December 11, 2009, Newsletter Issue #30: Lessons Learned From A Publishing Guru

Tip of the Week

It's interesting when what you think you're teaching others serves as a lesson for yourself.  In the past month, I've been going through the editorial process for my soon-to-be released, 101 Author Tips: Creating A Successful Book Campaign.
The editor, whom I have been corresponding and building a rapport with over the past year, did not end up being the editor for my book. I must admit that at first I was surprised and disappointed; after all, I had spent an entire year establishing a relationship with my previous editor and now at the point when my book is finally being submitted a new editor was assigned to handle my book. All I could do was to ask for peace.
I took a deep breath and remembered how I attempt to guide other writers during the publishing process in dealing with their publishing team. As it has been said, “practice what you preach” and “teach what you want to learn.” I decided to make the best of the situation and get to know my new editor. She had a different approach for my book and while at first I was skeptical, in the end, she turned out to be just what the book needed in order to own up to its message.
Working with your publisher can be rewarding and challenging, but as with anything-in life, it is what you decide to make it. I decided that this was the best thing that could happen and I would cooperate, gladly. She and I had to work through a few things, but even so, I was duly impressed with her input and direction. She raised questions I had not thought about and because we had a flow of communication, the book’s content is richer, well written, and complete.
The next time your publisher throws you a curve ball, decide right then and there, that it is for your benefit and align yourself with the process. I guarantee your book will be enhanced and received in the best light, because of it.

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