Meeting with Megan Records Kensington
Megan Records is an Associate Editor at Kensington. She is the editor for the RITA nominated Rebel by Zoe Archer. She also edits Mary Jo Putney and Cynthia Eden among others.
Zoe Archer’s new series is called the Hellraisers. The main characters have literally sold their soul to the devil in exchange for various powers. Redemption stories. The first book comes out in December 2011. The second one will be May 2012.
Cynthia Eden’s new series begins with Angel of Darkness to be published in December of 2011. All the heroes are fallen angels who have seen a lot but are not experienced. Yes, it is a series featuring an entire cadre of virgin heroes.
Megan is also excited about a Kteen book she acquired by Marni Bates. The title is Awkward and someone takes a video of the protagonist which goes viral. Awkward comes out in January.
Megan acquire for Brava, Zebra, and KTeen. Her list is currently balanced and so she is very open to new ideas. For example, Megan is not a fan of talking animals but she loved Lexi George’s Demon Hunting in Dixie which features a talking dog. She wants to blown away by a submission.
She doesn’t recommend writing toward trends.
She is moved to buy a book when she reads a submission and it makes her want to read every book in the author’s backlist. Through the process, Megan will read a book at least four times and so she really has to love it to spend that much time on it.
In terms of direction of books, BN has indicated that YA paranormal is glutted. It’s harder to stand out if you are writing one of those books.
She hopes that younger contemporaries make a come back and is looking for fun and flirty contemporaries.
75% of her submissions are historicals for Zebras so a historical submitted has to really stand out. When someone submits to her, she is mentally comparing them to someone on her list so the submission has to meet or exceed the quality and draw of the existing authors on her list.