Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Quick post to my post

I leave in the morning for a conference, so I'm harried, but one of you wrote in that the terms "severely edited" and "heavily negotiated" scared the bone marrow out of you.

As an update, I have not closed on a single one of those aforementioned titles, although phone calls have been placed back and forth. I don't list sales on Publisher's Marketplace until they are done. It's both bad luck and bad form.

Of the 14 titles I'm juggling offers on, 13 are nonfiction. The author/editor meetings were with celebrity clients (publicity always wants to see what they are really like), an expert who is on the verge of getting her own spot on a talk show, and another expert who is trying to brand herself. These are not the kind of author/editor meetings most of you will be dealing with.

For first novels, an editor only meets with an author when they've purchased the book and they think they'll be working with the author again.

9 comments:

JimmyT said...

Your writing here continues to be, for me, a source of great information.

Best of luck, and continued communication.

BernardL said...

Sorry if I gave the impression my bone marrow was in jeopardy. :) I was expressing the dread of yet more editing on a project an author naively felt was finished. By your post, the non-fiction market must be far more popular than I ever imagined.

Anonymous said...

Writers should be impressed, not scared that you negotiate severely. Reading that makes me want you as my agent even more!

Ryan Field said...

Thanks for the post to the post...After reading the original post last week I'd wondered about the author/editor meetings...assuming it was for celebs and high profile non-fiction. But you know writers; we're always second-guessing ourselves :)

Yasamin said...

wow. It's my first time here and I'll be honest with you...
"severely edited" and "heavily negotiated" scare the buhjeebus out of me too!! and I don't even have a reason to be scared!

:p

But have no fear... we writers only shudder for dramatic effect. We're actually tougher than we look. I myself am in a gang! well.. a book club but damnit, we should be a gang!

Sean McClure said...

I am dreading the day you talk about "the blundering idiot with no style". :)

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