THE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER RELATIONSHIP

Here are a few more questions you asked a few weeks ago when I solicited them:

Mary T asked: “I am curious about the time lapse between when you complete writing a book and when it is published. Is it a decision that is made between you and the publisher, or is it out of your hands entirely? For instance, I was surprised that you did not decide on what cover would be used for your books.”

Julie-ann Ford asked: “How do you and your publisher determine how long it will take to write a book? Also, what do you do when a book just won’t let you finish it?”

These days writers don’t absolutely have to have a publisher. They can e-publish their own books and have successful careers without ever going near a publisher. Some self-published books are very good. A vast number are very bad. Some of the very bad ones (not all) might be made considerably better with the help of a good editor and publisher. I am not going to debate this topic, however, though it would make for a fascinating subject for someone with more specific knowledge than I have. For me, a publisher and an editor are essential. I could not–or, rather, I would not–do without them. I write the books, but they have all the expertise to make those books as perfect and as marketable as they can be. And I am firmly of this opinion this despite the fact that I sometimes have disagreements (even bitter ones) with my publishers, especially over covers.

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I have contracts with my publishers. One thing agreed upon is deadline dates for each of the books in the contract. I set those. I know that I take on average four months to write a book. I know too that I need time between books to air out my head, to catch up on everything that has been put on hold, and to dream up an idea for the next book. I don’t like to be rushed. I have never encountered the “deadline hell” so many writers talk about. I have never (so far) been late delivering a book or even on time. I am almost always a few months early. I have never had an editor who has prodded me to get on with it or put any sort of pressure on me. I have never sent any part of a book in advance to an editor. She sees it only when I have finished it. I find this part of the relationship very stress-free. Oh, and I have never encountered a book that will not let me finish it. A story has a definite “shape” in my mind, depending upon the number of words to which I have agreed in the contract (100, 000 at present). I won’t let the story get out of my control. When it is time to start shaping it downward toward the conclusion, down it goes! Thus I avoid abrupt endings because I have run out of words. I want a story to read as if it had been smooth and effortless to write, but behind the scenes a lot of wrestling goes on.

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I think many people assume (I probably did myself before I was published) that all a publisher has to do when a book comes in is set it in some sort of type, print out multiple copies, slap a cover on it, and send it out to the bookstores. Why, then, does it almost always take nine months to a year before the book is actually on sale? The (very busy) editor has to go carefully through the manuscript and suggest any changes she thinks will improve the story. The author then has to delve back into it to make the changes or at least to discuss them with the editor. Then a copyeditor has to go through the manuscript with a fine tooth comb, looking for errors and inconsistencies, repetitions, and anything else about the actual writing   that somehow bother her. She has to note everything on the manuscript, and then the author has to go through it to make the suggested corrections or to argue for what was there originally. Then, after the corrected manuscript has been prepared for the final printing, other copyeditors and the author have to go through it one more time looking for typos. The gremlins come in after that and make a few more shocking typos, but they are spotted only when it is too late for anyone but readers to notice them.

In the meantime, the editor in association with all sorts of other people at the publishing house, has to discuss numerous other points relating to the actual publishing of the book. The title has to be agreed upon. A cover has to be designed and cover copy has to be written. If the author has cover consultation rights, there can be some haggling here and occasionally a complete change of design. The publisher has to plan its list of books to be published for months, even years, in advance. A bestselling author needs to have a good “slot.” That is, it’s not a good idea to have several top authors of similar type of books all being published in the same month. The books have to be sold in to the various accounts and they need to be promoted and advertised and be given good shelf space. So choosing the exact publication month is not a random thing. Sometimes a book is held back a month or two so that it can get a better “slot” than originally planned. My upcoming book THE ESCAPE, for example, was originally planned for February, 2014. It was then moved back to May and finally to July. That is a bit of an extreme example, and I have not been happy about it, but the plus side is that the book after that, ONLY ENCHANTING, with my new publisher, NAL, will be out in November.

