the Carina blog today, and on Nadia Lee’s blog, talking about it ~Angela James


Rhonda Stapleton is a freelance editor for Carina Press. You can follow her on Twitter.


Happy 1-year anniversary, Carina!


Being an editor for Carina Press has been one of the most awesome experiences of my life. This past year, since Carina launched, I’ve read hundreds upon hundreds of submissions, edited some amazing manuscripts, learned the fine art of balancing my schedule and bonded with fellow freelance editors over how glorious cheese really is.


Here’s a bulleted list of a few things I’ve learned, experienced, loved and hated about being a part of Carina this past year:


–You really can’t be too nit-picky about the details within a manuscript…because if you aren’t, the copy editor will be. Those people catch EVERYTHING and will make you feel dumb with every. Single. Manuscript. And if they don’t, the readers do, and then we get to hear ALL about it, haha.


–There’s something intoxicating about being one of the first people to get a real gem of a manuscript. As you’re reading, you’re already planning how you’re gonna pitch it for acquisition, looking for edits you think it needs, etc. In short, you’re vesting yourself in it…and THAT’S how I know a story has hooked me.


–One of the only things I hate about working for Carina? When I fall in love with a story and get to acquire it…only to lose it to another publisher. I finally understand how awful that feels. IT SUCKS.


–The other thing I hate about working for Carina? Having to reject manuscripts (not writers…manuscripts). Sometimes I fall for an author’s voice, but the story itself doesn’t work for me. Sometimes the author needs to work harder on the craft before submitting. Sometimes a story is sooooo close but not quite there. It never gets any easier, regardless of the reason for rejection, and I always feel guilty about it. Luckily most authors are incredibly gracious.


–I love working at home. As I’m typing this, I’m sitting on my covered patio, listening to birds chirp. The sun is warm, soft, with light breezes flowing through the large screened windows. My old job? I was in a gray cubicle facing the men’s bathroom. Yeah, I’m happy to be done with that.


So, happy 1-year anniversary, Carina Press! Thanks for letting me do what I love most—read, bond with authors and make stories as strong as they can be.

To celebrate Carina’s one year anniversary of publishing books, we’re giving away some prizes. Today, on each of the nineteen blogs our team members are featured on, we’re giving away a download of a Carina Press book to one random winner (that’s nineteen total winners!) All you need to do to be entered to win is comment on this post. You can enter to win on all nineteen posts. In addition, on the Carina Press blog, we’re giving away a grand prize of a Kobo ereader and 12 Carina Press books of the winner’s choice. Visit the Carina Press blog to enter to win, and to see links to all 19 of today’s blog posts.

And a sincere thank you from all of us, to our readers and authors, for making Carina Press’s first year a success!


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