Hot Books for Fall: Spotlight on Dorchester
I have a real affection for Dorchester because it takes a lot of risks. In a market in which we readers complain of homogeneity, Dorchester is providing variety. There is its new Shomi line of which Driven by Eve Kenin is a keeper. In October, the first of CL Wilson’s epic fantasy romance cross breed will be released. Ned, the DH, read the two CL Wilson books in two weeks. That’s akin to saying that he devoured them. This month, a WWII romance novel which Jayne read and reviewed (to be posted later today) is available for purchase. As Jayne says, Perfidia by Elspeth McKendrick doesn’t skimp on the historical details nor does it lack a strong romance. If you are looking for something different, Dorchester is the publisher for you.
To give a brief history on our company, Dorchester Publishing has been involved in the publishing of mass market books since 1971, making Dorchester the oldest independent mass market publisher in America. From our founding, we have strived to bring the best fiction to millions of fans. Although mostly known for romance, Dorchester also publishes world-class horror, thrillers and Westerns titles, as well as the award-winning Hard Case Crime line of pulp-style mysteries, and recently added Science Fiction and Fantasy titles from the award-winning Wildside Press.
Dorchester's size and independence give us the opportunity to react quickly to the new interests of the reading public and find and develop fresh types of Romances, Horror, Westerns, and Thrillers to appeal to today’s fans. In 1994, we reacted to the market and created a new imprint, Love Spell, to handle the newer types of romance. It became the perfect complement to our traditional Leisure imprint. In 2003 we added Thrillers and created the Smooch imprint for Young Adult titles. And in the summer of 2004, we launched Making It for chick-lit inspired novels. Most Recently, Dorchester launched its SHOMI line, which focuses on speculative fiction action romance.
Each of Dorchester's employees has a real passion for the book industry. There is an incredible rapport among the staff and authors often comment that we feel like a family. This is true because the Dorchester staff feels passionately about the books we publish and strives to interact personally with each author we publish.
Dorchester also has a history of publishing new, fresh fiction. Dorchester began publishing paranormal and futuristic romance in the mid 1990s and we are proud to have launched the careers of many paranormal authors, including #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan. As a company we believe we're not only in the business of publishing books, but also in the business of growing careers. We believe firmly in investing in an author and helping them to grow.
Dorchester acquires the work many first-time authors both with and without agents. We are willing to take chances on projects that might not neatly fit into other publisher's categories. If we really love it, we'll find a place for it– or create one, as was the case with our Shomi imprint!
Currently Dorchester is acquiring the following types of romance:
- Historical –" we generally prefer the book take place prior to 1900
- Futuristic –" should involve building a world that is unique and yet accessible and believable for the reader
- Paranormal –" use your imagination!
- Contemporary/Romantic Comedies –" fun and whimsical these books incorporate a sense of humor with a modern-day couple caught in a zany situation
- Chick Lit –" these books should have a strong sense of humor, but the focus of the book should be the romance between the hero and heroine
- Romantic Suspense –" blends the action of a page-turning thriller with a highly charged and sensual romance
- African American Romance –" the hero and heroine should both be of African American heritage and neither should be involved in another relationship at the time of the couple's first meeting. Other than that, the author can use their imagination to have the couple involved in a contemporary drama, mystery, adventure or suspense. The story can be sexy or sweet, but the couple must end up together at the story's end.
- Shomi –" blends elements of many different genres, including action, adventure, and speculative fiction, thriller, but retains the heart of a romance novel with a hero and heroine that end up together at the book's end.
- If your romance doesn't neatly fit into any of these categories, you can still submit it anyway–"we're always looking for something new!
At Dorchester we like to say we're little but we're loud. We are a small house with a big presence. We have great distribution, we receive a great deal of media attention for our unique books and many of our authors are both award winning and bestselling authors. Please visit www.dorchesterpub.com to learn more about us.