I'm certain there are a number of snappish authors who advocate that dogs-should-eat-dogs (dog-eating authors who've managed to hit every bestseller list) but I believe in nice. Start by answering your mail. All of it. When you receive a compliment, say thank you.
Every publisher's timeline is different; within your publishing house, every editor is different, and every client at that house will get different treatment. With that as given, here's what you can expect from your publisher after you get that first check.
M.J. Rose is the international best-selling author of 13 novels and three non-fiction books. Her most recent novel, Seduction, has received rave reviews from USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and many others.
Te idea of how people choose the books they read, and what role word of mouth (in whatever form) plays in that has been on my mind. And that got me thinking: what does word of mouth mean, really? And, more importantly, how does it work?
We saw that while there were tons of great books on publicity, marketing, 'how to's' on everything from getting an agent to publishing without one, there was a missing piece: what to do when you actually catch the gold ring of a publishing contract?
The problem is this: except for the most ego-driven or ego-protected among us, it's an unnatural position for most writers. We like working in pajamas. We don't like shaking our booties. But to sell, we must.