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Black Opal Books is not accepting new submissions at this time.  Please check back after the first of the year. If you are currently an author with Black Opal Books, check with Lauri about submitting a new manuscript. If you have already submitted a manuscript through our submission process, your submission is still being processed and we will get to it as quickly as possible.

Featured Author: Eric Henson

Author Eric Henson

Eric Henson was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Although he has lived the majority of his life in New England, he currently resides in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Henson has always wanted to be an author. He loves the feeling of connecting his head to his hand and bringing a tale to life, watching it take shape before—and behind—his eyes, and allowing it to grow legs and run where it wants. However, his chosen profession is a double-edged sword with another sharper and more painful side…the jagged edge caused by severe dyslexia—a learning disability that impairs one’s ability to read, speak, and spell. Over time, as the itch—the need—to write remained strong, Henson managed to overcome many of these hurdles. Being an avid reader helped, as did his desire to inspire others suffering from dyslexia not to give up on themselves. READ MORE

Published Books
  • Harrow
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From Our Editor



Black Opal Books, would like to extended our deepest condolences to one of our board members and her family. SK Humphreys’ mother, Lillian Pauline Jenson Humphreys, passed away Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 at approximately 2:30am PDT due to complications following a stroke in early September. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to her and her family during this difficult time.

 

We are celebrating the grand re-opening of our online bookstore with a 15% OFF! sale. Everything in the store is 15%off, with the exception of our gift certificates.

 

And check out our selection of large print books. We are gradually putting our more popular books into large print paperback for easy reading. For our readers with vision problems or for those of you who just prefer 16 pt. print, please check our catalog for our large print paperback versions.



We have some great new stories coming our this year by some fabulous new authors, so please keep checking back to see our new releases.

Author Testimonials

Before Black Opal Books, I was so lost..

After I wrote my first book, Rescued from the Dark, I was lost on what my next step should be. I thought I had an amazing story because my family and friends told me so. I took the advice of a friend and found some publishers, just knowing I had the next best seller. After submitting to Black Opal Books, the first time, I received an e-mail. It was a rejection, but a nice one. It explained that I had a good story line but I needed to take some workshops to improve my writing skills, which would improve my book. I soon realized that I wrote a story without knowing how to write so I took her advice. I took some workshops and my story is so much better because of a very informative, instructive rejection letter. Something that you don’t get from many publishers. Black Opal books took a chance on a newbie who had no idea what she was doing but because of some kind words, and encouragement my first book was released February 16, 2013. And I owe it all to an amazing editor named Lauri Wellington and Black Opal Books.

-Lynda Kaye Frazier


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


A Truly wonderful experience.

My experience with Black Opal Books has been wonderful. As a debut Author, I was nervous as to how the process would work. It was fascinating to see, from the inside, how it happened. My editors were very encouraging and responsive. I have already encouraged others writers to submit their work to them.

Thanks, Black Opal Books! Love you all.

-Carl M. Coger, Sr.


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