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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My book has a COVER!

I am so very excited to share this cover with everyone!

 

I am so excited about this – that I’m having a party; with prizes and behind the scenes info and lots of other exciting things!

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©Rachel L Miller 2017

My novel has a name!

 

This is one of the things I LOVE about a small press – there is SO MUCH communication!

They don’t just tell me what I have to do… They tell me their ideas – and I tell them my ideas and sometimes I compromise. . . and sometimes they compromise. . . and sometimes we meet in the middle.

It’s GREAT!

And it’s very exciting that they LIKE my name for book 1 in my upcoming series!

So. . . A Mother For Leah it is!

Who else is excited!!!

Now we just need a cover!

 

Watch for more news coming soon!

 

©Rachel L Miller 2017

I am being published!

 

S&G Publishing is going to publish my Amish fiction novel(s)! I am so excited!

Some of you have been around since the start of this journey. Some of you have seen how long and hard I have worked on this dream. And for those who have, this may actually feel like a huge, exciting thing for you as well!

I have not chronicled every single step of this journey because some of them were simply too painful, and I know I haven’t been chatty for quite a while, but that is going to change now.

I am going to work harder at being HERE!

I intend to take you all along on this journey with me – and I hope you will all enjoy it as much as I am!

 

Watch for more news coming soon!

 

©Rachel L Miller 2016

 

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