Inside the Acquisition Boardroom: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen, by Editor Stacy Cantor Abrams

The reason I acquired Cindi Madsen’s All the Broken Pieces is a secret.

I often say I am looking for books that are “high concept,” and a lot of authors tend
to pull their hair out trying to determine what that means. The pitch for Cindi’s book
caught my eye because it perfectly fit the bill as a “high concept” story. But again,
why is a secret.

Cindi and I struggled a bit with how much of her story’s plotline to reveal in the
selling copy. We ultimately decided that reading the story already knowing the
twist ending would take too much away from the experience, so we left it very
vague. Leaving a lot of intrigued bloggers tearing their hair out wondering what
the main character Liv’s deal is. Is she a pixie? A vampire? No, she’s an everyday
girl in a contemporary story, falling in love for the first time and dealing with an
extraordinary past even she doesn’t know the full extent of. It’s a “techno-thriller”
mystery hybrid. And those of you who have read it will get why that phrasing is
funny.

At Entangled, we also don’t just want to acquire authors; we want to acquire
careers. And with no one else has that been truer for me than with Cindi. In
addition to her teen novels, I’ve also acquired two hilarious adult contemporary
novels from her: Cinderella Screwed Me Over, a fantastic women’s fiction romance
coming out late in 2013 via Entangled Select, and Falling For Her Fiancé, a perfectly
executed short romance scheduled on our Bliss line in early 2013. To say she’s
rewarded us many times over for our confidence in bringing her to Entangled is an
understatement!

So yeah, why I acquired Cindi Madsen’s All the Broken Pieces is a secret. If you want
to know the secret, you’ll have to give it a read.

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