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Laurie M. Rauch Interview and a Mega-Samhain-Book-Giveaway!
Saturday, September 26th, 2009

samhainPlease join me in welcoming Samhain Publishing Executive Editor Laurie Rauch! Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed at my blog.

LMR: Thank you so much for having me, Beth. I’m excited to be here.

BK: First off, big congratulations on your new position as Executive Editor at Samhain! What has been the biggest challenge during the first month of your new job?

LMR: Thank you, I’m pretty darn excited about the whole thing. I really love working at Samhain, so having the opportunity to be more involved with the company and the direction of the editorial department as a whole is so cool.

As for challenges, my biggest has been all the extra emails, because I seem to spend a lot of my time answering emails. Really, the whole new job is a bit of a challenge, but I’m loving every minute of it because I’m learning so much.

BK: Tell us about your vision for Samhain. In what areas do you think you can make a significant impact in your capacity as Executive Editor?

LMR: I have a few big ideas, none of which I can talk about just yet, but expect announcements of some really exciting things we’re going to be doing in the near future. A lot of the changes I’ve made so far have been more from an internal perspective, so they may not be immediately noticeable to our readers, but I’m hoping they’re making a positive effect on both our staff and our processes.

As far as making an impact goes, I’m hoping to renew our focus of providing high-quality, well-edited stories for our readers. Our motto has always been and will always be “it’s all about the story”, so that’s really where my attention will be moving forward.

BK: How is Samhain different? If you were at a conference and trying to convince Rising Star Author to submit, what would you say?

LMR: I just think we’re awesome, so that’s my best reason. *grin* Really, though, one of the things that drew me to Samhain as an editor was how quickly the company made its mark on the industry. The company hit the ground running and has really grown and established itself as a force to be reckoned with. I like to think we have a reputation of putting out great stories, our editors are wonderful to work with, and we are constantly looking at ways of expanding our distribution to get our books in front of as many readers as possible.

I think digital publishing as a whole is really about to explode, so not only does Rising Star Author have a chance to get in on something that’s going to be really big, but also a chance to work with a company with a solid plan in place for growth and wider exposure.

BK: Tell us a bit about you and your career path? Have you always wanted to be an editor? Did you have a moment when you realizedβ€”Wow, this editing thing is awesome?

LMR: I did my bachelor’s in Theatre, with a focus on playwriting and production, so I was very much a backstage geek. But, I’d been a bookworm since I learned to read when I was four, so I knew my career path would take me somewhere that involved writing, no matter where I ended up. I always say my big revelation came one night as I was standing in an empty theatre hanging a light, and that’s when I fully realized that theatre wasn’t where I saw my career going (although I still do the odd community theatre production, because I’m never going to get theatre out of my blood), but I’d been thinking of my future for a while at that point. It was the book “˜Careers for Bookworms’ that made me realize being an editor was where I should be focusing, and as soon as I made the decision, I set myself on that path, and I’ve been going down it ever since.

My first wow this is awesome moment came the first time I saw a book I edited in Chapters (big Canadian bookstore). Up ’til that point, most of what I’d done was corporate and technical editing, so my work wasn’t out for the world at large to see. But when my first book, Internet Law: A Practical Guide for Legal and Business Professionals, hit the stores, and I got to see my book in print, that just made the whole thing a bit more awesome.

BK: You’ve been an editor at Samhain for quite a while. What is your biggest pet peeve in a submission, aside from grammar issues? (We all know you’re a Grammar Geek.)

LMR: Yep, I’m definitely a grammar geek (and I totally didn’t fix your grammar in one of the later questions. πŸ˜‰ ), but I’m actually seeing a lot of stories that are light on plot and conflict, which I confess I find incredibly frustrating. I’m all for hot and plentiful sex in a romance, but that can’t be the only thing carrying a story. Without the conflict, the whole “˜how are they ever going to get past this big thing and realize they’re meant for each other’, the story just isn’t going to have the wowie zowie that’s going to keep readers reading.

BK: (Oh, groan about my grammar mistake. Unfortunately, Laurie knows I am not much of a grammar geek and need her editing desperately).
I know it’s a clichΓ© question, but I know I’m curious as to your answer, so others might be tooβ€”What genres do you see as being hot in the market in the next few years?

LMR: I think erotic romance is here to stay, although I suspect it may evolve into more of a focus on the story than the position du jour as readers become more discriminating. I’m hopeful that romantic comedy will make a resurgence, but I despair I may be in the minority on that one. Futuristics, steampunk, cyberpunk, I think will get hotter, and paranormal will continue its popularity. I’m also hopeful for both the contemporary and the historical romance. And I’d love to see more suspense and whodunits.

