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What a publisher expects: Editor's Notes #377
November 02, 2022

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you.
—Henry Ward Beecher

In this issue:

1. What a publisher expects
2. Tickled my funny bone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt
5. Letter to the editor

1.What a publisher expects
In our last issue, we looked at what a publisher does for a writer. This time, we look at what the publisher expects in return.

Hopefully, you will have two sets of expectations from a publisher: expectations about your submission process and expectations about your actual publication.
  • Follow all submission guidelines. Ignore the details in the process and you mark yourself as high maintenance, someone to be avoided.
  • Submit an error-free manuscript.
  • Collaborate with an illustrator if required.
  • Submit a list of resources to facilitate fact-checking.
  • Respond to all questions promptly.
  • Check all changes the publisher makes by the deadline given.
  • Check the galleys by the deadline given.
  • Suggest ideas for the marketing team.
  • Be available to do readings and attend other events.

Your professionalism in handling your first publication paves the way for future publications.

2.Tickled my funny bone
EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. 

3. Interesting Web site
Book market guides are an invaluable resource for finding publishers who are looking for what you are writing. Here are some I have used.

4. Writing prompt
Make a list of firsts in your life. Choose one to write about. Did that first change your life in any way?

I would be happy to see your result if you care to share it.

5. Letter to the editor
Thanks to Lesley who sent this in response to the writing prompt about whether/weather:

Hello Audrey

My mum used to say a rhyme about weather and whether...

Whether the weather is hot
Or whether the weather is not
We'll weather the weather whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not

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