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Trust your Publisher

I came across a quote today that feels pretty timely:

I think the one piece of advice I’d give authors is that 9.9 times out of 10 they should trust their publishers. Publishers want to sell copies as much as anybody. Collaborating with them with a smile will get you everywhere!

       -Kate Lloyd, associate director of publicity at Scribner/Simon & Schuster

I like the quote a lot, especially because over the past week I’ve had to step off a very minor cliff to trust my publisher. I was talking with the ladies from Lakewater Press and they strongly suggested we delay publication.

Delay publication? Those words sent fear into my poor little scribbler’s heart.

But I trust my publisher. They want to help me sell books. They want more publicity for ALL SYSTEMS DOWN. And, ultimately, they have my best interest in mind.

There will undoubtedly be more times when I will have to trust my publisher. And when it next happens that I have to step off a little trust hill, I’ll try to keep Kate Lloyd’s comment in the back of my head.