There are numerous other things that go on between the turning-in of a book and its appearance in a bookstore, but this probably gives you some idea of why the time span is so long. Publication dates are not mentioned in contracts, though there are usually some safeguards for the author so that a publisher cannot keep on delaying  the publishing forever. For example, part of the advance moneys may be due when the book is published OR no later than one year after the manuscript is submitted. This is a hypothetical example, but it does mean that it is in the financial interest of the publisher not to delay too long before getting something back in sales for the investment they have made.

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I will look forward to reading your comments below. To one randomly chosen person who comments before the end of Tuesday, April 15, I will send a signed copy of the two-in-one edition of THE TEMPORARY WIFE/A PROMISE OF SPRING. The last winner was Tina (last name still unknown at the moment). Congratulations to her, and thanks to everyone who commented upon Jessica Eissfeldt’s guest blog. Many thanks to Jessica too.

 

 

97 thoughts on “THE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER RELATIONSHIP

  1. I really enjoyed this. It must be difficult for creative souls to switch into business mode and we readers can have a very romantic view of the process…which is, of course, your job. Thanks for this!

  2. I edit for a self-published author. She and I do everything except for a final line edit. We employ someone else to do that, however she usually only finds a few commas and occasionally a compound word. We’ve been publishing as ebooks for four years and only now are we starting to do POD. There is so much involved in getting a book ready for the reader, we can just about manage one book a year – my author has a day job therefore can only write in her spare time.

  3. I never realized how many reviews a book goes through prior to publishing. I can only imagine what a time consuming and frustrating process that couuld be. Thanks for explaining about the Gremlins! I always wondered how the typos got into the books! 🙂

  4. Do you and/or your publisher prefer series or standalone titles? When writing a series, do you keep timelines/family trees/relationship diagrams to help keep the stories straight?

    • I like writing series, Susan. It allows for a more leisurely and in-depth look at character over a span of books. However, I do make each book a self-contained unit that can be understood and enjoyed on its own. And yes, I keep lists of names and relationships and facts that are going to recur in the various books, as well as a timeline.

  5. I love reading your books. I am just in awe of the complexity of the writing/editing/publishing work that is required to get a book out to readers. Congratulations on your MANY, MANY achievements.

  6. Thank you for all this information. Not being an author myself, I’ve often had questions on how some processes work. Thanks for answering this question. Although,once you are through writing a book, I imagine you are just like us readers, and want it out. But like all things in life, things take time to develope.

  7. I think that when you create something, it is difficult to let go of all aspects of the item and let others see it in order to improve it or market it. I received a degree in Music and in Fashion Design in college (along with a minor in English – I like to tell people I write songs and stories about clothes, hahaha) and always felt that the marketing process of my fashion designs and the tweaking of the performance of my music was the most difficult to bear, because my art – and I don’t know if this is true for other writers or artists or musicians – was and sometimes still is very inward-focused. I create, write, perform, and design things that are inside of me. So it’s hard to hear the criticisms when I feel that they differ from the picture that I had inside my head. Since I need to make myself marketable, I’ve worked hard to seek out and accept critiques from others and I know it has helped my work. But there are still times when I just want to create for ME, and who cares if it is what others like? So I am curious: If you had no restraints on topic, marketing, etc., Mary, is there a book you’d write that would be very different from what you now do?

    • No, I already write what I want, Marybeth. I do know what you mean about criticism and suggestions for improvement, though. I become very defensive even about the changing of a single word by a copyeditor. Over time I have taught myself to be a bit more objective, and I often find that the suggestions lead to a better book. The wariness is good, though. No artist should allow anyone to change her vision or voice.

  8. It is very interesting, all the stages and reviews that the books go through on their way to being published.
    Thank you for being so successful at it. I love reading your books and can’t wait for the next Survivors Club.

  9. Thank you so much for the interesting info about how publishers and writers work together to bring us all the great books we read. Much of it I expected but now maybe it will be easier to wait a year or so to read the next installment from my favorite authors.

