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Black Opal Books is now taking new submissions. If you previously submitted a manuscript prior to June 1, 2015 and did not receive a response from us, your submission was probably lost when our database failed. If so, please resubmit the manuscript, synopsis, and query letter, and note in your query letter that you previously submitted the manuscript and did not hear back from us.

Featured Author: Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Although she received her degree in music theory/composition, Jennifer had an affinity for computers and entered the technology field upon graduation. In 1989, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she worked as an Information Technology Manager for several international law firms and dot-com companies. In 1996, Moss launched one of the first parenting websites, At the same time, Jennifer began her writing career as a freelance author for articles about the internet industry, published in Red Herring Magazine and Working Woman. In 2008, she published her first book, The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book (Perigee Press) as a companion to her website. Jennifer has appeared on national TV media, including CNN Headline News, MSNBC, FoxNews, CBS This Morning as well as a multitude of international radio programs speaking about names and naming trends. READ MORE

Published Books
  • Town Red
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  • Way to Go
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  • Taking the Rap
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From Our Editor

We are extremely proud of all our authors, many of whom have consistently won awards for their writing. At this time, I would like to acknowledge three whose books recently won awards in national competitions.

First is Alison McMahan. Her book, The Saffron Crocus, a young adult/new adult historical mystery/romance, won first place in the YA/NA category of the Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. The Saffron Crocus also won 4th place in the Best Book of the Year category in the same contest, competing against over 350 other books.

The second is Jennifer Gibson. Her book, Destiny, a young adult/new adult story of a hearing-impaired young woman, won an award for excellence from the New Apple Book Awards. Gibson is also the recipient of the HearStrong Ambassador Award from the HearStrong Foundation in Syracuse, New York.

The third is Mark S. Bacon. His book, Death in Nostalgia City, a contemporary mystery/thriller, won an honorable mention in the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival.


Congratulations, everyone. Well done.


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.

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


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

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!


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