Three Book Ruining Ways to Interact With Your Publisher

I have had some really amazing freelancers work for me in the past. Heck, if you have read any of my recent past articles you would know that I have some really awesome ones right now. With time comes experience. I will not lie to you, I have had projects fall apart in the past due to what was said to me or the activity of the person in question. If you are looking for solid advice on what not to do or say when working with your publisher, you have come to the right place. I don’t know if you know this, but this blog is written by a publisher almost daily. Here are three factors I have directly dealt with in the that ruined projects.

  1. Congratulations! You got hired for your first writing project through your chosen publishing company. You’re so excited that you want to help out even more. You want to be a bigger part of the company! That’s fantastic! Welcome to the team. Now here’s the deal, I realize that you’re pumped about the project. Heck, I would be pumped too! Those types of requests are saved for after projects. In order to keep moving up the ladder, one needs to prove themselves first just like in any business. Harness that inner excitement and write your publisher something really awesome. Prove to them that you have what it takes. If you do that, you will not even have to ask for more. The publisher will come to you.
  2. Everyone has a natural speed in which they work. I totally get that. Personally, I like to give my peeps some space so they can think. Now when you take on a project, do not make promises that you can not keep. Do not tell your publisher that you have a writing speed of a book god or goddess. Do not tell them that you can create the Mona Lisa via cover art art faster than you know is possible. I want to see your best work. Rushing yourself leads to sloppiness that can not be used. Really be confident in yourself, and your method of the madness. Get to know how you operate and what makes you tick before jumping in and saying things you will regret later on down the line.
  3. You are ready to get started on the first draft of the book. You have the plot line all written down on a piece of paper. Great job! Here’s a trick of the trade for you. In order to have the happiest project team possible in the future, just quick go through the plot line with your project manager or publisher. I know you want to get going right away, but if something is not quite right or misinterpreted, this single step will save hours of everyone’s time. Here’s a publisher secret for you. Much of the time, presented plot lines or ideas for books are based on availability in the market. If deviated from, sometimes that project is salvageable. That’s just food for thought.

So what did you think? If there are any publishers out there, let me know what other tips you have for your employees. If there are any writers out there, let me know what tips you have for the publishers. Do this on the comments down below or on my social media!

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