Granted, I'm not having a particularly good week. But last week I sent out four acceptances to new authors who requested we publish their material and to whom the Book Committee voted we should offer publication.
AFTER acceptance, three have asked for more information about what happens next with publication, all of which is posted on our web site under "What Happens Next."
I did take time from my day to day work to answer, only to receive STILL more questions from two them, both of whom accused me of being on a "power trip" because I complained of the time I had to spend telling them stuff they could have read on the web site it they had looked. One hinted that our firm might cheat him of his success and after his fifth e-mail, with still more questions and veiled accusations, we cancelled his contract. Another wanted to rewrite his manuscript and have us check it behind him before submitting it for publication.
There are only two rules in publishing:
1. Never confuse your reader.
2. Never make extra work for your publisher.
Just now I am in process with preparation for 10 print books for publication. It is almost time for the quarterly payment to authors, and with more than 200 authors, it's a long and involved process and one I delight in.
I have been a new author. I have made every mistake an author can make, including making work for my publisher, the late Connie Foster, God rest her soul. I do try to be patient and to answer simple, quick questions. I have been in this business 10 years and anyone who wants to do business with us can check us out on the Preditors & Editors web site.
But the past three days make me wonder if I am becoming a curmudgeon. Three out of four have questions... AM I on a power trip?
You tell me...