  10. I am so in awe of you and my friends who are authors. There is so much that goes into birthing a book that most readers don’t understand. You have explained the process so well.

  11. Having been a secretary my whole working life, I learned to edit and proofread a lot of documents and reports. Typos have always come easy for me to spot, even on TV. I don’t understand how certain books can be published with so many errors, almost like nobody has proofread them at all. I would think the authors would be thoroughly ashamed. There’s really no excuse with today’s technology of spellchecker mechanisms, etc. Sometimes even someone’s name is spelled differently in a series from one book to the next. Even ages get out of hand, such as a marquess being 41 by the end of a certain year/book and a couple of books and years later in the series is mentioned as in his 30’s. Anyone need a copyeditor? Mary Balogh’s books are exceptionally clean and I appreciate that! Makes the reading more enjoyable by far.

  12. I knew you were a marvelous author, but I did not realize you were also in a diplomatic engagement which prevents world war from breaking out. You explained everything beautifully. Thank you.

  13. I think that the average person also doesnt’ realize that an editor is working with more than just one author…

  14. This is my first visit to your blog, but I have enjoyed many of your books. As an aspiring author, I appreciated your candid and informative comments in regard to the traditional publishing process. My experiences thus far have been with self-publishing (hopefully in the “good book” category!) Wishing you continued success and I look forward to more of your books!

  15. I worked invarious positions at a medium-sized trade publisher for years: production, editorial, contracts & royalties, . . . Creating a book takes many steps and depending upon the author and editor, can be easy to very difficult. I would have loved to work with Mary. So many authors do not respect deadlines and timelines. That company is long gone (killed by Amazon and legal issues) and was a wonderful place to work. Our publisher held regular meetings to find ideas for new books and everyone in the company would be invited. Occassionally he would pass out gift certificates or $100 bills to everyone who attended because he encouraged new ideas.

  16. It’s pretty funny to think about all the different aspects of writing that are/can be romanticized. My favorite one is that the story should come out perfect on the first draft (I’m a victim of this thought)… Then, I learned about rewrites… I blew it off because I couldn’t help but think “who the heck would want to rewrite an entire book?!?!”. So I gave writing a try, and realized that I needed to rewrite. ha!

  17. Thanks Mary for the fascinating look at the publishing industry. I also enjoyed your comments on the gremlins. It seems like no matter how many times a long manuscript is looked at, one or two typos still remain. Or new ones creep in. I have a long manuscript that I have been through at least four times and I still found errors the last time I went through it. So I think readers should be forgiving when they encounter an error or two in a published book.

    Unfortunately there are authors who e-publish their work that do not have their work edited or copyedited. The result is usually unreadable. I always appreciate a well edited ebook when I encounter it. It means the author actually cared enough about her readers to deliver a more or less error free book.

  18. Love your books, Mary. I could never be your editor, though. I could never be tough with you/your work, or any author whose work I enjoy!
    Thanks for the chance!

  19. I am a lifelong reader, who had early dreams of being an editor, until I realized how much work that actually would entail! I love the insight into the publishing world.

  20. I am really suprised by the work that goes into getting a book published, I did enjoy the fact that Gremlins make an apperance in even the best organised situations, which I must admit made me smile. I thank you for all of the time and work you put into your books, just so that I and many others, can sit back, relax, and get lost in a world other than our own.

  21. Thank you for writing an in depth piece to explain the writing/editing/publishing process. I knew it had to be involved, but did not realize to what extent. As a reading and writing teacher (certainly not an author), I always go through my students’ papers a minimum of five times. The first time I am judging the composing aspect, the second and third times I am looking for specific written language aspects that our students must meet to pass their state test ( figurative language, variety of sentence lengths and structures, voice). Fourth, I read for errors in mechanics, and finally the fifth time I hope I am not going to find any mistakes, although that seldom happens. I know how long this process takes me, so it boggles my mind to hear about your process for a manuscript.

    I echo the others in thanking you for taking the time to produce such wonderful books and am looking forward to July!

