The publishing world is a mysterious one full of hopes and dreams, and many disappointments and rejections. I sent out many query letters all of which were turned away. I received only a few letters basically stating, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Beavers Pond Press in Minneapolis did not want query letters. They only requested an email with a short description of the manuscript. So, one evening I sent such an email describing not one, but two manuscripts. Dara Beevas, the vice president called me that same late afternoon. We met the next day and spent 2 hours together. She was genuinely excited about both my manuscripts. We decided to first publish the non-fiction titled, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir.
I was put in the good hands of managing editor, Amy Quale who guided, supported, and helped me every step of the way. She was always easy to talk to.
Angela Wiechmann was my editor. Her name fits her perfectly. In my experience with her editing my three books, she is an angel. Her talent, skills, and ease of communication made this part of publishing smooth and non-threatening.
For the book cover, Jill Blumer did am amazing job creating a cover that beautifully represented the message of my first book. It is spiritual and uplifting, which I hope is the message that the readers find in the book.
I was fortunate to have a wonderful publisher for my first book for which I will always be grateful.
These intelligent and well-informed people taught me how to promote my book. They helped me become active in social media, how to do a launch, and do book presentations in a variety of venues. The hardest part of being a published author is to get your book into the hands of a reader.
For my two novels I published through CreateSpace. It is a very independent process, but far less expensive than traditional publishing. I had Angela as my editor and Jay Monroe, a very talented and creative artist to design the book covers for my novels.
I encourage the new author to not be intimidated by the publishing industry. The publisher is just like you and me. They have a love for books, an understanding about good writing, and how to market the end product.
Karen Ingalls is a retired registered nurse with a master’s degree in human development, which was a double major in psychology and human services. She is the author of the award winning book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir from which all proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. Her second novel is Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Her first novel, Novy’s Son challenges the reader to examine the issues of alcoholism, sexual addiction, and family dynamics. She has also written poetry, short stories, and has had articles published for professional journals. Karen also does presentations to promote her books and on subjects of health/wellness.
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