A Cautionary tale of seeking endorsements. . .

 

 

We’ve all gotten those types of responses; the ones that make us go. . . HUH?!?

In the course of seeking endorsements for my debut release last year, I heard a lot of “I would love to, really, but I’ve got all these crazy deadlines. . .” and “Sorry, but my publisher/agent is really choosy about who they’ll let me endorse. All the best!”, but there was one response that I never saw coming; one that made me stop and go:

Wait. . . WHAT!?!?!

 

“I hope you don’t take this the wrong way – I feel that your story isn’t quite ready for publication. I hope your publisher has provided you with a good editor, but if they haven’t, you should invest in hiring one. Having a trained editor’s opinion can make a world of difference in the quality of your writing.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask! I have been helped by some of the best authors in the business in my publishing journey, and I’m always willing to provide the same for others.”

 

Is it just me or does that sound like an advertisement – wrapped up in a dig, hidden behind an apology?

 

The good news: I am now immune to such nonsense.

I might not be. . . except that:

  • I have been published—quite successfully—under a pen name for years!
  • When I handed this manuscript to the woman who, at that time (God rest her soul), was considered THE agent for Amish fiction, one of the first things she asked was who handled my editing, because it was “flawless”.
  • When I sent the story to the agent who later signed me, she told me the book read like it had already been published. . . it was “that good”.

 

The bad news: Other authors are going to ask this person for their endorsement…

I’m certain of it, because of who the author is. And, if they are not as experienced as I happen to be, they might actually be taken in by it. And my guess is that they would panic and beg her to help them get the manuscript ready before it is published imperfect and they end up a laughingstock.

 

As for me, I’m not worried. The book was edited by my personal editor before an agent or publisher saw it. Then, of course, it went through extensive editing through the publisher.

Not to mention, even THE BIG FIVE publish books with mistakes. I don’t just mean typos either. I mean big, huge, glaring mistakes that you wonder HOW on Earth they ALL missed. And. . . yes, I’m certain there are one or two of those in my book as well because. . . no matter how many eyes see a book, we’re all human and imperfect. In fact, one of my beta readers caught a mistake that, when I went back through my past documents, the only conclusion I came to was that the computer actually made it. Darn autocorrect.

 

So, to newbies, debuts, first-timers: BE VERY CAREFUL whose advice you take! DON’T just automatically assume that one person’s opinion is the be-all, end-all, last word. . . especially if you happen to have compelling evidence the other way.

This novel has been “quite ready for publication” for over two years. And now I must get back to work on the next one.

 

 

 

 

©Rachel L Miller 2017

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Girls Who Write: Rachel L Miller on Encouragement

My next step in this very exciting venture.

 

As I mention in the video below, a large part of my inspiration for this subject is the recent experience of my dear friend Naomi Miller. 

Her third book released last week to many excited fans and readers!

In celebration, our publisher put the second and third books on SALE in kindle and eBook format and her first book FREE! During that process, she received some new reviews and one of them was a bit difficult to stomach.

For myself, I don’t understand it. I LOVE Naomi’s books. Each one is a wonderful experience and reading them leaves me feeling full of warm fuzzies.

But hey… to each their own I guess…

Anyway, I would like to take this opportunity to remind readers that reviews (yes, even the 1-stars ones) are VERY important to authors. Every one gets our book(s) closer to best-seller status, closer to being featured by the ‘zon, closer to traveling in circles with much more well-known authors, and of course… they make it possible for our books to reach readers who would not normally find our work – which is the most important thing of all!

So, read books. Write reviews. Help an author. Help another reader!

GOD BLESS!

 

 

 

©Rachel L Miller 2017

 

Girls Who Write: Meet Rachel L Miller

I am thrilled to be part of this new and very exciting venture.

 

And I look forward to sharing with readers. . . and authors in upcoming videos.

Please be patient with me though. I’m very new to videos and they’re far from perfect.

GOD BLESS!

 

 

 

©Rachel L Miller 2017

 

What Readers, Reviewers and Authors are already saying about A Mother For Leah!

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I am thrilled to have such wonderful readers, authors and professional reviewers talking about my story! Already! Can you believe it…

 

“I loved the storyline and the characters. The author’s writing pulled me in and made me feel like I was part of the community.”
                                             – Ann Lacy Ellison, reader, reviewer & blogger

“Rachel Miller’s love for the Amish people and culture is evident in her story, A Mother for Leah.”
                                             – Ruth Reid, Bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth novels.

“A Mother for Leah is filled with charming characters and emotional moments that will touch your heart. Highly recommended for Amish romance lovers!”
                                             – Jennifer Beckstrand, author of Return to Huckleberry Hill

“Rachel Miller creates stories of faith, hope, and love that draw in the reader—and won’t let go… I was captured from the start as I found myself weeping along with Leah.”
                                             – Naomi Miller, Author of bestselling series, Amish Sweet Shop Mysteries

“A story of love’s healing power and restoration, Author Rachel L. Miller weaves a sweet message of God’s faithfulness and provision that will pull at readers’ heartstrings.”
                                             – Rachel Muller, Author of bestselling series, Love & War

“Rachel Miller’s Amish novel, A Mother for Leah: Windy Gap Wishes Book One, is a comfortable read. It’s a simple story of faith and the never-ending cycle of life amongst the Amish… a pleasant read, a story written with compassion.”
                                             – Readers’ Favorite [4 stars]

 

Reading the words of exceptional authors, trusted reviewers and lauded book critics gives me such joy! It also tells me that the story is doing precisely what I hoped it would do – touch lives and fill hearts!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

 

Watch for more news coming soon!

 

©Rachel L Miller 2017

 

COVER REVEAL – A Mother For Leah!

I am thrilled and delighted to finally be able to share this beautiful cover with you all!

 

I love it and I truly hope you all will love it too!

 

Without further ado…

 

Isn’t that just GORGEOUS! I can hardly wait!

 

Watch for more news coming soon!

 

©Rachel L Miller 2017