  22. I totally agree with your statement about the need for an editor. I’m a bibliographical librarian [aka cataloger] for a 140 mostly public library network, and as such a lot of self-published/vanity press items come across my desk. At least half of them cause me to shudder when I scan them to see what they’re about, they really cause me to wonder! Thanks for the details about the writing and publishing end of your books — I’m a faithful reader of (almost) all of them, I think I may have missed some of your earlier stories but not many!

    Do you want to know if/when we find any of the Gremlin’s activities??

  23. I love your books. I was one of those who spotted typos (still do, actually) but now that I have gone through the editing/publishing process a couple of times I have so much respect for accomplished authors like you and for editors and the publishing process. And I’m very forgiving of the work done by gremlins.

  24. Even when you know these things, it is sometimes nice to be reminded. Also, every author has a different way if working and takes more or less time doing it. That adds to the scheduled release times too. 🙂

  25. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between the author and the publisher. I do wish they would realize that sometimes the author knows her/his readers better than they do. Such as the “fight” regarding your covers. You knew that the majority of us loved the more tasteful covers. Thank goodness, they left your beautiful writing alone!

  26. As an English teacher, I get so frustrated with reading the grammatical errors that I find in today’s books. I often wonder if the “modern age of technology” has not created this dilemma. I find it so difficult to get lost in a good story when the mistakes are screaming at me in neon. I seldom ever have this occur when I read your books. I truly believe that the great working relationship that you have with your publisher and editor speaks volumes. I am afraid that the self-publishing craze will be the end of good grammar in literature. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights. I really enjoy learning more about everything involved in the writing world!

  27. Like virtually everyone else, I found the process as you described it very interesting. And loved the gremlins! At the same time I am glad your books do not have homonym issues so kudos to your copy editor (I hate those!) I continue to enjoy both your books and your Facebook contributions which invariably brighten my days! Thank you!

  28. I was very interested in what you said about the author/publisher relationship, since it seems to be in such a state of flux these days. It seems that only the heavy hitters are receiving the degree of interest and assistance from the publishers (in the form of editorial review, copyediting and promotion) that you speak of, while what used to be the midlist (which is where new writers got a chance to develop) has vanished and those authors have turned to self-publishing, with (as you note) wildly mixed results in quality. It has made me wonder where the *good* new authors of tomorrow are going to come from when they don’t get the developmental help they need. There’s no Maxwell Perkins, Anthony Boucher or John W. Campbell to bring them along now. I hope all the talented professional editors aren’t now working the window at McDonalds 🙁

  29. I like books whose characters have depth. I have to like the person I am reading about to get involved in their story. How do you come up with the personalities of your characters? Do they just come to you or are you inspired by someone you have met? Have you editors ever tried to make you change a character in a way you didn’t like?

    I can think of book characters that are so real that I feel as if I will never forget them after I have finished the book.

    I have been reading and enjoying your books for years and always look for the new ones.
    Thanks!

    • Characters come to me slowly as I write them, Debbie. They reveal themselves very gradually and constantly make me go back to rewrite. But it is the characters who do that, not editors. No one has ever tried to make me change my characters.

      • Hi. I’m a senior citizen living on the preverbial “limited income” and so, I have to buy your books secondhand. Hence, the ones I’m reading are quite dated. I just read the duo in one volume, A Christmas Bride and Christmas Beau, originally published in the 90’s. I thought A Christmas Bride was very moving and exceptional reading. I really appreciate the empathy and understanding you have of damaged people. I hope it’s not from personal experience. Having lived thru 10 years of hell in a bad marriage I can relate to the desperate feeling you reveal in your characters. But I so admire how you keep the reader in suspense while painting an intimate, moving picture of your characters inner struggles. Finishing one of your books makes the rest of the day go better and brighter. Thanks!

  30. Very interesting! Thanks Mary, I really enjoy reading your books. The only thing that does bug me is when an author (not you necessarily) describes the main characters and they look NOTHING like the people on the cover. I realize that this is because the cover is decided on before the final copy is received, but I do wish someone would check that.

