Monday, August 22, 2011

You Have To Be A Team Player In Publishing

Are you a maverick out there? Are you the type of person that has to be in charge, do it your own way and all that? If so, and you want to be in publishing, you might want to change that thought pattern. You can be strong minded, and strong willed, but if you aren't seeing your work as being part of a team, then you are in the wrong business.

As an agent, this is one of the biggest factors I look at when I consider someone new. Yes, the writing is there, but I am also looking for someone that understands AND can live that team model. Part of the rationale for this is to know the author will do what is best for the team. This means the way they act at conferences, the way they conduct themselves on line. The whole shebang here.

Editors too need to find people who "play well in groups." You'll be working with marketing, art departments, business departments, publicity, the public and an assortment of other people and they all are working together. Having someone mess that rhythm up is a sure way to see that Option Book go away.

Now don't get me wrong. I am not saying to just do everything other people say and give up your own writing voice. That is far from what I want. You can still maintain your own voice and give your opinions, but learn to "play well."

There is an alternative though. If you are used to having things 100% your own way, then go the self-publishing route. I know that is the one comment that always comes up when this issue is discussed. Authors are always saying, "I get to do things my way."


1 comment:

  1. I can't imagine not working as part of a team to publish my manuscript. In fact, I look forward to it. How exciting to be working with creative and talented people who all want the same thing: a successful book!