June 16, 2015: Flanker Press signs USA Today bestselling author Victoria Barbour to a six-book deal
Flanker Press plans to publish Victoria’s ebooks as six paperbacks. The first four books – Against Her Rules, Hard as Ice, Play Me, and 21st Century Rake – are part of the Heart’s Ease series and will be published in 2016. Flanker Press will also publish Forever Geek (a compilation of Geek God, Geek Groom, and the yet-to-be-released Geek Dad) and Alpha Wars: Clan Faoladh (written under the pen name Hannah Hunter and currently being released over a series of short stories).
“We’re really excited to sign Victoria Barbour,” says Garry Cranford, president of Flanker Press. “She has reached a tremendous number of readers with her digital books and we’re looking forward to reaching even more with the paperbacks. Flanker Press has not published romance before, so this is an exciting new project for us!”
Flanker Press began as a self-publishing venture in St. John’s in 1994 with the release of Garry Cranford’s book, Newfoundland Schooner Norma & Gladys: Her Story of Industry, Mutiny & Triumph. Now located in Paradise, the company has eight full-time employees and has published over two hundred books, including many award winners and bestsellers. Last year Flanker Press celebrated twenty years of publishing quality books in Newfoundland and Labrador.
March 2, 2015: Victoria featured on CBC News
February 26, 2015: Victoria Hits USA TODAY Bestseller List
Newfoundland author Victoria Barbour has landed on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list. Victoria’s Newfoundland-set romance novella, Geek God, is part of the multi-author collection Passionate Kisses 2: Love in Bloom, which debuted on the list in its first week of publication. Victoria is the only Canadian author in the box set.
“This is my second time working with this group of authors,” said Ms. Barbour, who lives in Kelligrews. “Romance authors often work together on a collection in the hopes of reaching new audiences, and there is always a possibility of a set doing well and hitting the big lists. The romance market is huge, and it takes something like this to give extra visibility. This is certainly a major milestone in my career.”
A full-time author, Victoria sees this major accomplishment as a key event in an already active writing career. In under two years she has published six novels. She is an Amazon best-selling author, and mentors local authors who are working towards self-publishing careers.
She is currently working on a historical romance series, which like all of her books, is set in Newfoundland. The decision to self-publish was prompted by her desire to set her novels in her home province “I felt my setting was limiting interest from traditional romance publishers,” she said. “And if there’s one thing I’m passionate about when it comes to my writing, it’s my setting. I hope my novels convince readers to come visit Newfoundland. For me, that would be the best indication of success.”
USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list ranks the 150 top-selling titles each week based on an analysis of sales from U.S. booksellers. Contributors represent a variety of outlets: bookstore chains, independent bookstores, mass merchandisers and online retailers.