  31. My first blog commment! Thank you Mary for the feedback, as a new author it was a reaffirmation of the process I have just been through. My main purpose in commenting is to thank you for the wonderful stories and for being an inspiration – if I can achieve in my own work even a small percentage of the artistry in your books I will be a very happy author.

  32. Mary, thank for a superb overview. I am particularly glad for your statement about independently published books that are good, but could be so much better with the attention of an editor. Editing and writing are two distinct activities and most writers shouldn’t attempt to edit their own work.

  33. Very interesting blog….I didn’t know a lot of the information on publishing, etc. I love you books too, Mary! I’d love to win a copy!

  34. It is an honour Mary to hear about the writing process from you. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

    What has been your experience with writing book proposals? This is what I have been told is needed in order to submit a book to a publisher. Any insights?

    Your determine to continue to bring books to life is a gift of inspiration!

  35. Thanks for another really good post and for answering my question. The more that I find out about the process you go through, the more admiration I have for you. The Survivors’ Club is the first of your series that I have read as you were writing it, and I guess I have been a little impatient waiting to read the next book. You and everyone else involved in producing your books do a really fine job.

    With the exception of the two beefcake covers, I have found all of your covers to be very classy. The titles of your books are very good also. I want to thank you for not adding to the horde of “Wicked Dukes” running around out there.

    I liked the cartoon with the two pencils. Clever!

    • The tasteful covers will be back, Mary. I have a new publisher, and my editor has the same view on covers as I have.

  36. I do appreciate the work an editor does in helping polish a story, and I think I am okay with the story being delayed because of extra work being done, though it is hard to wait sometimes! What I really don’t like is when a publisher overrides the author concerning decisions about cover art and marketing. I understand trying to increase an audience, but so often I like being part of a more “discerning” crowd and don’t appreciate the books being “tramped up” to be more popular. It’s like taking a princess and dressing her up like a prostitute! Lucky for you, your fans know you better, and we are sure we can count on a great story even when the covers seem a bit more common than we’d prefer!

  37. Thanks for that window into traditional publishing and the relationship between an author and a publisher. It’s always good to hear from someone who actually has some real experience with a publisher.

  38. Hi Mary!

    Recently I’ve read some comments by authors who have been disappointed with the regular publishing houses and not having as much control over their books and it made me realize that before making a judgement it depends on the which author and which publisher or even if self-publishing is the best option for that particular author.

    I’m 66 and I’ve been working since I was 15 (my first “real” job was as a proof-reader at the local newspaper) and have found over the years that my attitude at work was often influenced by the “boss” or the other people that worked there and their attitudes. The longer I work the more I appreciate those times that I do more over and above my “duties” when the work is appreciated and only what needs to be done if working overtime or through lunch is taken for granted.

    I’m sure the same attitude has been felt by some authors as well and resentment is brought out into the open if they aren’t given the chance to know why some of the work they’ve put into writing a book isn’t acknowledged in a way to make them realize or appreciate that there are times that things need to be changed or improved or the publication date needs to be changed.

    I have learned to take in stride that there are times that all of us may not like what is being said even when that exact thing that we need to hear whether from a publisher, friend or acquaintance but that doesn’t mean we should be critical because in actuality it was something we needed to be told to do or do in a different way.

  39. I never knew what goes into putting a book together and getting it out there. I love those that have good editors. Maybe I’m a grammar nerd, but I like (need) writing that is grammatically correct!!! It brings me out of the story when there are mistakes. When an author is writing a series, I do love it when they come out in consecutive months, but I can see that is not always possible. You’d have to have them all written ahead of time, which would take triple the time. We would all be wondering where you were, what you were doing. It’s great when you have an editor and publisher you can trust, esp. on the cover art. I’ve seen so many that really didn’t have anything to do with the book.
    Thanks for your writing!!!

