Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This and That
I'm back in the office this week after following a tornado out of Iowa on Sunday. Fun ride. I hope your holiday weekend was as memorable as mine.
A couple rumors have reached my ears. Have you heard any of these?
Heartsong Presents contracts are going back to all "work for hire."
Not true. HP contracts did start out that way back in 1993, but as publishing them evolved, we saw the need to go to royalty based contracts. Contracts are royalty for both Heartsong Presents romances and mysteries. That will not change. We'll continue to share royalties with authors on all HP sales.
Barbour's full-length fiction line isn't interested in historical settings.
So not true. The majority of fiction I put in this line has been historical. Historicals are a personal favorite of mine. I sometimes I have to remind myself to look for good contemporaries to add to the line. So no fear of Barbour losing interest in historicals any time soon. I'm most interested in 1800s settings. I'm not likely to do a biblical setting or anything occurring after WWII.
Are there any other rumors I need to debunk?
As of next week, JoAnne and Susan will no longer keep an office in-house at Barbour. They are moving their work spaces to their homes. Thanks to wonders of modern technology, they can be well linked to our office network and function the same as our in-house employees. Since they live fairly close to the office, though, we can still have them come in a couple times each month for meetings and the like. If you phone them or mail them something at Barbour, there will be some delay in them getting your message, so your best contact is through email.
Something to Smile About
For those of you who often get frustrated with how to promote your books in today's fast-changing culture, check out this video. Through a series of clicking around the Web, I found this link here. I've said some of these things as an editor and have heard many from authors. Enjoy!
Editor Du Jour Becky