About VA’s Acquiring Editor

Teresa Edgerton began telling stories as soon as she learned to talk, began scribbling them down as soon as a teacher put a pencil in her hand.  Sixty years later, she is still inventing them.  This may be one of them.

As a child, Teresa read everything that came within reading distance, with interests that were always changing as one book or series after another caught her imagination.  If Teresa’s parents or teachers handed her a book and said, “You will probably like this,” She’d read it and they were usually right. Gradually, her interest began to center around historical novels (seasoned with the occasional mystery). Then, in her late teens, Teresa discovered the works of Andre Norton, C. S. Lewis, T. H. White, and J. R. R. Tolkien, and her love affair with fantasy and science fiction began.

Editing out all the ordinary, boring parts (because who wants to read about those?), her life sounds rather interesting. She met her husband at their local Renaissance Faire, where Teresa was working as a Tarot reader and he was part of a group putting on demonstrations of medieval tourney combat.  They were married eight months later, in costume, in Teresa’s parents’ back yard.  The next several years of her life were devoted to the Society for Creative Anachronism.  Then the urge to write came back, stronger than ever, and Teresa decided to stop spending her weekends camping out in pavilions, stay home, and channel some of that energy into fiction.

Since then, her career has been a varied one, making puppets, reading tea leaves, working in a crafts store, and writing eleven fantasy novels under her own name and her pseudonym, Madeline Howard … meanwhile living in a state of cheerful chaos with her husband and four children. (Perhaps not always so cheerful — but beyond all doubt chaotic.)

Some people consider them an unusual family. In school, Teresa’s youngest daughter was the only child in her class to be able to identify a griffin.  As she writes this, Teresa’s son is out in the garage making armor.  At Halloween, you’ll find the Edgerton’s living room decorated with hundreds of paper bats.  One Christmas Teresa decided to recreate Narnia in their dining room.  (It’s a well-kept secret that they live in the suburbs, have a reverse mortgage, and her husband worked thirty years for the telephone company.)

And for the crucial question, “Do they have pets? How can she be a fantasy writer and not have pets”? The Edgertons have always supported a large flock of dogs.

About Venus Ascending

On 28th February 2017 Tickety Boo Press will be unveiling a spellbinding line of fantasy and science fiction romance, under our new imprint Venus Ascending, headed by editor Teresa Edgerton. The books in question are Beneath the Skin by Carolyn Hill and the Beguiler by Suzanne Jackson. I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

What we are looking for: romance stories in well-realized fantasy, science fiction, or science fantasy settings — steampunk, high fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, space opera, time travel, alien worlds, urban fantasy. Elements of romance and speculative fiction must both be integral to the plot. We are looking for strong characterization and are more interested in stories focussing on the development of a powerful emotional bond between the hero and heroine than in books with long scenes of graphic sex (which doesn’t mean that we are looking for books with no sex at all — contact us if you have questions about this).

Stories told in alternating viewpoints between the heroine and hero preferred, although we will consider stories told from the female viewpoint only. We are particularly interested in stories of approximately 90,000 to 100,000 words.

Submissions Open 1st December 2015: email submissions only to venusascending@ticketyboopress.co.uk. Please include Attention: Teresa in the subject line, and the title of your book. Send us the first three chapters of your manuscript and a two page synopsis, as a Word document or in RTF, standard manuscript format, Times or Times New Roman, double spaced. We plan to start looking at submissions in January and will reply in the order received.

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