Barb, welcome back to Seekerville! Thanks for helping us chase off post-holiday jet-lag. It’s January of a new year and time to hit the ground running. With that in mind, gals and guys, don your cross-trainers, smooth your fingertips, trim your nails and let’s get back to work at those keyboards.
Barb, it’s been a few months since we last chatted, so fill us in. What’s going on at Abingdon? Can you give us a lowdown of your release schedule, things to watch for, and book availability in stores?
I can’t believe it’s January! I’ve been so caught up in acquiring and editing manuscripts and working on covers with our designer that time has gotten away from me. It’s true that the older you get the faster time flies. It’s either a trick of the brain, or we’re all just busier these days.
Barb, you did us a huge favor by removing our very own Myra Langley Johnson from Unpubbed Island by contracting One Imperfect Christmas, due out in September ‘09. So tell us, while nobody’s listening, just between you and me, girlfriend, is our sweet, innocent, home-loving Myra-kins fun to work with? Focused? Timely? A treasure?
Or a brat????
Inquiring minds want to know. ;)
Just between you and me? A treasure, of course. I don’t work with brats. Life’s too short. LOL Myra’s a dream to work with and seems to have weathered my suggested changes with grace and goodwill toward all men…and women…and her editor.
I'm not a bit surprised! Well. Maybe just a teeny-tiny bit surprised because she DID hog the covers in the tent and she always put me on outhouse duty on the island so she wouldn't chip a nail. Did you know that Myra can turn coconut milk and pomegranate juice into some sort of tropical facial elixer? An amazing woman. :)
This has got to be a very exciting time for you and Abingdon. I hope you know that the Seekers and all their guests and visitors want to see this project do well for a variety of reasons. First, your book choices are eclectic, so Abingdon’s focus seems broad-based. That’s a wonderful thing from an author’s perspective. Can you tell us what you don’t want to see right now?
Thanks for noticing, BTW! On the flip side, we’ve chosen not to publish literary or speculative fiction, which includes science fiction, fantasy, apocalyptic, or anything that’s just plain weird. Those authors know who they are. ;)
Gotcha!!!! Note to weird authors: Try another publisher. Please. Weird Seekers, that goes for you, too! Wait. Oh, my. I'm the only weird Seeker!!! Drat and double drat! :)
And is there anything special you want to see? Some story that tweaked headlines you’d like to see developed?
One of my goals is to find and publish quality biblical fiction, especially stories about strong women. Ruth is a favorite of mine. But I don’t want paper-doll characters moving around the page to tell the same old story. Think Tosca Lee’s portrayal of Eve in Havah.
A great book. And for obvious reasons, the Book of Ruth is dear to my heart. Whither thou goest, I will go... Amazing words and presence of mind. Historical authors everywhere: Are ya' listenin'??? The woman's telling you what she wants. Get to it!
Okay, which do you like more and it’s okay to say ‘tie’…
Writing or editing? (Don’t worry, I put a filter on all Abingdon computers so their monitors will shield this answer and move them automatically on to the next question. It’s a talent I have, developed under a sonar umbrella of digitalized, fractional compu-science technology. Only a few of my friends are privy to this information about me. Let’s keep it between us, ‘kay?)
O…kay. I think. Tie!! Actually, I love to write mystery and suspense and when someone steps forward as my financial “sugar daddy,” I’ll head for home and the privacy of my computer. I think his name is “Social Security.” But I also love my life as an editor, especially the one-on-one relationships with my authors. I love to encourage them and help them be the best they can be.
Hey, if you find an extra financial "sugar daddy", let us know, all right? We've got some gals in that mindset as well, and somewhat hopeful that it won't have to wait until retirmement looms inevitable. In the meantime...
What’s been your biggest challenge in launching this new endeavor? Your biggest joy?
The greatest challenge is trusting God to launch a new fiction line in the middle of one of the biggest financial crises of our lifetime. Yet, using that old cliché, I know that I know that I know God called me to Abingdon at this time and for this purpose. And He has brought me wonderful stories, and the best of authors. They are my splendiferous joy!
I saw in Publisher’s Marketplace that you logged in a December deal, which puts to rest the claims that all publishers back off in December, waiting until post-holiday. Was this something in the works or a work so marvelous it had to be brought in ASAP?
It was definitely something that had been in the works since late August/early September. Publishers do take a break in December, so don’t get your hopes up for good news next Christmas!
I'll take that under advisement, Barb! And I'm a firm believer that everyone deserves a break around Christmas, remembering that Holy night. Silent night.
We've got the coffee pot on. It's cold and damp here in upstate New York, with snow, freezing rain, rain and lots of slush underfoot! I've got hot chocolate as well, the very best kind with marshmallows AND whipped cream...
How about some warm croissants and bagels to go with that coffee? Looks like I'm short on toppings for them. Can someone swing by the grocery or convenience store and stock us up with some cream cheese? Maybe some whipped cream? I've got homemade raspberry rhubarb jam and sour cherry jam, two flavors to die for. Seriously.
And let's give our buddy Barb a great big Seekerville welcome! Barb, we love having you here. Thanks so much for helping us kick off January with a great line-up in Seekerville and info that can only come from the editorial front-lines.
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