In the latest Writers' Forum which dropped through my letter box earlier today, there's an interview by Douglas McPherson with DC Thomson's Easy Reads commissioning editor, Maggie Seed. You'll remember I posted earlier about how these books are to replace My Weekly's pocket novels, starting October.
(I'm delighted to say, one of the very first Easy Reads will be by my great friend, Sally Quilford!)
The WF interview is a must-read for anyone aiming to write for this market. There's some new information on pay - likely to be £300 for your first Easy Read sale, then going up by £20 for each sale. Sadly previous pocket novel sales won't be taken into account. They will still buy only First Cheap Paperback Rights which leaves you free to resell the novel, perhaps to Ulverscroft as a large print novel, and to publish it as an ebook.
Maggie wants books that challenge her, and make her go 'Oh my goodness!' She wants writers to feel free of the constraints the old pocket novel format imposed. Don't be inhibited, tell the story you want to tell. Make it a page-turner. If you've gone too far, it can always be altered at the editing stage. Maggie would prefer this than for writers to hold back.
She needs to buy 50 novels a year, so this is a huge market. There are 4 categories - Caress, Liaison, Intrigue and Suspense. And so far, Douglas tells me it's been the Liaison category (the steamier romances) that she's been having trouble finding books for. So unleash your inner 50-shades and have a go!