“We will probably still give preference to Westerns and nonfiction,” said publisher Becky Coffield, “but we’re willing to consider most genres.”
What brought about the change? Moonlight Mesa has not been accepting fiction manuscripts at all for over two years. “Basically, we just can’t get the quality nonfiction that we're looking for, is what it boils down to, and I’m tired of waiting,” said Coffield.
“We have three nonfiction books that just sell like crazy...but finding the right fit for us has been very, very difficult. As it turns out, we’ve decided to broaden our publishing spectrum to include all kinds of nonfiction, not just Western related, and also fiction.” the publisher said. “We’re very excited about the change, and we’re ready for it.”
“Our main requirement from an author is that the author be willing to help promote and sell his/her book. We’re a tiny company, and we can’t do it alone. We also need manuscripts to come in that have been carefully edited...not just proofread by Aunt Matilda or the spouse. We will still be editing the book, but we need manuscripts that are darn near perfect and ready for publication. If I and my tiny staff have to spend weeks or even months correcting a manuscript, we can't get books out.”
The publisher explained that the company has grown, but to continue to grow, more titles are needed. “We put out a great book,” Coffield said. “Between my cover man, Vin Libassi, my editor Paula Silici, and my small staff, we do great work and are proud of our publications.”
Moonlight Mesa will begin accepting queries in September. Guidelines will be posted soon on the publisher’s website: http://www.moonlightmesaassociates.com/.
"Originally...probably last month...I announced we'd only be doing 4 titles in 2013, but we've now upped that to 6, and we plan on 12+ in 2014, assuming good stuff comes across my desk," Coffield said.
Scheduled for 2013 is another Jere D. James book, hopefully Jerry Tindell's mule training book, possibly another young reader book, and a book by new author, Penny Arnold. "There's a lot of maybes in this mix, I must admit," Coffield said. "I'm also hoping J.R. Sanders comes through with Some Gave All. Of course, half these authors may not deliver, so who the heck knows!? And, as my assistant reminded me, maybe the world will end this year in December. Egads. I better take some vacations if that's going to happen!"