Deb's latest adventure in publishing is
BelleBooks, a small press founded
with six other commercial fiction writers. Between them they'd written
over 200 books for New York publishers and thought it was time to follow
the lead of the independent film makers by producing and controlling
some of their own work. Their focus is Southern fiction.
They like to think of their brand as "literary with a commercial and
The first BelleBooks title, SWEET TEA AND JESUS SHOES, a
collection of humorous and poignant short stories will shortly enter its
third printing. Mass market paperback rights were sold to Berkley
Publishing Group for their Signature Editions literary imprint which
includes such authors as Kurt Vonnegut, Anne Tyler, and Alice Hoffman.
The company's second title, MOSSY CREEK, an innovative
collective novel, released in June, 2001, is also headed for a third
printing and was picked up as a featured alternate for both the Literary
Guild and Doubleday bookclubs. Mass market subrights were sold in a
six-figure deal to Berkley.
Since opening their doors, BelleBooks has become an RWA recognized
publisher, released several successful titles, including their first
children's book published in April, 2004 and their newest single title--ALL
GOD'S CREATURES, a fabulous tale of a Southern female James Herriot.
The company is delighted that their titles are stocked by country's
major wholesalers and readily available either from the library, your
favorite bookstore or the company website.
BelleBook authors include NYT
Bestsellers Sharon Sala, Sabrina Jeffries and Deborah Smith as well
as previously unpublished authors. Fantasy readers will recognize
the wonderful Anne Bishop who has a story in the Mossy Creek Hometown
For the complete scoop on BelleBooks explore their website:
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