My post today is near and dear to my heart. I am thanking the wonderful people who are my publishers..Gina Kincade owner of Naughty Nights Press and all her awesome staff. They are beyond fantastic when it comes to what they do, they give more than just a place to get your book out. They give you a welcome into a family of incredibly gifted editors, writers, artists, authors and everyone else who makes it possible to get a book to the public. They cultivate and nurture new talent, teaching them the "ropes", encouraging them to be the best they can be and kicking their arse when need be as well. But it is all done with care and devotion to their people and their books. Their emphasis isn't on the bottom line or the mighty dollar, it is on getting quality stories out by good authors. They may be new to the publishing world, less than a year old but they are strong and true to the people who write for them. That can't be said for all publishing houses.
As I have stated many times, I am a voracious reader and have been reading Romance since I was 10. Then I moved on to Romantica and Erotica and through it all I am ashamed to say that I never once thought about the people behind the scenes. Once I became a writer and published author, that changed. My eyes were opened to the fact that without all these amazing people..a writer would simply be someone who has a bunch of things written down and no way of getting out to be read.
Editors nurture your baby as much as you do, they help it to walk straighter, be better and stronger. They take your words and emotions and show you how to make them shine better and touch people more. They are as necessary to your book as you are and they are often forgotten...so I say thank you to all of you Editors out there.
Publishers are the ones behind the wheel of the school bus, they get your baby to where it needs to be and they keep it safe. From the time they agree to take you on, they use all their resources to get that book looking and being the best it can be. They put their time, money and attention into you and your book, often taking a big chance in whether it will succeed or not. They are often seen as taskmasters or the dreaded "commanders" but truly they are the people who believe in your books and your talent and take the chance on you....so yeah, they want things done right and well. But it is for the writer's and the book's own good. They also are often forgotten, so to all of you I say thank you.
There is the Artist that is your baby's dresser and tailor. They take your idea and find the best possible image to put on that cover, they draw a person to your book. As a reader and purchaser of books I can tell you I have books that I have picked up because of the cover alone. I have also put a book down and not bought it for the same reason. A good cover and an awesome artist can make a big difference for your book. But yet again, they are forgotten....so to you all you Artists I say thank you.
I also must say a thank you to the distributors, you are the last link in the chain that gets an authors book out to the world. You take our now grown up baby and you make it a debutante, taking it to it's first ball. But you are also often forgotten too, so to you as well I say thank you.
As readers, if you stop and think, I bet most of you never even bother to look at the publisher's name, the artist, the editor or where you are buying it from. I know I never did...and I have bought thousands of books, just ask my credit card company. :) But when I was introduced to the other side of the business I realized that all these people are links in a chain. If any one of those links is weak then the whole chain can fall apart. It is scary to think that some really awesome books would not have made to our hands cause one of those links broke.
I am lucky enough to say that the links in my books chain are strong, true and get the job done and done well. So again I thank Gina and the people of Naughty Nights Press.
So next time you buy a book, take a second to think of all the people it has gone through to become the story you will be reading. It is quite the fascinating process.
Please leave me a note about what you think about the People Behind the Scenes. Whether you are an an author or not.. these people are important to get the stories you like out to the public. :)