‘A writer is not a hermit who writes alone in a cabin in the woods, emerging with an amazing story after a period of time. No, a writer is a human being who needs others to help bring forth her story and share it with the world.‘ Morgan L Busse
I discovered the above text while browsing on the internet recently. At first read it seemed it was all about readers and reviewers. A writer needs people to read her work; to spread the word. A sort of domino effect which leads to new readers, reviews, interviews, questions about the next book and maybe if they’re curious enough, a check up on any back listed novels. And then I realised that readers are only one part of the equation in a writer’s life. Because in order to ‘bring forth’ that story to the public, a small team of other very important people need to be involved. Incredibly important people in fact – an editor, cover designer and formatter.
- My editor takes the draft I have written, pummeled into shape and beaten with a stick and works with me to make it even better.
- My cover designer helps make the vision I have for fronting this book a reality
- And lastly my formatter, who sets up the e-book and paperback – that final and most essential job leading up to publication day.
So I would just like to send a big thank you to Elaine, Jane, Cat and Rebecca for the all the support they’ve given me in the past. I couldn’t have done any of this without them and I’m very much looking forward to 2017 when we will all be working together again on my next book.