Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Pearl of Great Price

Drum Roll, if you please.

Today, my good friend, Charity Bradshaw - the one who is always ready with a virtual hug to make my day - continues her book tour on my blog. 


PhotobucketThe Magic Wakes is her debut and what a quasar it is.
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Why I Chose My Small Publisher—WiDo Publishing

On February 17th I’ll be guest posting on Sharon Bayliss’ blog about how I decided to go with a small publisher in general, but today I want to talk about how I decided to go with my particular publisher.

There are many reasons why we make the decisions we do. Sometimes they are clear and logical. Other times…not so much. I tend to fall in the illogical decision making more often than my family would like. Emotions rule me and I go with that. In a way, this is how I decided to sign with my publisher.

Over the course of a year I started looking at a couple of small publishers. I found several that looked really good. I knew authors that had published with them and they had been around long enough that if there were problems they would have surfaced somewhere in the blogosphere. I grew more and more comfortable with a couple of them until I finally decided that smaller would be better for me.

WiDo was appealing for a couple of reasons.

I knew Karen Gowan before thinking about her publishing house as a blog friend. She always has great content on her blog Coming Down the Mountain. A couple of years ago she held a Lettuce Write contest in which her submissions editor Allie would pick a winner. The best part was that even if you didn’t win (which I didn’t) Allie would send you comments on the first three chapters that you submitted.

Allie liked my story and writing, even though I broke a lot of rules and she had no problems telling me she was surprised that she liked it. I loved the honesty and the suggestions she made that might make it better. She invited me to send the whole thing, but I didn’t. I spent another year finding critique partners and revising. When I was ready to query, I thought of Allie and knew I had to give it another try.

When WiDo told me they wanted to publish my novel, I was overjoyed. Finally I would get the professional help I needed (and yes there are many ways to read that last sentence), and my dream would become a reality.

We had to wait until I got cut from the ABNA contest before I could sign the contract. That was one VERY long month let me tell you. I went back and forth between “Cut me!” and “Don’t cut me!” That hope of getting in with a big publisher still had part of me in its grip, but I was also ready to move forward.

In the end, I did get cut after the round that gave me some great feedback on my writing. That had been my main purpose in entering anyway. I signed the contract with WiDo and waited for a that sinking feeling to tell me it was the wrong choice. It never came.

So I slapped on a stamp and mailed it. Once it was out of my hands everything lifted. I felt that joy that I had craved and I stopped worrying.

And I haven’t regretted that decision. My editor and I worked hard to make The Magic Wakes the best it could be. The cover art is some of the best I’ve ever seen, and because I’m with a smaller publisher I can actually talk to everyone involved in the process. It feels like a family and I don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Would I do it all over again?

Yep.

Want to know more about how things played out? Check out these future blog tour posts:


· February 9th Working with My Publisher over at Mia Hayson’s blog.

· February 11th Working with My Editor over at Laurel Garver’s blog.

21 comments:

  1. When it's right, you know it. And WiDo was a fine choice. If Karen's involved, it has to rock.

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  2. *hugs* Thanks for having me today. I can't wait until I'm hosting you for your blog tour!

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  3. What a fantastic story! I know that a lot of writers go back and forth about these choices, so it's really wonderful that you felt very confident about your choice afterwards. That's so important.

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    1. It was such a blessing to feel that comfort. This was the right choice for me. Who knows what the future holds, but my family is functioning again and I think we are all much happier. That's worth so much to me.

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  4. I'm so glad your publisher is working out for you. Some say small publishers are indie publishers. I guess that's right but I always associate indie with an author going it alone. Best of luck on your blog tour. I'm half way through mine. We must compare notes about the results.

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    1. Yes! I hope your tour is going well. Even if it doesn't generate lots of sales, I'm having a good time visiting with people.

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  5. Sounds like there was some logic in that decision. And if it feels right, then it just might be right.

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    1. LOL, no one has ever called me logical before. But yeah, sure, we can say I was using my brains and not relying completely on my erratic emotions. :)

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  6. I can't wait to buy this book, Charity, congratulations and a big virtual hug :)

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    1. WiDo is lucky to have Charity, and I'm serious when I say that.

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    2. Michael, you are seriously good for my ego. :)

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  7. I'm glad to see that your choice to go with WiDO was a good one. You went with your instincts. They don't let us down often. Ignoring them does lol!

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    1. I'm a strong believer in going with your instincts, gut, first impression, whatever it is you want to call it. :)

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  8. Knowing you went with WiDo makes me want to read this.

    .......dhole

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    1. I've been very impressed with all the books I've read that they've published. Even more impressed with my experience.

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    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2013/02/sites-to-see.html

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  10. Good for you. And now I get to read it. =)

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