Monday, May 8, 2017

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Rowena Kuo, Brimstone Fiction & Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas



Tell us about Brimstone Fiction and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. 

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas was started by the founders of Christian Devotions and has multiple imprints in fiction and nonfiction. I was the editorial director and acquisitions editor for general fiction. I was also the managing editor for Brimstone Fiction, the speculative fiction imprint of LPC.  LPC no longer plans to publish general fiction but instead will publish fiction through one of its remaining imprints, each one specializing in a specific genre.

I acquired Brimstone Fiction in February, so what was once an imprint of LPC has now become its own publishing house. Brimstone currently specializes in speculative fiction and chiller thrillers, but I plan to expand to other areas of fiction as the house grows. Brimstone will publish 8-12 books per year. I am looking for well-written, full-length stories, 60,000-100,000 words, that capture the imagination and engage the senses. We are a traditional publisher, using POD and e-book formats.  Although I no longer acquire new fiction for LPC, I still manage some of their existing non-Brimstone titles.


I am also the executive development producer for LPC Media Group, the film division of LPC. We are seeking ways to produce our books into movies and helping screenwriters find avenues to produce their work. 



Who do you hope to meet with during appointments?


I hope to meet eager, highly-motivated authors with a good story. Regardless of whether or not you have an agent, no matter the genre, or how many books you've published, if any, I would love to discuss where you are in your career and share your vision for the work you present at conference. Bringing your first chapter and a one-sheet would be a bonus during our interview. I look forward to meeting you!



Please give us a snapshot of your classes.



The Ultimate Book Proposal


Whether fiction or non-fiction, a polished book proposal could make the difference between rejection and publication. Find out what your book proposal should include to attract the attention of an editor, agent, or publishing house.





Adapting Your Story to a Screenplay


Have you ever been told that your book would make a great movie? Here's a step-by-step formula for adapting either a full-length novel into a 2-hour screenplay or a short story into a 15 min film. Discover what essential elements a screenwriter should incorporate to interest potential producers.




Research Techniques


Wiki-me-not! If history is written by the victors, then make history by writing it yourself. Discern fact from fiction, theory from law, and Churchill from Plato. State your position, but be prepared to back it up using reliable sources. Where do you start when researching material for your written work? How do you attribute researched information once you find it? And does it all have to be so boring? Whether you love or hate research, but have to do it anyway, this is the class for you.

Write-to-Publish meets June 14-17
in the Chicago area.




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