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Black Opal Books will be taking a hiatus from new submissions from January 1, 2016 to June 1, 2016. If you have previously submitted a manuscript prior to December 31, 2015 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.

 
 
 
 
 
  • Chaloklum
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  • Ernie and the Evils of Insurance
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  • Tea Time 3
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  • Haiku Dance
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  • Friend of the Family
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  • Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory
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  • Chaloklum
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  • Ernie and the Evils of Insurance
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  • Tea Time 3
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  • Quality Murders
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  • Good Thief (The)
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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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Featured Author: Sean Conrad

Sean Conrad

Sean Conrad (Ron Copeland) began a career in radio at the age of thirteen. He spent more than thirty years as a disc jockey and program director for twenty-two radio stations in cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He and his wife Lisa now create radio and TV commercials as they write, work, travel, and play their way across America in their 40-foot motor home.

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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 several 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.

Fourth is SJ Francis who won an honorable mention in the 2015 Authordb Book Cover Contest for the cover he designed for Shattered Lies. Shattered Lies was also chosen as the General Fiction Official Selection for the 2015 New Apple Book Awards.

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.

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


I fell very blessed

I feel very blessed and honored that Black Opal Books chose to publish my book! I had so many questions and was so naïve about everything. BOB's staff is extremely kind, helpful, and understanding. They never make me feel that my questions are stupid and they always take the time to work with me. The feedback I received from the editors was invaluable and very much appreciated! Jack had the patience of Job when he worked with me on my book cover. I couldn't be happier and I hope our relationship lasts a long time!

-Debbie Lee


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


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


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.