On Sept. 14, I received in the mail a publishing contract from Austin Macauley Publisher LTD in London. Since I felt uncomfortable signing the contract without someone with experience in Author-Publisher agreements reviewing it, I cried for help on my Facebook page. Jennifer Bayse Sander responded and agreed to meet with me and go over the contract.
Jennifer Basye Sander is an author and book packager of more than 50 titles on topics as varied as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published (over 100,000 copies sold, now in a fourth revised edition) to The Martini Diet, and many more in between. A former editor for Random House, she runs weekend writing retreats in Lake Tahoe, Write By The Lake (www.writebythelake.com), and in Washington’s Skagit Valley, Write At The Farm (www.writeatthefarm.com) and teaches at the UC Davis Extension Arts and Humanities Creative Writing Progam. http://www.literarymama.com/profiles/archives/2014/01/a-conversation-with-jennifer-basye-sander.html
On Friday, I met Jennifer at her lovely home in East Sacramento. After we discussed the contract, the conversation shifted to self-publishing vs traditional publishing. Then she shared something that I had never thought about. Jennifer said that an authors publishing goal(s) usually determines how one publishes. So, then she asked me, “What is your ultimate goal, Therese, in publishing your manuscript?” I had to think about it for a moment and then I responded, “I want to make as much money as possible to help find a cure for Huntington’s disease.” (I’m donating the book proceeds to Huntington’s disease organizations around the world.)
As John and I sit beneath the big trees in Sequoia National Park, I will ponder the pro’s and con’s of working with a publisher and determine if my goals can be met. But one thing I am sure of, though, is I’m very lucky to have choices.
Have a good day! Therese
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