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editor, publisher : alex@risingactionpublishingco.com
Alexandria Brown
Rising Action Publishing Collective

Alex has ten years of experience in marketing and creative writing. She has edited over 50 novels and has worked with authors to help them overcome roadblocks when writing their manuscripts. Alex has a Bachelor’s in Communications with a major in Public Relations, a Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire, and is a Creative Writing Ph.D. Candidate currently at the University of Gloucestershire. She has two traditionally published non-fiction books. She’s a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the Vancouver Writers Festival. She specializes in Contemporary and Women’s Fiction but has worked with authors in all genres.

While Alex will accept books from most fiction genres, she has examples of different things she’s looking for in her top genres. She is interested in: Romantic Comedies/Book Club Fiction (think The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary or The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli); Women’s Fiction (especially ones with a quirky cast of characters); and Historical Fiction that features a new take on characters from history or similar to the popular Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. She also is seeking Thrillers/Mysteries/Horror that delves from usual tropes and has an ending that will leave the reader gobsmacked. Alex is also interested in unique nonfiction books that are memoirs or a collection of essays. She would love to hear from authors who identify with OWN, BVM, IMM, POC, LGBTQAI+, MH, and DIS. Alex looks for main characters that are under-represented in fiction currently such as, but not limited to, plus-sized, LGBTQAI+, and/or persons of colour.

She is not interested in erotica, religious fiction/nonfiction, political fiction/nonfiction, children’s fiction, or middle grade.

Rising Action Publishing is a women-owned independent publisher that is committed to supporting diverse authors and stories!

Foreign rights for Rising Action are handled by Betty Anne Crawford at Books Crossing Borders
Film/TV rights for Rising Action are handled by Katrina Escudero at Sugar23


years experience: 10
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Biography, Lifestyle, Contemporary
OTHER TITLES ACQUIRED/EDITED
Audio rights: WE'RE ALL LYING by Marie Still May 9, 2022
Marie Still's debut WE'RE ALL LYING, in which after a woman being stalked learns that the prime suspect goes missing and she is no longer considered a victim, she finds herself in the center of the investigation; her dark secrets—including ones she didn't know existed—threaten to destroy everything she's worked for; examining buried family secrets and how desperation can lead to fatal mistakes, to Michael Olah at Dreamscape Media, in an exclusive submission, for publication in March 2023.

Audio rights: (NOT) YOUR BASIC LOVE STORY, by Lindsay Maple April 4, 2022
Lindsay Maple's (NOT) YOUR BASIC LOVE STORY, in which a woman is saved from going to her best friend's wedding alone when she meets a charming man; a fling turns to love, but love might not be enough to overcome their differences, to Kristen Hummel at Tantor Media, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in August 2022.

Audio rights: THE THINGS WE LOST, by Maggie Giles March 30, 2022
Maggie Giles's debut THE THINGS WE LOST, in which the protagonist looks to correct past mistakes and answer the age-old question of what if, while looking to also solve the murder of one of her best friends, to Michael Olah at Dreamscape Media, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in July 2022.

International rights: Canada Fiction March 17, 2022
Kat Caliteri's debut BOYSTOWN HEARTBREAKERS, in which a Chicago hairstylist has only three things to his name: a pair of $1,200 shears, a Boystown studio apartment, and a list of men who've broken his heart written on his closet wall; will this friends-to-lovers romance end in a happily ever after?, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2024.

International rights: Canada Fiction March 14, 2022
Brianne Sommerville's IF I LOSE HER, when a first-time mom leaves her infant in the backyard, she attracts the attention of child services, especially when she can't remember the event; her therapist says she is predisposed for postpartum depression but her gut tells her she's someone's target; she must face her disturbing past before she loses her daughter and her mind, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in an exclusive submission, for publication in March 2024.

International rights: Canada Fiction February 17, 2022
Arden Joy's KEEP THIS OFF THE RECORD, pitched as a romantic comedy remix of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing that transforms ye olde damsels in distress into queer women, women of color, and women overcoming trauma, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in January 2024.

International rights: Canada Fiction January 21, 2022
Author of WE'RE ALL LYING Marie Still's MY DARLINGS, about a stay-at-home mom, doting wife, and PTO president who is also a serial killer, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, in a three-book deal, for publication in September 2024.

International rights: Canada Fiction December 6, 2021
Heather Dixon's BURLINGTON, in which a mother disappears and nobody knows what has happened to her or seems to care, and a woman finds herself surrounded by odd dinner parties, secrets and lies, and rumors of more missing women; she must decide what's more important—fitting in or uncovering the truth, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2024 (world English).

International rights: Canada Fiction November 15, 2021
Christy Lee's FINDING HER WAY, a historical fiction set in Canada's frontier in an age where a woman's worth, rights, and choices are determined by her husband's whim, will a woman be forced to bow to convention, or will she throw caution to the wind and follow her heart to become one of Canada's first female physicians?, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in November 2023 (world English).

International rights: Canada Non-fiction October 25, 2021
Journalist and founder of the 1 in 3 Foundation Maya Golden's THE RETURN TRIP, about the author's battle with sexual addiction, porn addiction, perfectionism, and dissociation disorders after sexual abuse, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in January 2024 (world English).

International rights: Canada Fiction June 9, 2021
Lindsay Maple's (NOT) YOUR BASIC LOVE STORY, in which a woman is saved from going to her best friend's wedding alone when she meets a charming man; sexy fling turns to love, but love might not be enough to overcome their differences, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in August 2022 (world English).

International rights: Canada Fiction April 12, 2021
Marie Still's WE'RE ALL LYING, about a cheating husband, a wife scorned, and a vengeful mistress; they're all lying; after being stalked and harassed by her husband's mistress, the police are asking the wife to help find her; she wants her found, but so she can pay for what she's done—and for the cops to not find out what she is hiding, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in April 2023 (world English).

International rights: Canada Fiction March 31, 2021
Marie Still's BEVERLY BONNEFINCHE IS DEAD, pitched for fans of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, about a woman who has a peculiar method of dealing with her anxiety and dislike of most people, who explores the notion of love and friendship while grappling with a fragile mind, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in April 2024 (world English).

International rights: Canada Fiction March 16, 2021
Maggie Giles's TWISTED, about an abused housewife, a working-class woman, and an heiress; three different women from three very different worlds, all entwined in one deadly crime where the evidence is undeniable, but the story doesn't add up, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in September 2023 (world English).

International rights: Canada Fiction December 30, 2020
Maggie Giles's debut THE THINGS WE LOST, in which the protagonist explores the age-old question: If we could go back and change portions of our past, would our future be better?, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in April 2022.

MOST RECENT PURCHASES
International rights: Canada Non-fiction June 6, 2022
L.A.-based comedian on BuzzFeed, Funny or Die, and lead actress on The Chunky Zeta on Amazon Prime Kristen Van Nest's WHERE TO NEST, a collection of essays showcasing a young woman traveling the world to find herself and ultimately a place to belong; with humorous and heartwarming moments, the author shares stories about how the unconventional path is a lot of fun, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in April 2024, by Mariah Nichols at D4EO Literary Agency.
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