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Fascinating plots, alluring characters, powerful authors—that’s Subplot.

Subplot Publishing, an imprint of Mascot Books, is an independent hybrid publisher focusing on compelling and literary works of fiction. We publish titles with strong voices, intriguing plots, and dynamic characters in the adult fiction setting. All of our titles are hand-picked for this imprint during the submissions process based on theme, marketability, and overall tone.

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Subplot manages the production, marketing, and distribution for each title. This includes editing, cover design, layout, printing physical copies, and producing eBooks and audiobooks. Our authors work with a dedicated production editor who guides them through the process from first draft to final product. Our fully equipped in-house marketing team will then customize a plan to fit the book’s specific promotional needs. We distribute across all major platforms (including Barnes & Noble) to help our books reach as many readers as possible.

Our experienced team is passionate about new voices in the fiction realm. As a hybrid publisher, all of our authors keep their copyright—which allows for more creative control over the production process as well as retaining one of the highest royalty percentages in the business. We know that a book has the best chance to succeed when our team is working with the author to bring to their vision to life. We work with debut fiction writers as well as veteran authors who previously published in fiction or in other genres. As long as you have a unique and engrossing story, we’d love to hear from you.

(Subplot does not publish YA or science fiction. For those genres, please see our parent company Mascot Books.)

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Sainted in Error
Glenda Winders

What do you wear when you testify against your best friend as she goes on trial for murder?

As Maggie Patterson runs her hand over the clothes in her closet and muses about the prosaic details of preparing for a shockingly personal murder trial, she is catapulted into the memories that led her to this moment. Piece by piece, she assembles the fragments of her past to make sense of a violent crime, the echoes of which ripple through her recollections.

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.

A Tangled Affair
Anne Scardino

Clair Bondi makes the painful decision to divorce the only man she ever loved—Vince Bondi, her husband of twenty-five years. But Clair never gets the chance to tell Vince she is leaving him, because he is found fatally shot in his Porsche one night when driving home from his weekly tennis game. Haunted by his death, Clair is determined to help the Philadelphia police find the killer. Vince’s secret life, including an account in Turks and Caicos, forces Clair to realize that he wasn’t the man she thought he was. No longer the “good wife,” Clair’s strength and resilience take her from her darkest moment to a life unimagined—one with true love and purpose.

The Art Traveling Strangers
Zoe Disigny

It’s the 1980s, and art historian Claire Markham reels from a succession of heartbreaking losses. Desperate to escape her shattered reality, she becomes an art guide in Europe for quirky stranger Viv Chancey and embarks on a life-changing tour through the art-filled cities of Milan, Venice, Ravenna, Florence, Siena, Rome, and Paris.

Once abroad, Claire tries to hide her woes by focusing on Viv’s art education, but Viv—who is not who she seems—has a different learning experience in mind. Frustrated and wanting to reimagine her life, Claire embraces the idea of reality as an illusion and finds herself slipping into the tales of art and history.

When threatened with one more crushing loss, Claire must learn from the spirit of her eccentric companion and the lessons from the art they encounter to take charge of her life or lose the most precious thing in it.

The Art of Traveling Strangers is a journey of self-discovery and personal empowerment inspired by the great art masterpieces of Italy and France. It’s a tale of female bonding and the amazing powers of perception. After all, reality, like art, is just an illusion.

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