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From Manuscript to Published Book

Ever wonder what happens after you sign with a publishing house? Catrina Burgess, author of The Dark Rituals series coming this October, has convinced us to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how a manuscript becomes a finished book. Tune in every Tuesday for a new installment, and check out the series on the author’s blog at!


July 28, 2015

BEYOND THE PAGE: Deciding to Sign with a Publisher

We’re back, Full Fathomites…with the next post in our BEYOND THE PAGE series, a tell-all about the process of turning a manuscript into a published book. Author Catrina Burgess (check her out HERE) is back to tell you why she decided to sign her Dark Rituals series with Full Fathom Five. Take it away, Cat!

When I’m not working away on my stories, I spend my time running a romance review site called Romance Junkies. It’s a fun side project I’ve been doing for the past twelve years. Through Romance Junkies, I end up dealing with a lot of authors and publishing houses. I had a chance to work with some FFFDig staff—like Publishing Director Samantha Streger and Marketing Coordinator Caroline Breed—when they were doing promotion for their titles on RJ. They were very professional, but at the same time they seemed to have a great sense of humor. I felt very at ease when I was working with them, which to me is a big deal. But it wasn’t just getting to know the staff that made me sign with their house. I did my research. I looked up the employees, checked out their backgrounds, and learned all I could about the new house and how they were running it. I learned all I could about their other imprint and their owner James Frey.

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July 21, 2015

BEYOND THE PAGE: How Editors Find Authors and Manuscripts

It has arrived! The second installment in our BEYOND THE PAGE series, a tell-all about the process of turning a manuscript into a published book. 

Jane Arbogast is the Assistant Editor at FFF Digital, and she found FFF author Catrina Burgess on Wattpad. Read her bio here, and then read all about how she finds books for FFF Dig:

First of all, Serious questions that must be asked:

You’re ordering at Starbucks—what’s your drink of choice? Not a huge Starbucks fan. Maybe just a green tea …

Current book you’re reading for fun? Disclaimer by Renée Knight

What’s your go-to snack food? Definitely popcorn, but if there’s none of that around—pretzels!

What’s an object sitting on or by your desk? TUMS for when I eat too many of the above snacks.

Now, down to business:

How do you go about finding stories for FFFDig, and what are you looking for in a story?

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July 14, 2015

BEYOND THE PAGE: Meet the Writer…and Her Manuscript

Welcome to our BEYOND THE PAGE series, a tell-all about the process of turning a manuscript into a published book. Our first entry comes from the author herself. Catrina Burgess used to be a lighthearted writer…but not anymore. Find out the inspiration behind her YA Horror series, the Dark Rituals. Take it away, Cat!

About five years ago, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue. I was so sick I wasn’t able to write for a couple years. To put it simply, chronic fatigue changes your whole life. You go from being a high energy person who can swim fifty laps in the pool every other day and work twelve hours on the computer, to someone who can’t stand for longer than five minutes. You lose who you are and become someone who stays in the house most of the time and has to spend a great deal of that time lying or sitting down. I’ve always been a big reader, and sitting and reading is not a bad way to spend a day, but the fatigue made it hard for me to read. It takes a lot of brainpower to sit down and read a whole book. There were many days when I didn’t have the energy. With all these things you can no longer do, all these parts of you that you lose, you end up having some very dark days. Days where depressing thoughts swirl through your head.

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