Thursday, April 16, 2009
I can't sing the praises of my editor enough. She is a die hard. Another fellow Abingdon author likened her to the energizer bunny. She is totally dedicated, committed, and loyal to her authors and the success of the fiction line. She gently led me through the editing process, and is working hard and furiously to place my novel in as many chain and independent bookstores as she can. And her hard work is paying off.
She makes all her authors feel they are a part of a 'family'. She doesn't leave us out, but gives us the heads up on what is going on. One day she will tell us she is flying to Boston to meet with the folks at ChristianBooks.com, then another meeting in an undisclosed location to meet with another huge marketing firm. She lets us know the outcome, which is always excellent news. This is what editors do.
This relationship between author and editor is what a dedicated, traditional publisher will build. In addition to the leadership of my editor, I have to praise my publist at Abingdon. She too is working hard to market Abingdon's fiction line. The other day, I received a package on my doorstep. Inside a the manila envelop was a 'glamour bag', a blue foil wrapper, and inside it were the ARCs for two other novels. I was elated.
In the world of self-publishing and print on demand, you will not find this level of committment. Ask yourself, what is it a self-publisher or print on demand company wants from you? The answer - Money. What is it a traditional publisher wants from you? Your novel. And they want you to prosper as they prosper. They want you to be a success. It is a two-way street.
Once again, I must herald the call. Writers, avoid the easy route. I've been on both sides of the fence. Submit to publishers that are reputable in the industry, that will work for you and with you. It may take more time this way, but it is worth waiting for. Above all, commit your work to Him that gave you talent.
Posted by Rita Gerlach at 7:47 AM