ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Terri Bischoff joined Midnight Ink as an Acquiring Editor in October 2009. She leads all editorial directions and creates the seasonal lists. She has dramatically increased the number of titles per season, publishing 30-36 titles per year, as well as expanded the type of crime fiction MI has published. Terri has a wealth of experience and knowledge in both mysteries and in bookselling, particularly as book buyer and reviewer.
Midnight Ink’s Beginnings
Midnight Ink published its first book, The Grail Conspiracy by Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore, in September 2005, and it quickly earned critical acclaimed and garnered awards like the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. That first year, authors like J.B. Stanley, Jess Lourey, Karen MacInerney, and Sue Ann Jaffarian were also introduced. We’re proud to continuing publishing installments to some of these original series, including most recently the tenth entries in both Jess Lourey’s Murder-by-Month (February Fever, February 2015) and Sue Ann Jaffarian’s Odelia Grey series (A Body to Spare, November 2015).
I joined Midnight Ink in Fall 2009. At that time, we were publishing five books per season and, because we had some great early success with cozies and soft boiled books, our catalogs reflected that. But I had a different vision. For a publisher who used the tagline “the very best in mystery” I believed we needed to publish across the board, from traditional to serial killer. Thankfully I was given the freedom to do just that. Slowly we increased our output to 36-40 books per year and diversified our list, which means 13-14 books per season. Hopefully now every catalog will have a book for every type of reader.
We are also committed to finding debut authors. I try to have at least two or three in every catalog. But another really cool thing started happening. I now regularly get submissions from authors who were published by the NY houses. Sometimes we are able to pick up where their previous series ended or we start a new series. Either way, it is exciting and fun for me to bring experienced authors into the fold.
Inkers, as the Midnight Ink authors have been dubbed, are also a pretty special group. I daresay that whenever you see one at a convention, there are bound to be several others nearby. As a group, they are great at giving advice to the new authors and sharing with everyone what promotions worked for them and what didn’t.
As our catalog has diversified, we’ve seen a correlating uptick in acclaim and awards. Midnight Ink books, from cozy to thriller, regularly earn starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Kirkus, and we’re seeing more coverage in media outlets like NPR and The New York Times.
Our books are also often nominees for all of the major mystery awards. Just this year, Midnight Ink books have been up for the Agatha (Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber), Edgar (The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson), Anthony (The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson), Macavity (The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson), Shamus (Beauty with a Bomb by M.C. Grant; Critical Damage by Robert K. Lewis), and Killer Nashville Silver Falchion (The Question of the Missing Head by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen; The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson; Dying to Know by TJ O’Connor) awards.
In addition to publishing a wider of array of mysteries, Midnight Ink is also dipping into the hardcover market. September 2015 delivered the hardcover release of The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson. (In full disclosure, Midnight Ink published Sue Ann Jaffarian’s Murder in Vein in hardcover but it released after the trade paperback. The Child Garden is scheduled for paperback in Fall 2016.)
We’re looking forward to growing our line (and the Inker community) while continuing to delivering the very best in mystery for many years to come.
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Midnight Ink Sampler Package:
The Grail Conspiracy by Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore
May Day by Jess Lourey
Too Big to Miss by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney
Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor
Old World Murder by Kathleen Ernst
The Question of the Missing Head by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen
The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson
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