Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I think problems begin when the houses have been around a while and take on more than they expected at the beginning. There is nothing like the excitement and camaraderie of a new publisher. The authors participate, share information, the publisher has time to join in, and everyone feels informed, jazzed and optimistic. As time passes, more people sign on, the newness wears off and communications fail. To me, this is the predictor of demise. I've seen it happen too many times.
In almost every job I've held in my adult life, communication is always key, and as an author, I find it to be even more crucial to stay informed and be included. It might just be me, but I have a vested interest the moment I put my signature on that contract. My expectations are no less important than those of the publisher, and I'm happy to say I'm signed with one house that truly treats their authors with the respect we all deserve and want.