#SixforSunday – Questions for Publishers
Welcome back to another week of #SixforSunday, created by Steph from A Little But a Lot.
The theme for this week is questions that you have for publishers. There are definitely a few that immediately popped into my mind, but getting six is always tough!
Unfortunately, most of my questions seem to be of the niggly variety i.e. Why don’t you do this? etc, but they are genuine questions which I would love to have answers for.
The first question is possibly a bit mean, but very true:
Why don’t you put the series number on the spine?
Or inside near the front or somewhere, ANYWHERE on/in the book. I can’t even tell you the number of times that I have read a book, feeling vaguely confused, only to find out that it is 3 in a series of 9.
Now that I am on Goodreads, this happens less often, but it would be really really helpful if it were on the book somewhere.
Has Bookstagram/ Social media affected your cover design?
I think that book covers now are so much more ornate and beautiful than when I was a kid. Some books from then look completely dated and dowdy in comparison to modern releases. I don’t remember even seeing sprayed edges until the last few years, but they do look amazing.
Following on from 2, is there any way that the cover artist could be credited in a more visible way?
I know that the cover illustrator/designer is usually credited on the back cover in tiny type, but it would be nice to see them listed alongside the author inside the front of the book too. Similarly, with translators or internal illustrators and the editing team – it takes a small village to get a book published so it would be great to see everyone in that process being recognized for their hard work.
Do you ever have to pass on a manuscript you love because it doesn’t fit with your publishing house? If so, can you pass it on to someone else?
This seems like it might happen due to publishers having certain genres they tend to publish although I know that lots of publishers have subsidiary publishing houses or imprints for specific types of books.Still, can you imagine reading the most incredible manuscript, then having to pass on it…torture!
How did you get into working in publishing?
It seems like a job where people from a wide variety of backgrounds end up and I am curious about the routes people have taken to get there. Formal study, experience in another field, etc
Which is your favourite, of all the books you have been involved in publishing?
I know that you’re probably not supposed to have favourites, but we all do, don’t we? promise we won’t tell!
Check out some of my previous weeks of #SixforSunday here:
What did you think of my choices this week?
What questions do you often have for publishers?
Let me know in the comments – I would love to find out if they’re similar or different to my questions!
Thanks for reading!