BK: Can you give us a few short samples (a couple lines or a paragraph) of writing that just blew you away it was so good?

LMR: This is one of the few quotes that I loved so much I wrote it out and hung it on a wall when I was in University. It’s such an eloquent declaration of love:
Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet, for those who are wondering.

BK: Perfect choice, Laurie.
Do you have any idols in the publishing industry? Anyone who has really influenced your work and career mission?

LMR: I did an internship in Harlequin’s Editorial department in Toronto while I was in school, and the editors I worked with there were so incredibly helpful and sharing of their knowledge. I think their passion for the industry and their willingness to help a student who flitted into their lives for a few months really inspired the kind of editor I wanted to be. And I hope I get the chance to pay it forward someday.

BK: Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself here today, Laurie, and best of luck to you.
Leave Laurie a comment and two lucky people will win EITHER three Samhain e-books of choice (generously donated by Laurie) OR three Samhain print books (Snowbound by Larissa Ione, Checkmate by Annmarie McKenna and Beautiful Girl by Shiloh Walker). Prizes will be rewarded Monday morning, September 28.


74 comments to “Laurie M. Rauch Interview and a Mega-Samhain-Book-Giveaway!”

  1. Joanne
      · September 26th, 2009 at 9:39 am · Link

    πŸ˜€ great interview, Laurie — it builds on my opinion that Samhain will be my first port of call when I believe my MS is ready to submit. I can’t think of better hands to place my trust in. Over all, from what I’ve read, Samhain has a great reputation. All the authors speak highly of the company, all the books are of great standard, and the covers are always beautiful.

    I’ve been a Samhain reader for over a year now because my need for a paranormal romance with a difference is met beautifully.
    Ciar Cullen and Shiloh Walker are my favorites.
    It’s always great to try new authors though, and as my pockets have been slightly empty recently, it would be great to aquire a few freebies to feed to my starving ereader. Heck, I bet every avid reader loves a good freebie!!

  2. Chris
      · September 26th, 2009 at 9:41 am · Link

    Welcome, Laurie! It was great to learn more about you. Samhain’s one of my favorite ebook publisher’s because of the quality (both writing and editing).

  3. Jody F.
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:09 am · Link

    So happy to have you here today! I love Samhain and the unique categories of books they carry.

  4. lorettaC
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:12 am · Link


    Congrats on your new job. I bet Samhain’s will be even better with the change you make.

    loretta canton,

  5. Armenia
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:28 am · Link

    Great interview, ladies.

    Laurie, congratulations on your new job. I like Samhain’s diverse categories of stories, and that books are offered in ebook and print. 😎

  6. Dina
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:30 am · Link

    Hi Lauire,

    I like that Samhain has many different kinds of books to chose from, easy one stop stop. πŸ˜€

  7. Amy M
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:37 am · Link

    I love Samhain Publishing. They have some of the best books!!

    Amy M 😎

  8. Robin Snodgrass
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:44 am · Link

    What a wonderful and informative interview. I have always loved that particular quote and had to chuckle when I saw it. It is probably one of the most romantic things a person could ever hear from the one they love.

    The journey from theater geek to editor must have been quite a ride. I bet you never get bored.

    Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with Beth’s readers.

  9. Sandie
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:45 am · Link

    Laurie, congrats on your new position as executive editor at Samhain. This must be a very busy and hectic time for you right now.

    Books that are light on plot are a disappointment to me too. I need some depth to the books I read.

    I’m looking forward to the changes at Samhain under your guidance.


  10. Cheryl McInnis
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:45 am · Link

    Hi Laurie!

    Congratulations on your new position, I’m sure you’ll be wonderful! Samhain is my favorite e-publisher, when I read books from there, I know that it will be a wonderful story, with quality writing….and smoking hot covers. Seriously, Samhain has THE best cover artists ;- )

  11. Sarah Simas
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:51 am · Link

    Hi Laurie and Beth!

    Great interview!

    As a newbie writer, I found this to be the perfect opportunity to meet a member of a press I’m interested in submitting to in the future. So, thanks so much for the tasty teaser of how wonderful the people of SamHain are and what their vision is for the future!

    Congrats and Good Luck with your new position, Laurie. :o)

    And thanks, Beth, for yet another awesome post. I can’t wait to flip the tables on you in Oct when you take your turn in my Hot Seat! LOL

    The Lovestruck Novice

  12. Nancy Gilliland
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:16 am · Link

    Congratulations on your new position. I love learning about the world of publishing.

