Subplot (noun): a side story that runs parallel to the main plot.
How did the relationship with Sainted in Error begin?
In September of 2020, I received the submission for Sainted in Error. As mentioned in a previous blog post, Subplot was still in development at that point in time, but I was already looking for strong fiction titles. Typically, with fiction submissions, I read the first few chapters to start. Immediately, Sainted in Error’s opening had me hooked. I wanted to know about the dynamic between Maggie and Cynthia that brought them to this trial and the descriptive sentences painted a vivid picture as I read. Within just ten pages, I knew this was a title we had to publish. Once Subplot became a more concrete imprint, I thought about the fiction titles I brought in recently, and it was no question that Sainted in Error was a perfect addition.
What is this book about?
In Sainted in Error, Maggie and Cynthia meet as college freshmen and are seemingly destined to be best friends for life. As the years pass, however, Maggie’s marriage and career lift her to success and wealth while Cynthia’s jealousy and untreated mental illness cause their relationship to disintegrate. As the stories of the two women’s lives unfold, Cynthia’s paranoia and anger sour every relationship she has and turn even the people who have loved her most against her, ultimately bubbling over into an event that Maggie never sees coming.
Not a murder mystery in the usual sense, and spanning time and space, Sainted in Error delves into the tenacity of friendship and the damage that the stigma still attached to mental illness can do.
What makes Sainted in Error the right fit for Subplot?
“Fascinating plots, alluring characters, powerful authors—that’s Subplot.” Our tagline says it all and the alluring characters aspect is really what struck me for Sainted in Error. The story is intertwined in the relationship between Maggie and Cynthia where each woman is powerfully created.
Glenda Winders’ craft is spectacular when creating characters. Readers want to feel like they know these women, they want to befriend them, root for them, hate them, feel for them. Having characters where they feel real to the readers is what makes a story truly stand out. Winders’ twists and turns in the book leave the reader on their toes as they try to comprehend Cynthia’s motives and ultimately what leads up to the trial. This title is great for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.
If Subplot sounds like the right fit for your fiction manuscript, send us a synopsis and the first three chapters at firstname.lastname@example.org.