  40. Thanks so much for this info. It clarified some things for me. I always wondered why it takes soooo long for new books to come out by my favorite authors and now I have a better understanding of the process. It doesn’t lessen my impatience though. 😉

  41. I have read comments by several authors on my facebook feed. Each author, like each person had a different relationship with their books as well as their publisher. No two are alike. I believe that if you find the group that works best for you then you will be more happy in your work. I believe that sometimes the genre will affect a change in the relationship between writer/publisher/book and that the personality of the writer absolutely affect this relationship. I just appreciate the glimpses we are given into this interesting and vital world of proffesional words.

  42. Thank you for explaining all the things a good editor and publisher do. Sadly, with so much self-publishing these days, we see a lot of examples of the effect of a lack of editors and publishers.

  43. I have read posts/blogs on this subject or ones closely related to it from several authors now and have come to realize how incredibly hard you all work to make it seem so easy for us readers! It takes real dedication to your craft to do this and I, for one, do appreciate the hard work that goes into it. My hat’s off to you for all you do!

  44. I loved reading about the process of getting the book published.
    I love reading your books. Thanks for the pleasure and escapism

  45. Being a journalist for over 25 years, I knew the process of getting the story written, edited and put into print. However, it takes much longer for a book to find its way into a reader’s hands. As an author you seem to have more control over what finally appears than a reporter. Not many editors asked my opinion about what they cut out or left in. I had to develop a hard shell and not take it personally. I’ve enjoyed all your books and am anxiously awaiting the next book in the Survivors’ series. Thanks, Mary!

  46. From what you say, and from what I have read on other authors’ blogs, you are very disciplined, but I think that is true of the writers at the top of their game. One thing I am sure of – an editor is necessary. I get a lot of ebooks, and the ones that get the worst reviews on Amazon are due to typos, errors, all those things you describe an editor, proofreaders, etc. doing. Most have decent ideas – it’s the finishing of them that most lack.

  47. I never truly realized all the work that went into getting a novel published. I imagined that quite a bit did go into the making and publishing of one but not that many edits, etc. Thank you for the fascinating look into the way a book comes to the shelves. Thank you for the giveaway as well.

  48. Wow! What a process. I love your stories and Facebook page. I am on a list at our library for your books. I would love to win this one. Thank you for the opportunity. My husband told me that I should write a book. I have read so many that I am not sure all the authors would come out and not me. Do you have this happen to you when you are writing?

    • Do you mean you fear plagiarizing someone else or imitating another writer’s voice, Cindy? I always fear it. That is one reason why I very rarely read romance.

      • Yes that is what I meant. I might copy ideas from others. I will stick with reading for awhile. Love yours. I have noticed that your romances are different. Some seem like it is the same format just different names.

  49. Thank you for so many years of wonderful books. I enjoyed reading about the process of publishing; it makes it easier to wait for your next book.

  50. Thank you, I enjoyed this subject. I have a question. You mentioned that you have a new publisher. I have another favorite author that changed publishers and could no longer write about the characters in a long standing series because the old publisher owned the rights to them. Is that something you have to negotiate with your publisher?

    • No, my old publisher did not have the rights to the Survivors’ Club series, Susan. I was very fortunate, though, that NAL was prepared to allow me to continue with a series I had started with someone else. A few other publishers were not willing. I would have hated to have to abandon it.

  51. love your books,like that you can read seperately but even better when you are able to read the full series.can not wait till the next one.

  52. I loved reading about the business side of writing. As a member of RWA, we unpublished get so caught up in the writing side of the business and can barely gleam a good understanding of the working relationships between the editors and publishers. You explained everything so clearly. You said you take four months to write a book -is that with your own personal editing? Your books are so concise and your plot flows so beautifully, I’m amazed you have a finished product to submit so fast- that’s without the editors going through for the final edits. That’s truly amazing. Looking forward to meeting you at Spring Fling.
    Cindy

    • Yes, about four months, Cindy, for me to complete the book to my own satisfaction. No one sees it before that point. My editor is the first person to read it after me. I work seven days a week when I have a book on the go.

