Yes, today is our big day! It is not the anniversary of our inception, but it is the anniversary of something that is almost more important. So we count this as our official anniversary.
It was two years ago today that we launched with Floor Time by Liz Crowe, and we are celebrating. I can’t even begin to recount all of the things that have happened in the past two years, but I’m going to try to hit the highlights.
In our first three months, we released what has now been dubbed by the fans as “The Jack and Sara Trilogy” (aka: the first three books in the Stewart Realty series – “Floor Time,” “Sweat Equity,” and “Closing Costs”). We had no idea when we signed and released those three books that it would turn into eight full-length novels and a novella in the series. Nor did we know in those early days that we’d have branded and be trademarking the phrase “Romance for Real Life” and turning it into a line later this year thanks to her remarkable knack for capturing the everyday humanity and wringing every conceivable emotion out of a reader by the time they finished with her story. We approached Liz early on because we loved her unique voice and her unconventional approach to writing. She didn’t fit any genre and didn’t apply any real “rules” or stereotypes – and we loved that. Those things are still true today of every story she writes for us and we are always proud of every project we produce with her. We wouldn’t be here today without the chance she took on us with Jack and Sara and the rest of the Stewart Realty family.
In our first two years we’ve:
- Published our first books.
- Put out our first print books. That was a rush – seeing them in print. (It was nail-biting getting them to print).
- Went to our first conference and signing. RomFest in Gatlinburg, TN. First word that comes to mind? Wow. Second word? Exhausting. Third word? Adventure! It was a great time meeting other readers, publishers, fans (and getting to fan girl out myself!) and getting to meet Liz in person for the first time. There were so many “firsts” that weekend, it would take a whole post itself to cover all of it. Maybe another time. If you get the chance to go, I highly recommend it. It’s a well-organized event.
- Had our first Spreecast online author chat and signing – and our second. (We look forward to many more in 2014!)
- Held our first solo signing in Ann Arbor for a book release. (Where I officially decided Ann Arbor is my adopted “second hometown” and where I got my first look at Wolverine State Brewing Co – Liz’s second home.)
- Expanded our line to include our first YA book – “Stolen Time” by Angela Harris. (This is the Prequel to her Time series – “Present Thought” will be coming out later in 2014.)
- Signed a hot new series, “The Gentlemen’s Club,” by Lacey Wolfe – which will be releasing in 2014.
- Contracted a new series with Mina Carter to launch our paranormal romance line in 2014 which we know the readers are already primed for and we cannot wait to bring to them.
- Released our first three audiobooks (“Floor Time,” “Sweat Equity” and “Closing Costs”) on Audible.com with the amazing Traci Odom narrating.
- Officially released our first lit fiction/new adult with “Good Faith” by Liz. It ushered in the end of the Stewart Realty series with another signing at the Barnes and Noble in Ann Arbor. It was met with much emotional turmoil from fans, but after some processing many have decreed it their favorite of the series. A bittersweet release for so many reasons, but a book we are nothing short of amazed and proud of putting out with Liz.
Believe it or not, that is just the very abbreviated version of the highlights of the past two years. There is so much more I could write about each of those things and more. It’s been a jam-packed two years. We’ve met so many terrific people – authors, fans, editors, publishers, artists… cover models (that’s you Scott Nova!)
But, I can’t make this post without talking about the amazing TDP team. No organization can exist or thrive without a strong team. We would be lost without the extraordinary group of people we are lucky enough to work with day in and day out. To the authors, thank you for jumping in and being part of the collaborative process. We’re so glad you’re here with us. And, to Steph, Liz, Stephanie, Mina, Janet, Helen, Sheri, Ethan, Lyssa and Tasha – thank you. I can honestly say there is no way TDP would be what we are without each and every one of you.
This year has many exciting changes coming. We will be focusing on our new “Romance for Real Life” line’s submissions and launch later in 2014. We plan to continue to build on our scheduled releases in the paranormal line, our adult fiction line, general lit, and YA lines and on our expansion into the audiobook realm. We will, of course, continue our open submission policy. We will be hosting Tweet pitches and Facebook events with our signing editors to find more authors who are great matches for TDP. So, polish the manuscripts and pitches and watch the Facebook page and blog for more information on dates and times.
Our first two years were incredible, and we can’t thank our authors and readers enough for making them so. We are looking forward to making the next one even better and bringing you more books for you to fall in love with and spread the word about Tri Destiny Publishing.