Are you a
founding member of SP?
Melissa - Yes. I started Solstice Publishing on my
own in 2008 under another name and in 2010 I changed it to Solstice
Could you please tell us how SP began?
Solstice began because of my love of books. I started out as an author and then
became a publisher the following year.
Do you work with agents?
Melissa - Yes we work with or without an agent.
publishing process, how many people at SP actually read an entire book besides
the assigned editor?
Melissa - The EIC who decides to accept the book,
then the editor, and the proofreader also read the entire book. So three
Is there any disadvantage being characterized as a “Midwestern
Melissa - I don’t believe so. We are an E Publisher.
Everything we do is online so I don’t feel that your address in any way helps or
hurts you in today’s epublishing industry.
Do you have a virtual
staff with everyone in different locations communicating via
Melissa - Yes. We use Go To Meeting for face to face video
meetings, Basecamp for project management, Facebook for chats and messages as
well as emails and text messages for everything else. With all of the technology
available to us today it’s not hard to have staff in different locations of the
An interview with Kate Collins COO of Solstice Publishing, www.solsticepublishing.com
Are you a
founding member of SP?
Kate – No, but I’m thrilled to be part of it now.
There’s something very exciting about working with people who have a clear
vision of the future and an idea of how to get there. Melissa knows where she
wants Solstice to go, and it’s a privilege to be able to help her get it to that
I see you are an author as well as the COO of Solstice. How and
when did you make the transition from writing to publishing?
Kate – I was
an author first, and then Melissa gave me the opportunity to work with her at
Solstice. I think it’s given me a unique perspective on what happens on the
business side that many authors don’t get.
Do you work with
Kate – Yes, we have a few agents whose clients have signed with
us. We have far more unagented authors, but that doesn’t matter to us. Having,
or not having, an agent is a personal choice for each author.
people are working for SP today?
Kate – We’ve got about twenty or more
people, counting all our editors and proofreaders. There’s a whole amazing crew
that works on the books that the authors rarely interact with.
done some recent reorganization at SP. Can you describe the company’s current
Kate – We’ve got an amazing staff now. Our Editors in Chief do
a wonderful job in reading submissions, answering author questions, and the
like. It makes it easier for me, as COO, to help Melissa grow the company. We
can spend more time finding opportunities to promote the titles on a daily basis
How would you characterize SP publishing today?
Growing, expanding, and thriving! Melissa’s done a great job in the recent
changes, making it easier for all of us to get things done and help out the
authors even more. We’re all big on communication, and the new chain of command
really keeps the flow moving towards getting the titles released.
you attract new authors?
Kate – The normal venues of social media, and
referrals by our authors. They’re our greatest asset, and best referral
On average how many submissions do you receive each
Kate – That varies so much! We really can’t put a number on it.
One month can see three, the next have 20.
How does your staff choose
which to publish?
Kate – That depends on the EiC that reads it and what
they feel makes a good book. We’ve got a general guideline to go by, but it’s up
to the individual Editor in Chief to make the call.
Is there any
disadvantage being characterized as a “Midwestern Publisher?”
Kate – I
didn’t even know there was such a thing! LOL. We’re a publisher. Period. Sure,
we’re not one of the big 5 out of New York City, but we’re growing. Given the
nature of communication now, it’s just as easy to email someone or ask them a
question on FaceBook over sit down at lunch in Central Park and make a deal over
a couple of drinks.
Do you have a virtual staff with everyone in
different locations communicating via email?
Kate – Yes. In some ways,
it’s an advantage. Our staff is able to work at different times, making it so
someone’s available to talk with authors outside of what many would think of as
normal business hours.
How many authors have you contracted
Kate – Probably around 200 currently, but the number fluctuates
from month to month as new authors are accepted.
How many books do you
publish each year?
Kate – That varies so much! It’s impossible to give an
How many active books do you currently
Kate – Best estimate is around 400 titles out right now. We release
new books almost every month, though, so it’s pretty fluid!
contracts for authors or for individual books?
Kate – We contract each
title separately, instead of by author.
I noticed that you have a rather long
list of books optioned for film. How do you work that, and what are the
Kate – We’ve been approached by production companies who had
interest in some of our titles. Due to confidentiality agreements, we can’t say
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