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Rejection & A Learning Experience courtesy of LW--my experience

At a point when I was still shopping my novel around, I submitted my full manuscript to LW after a request on PitMad, in December 2018. I got back an R&R, which I initially saw and thought, "yay! a chance!" But...the tone and content of the feedback letter, from one of their editors I'd rather not name, was INCREDIBLY mean and unprofessional. To the point that I knew, even as a desperate-to-be-published writer, that I would never work with a publisher that treated a potential client that way. To be fair, the limited interaction I had with Susan seemed very pleasant.

Even as an editor for a small pub, even as an unpublished writer, even as a stranger on Twitter (or AW), I believe it's important to treat everyone in the business as a potential colleague. It left me with a sour taste in my mouth, but one lesson I came away with was that working for a small publisher isn't much of a qualification on its own.

There was a happy ending, not that it matters for this thread. The day after I got the R&R from LW, I was offered a two-book contract from Bookouture. 4.6 stars on Amazon. My second book is out next week. I've got a spectacular royalty rate, and thousands of copies sold (digital and paperback both).

Just...I guess I'm sharing here because I wish I could go back in time and reassure myself. The feedback I got from that woman brought me to tears, and wasn't useful or helpful. I have no contact with any authors signed with LW, and no reason to believe they're not pleased.

Kelly Heard
author of BEFORE YOU GO and THE GIRL I THOGUHT I KNEW (Bookouture, 2019 & 2020)
 

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Thanks for sharing your experience, Kelly--and congratulations on the about-to-be-released book!
 

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Indie publishers generally DON'T have the money to market, so the fact that promotion is dependent on the author does not surprise me. That's not really a reason NOT to submit.

Time will tell about the press though. It's too new to judge yet.
Thanks for this reply. I want to try them after all :)
 

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Rejection & A Learning Experience courtesy of LW--my experience

At a point when I was still shopping my novel around, I submitted my full manuscript to LW after a request on PitMad, in December 2018. I got back an R&R, which I initially saw and thought, "yay! a chance!" But...the tone and content of the feedback letter, from one of their editors I'd rather not name, was INCREDIBLY mean and unprofessional. To the point that I knew, even as a desperate-to-be-published writer, that I would never work with a publisher that treated a potential client that way. To be fair, the limited interaction I had with Susan seemed very pleasant.

Even as an editor for a small pub, even as an unpublished writer, even as a stranger on Twitter (or AW), I believe it's important to treat everyone in the business as a potential colleague. It left me with a sour taste in my mouth, but one lesson I came away with was that working for a small publisher isn't much of a qualification on its own.

There was a happy ending, not that it matters for this thread. The day after I got the R&R from LW, I was offered a two-book contract from Bookouture. 4.6 stars on Amazon. My second book is out next week. I've got a spectacular royalty rate, and thousands of copies sold (digital and paperback both).

Just...I guess I'm sharing here because I wish I could go back in time and reassure myself. The feedback I got from that woman brought me to tears, and wasn't useful or helpful. I have no contact with any authors signed with LW, and no reason to believe they're not pleased.

Kelly Heard
author of BEFORE YOU GO and THE GIRL I THOGUHT I KNEW (Bookouture, 2019 & 2020)
Ok. I'm canceling my plan to query them. No matter what, an editor shouldn't be mean to authors :mad:

And damn, I'm jealous. I'm aiming for Bookoutere too. Unfortunately, even if they like and find my time-travel romance interesting, I was ultimately rejected. But on the bright side, they invite me to submit another book to them (Maybe they're just being kind :D )