Today, 04:14 PM
Hi Susie, and welcome to AW! As has been pointed out, the Bewares section is where we ask the hard questions; I do hope you'll stick around and check out all of the other areas of the board as well.
Originally Posted by susieangela View Post
Lynn offers her authors what most large (and some small) presses don't - a personal and passionate service. The fact that she's been willing over the years to spend time replying personally to each submission can only be good for us writers.
As Terie pointed out above, the person an editor and/or publisher should really be offering "service" to is the reader, but I'm going to assume you simply meant she offers attention, in the form of editing, input, and support.
So I felt the need to address this and say that I've been published by several houses; four small ones and two NY ones. I've never been given anything less than personal attention; I've never had an editor who wasn't passionate about my work (well, okay, no. One of the small houses wasn't).
The idea that the big NY houses don't give their authors personal attention is a fallacy, at least in my experience and those of my friends. Perhaps there have been NY authors whose editors just shoved their books down an assembly line without caring about them, but I've never met one, just like I've never met an editor who didn't absolutely love the books and authors they edited, and didn't do everything in their power to make them successful.
Editors become editors because they love books. They put a lot of time and effort into acquiring books for their houses and working with the author to make those books the best they can be. They don't do that unless they're passionate about them. They're just as passionate about their authors; the entire publishing house is just as invested in the potential success of each author as they are at a small house. My editor knows who I am, of course, but so does the EIC of the imprint, and so does the publisher of the imprint, and so do the people in various departments (production, etc.) of the publisher in general. My book isn't just a number there, and again, I don't know any NY author who feels that's all their book is to their publisher.
My point is that being with a big publisher doesn't mean losing "personal attention." Far from it.
As for Lynn's feedback being "only good for us writers"...I'm afraid I have to disagree there as well. Lynn's feedback might be very helpful; I don't know what her publishing background is, so can't speak to that. (I do think that a publisher which loses money on every book it publishes might perhaps not be the best at choosing books people want to read, but that doesn't necessarily speak to her skills at editing.)
But no matter what, her feedback is only one person's opinion. Aside from general grammar-type comments, her feedback and thoughts are only helpful if you want to resubmit to her, really; what she doesn't like might be the very thing that gets another editor or an agent excited about your book, and what she loves might be the first that another editor or agent might think has to go.
And again, without impugning the lady personally--I don't know her or her background, so this is just a general comment not aimed at anyone in particular--revising your book to comply with the feedback of someone whose views on what's good/readable/commercial or not doesn't gibe with the current market isn't really a good idea. In other words, if Agent X or Editor A's tastes diverge greatly from what readers actually want and what other editors/agents are looking for, revising to their feedback will only worsen your prospects, not broaden them.
Like I said, these last comments--none of my comments, actually--are specific to this editor and/or this publisher. They're just things to keep in mind. I disagree that a rejecting editor or agent's feedback is "only good" for authors, and I disagree that big houses don't give their authors personal attention.
But I certainly wish you all the best with your book, and like I said I do hope very much that you'll stick around and join the community.