Creative Byline Gains New Publishers

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Globe Pequot Press and Orange Avenue Publishing join Creative Byline, Inc., a web-based service that connects writers with editors.

I'm thrilled GPP has joined up with Creative Byline. We are always on the lookout for creative new ways to find exciting book proposals. The subscription offers that and more--but with the immediacy of the web. We look forward to seeing what creative romances develop from this unique system, which is like an online dating service for book proposals.

Globe Pequot Press and Orange Avenue Publishing have joined Creative Byline (http://www.creativebyline.com), a new web-based technology serving the publishing industry. Creative Byline's innovative program streamlines the process of connecting writers to publishers, while keeping writers' manuscripts secure and private. The two publishers join Dutton Children's Books, St. Martin's Press, and Tor/Forge in using the Creative Byline program.

Globe Pequot, based in Guilford, Connecticut, has published nonfiction works on health, style, fishing, nature, gardening, travel, art and reference, and much more. Founded in 1947, its imprints include skirt!, Lyons Press, Globe Pequot Press Life.

Gary Krebs, Group Publisher for Globe Pequot Press, says, "I'm thrilled GPP has joined up with Creative Byline. We are always on the lookout for creative new ways to find exciting book proposals. The subscription offers that and more--but with the immediacy of the web. We look forward to seeing what creative romances develop from this unique system, which is like an online dating service for book proposals."

Through its imprint, Zest Books, San Francisco-based Orange Avenue publishes nonfiction books on issues and challenges of particular interest to teens. Founded as a book packaging company, Orange Avenue began publishing its own projects in 2006.

"We're a publisher with a unique audience," says Hallie Warshaw, publisher and creative director for Orange Avenue and Zest. "Creative Byline's use of technology helps us target exactly the writers and subject matter that are right for us."

All of Creative Byline's participating publishers receive submissions that match their criteria online through the Creative Byline website; they can change their criteria as the market changes. Creative Byline's expert readers and process tools save them time in reviewing manuscripts. Convenience and quality make Creative Byline a source of choice for publishers, which in turn benefits writers.

Writers can identify editors interested in manuscripts like theirs and then submit digitally for a modest fee--$19 for full-length manuscripts, $9 for children's picture books (roughly the cost incurred to print, package, and ship a hard copy of their work). Writers can find editors with specific interests, submit directly to them, and get a response much more quickly than through the traditional, paper-and-snail-mail-based process.

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