These days there's little good publishing news on the writing grapevine. Money is tight; agents aren't taking on new authors and publishers aren't willing to gamble on sales from unproven writers.
But writers are still writing and unknowns continue to polish their skills.
Out of the blue comes Irish Penguin flapping excitedly. The publishing giant suffered all summer when sales of their 49 bestsellers plummeted while erotic best seller Fifty Shades of Grey and its follow-ups dominated the holiday sales market. Here it has to be said that Penguin's e-book sales have grown by a formidable 33%. Basking in that success it determined to capitalise on the lucrative Christmas market. With this in mind it commissioned blush fiction writers Eileen Gormley and Caroline McCall to pen a blockbuster that would knock Fifty Shades... off its perch.
The two Irish writers who are primarily published in e-format by USA publishers holed up both together and separately. They wrote and wrote. Within a few weeks and on time they delivered the 95k manuscript which is due out in November. The title is believed to be The Pleasures of Winter...
What more could we want???