Letter from the Publisher

Over the past year, I have used this page to voice my concerns with the publishing industry and literary agents. The author is not our nemesis or a poor creature that we bless by allowing publication. Authors are the lifeblood of the entire industry, not a necessary evil.

But recently I have felt a need to address a group that has been the cause of some of the above-mentioned attitudes: the prima donna new author.

Over the last fourteen months, I have had the pleasure of working indirectly with some outstanding new writers, as well as some best-selling established authors. The lack of ego from these established authors has been an inspiration to me. Not once did any of them balk at the suggestion that a revision may help the story. Their professionalism showed me their success was earned.

However, I have been in the situation a few times in the past few months where I have had emails forwarded to me from our editorial department regarding new writers who refuse to even consider doing a revision. One comment stands out from a writer who stated that once they write a scene, it could not be altered. This writer told us that the only way a change could be made would be if they wrote a new story.

I have three words for these kinds of writers: Get over yourself.

Writing is a skill that requires external critiquing to improve. When you receive a suggestion, take it to heart.

You took the time to write the story, now take the time to improve it.

K. Robert Einarson

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