Iota Publishing Launches Operations in Irvine, Ca

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New regional publisher of thriller, suspense, mystery and sci-fi novels issues call for manuscripts.

Iota Publishing, a new publishing house based in Irvine, California, is accepting fiction manuscripts for consideration as part of its 2007 list. The regional publisher seeks to develop authors who have a connection with California, either because they reside here or because their novel features a California setting. Iota encourages manuscripts from both previously published writers as well as first-time authors.

Iota Publishing will focus on novels within the genres of literary mainstream, thrillers, suspense, mystery, and sci-fi. Three novels will be published in 2007. One will be by a first-time author and will be selected from the submissions received during the upcoming months.

“New York may be the publishing capital, but Southern California is the author capital,” explains Iota president Terry Cooper. “We have more outstanding writing programs and more people from all walks of life who love books and writing than any other place in the country. We hope to discover some of those unknown writers and make them known worldwide.”

Two other novels have already been selected for the 2007 list. A new mystery novel, Anatomy Lesson, by Edgar-Award nominee Raymond Obstfeld will be the first in a series about an Orange County district attorney with an almost supernatural memory she’s kept a secret from everyone. When a particularly brutal serial killer challenges her to stop him before he frames her father for the murders, she must go into her own past to learn where this ability came from -- and why, when she needs it the most, it is starting to fail her.

Raymond Obstfeld teaches creative writing at Orange Coast College and is the author of over forty works of fiction and non-fiction. His non-fiction work, On the Shoulders of Giants: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, co-written with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be published in January 2007 by Simon & Schuster. A documentary based on the book, also written by Mr. Obstfeld, will be released at the same time.

The second novel is a reprint of a bestselling literary novel, Borrowed Lives, by Laramie Dunaway. The novel, first published by Warner Books, was translated around the world and was both a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection. Set in Orange County, the novels follows the life of a thirtysomething woman who, when her best friend is killed, decides to pretend to be her more glamorous friend and take over her life. Though she thought she knew all of her friend’s secrets, she’s shocked when an ex-convict husband suddenly appears. Reviews for Borrowed Lives were enthusiastic:

"This is an absolutely hilarious, wicked tale. Everybody in it is a little cockeyed...fiercely comic...Don't miss a moment of the trip."

Louise Bernikow, Cosmopolitan

"A clever, well-crafted story which takes a sharp look at contemporary personal relationships. Recommended."

Susan Clifford, Library Journal

"Written in a frisky, wisecracking style, Dunaway's second novel kicks off smartly...Blending a wealth of entertaining, good-humored tough talk with a rugged and ready sexuality, Dunaway keeps this romp of a novel moving with dexterity and panache. A snappy denouement..."

Publisher's Weekly

"Borrowed Lives is delicious, quick-paced, full of wit and flavor...you can count on witty little nuggets on every page. Naughty and satisfying at the same time, a rare combination."

Patricia Geary, author of Strange Toys

Visit the Iota Publishing website for more information about submitting manuscripts or to get updates about Iota’s upcoming spring list.

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