KOMENAR Publishing believes a novel should be a compelling read. Readers are entitled to stories with strong forward momentum, engaging and dynamic characters, and evocative settings.
Adapting Sideways: How to Turn Your Screenplay into a Publishable Novel, Komenar's first nonfiction publication. The book, a collaboration between writer and publisher Charlotte Cook and award-winning screenwriter Jon James Miller, outlines a comprehensive methodology to help screenwriters expand the market for their stories through novelization of their scripts. The book and the authors are featured in the September 2010 issue of Creative Screenwriting Magazine. For more information, visit www.adaptingsideways.com.
New from KOMENAR Publishing: The Love We All Wait For by Lee Doyle is a vibrant and immediate novel about a seventeen-year-old girl growing up in California's Salinas Valley in the 1970s. This poignant debut novel captures the transition we all must make, from the romantic ideas and hopes of youth to the wonderment of discovering who we will become. The Love We All Wait For was named as a Finalist in the National Best Books 2008 Awards.
New from KOMENAR Publishing: In Jon Cory's humorous and romantic debut novel, A Plague of Scoundrels, a floundering San Francisco stand-up comedian goes looking for free rent and ends up in seventeenth-century London two weeks before an outbreak of the Black Plague. With a dynamic cast of characters, A Plague of Scoundrels takes readers on a romp into the past for the adventure of a lifetime. A Plague of Scoundrels received Honorable Mention in the 2008 London Book Festival, and was a Finalist in the National Best Books 2008 Awards.
Set in a world where justice is achieved through careful customs of vengeance, Laurel Anne Hill's Heroes Arise explores timeless ideals: The pursuit of honor and justice and the right to love and family. In this debut illustrated parable, Laurel immerses readers in a foreign yet familiar culture as they join her characters on a fateful quest for honor and redemption. Heroes Arise was awarded a Bronze medal in the 2007 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, and is now available in both trade paperback and hardcover.
Outside Child, Alice Wilson-Fried's debut novel, is a murder mystery that takes place in the corrupt business world of pre-Katrina New Orleans. Alice's complex characters pull readers into a veiled world of economic, political, and racial discord where success can only be achieved by leaving the past behind. Outside Child was a Silver Medalist in the 2008 IPPY Awards, and a Finalist in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Jana McBurney-Lin's My Half of the Sky is now available in trade paperback as well as hardcover! An August 2006 BookSense Pick, this novel of modern China also received Honorable Mention in the 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, and was a Finalist in the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards. If you haven't read this award-winning book yet, consider requesting it from your local library or community bookseller.
Over the Edge, Marc Paul Kaplan's debut thriller, crackles with energy and conflict, vividly capturing the anything-goes atmosphere of a burgeoning ski resort in the modern wild west. While researching for Over the Edge, Marc interviewed Vietnam and Korean War veterans who trusted him with their stories. Over the Edge was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2007 DIY Book Festival Awards and the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival, and is now available in both trade paperback and hardcover.
Booksellers: All KOMENAR titles are represented by George Scheer Associates (Southern region), Blue4Books (Mid-Western region) and Faherty & Associates (Western region). Our wholesalers include Ingram Book Company, Baker&Taylor, and Partners/West. We support your sales with strong marketing materials and publicity for 15 months. That's our commitment. Just let us know what we can do for you.
Writers: Unfortunately due to the current economic situation and stalled retail sales, KOMENAR is suspending its search for new novels to publish until sales of our current titles show that we can go forward with new titles. We encourage you to financially support this industry if not the specific publishers with whom you hope to have a future. Your goodwill and interest in KOMENAR is greatly appreciated.
Everyone: Check out our News section and e-newsletter ... both are geared to keep you up-to-date on KOMENAR and industry events and insights. Read KOMENAR President Charlotte Cook's essay in Publishers Weekly's Soapbox feature, and find out what Shelf Awareness has to say about KOMENAR's refreshing take on the book industry.