  53. Mary, I am so happy that your new publisher will not continue with the “beefy” covers which are so not you! Hurrah!!

  54. Hello
    I have been recently following your FB posts and love the ones related to reading/writing/books because I related to them. I never got a chance to read your book, but I guess I can be lucky now.

    Every word in this blog is true, I can say so as I have been through this procedure and it needs tons of patience. Getting a good publisher is really really important. Once a recognized publisher’s name is associated with your book, it is easier to reach out to people. However, with so many budding authors coming up, the dynamics of the publishing industry is also changing – quantitative churning of titles is given priority; number of titles is what they take pride. The author who can self-promote his book is the top-seller and this sometimes plays hard on those authors who have written well but have not self-marketed!
    So, indeed, author-publisher relation is very sensitive!

  55. It is interesting to hear how writers and publishers work together and also how you make the time to answer your fans questions on this blog…..greatly appreciated as I am sure you are very busy…..can’t wait for the next book…

  56. I like to read these background information because publishing / writing is a complete alien world for me. So I stick to reading your books……
    Christine

  57. Hello!
    Thanks for sharing your journey of writing a book. It is important for a writer to relax and enjoy the journey of writing a story. It reflects the thought out process and there is no hurried feeling when one reads the story.

    Editors are important but some tend to try and influence writers to change the story line according to their ideas. That can be dangerous hence a writer has to be careful. 🙂

    I enjoy your books. Look forward to reading more!

    Cheers!

  58. Have enjoyed so many of your books and am so happy you have a new publisher to work with so we can continue to enjoy your work. Looking forward to some new great stories and covers!

  59. Very interesting to learn all that goes into the publishing, after all the writing is done. Your books are great escapes. Keep it up.

  60. Thank you for your insights on the writting and publication process. I knew a lot of things happened in between a manuscript being submited and the actual book being published but I didn’t exactly knew what and that it was all so time consuming.

  61. That was intersting reading about your publishing experiences. I’ve read a lot of e-books that needed editing, but I have also read some decent stories in e-form by unknown (to me) authors. What I don’t like and don’t purchase are the really short stories unless there are several combined in one book.

  62. Thank you for describing your experience with detail and clarity! It is interesting to learn each authors experience with publishing. I appreciate getting to expand my knowledge of the publishing industry. I am with you on the self published books. They seem to lack the intensive editing process and it shows. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts! I love and enjoy both your blog and your books! Thank you for spending your time on both!

  63. Good luck with your new publisher, Mary. I hope you’ll get the covers and the type of editorial input that you like 🙂

  64. Thank you so much for the information, Mary. You are one of my favorite authors; I especially love the way your series flow and there aren’t inconsistencies in them. I enjoy the anticipation of waiting for the next book in the series, reading it, and then re-reading when I have collected all of them.

  65. I have read a few of those books and they usually are free from Amazon and short. They most often only take me an hour or two to read and they need so much editing as well as grammar and spell checking done. I love to read as I do not sleep much and it lets me travel to different places and meet so many fascinating people even if they are not real. I love that you make your books so compelling and fun to read. Thank you very much for the enjoyable reading you have given me.

  66. I really loved the way you explained all the hard work done by both the author-you cannot afford to have author’s block-and the editor[multitask is the word] so that we can enjoy reading books.It always helps when someone makes us understand and never again underestimate other jobs we know nothing about.As a teacher I often feel underestimated by other people with various job descriptions…I really hope never to make such mistakes in the future. I love your books!

  67. The first book I read of yours was “The Secret Pearl”, since then I have read almost all of your books several times. I also like Lizzie Church’s books. Other authors include A J Cronin and Catherine Cookson. I can’t wait for your next book at the end of this year.

  68. hi Mary .

    I have several of your books on my kindle. Some I have been seeking are only available as audio . Is there a date for release of the”Simply” quartet and the Horsemen Trilogy to be available for e reading? thank you for hours of reading enjoyment

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