Lindsey R. Loucks

Author of Romance and Other Scary Things


Okay. Let me collect myself so I can tell you how it went down. *takes deep breaths* Much better. So last Sunday, I woke up to an emailed offer from a publisher for my YA dark fantasy The Grave Winner. I must have read the email about fifty times, then turned around and said to my BF, “I think I just got an offer from a publisher.”

Me Sunday morning, only my hair was sticking out all over since I just woke up.

Fast forward through the next few days as I nudged the agents and other publishers who still had my book to Tuesday. Crescent Moon Press emailed me to request the book again because it must have been eaten by cyber worms. Less than twenty-four hours later, I received an email with exclamation points and another offer!

Fast forward to Saturday, when another publisher sent me an offer. Three offers! In less than a week! Now, for those of you who have already read The Grave Winner, three is kind of a magic number in the story. Interesting, eh?

Needless to say, I had a lot of thinking to do. I contacted some of these publishers’ authors to ask them questions. I emailed the publishers directly to ask even more questions. I let it all percolate for a bit, then I made my decision based on my gut feeling. Crescent Moon Press all the way, baby!!!

I was truly impressed with their enthusiasm, the speed in which they answered my questions, and their continued production of quality books. Oh, and their book covers! Go to their website and look at them. They are goooooooorgeous.

I signed the contract Sunday night and put it in the mail yesterday. It feels damn good.


  1. Ata girl! I’m so proud of you. Please keep me up-to-date so I can shout out about it everywhere!

  2. Wow! Congratulations!

  3. That is so completely awesome!!
    I have this intense happiness inside of me…for you 😉

  4. I just checked out their website and they do have very nice covers. That is so important, I think. How did you come to the decision to try boutique publishers and what other ones stood out to you as attractive?

  5. Congrats! Not just one but three! Did you tell the others you had other offers?

    Are you still doing your victory dance??


  6. Holy crap, Lindsey! That is amazing. And to have the luxury of choice like that too, must be a fantastic feeling. Congratulations.

  7. Awesome and a huge congrats! This news never ceases to excite me. You’ve got to be on cloud 100. Best of luck to you, Lindsey!! 🙂

  8. Thank you!

    A.M – I had heard of Crescent Moon Press long before I queried them. My plan was to try agents for several months, then small presses, then self-publish if I needed to. Everything was mapped out. I heard good things about MuseItUp Publishing and Etopia Press, both of which offered me contracts.

    Angel – I’m definitely still doing my victory dance! I should probably stop though because I’m probably being annoying! 😀

  9. Welcome to the Moon, Lindsey! We have excellent editors, too…you won’t be disappointed. Congrats my dear…and dance away. You only get your first contract once!

  10. The urge to dance doesn’t stop. I signed my contract months ago. I’m still dancing. 🙂 Welcome to CMP!

  11. Thank you Christine and Wendy!

  12. Congrats! That is so exciting!! Crescent Moon is luck to have you!!

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  14. Wow Lindsey! That is so great! Congratulations! I am so happy and excited for you! (As you can probably tell by the number of exclamation marks I just used). Lol!
    Keep us posted. : )

  15. Thank you, Dranea and Kristen!

  16. Woohoo that is so exciting… congrats. I’m totally cheering for you:) Crescent Moon has such gorgeous covers… can’t wait to see yours:)

  17. Thanks, Tania! I can’t wait to see the cover, too!

  18. Holy Crap Batman! That’s so cool. I’m so happy for you, Lindsey.

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