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  •  Also, are you a good sales person? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm always fascinated by people who are. I do not come to it easily, but I'm learning.

    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Wed May 23, 2012 at 03:46:30 PM PDT

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    •  I always liked to work (0+ / 0-)

      with new writers, and have successfully aided several writers in the arduous slog of publishing first novels.  

      Of course, I'm interested in everything, but have an affinily toward Mystery, Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction, General Fiction, YA, biography and memoir, science writing for general audiences and political history.

      As for sales, that's almost the last step.  It has always been my theory that when a publisher wants a work and an agreement is nearly in place, the writer becomes important in the negotiation as far as accepting terms and monies.  I like to find like-minded editors who love the manuscript, then worry about how much, and only with the writer totally on board.

      Finally, it is important for the writer to understand that writing is a career, sometimes one that will never be your sole means of support.  The writer has to understand the business too!

      Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, Content, and sufficient champagne. --Dorothy Parker

      by M Sullivan on Thu May 24, 2012 at 09:03:30 AM PDT

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      •  I think as I have aged I have become more hard (1+ / 0-)
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        nosed. I mean, I'm not driven by money, and yet… it seems to me like sales is the most important part.

        Though I have been around books all my life, I have never worked for an agent or sold a book so I don't really have a solid understanding of the industry. But to me it seems that money drives it. I guess not in the small houses. And I think that a small house can have the luxury of building an amazing list which is outside the mainstream.

        My friend the author and I were laughing about ourselves as younger women. We were so concerned about being non-commercial then. I think that had more to do with our burning passion to create works of genius than the worth of commercial writing.

        Poverty = politics.

        by Renee on Thu May 24, 2012 at 11:45:26 AM PDT

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