  13. RG Alexander
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:20 am · Link

    Great Interview!
    I think Samhain is awesome too! πŸ˜‰

  14. Cathy M
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:23 am · Link

    Hi Laurie, congrats on your new position. Samhain is one of my favorite publishers, I love the variety of stories that you offer, and I can always find something to suit my mood. Plus the quality is always first rate, which we now can attribute to you and your awesome editing staff. :o)

    Great contest prizes. I love reading ebooks, and always have titles on my wish list waiting to be bought. (BTW, love the Wish List feature.)

  15. Vivi Andrews
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:28 am · Link

    Great interview, Laurie & Beth! I’m hoping Rom Com will make a resurgence too. πŸ˜‰

  16. Emmanuelle
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:30 am · Link

    Great interview. Very informative adn interesting. 😎

  17. Bethany
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:31 am · Link

    As one of the editors at Samhain, I wanted to say how thrilled we are with Laurie and her ideas. She’s discussed some of what’s around the corner at Samhain, and we are excited about where Samhain is going. All I can say is hang on for the ride, it’s going to be a doozy! πŸ˜€

  18. Jane
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:34 am · Link

    Hi Laurie,
    Congrats on your new position. I love suspense and hope to see more of them, too.

  19. Laura K
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:59 am · Link

    So nice to see you on Beth’s blog. Congratulations on your new position. I have to agree with you- Samhain books are the best edited I’ve seen in a very long while. I know whenever I pick up one, no matter the genre/author, I’m in for a guaranteed good read!

  20. Jeanette Juan
      · September 26th, 2009 at 12:00 pm · Link

    Great interview! And books from Samhain are fabulous!!

  21. Edie
      · September 26th, 2009 at 12:02 pm · Link

    I say bring on the futuristic rom coms!! :mrgreen:

  22. Amy Kathryn
      · September 26th, 2009 at 12:10 pm · Link

    Samhain was my first foray into ebooks. The books offered and the ease of the purchase and download really helped ease me into the new format for my reading. I haven’t looked back and continue to check every Tuesday for my fix.

  23. Cambria Dillon
      · September 26th, 2009 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Congrats on your new role Laurie! You already have som great anthology ideas in the works. Can’t wait to see what else you and Samhain come up with next year!

  24. Cybercliper
      · September 26th, 2009 at 12:13 pm · Link

    Congratulations Laurie…great interview!! I love erotic romance and I’m glad to see acknowledgement by the industry that some evolution beyond the “position du jour” is called for. Sometimes I get a little frustrated with plot and character development, or rather lack thereof, in some of the works I’ve read. Legal books to erotic romance – I bet you have some great cocktail party stories… πŸ˜€

  25. Mary G
      · September 26th, 2009 at 12:40 pm · Link

    Hi Laurie & Beth
    Laurie – I’m a huge fan of Samhain & the first erotica books I read are from there. I love Shiloh Walker, N.J. Walter & Elle Kennedy (Canadians ROCK). Just read this gem by Anne Hope (another Canadian) that blew me away called Where Dreams Are Made. If I’m allowed 2 questions: Why is Samhain publishing N.J. Walters Jamesville print books out of order? They skipped book 5 in print & printed book 6. Can you ever turn off the grammmar geek when you read for pleasure? Don’t enter me as I’ve read the prize books.

  26. Estella
      · September 26th, 2009 at 1:00 pm · Link

    Samhain’s books are the best!

  27. Paula
      · September 26th, 2009 at 1:14 pm · Link

    I agree with you about the importance of plot and conflict. I won’t say all “plot-light” books I’ve read have been a total bust, but I find it hard to get interested in or finish such books. The characters have to make a big impact if they’re to carry the story alone.

  28. Lisa F.
      · September 26th, 2009 at 1:21 pm · Link

    I Samhain’s books! Great interview!

  29. Eva S
      · September 26th, 2009 at 1:46 pm · Link

    Thanks for the great interview! Samhain is my favorite, so many wonderful books!

  30. Lexie C.
      · September 26th, 2009 at 1:49 pm · Link

    I think that out of all the e-book publishers I’ve read, Samhain remains my favorite. The quality of the books, plus the interface between customers/company make it an enjoyable experience all around!

  31. Lea
      · September 26th, 2009 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Welcome Laurie!

    Wonderful interview and such a generous giveaway, thank you!

    I really love Samhain publications and have found many new to me authors through my visits to your site. I espicially enjoy the “Samhain Warnings”, which often draw me to a book. lol

    Thank you again to both you and Beth.

  32. RKCharron
      · September 26th, 2009 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Hi πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the great interview and for sharing Laurie.
    I learned a lot.
    All the best,

  33. Allison
      · September 26th, 2009 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Hi Laurie (and Beth!), congrats! and great to hear more from/about you. I’m continually impressed by Samhain with the quality of its stories, and the presence it has in the e-reading world/for e-readers. Keep up the great work please!

