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What a Writer Wants

I’m generally one of those people who doesn’t write articles or workshops or discuss the industry unless I’m fairly sure I know what the hell I’m talking about. Likewise, I don’t like to read articles, or take workshops, or listen to discussions from folks who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.

But in this instance, for this series, I’m pretty sure I can speak, er, write, with some authority.

What started off as a rather cheeky, and perhaps a little snarky, post about publishing and publishers and why I need one has become more robust as I’ve thought about it. These thoughts have grown organically and I’m sure I’m not the only one who could chime in on the topic.

Over the years I’ve come to determine just what it is I want as a writer.

Why hadn’t I figured that out before? Like parenting, you don’t really know what you’re getting into until you pop out that first baby. Up until then you can read books and blogs on the subject, work hard at producing that little darling, but until that moment…until the publisher calls and says I want to buy your book…well, you’re still on the outside with your nose pressed against the glass looking in on the world of published authors, book editors, literary agents and the publishing industry as a whole.

What I’ve determined I want has come about after I did my research. Wrote a career plan. Followed it. Published with two different ebook publishers. And dipped my toe into the self-publishing waters via Kindle, BarnesandNoble and Smashwords.

So what do I want?

  • A publisher who respects my time and talent.
  • A publisher who promotes me and my books, rather than me promoting me, my books, and oh yeah, my publisher.
  • An editor who will give it to me straight. The good, bad and ugly.
  • A copy editor who will catch those little mistakes that sneak in after countless hours of reading the same manuscript over and over.
  • A publicity person who actually does their job. Who sends out books for review. Who promotes the publisher and the authors. Who has a solid plan for marketing the company and the books.
  • Publishers who are professional.
  • A publisher who pays on time, every time.
  • A publisher who doesn’t give excuse after excuse as to why something happened or didn’t happen.
  • A publisher who understands that distribution is REALLY important and actually goes after ALL the avenues available.
  • A publisher who understands that we’re in this together.
  • A publisher who respects their authors AND their readers.
  • A publisher who’s not afraid to take chance and swim against the current.
  • A publisher who’s stable and responsible and who understands how to run a business.
  • A publisher who wants to be a publisher. Not a baker. Not a photographer. Not an editor. Not an author. But a book publisher.

That’s not too much to ask, is it?