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Black Opal Books will be taking a hiatus from new submissions from January 1, 2017 to June 1, 2017. If you have previously submitted a manuscript prior to December 31, 2016 and did not receive a response from us, your submission is still being processed and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you are a current Black Opal author, you can send new submissions directly to Lauri Wellington, the acquisitions editor.

 
 
 
 
 
  • A Matter of Revenge
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  • Chords of Dissension
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  • Sacrificing the Pawn
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  • A Matter of Revenge
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  • Chords of Dissension
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  • Dam Witherston
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  • Evil Within
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  • Locked in Cages
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  • Operation Scorpion
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  • Sacrificing the Pawn
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  • Secret of Bramble Hill (The)
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  • Showman or Shaman
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  • Disciples of Death
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  • Double Cross
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  • Kiddush Ladies (The)
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  • Secret Agent Angel
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  • Alien Mine
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  • Portal (The)
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  • Lifting the Veil
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  • Alien Under Cover
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  • Chancing Faith
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  • Black Ops Chronicles: Dead Run
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Rob Silverman

From his earliest memories, Rob Silverman had two dreams. One was to play Right Field in the majors, the other was to become a published author. Well, he ended up batting .500.

His first foray into writing came in 2008 when he started blogging for a popular website. An avid reader, he spends his spare time yelling at the TV during the baseball season, listening to Bruce Springsteen and classic rock from the ’80s, re-watching all six seasons of LOST, or waiting for one of his two spoiled dogs to get out of his favorite chair so he can sit down. His first novel Plain God (Black Opal Books 2015) was set in western Pennsylvania.

Published Books
  • Plain God
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  • Sacrificing the Pawn
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You guys go out of your way to help!!

The first books I contracted to Black Opal Books were written with a co-writer, and we were in the process of separating our relationship in order to pursue solo careers. As a result, our contracts presented unique and more complicated arrangements to ensure all parties’ rights and wishes were respected. Representatives for this publisher conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism at all times and the publishing process was smooth and rapid from contract to publication.

I find the royalty percentages are better than most small press publishers provide and sales on my two current releases have exceeded my expectations. I can endorse this publisher and because I like working with this group, I am now in the process of contracting for publication of another book, this time under my real name.

-Bobbye Terry


Warm and Friendly to Work with

Whether you're a first time or seasoned author, Black Opal Books offers a warm, friendly (hey, how many publishers can say that?) safe and professional environment in which to produce and develop your work. Black Opal published my first book, RAVING VIOLET, and I have given them my second, MEMORIES, DREAMS & DEFLECTIONS.

Not only is it a heavenly experience to be published, but to know that you are "amongst friends" (both the staff, and fellow authors) is a unique bonus. Black Opal continues to grow, and so does its authors. We are a community, and a very supportive one at that. As the publishing world evolves in light speed fashion, it's nice to know that Black Opal offers a home for writers in this brave new world.

-Valerie Gilbert


You guys are Great!!

What I like about Black Opal Books is the natural way you communicate. Mostly your replies are quick when we have questions. To work with the editing department is so easy. My explanations about my writing (or questions about it) is taken without fuss (as I have sometimes experienced differently). My ideas about book covers are worked out beautifully. What can I say?
Two thumbs up!

-Gisela


I am so grateful!

I am so grateful to be an author with Black Opal Books and am pleased to write this testimonial. I am treated professionally, but like a friend. When I ask questions, I’m given even more helpful information than I expected. Lauri, the acquisitions editor, my book editors, and cover designer have been tremendously kind and patient. I’m happy with my entire experience at Black Opal Books and appreciate their trust in me and my writing craft.
Most sincerely, Carole

-Carole


Black Opal is a friendly company

Black Opal is writer-friendly. How many presses would allow you to withdraw your title after two years after they did everything they could to make it sell? I won't be withdrawing though. I plan to keep my book with Black Opal because they continue to work for me.

Lauri is one of the best editors I've ever had, and the editing process at BOB is identical to the process at much larger publishers who have published my thrillers. Lauri made my book better, and she explained the changes to me every step of the way.

-Bonnie Hearn Hill