Pinned, December 2018: Obligatory Holiday Marketing
December 13, 2018: Disappointing News!
Disappointing news on the subject of Fortune’s Favorite, the sequel to Fortune’s Whelp. The publisher (Penmore Press, who also published Whelp) wanted me to modernize the language. This is slightly negotiable, even though the language isn’t actually period but neither does it sound like a couple of suburbanites gossiping at an office party, a common affliction in much historical fiction these days, to quote a journalist I know. But the publisher also tried to tell me falsely, repeatedly, and adamantly that publishers only copy edit, not line edit (creative content, writing style, &c) and therefore, and even more egregiously, I’d be expected to pay for a line editor.
Under no circumstances will I pay for an editor, nor should any writer, fiction or non-fiction, in any form of traditional publishing. Until now no publisher (four of them, including Penmore oddly, and six books) has ever asked me to do this. They’ve always provided them because this is what publishers do. Any writer published by legitimate presses knows this, not to mention its veracity is easily Googled. I’ve no intention of supporting a cottage industry (editors hired by writers) that has grown significantly with the rise of self-publishing and small ebook/print-on-demand presses. “Publishers” who expect writers to pay for editing are trying to shift much of the financial burden onto the writer while keeping most of the profit to themselves, in which case why shouldn’t the writer just self-publish and keep all of the profit? Or better yet, be patient and find a legitimate publisher.
So we’ll go from here, we’ll get it in print sooner or later for those of you interested. I’ll keep you advised. 🙂