  34. Blanche
      · September 26th, 2009 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Hi Laurie!

    Awesome interview! I love Samhain….get all my ebooks there! :mrgreen:

  35. Patti
      · September 26th, 2009 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Great interview! I have been hearing a lot about Samhain recently, and my recent visit to your site was amazing – there are so many topics and authors to choose from. I’m looking forward to reading more of your authors!

  36. Laurie
      · September 26th, 2009 at 6:37 pm · Link

    @Joanne Thank you. We look forward to reading your submission. πŸ™‚

    @Robin. Nope, definitely not bored… I could tell you some stories…

    @Edie. Now that’s a combination I’d love to see.

    @Cyberclipper. Yep, I do have some fun stories. And romance is definitely the most fun industry I’ve worked in.

    @MaryG. Oh, absolutely, we Canadians totally rock. πŸ™‚ For your questions, NJ’s Jamesville book 5 was a novella, so it was too short for print. And no, it’s very hard for me to turn off the grammar geek when I read for pleasure. It has to be a really awesome book for me to turn the editor off and just forget and enjoy. (Though, there have been a few…)

    @everyone else. Thanks so much for the congratulations and I’m glad you enjoy our books. I love hearing from readers, so this feedback makes me feel very happy. πŸ˜€

  37. Terri W.
      · September 26th, 2009 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Hi Laurie and Beth!

    Great post and interview! I’ve heard great things about Samhain recently!

  38. Amy S.
      · September 26th, 2009 at 5:56 pm · Link

    Great interview! Samhain is one of my fave publishers.

  39. Cybercliper
      · September 26th, 2009 at 6:12 pm · Link

    Congratulations Laurie…great interview!! I love erotic romance and I’m glad to see some knowledge by the industry that evolution beyond the “position du jour” is called for. Sometimes I get a little frustrated with plot and character development, or rather lack thereof, in some of the works I’ve read. Legal books to erotic romance “β€œ I imagine you have some great dinner party stories πŸ˜‰

  40. Alexa
      · September 26th, 2009 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Congrats Laurie! I love Samhain book!

  41. Pamk
      · September 26th, 2009 at 7:36 pm · Link

    Great interview and I think Samhain rocks. Love their selection and 3 ebooks might just make a small dent in my tbb list list.

  42. Epee
      · September 26th, 2009 at 8:17 pm · Link

    Thank you for this interview! I’m looking forward to seeing the future of romance and especially new titles from Samhain:)

  43. Booklover1335
      · September 26th, 2009 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Hi Laurie,
    Congrats on the new position at Samhain! Samhain has become my fav epublisher because of all of the great authors, as well as the quality of stories that you publish. I think you all set a high standard and have not been disappointed in any of the books I have purchased published by Samhaim.

    I hope you are right in that contemporary romances and romantic comedies will become more popular. I especially love contemporary romances because it focuses more on the couple falling in love than other genres of romance.

    I’ve always wanted to know more about careers in publishing so will definitely be checking out “careers for bookworms”.

  44. Karin
      · September 26th, 2009 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Laurie, congratulations on becoming Executive Editor! That must be really exciting. Your interview was really interesting. I have to confess that I’m a bit of a grammar geek myself and often find myself correcting grammar everywhere – at work, home, school, etc. It sounds like switching from theater to editing books has definitely worked out for you.

  45. Pam P
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Laurie, congrats on your new position. I started out with Samhaim following authors I’d been reading, and since have discovered so many more added to that list.

  46. Donna S
      · September 26th, 2009 at 11:52 pm · Link

    Great interview. I have to admit that when I first found Samhain’s website a couple months ago I was very impressed with the books available and it helped me to decide that I do want to get an e-reader, its not as much fun to read off your computer screen.

  47. annalisa
      · September 27th, 2009 at 12:39 am · Link

    I’ve enjoyed reading Samhain books for years. I know that the books that Samhain publishes are always good reads and the covers are gorgeous. I’ve discovered so many new-to-me authors and I really like the great selection of books that is offered. SAMHAIN ROCKS!! πŸ˜€

  48. Beverly G
      · September 27th, 2009 at 12:47 am · Link

    Hi Laurie and Beth i must confess i havent been that familure with samhain before this summer but from what i read its deff what i like and will be purchasing in the future thank youf or the interview ladies

  49. ms bookjunkie
      · September 27th, 2009 at 2:00 am · Link

    Nice to meet the new Executive Editor!

  50. Virginia C
      · September 27th, 2009 at 6:00 am · Link

    Hello, Ladies! Great interview! Laurie, I think Samhain Publishing is wonderful, offering something for everyone. I visit the website often! Thanks for stopping by with your editing and publishing insights. πŸ˜€

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