Guest post by Emmaline Hoffmeister, Vice President, Rhemalda Publishing
As I read through the guest posts from prior publishers, I realized that Rhemalda Publishing is a little different. We are not a Latter-day Saint publisher, per se. We are a publisher that happens to be owned by Latter-day Saints and has contracted to publish manuscripts by Latter-day Saint authors.
Essentially, we are an independent small press who loves great books. If you are an author, Latter-day Saint or not, who writes a stellar book, then we want to work with you.
I’m not exactly sure how AML found Rhemalda. Perhaps it was one of our authors at the LDS Storymakers Conference, perhaps another way altogether. Either way, I am glad that they did and that I have this opportunity to introduce Rhemalda to LDS writers.
Rhemalda Publishing’s mission is to provide high-quality books through careful treatment of manuscripts by working hand-in-hand with authors so as not to take away from, but enhance, the original vision for the written word.
Rhemalda is owned and operated by me, Emmaline, and my husband, Rhett. Rhett ensures that the cover artist, editor, layout designer, and marketing staff all involve the author 100%. He ensures that the authors are proud of their books. Rhett believes that allowing the authors to be part of every decision that is made regarding their book accomplishes this. I am an accountant, and my 10-plus years of experience in auditing, accounting, and finance makes Rhemalda a tight-run ship when it comes to projects delivering on (or under) budget. I also ensure that the profit and loss statements always show in the black, sales exceed expectations, and royalties are paid on time. The combination of our skills and personalities has made, and will continue to make, us successful.
Although Rhemalda is a young press, we have had astonishing successes the past couple of years. One of our notable successes was our recent Got Stories? – Reading and Writing Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. There were seven authors who spoke, three of them LDS. Some of our authors joined us from as near as Utah, while others travelled great distances from places like Washington, Georgia, Florida, and the United Kingdom. The authors’ speaking topics ranged from character development to world building, with some marketing and etiquette thrown in for good measure.
Attendance was high, considering it was a conference hosted by a small press in a city where we are not based and where none of our authors reside. Some of the attendees came from Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona to meet Rhemalda and its authors. The attendees were able to not only listen to the conference sessions, but to meet one-on-one with the authors and Rhett and me.
We were able to meet many authors, something that we love doing on a regular basis. We were also pleased that after the conference, our manuscript submission inbox was inundated with submissions, a wonderful result of the great event.
One of our other notable successes is the publication of The Breakaway by LDS author Michelle Davidson Argyle. Not all stories end happily, and author Michelle Davidson Argyle is the first to admit that she is willing to explore why. Her newest young adult suspense novel, The Breakaway, has a bittersweet ending, but “it is how you look at it that makes all the difference in the world,” she says. “My endings might mimic real life, but there is always happiness in them if one is willing to see it.”
The Breakaway is about Naomi Jensen, who is kidnapped and essentially adopted into a family of thieves. While they are kind to her, nobody wants to stay captive forever, and Naomi eventually devises a plan to convince one of her captors that she is falling in love with him. Such a plan, she believes, might create an opportunity to escape. But as all good stories do, The Breakaway defies what is expected and ends on a note that leaves some readers surprised and wishing for more.
“The Breakaway is an unflinching portrayal of a young woman’s growing attachment to the criminals who kidnapped her. Michelle Davidson Argyle’s The Breakaway will leave your heart broken, but your spirit hopeful. You won’t be able to put it down until you’ve read every last word.” ~Jennifer Hillier, author of Creep
Currently, Rhemalda has open submissions. Our acquisitions editor, Diane Dalton, is combing through the submissions for just the right manuscripts. Right now, we are actively seeking manuscripts to publish for the 2013 Summer and Fall season. Some of the areas Diane is seeking manuscripts in are:
Women’s Fiction | Contemporary Fiction: A story whose target audience is adult women in a contemporary setting, preferably a stand-alone, not part of a trilogy. I would like a story that gets in my head. I want characters that evoke emotion: love, hatred, compassion, fear, or pity. I want a setting people can relate to. I want circumstances that make people yearn to be there. I want a story that I cannot put down. I want a story that stays with me for weeks after I am done reading it. I want a story that I must tell all of my friends and family about.
Young Adult Fiction: A story whose target audience is teenagers. I want a story that is stand-alone or has series potential. Setting is flexible. Story may be character-based or plot-based.
Middle Grade Fiction: A story whose target audience is pre-teen and teenagers. I want a story that is stand-alone, or one that has series potential. Setting is flexible. Story may be character-based or plot-based.
LDS Fiction and Jane Austen Fan-Fiction are encouraged.
If you would like to know more about submitting a manuscript to Rhemalda, please visit our submission page at: http://shop.rhemalda.com/MS_SUB.html
Here at Rhemalda, we have been blessed beyond measure the past three years. We have grown at a time when so many businesses are failing, and we are proud of our many successes. I know without a shadow of a doubt who has aided our success. I thank Him in prayer every night.
Vice President, Rhemalda Publishing
P.O. Box 1790, Moses Lake, WA 98837