I was fortunate enough to be able to get a few minutes with Raelene Gorlinsky, esteemed publisher at Ellora’s Cave about their new and exciting series Curve Appeal!
Tell me about the Curve Appeal series.
This series is for women who want to feel they are worthy of love and appreciation without having to be a size zero. Women, who want to be appreciated for their heart and mind, not just body. And of course we think those big bodies are worthy of appreciation!
Tell me about yourself.
I spent twenty-five years in the computer information communication profession, as technical writer, editor and manager. I started freelance editing for Ellora’s Cave in 2003, and in January 2004 I moved to Ohio to take on the job of Managing Editor. The following year I was promoted to Publisher. I deal with over 600 authors, plan and manage our digital releases, and handle contract negotiations with authors and agents, vendors, etailers, and foreign publishers. But I still love editing and continue to work with my group of authors.
I don’t remember a time when I couldn’t read and didn’t have a book in my hands. My favorite reading these days are urban fantasy and paranormal romances; I also read cozy mysteries, light fantasy, and various nonfiction topics. I’ve got over 3000 books in my home; luckily for space considerations, I now buy mainly ebooks. Even my “hobbies” involve books—I collect antique dictionaries, illustrated children’s fairy tale books, and fancy bookmarks. And someday I’m going to realize my dream of becoming a published author of children’s books!
How did you get involved with this project?
Every year we have a brainstorming session in the office to come up with ideas for special theme calls. We discuss what themes are becoming popular, what we'd like to "beef up" with more variety on our webstore, requests we've gotten from readers.
Will other authors be included in this series?
We have six books scheduled for release in September. Of course, we have already and will continue to publish books about Rubenesque heroines at any time. Curve Appeal is a special theme call with a focused release period to encourage this type of story.
How do you feel about Sweetly Bad being your premier book of the Curve Appeal Series?
I really enjoyed this story. It had humor and drama and intense emotion.
How often will new books come out in the series?
Six between Sept. 4 and Sept. 20. They are listed at http://www.ellorascave.com/series/curve-appeal.html
What do you think would make for a good story to be included in Curve Appeal?
A positive depiction of a realistically sized heroine. NOT a story about the woman losing weight - or the awful premise that she was not lovable until she became skinny (either in her own eyes or others). The woman's weight does not have to be the issue or conflict of the story, not at all. But she does have to be "hot 'n' heavy", and the hero has to notice and like that.
What the best part about being the publisher for Curve Appeal?
I am a BIG woman and I personally love reading stories where the main character is a woman with big breasts and wide (what my grandmother called "childbearing") hips. I want to be judged by others based on who I am, not what I look like. I'm delighted and proud that EC encourages diversity within our stories.