Hi everyone –
At RWA San Diego it’s always fun to cheer for our newest published authors, and these two debut authors are also with a brand new publisher! We had a few questions for them about their experience and their books…
Hope you’ll leave a comment/question too!
Regan Walker and RACING WITH THE WIND
Hi Shirley… Can you tell us about getting “the call” from your publisher?
I actually had signed a contract with another e-publisher although I had met Michelle Klayman of Boroughs Publishing Group at our November meeting and she’d approached me about sending her something, I felt I was committed to the previous publisher since I’d signed the contract. Well, before the ink was dry, they closed the company down. I was devastated, but finally did send that book off to Boroughs and when they called; I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t in la-la land. It was like I’d been given a second chance and I believe it is much better than the first offer. Fate had a hand in this.
How was your experience being a new author with a new publisher?
My experience with Boroughs Publishing Group could not be better. They treat all their authors like royalty and made me, personally, feel so comfortable and so at home. Our treatment at the RWA national conference was wonderful. We were truly like family—even better—no one had any grudges against anyone—unlike my brother when I ratted him out to mom.
Why did you choose to go with an ePublisher?
With the way the publishing world is going, I believe it is the way of the future. My daughter is a flight attendant for an Airlines flying domestic and international and she’s witnessed the popularity of e-readers in her travels. It’s not just limited to the airline personnel, but passengers as well. That’s just one industry that has embraced the e-publishing. I think we are on the verge of E-readers becoming as popular as the library card, if not more so.
Burroughs made a splash when they partnered up with Chris Keeslar… What was he like to work with? (If he wasn’t your editor then tell us about your editing experience…)
Chris was an absolute sweetheart. I didn’t know what to expect and he couldn’t have been more helpful and always made the changes as a choice for me to either accept or decline. All of his suggestions and corrections made the story better. I would have adopted him if that had been an option—besides the fact that I already have three big boys!
What have you learned so far that has surprised you?
I’m surprised there is so much to do in getting a book out. It’s not just the editing process, but there are so many things that an author needs to have in place in the area of social media. My published friends tried to tell me, but I thought I had plenty of time. I’ve been playing catch up ever since. New writers—listen to those published authors!
Please tell us about your book!
My premier book “Too Many Cooks” was released in July, in time for the RWA National Conference and I got to sign at the Literacy Event…what a thrill. The book came from a recurring dream. I must have been on one of my endless diets as I dreamed about food a lot and somehow Gaetano, the Italian Chef, appeared.
Thank you to both of our newest published authors! It’s exciting to see your books go out into the world…