I’m planning a short series of contributions from other writers and would welcome your comments.
My plan is to run a series of trios of articles which examine the publication process of specific books from the viewpoints of three of the professionals involved in the books’ publication. The obvious three professionals would be the writer, the agent and the editor: but I’d particularly welcome suggestions for contributions from people who work in less obvious areas, like marketing, production, royalties, rights sales, distribution, bookselling or design.
Contributions from all genres are welcome, and from as wide a variety of publishers as possible, from great big conglomerates to the tiniest of micro-presses; I’d be happy, too, to consider stories from self-published and vanity-published authors so long as they’ve got something interesting to say.
The pieces must inform and entertain, and examine a specific issue that has been overcome or a challenge that was met during the book’s publication process. I don’t want puffery or pieces which are overtly promotional, although stories of miserable failure are as welcome as stories of great success. I’ll be happy to coordinate the appearance of these pieces with specific dates; and I’d be especially pleased if a free copy or two of the book concerned could be arranged for me to give away to my readers.
If you’re a writer, editor, agent or any other publishing professional interested in participating then please email me (my email address is on in the top right-hand corner of my blog): please put “HPRW trio” and your book’s title in the subject line to make sure that I don’t mistake your message for spam. And if you’re not in a position to participate in this series yet, then let me know: are there any particular people, books or aspects of publication that you’d like to see covered here? I can’t guarantee to arrange it for you, but I will do my best. And just so you know, I already have several names lined up that I’m really rather excited about.