We wanted to get to know Karin Beery (NAIWE’s Fiction Expert) better, so last month we sat down with her. Here are some thoughts she shared with us.
What role do editors play in the publishing process?
Editors are the diamond cutters of the publishing world–they see the potential in a manuscript and help their authors cut and polish their books until they shine.
What role do agents play in the publishing process?
Agents are often called the gatekeepers–authors need to go through an agent before they can reach many publishing houses–but they’re more than that. They’re almost like an older sibling. They’ll fight with you and support you to see your project succeed, but they also need to be brutally honest (regarding your manuscript and the publishing process) to help you do it.
Can the same manuscript be published in the different publishing methods? (self, traditional, hybrid)
That depends on the contracts you’ve signed. Who owns the rights and for how long? It’s possible to self-publish a book, then have it picked up by a traditional publisher. It’s also possible that a traditional publisher will release the rights of a book back to the author, allowing him/her to self-publish. Hybrid publishers also have contracts, so make sure you know what you’re agreeing to before you sign anything.
What’s the difference between a freelance editor and an acquisitions editor? Do you need an agent? If you do, how do you find one? How do you decide between traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing? With so many options available to authors, it can be confusing (and frustrating!) to figure out the best route for your book. In this webinar, we’ll take the confusion out of editors, agents, and publishers and help you figure out which options will work best for your publishing goals.
You can join in this conversation on March 21, at 2:00 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a discussion on the publishing process. The cost for NAIWE members is only $10! Nonmembers can join for $30. Register today!