The Latest from Barb and J.C. Hendee…
Everybody has already heard of Kindle Unlimited, so no need to bother with that one. Many are unaware that it is (1) not the only such service, (2) not the best deal for your money and/or (3) offers almost no professionally published books. It all depends on what you want, from professional authors and publishers, independent authors, those inbetween and (yes) whether you get to keep those ebooks.
Did that last point catch your attention? Unfortunately, the one I was thinking about is currently having problems, so more on this in a later installment.
Barb here. Okay, that title probably lays out the point of this blog post pretty clearly, but this is a complex topic.
Of late, I’ve heard some rather “loud” voices in the industry telling new/hopeful writers that not only do they not need an agent to be successful, but that an agent will actually be damaging to their careers.
In one online discussion, I recently (stupidly) jumped in to say, “Well, of course if someone is self-publishing, he or she doesn’t need an agent, but if a novelist wants to be traditionally published, an agent is necessary. How can a writer get a manuscript on the desk of a New York editor without an agent?”
I was instantly—and quite vehemently—told that I was “wrong,” and that no writer requires an agent to get a manuscript on the desk of a New York editor… and that unagented writers sell novels to New York editors all the time.
I bowed out of this discussion quickly, but I did worry that a lot of new/hopeful writers were listening to what I considered very poor advice.
J.C. and I rarely put up posts of a personal nature. We tend to be private people. And yet, it's been quite a year for us both personally and professionally.
About 24 hours to the release of TO KILL A KETTLE WITCH, available in ebook and massmarket paperback. The fourth episode in The Mist-Torn Witches series by Barb Hendee. Set in the same world as (but separate in story/characters from) The Noble Dead Saga and the coming first book of The Dead Seekers (Jan. 2017).
Hi Folks; Barb Here.
So… we're just about to the one-month countdown for the release of TO KILL A KETTLE WITCH. This one feels like it's been a long time coming. I don't how much you follow the publishing industry, but last year, Penguin and Random House merged. This sort of thing always has repercussions, and as a result, our editor of nine years “retired.” We were assigned a brand new editor, and this novel was turned over to her. I was nervous, as she hadn't read the previous three books. But she turned out to be quite wonderful, and we worked on the book together. It was she who suggested simply putting Amelie on the cover even though Celine has a large role in the book.
This is a fun novel where Amelie, Jaromir, Celine, and Helga go on quite an adventure. Amelie and Jaromir are sleeping in close quarters (smiles), and Marcus (the shape-shifting wolf from book two) re-joins the group.
I'm so looking forward to hearing what people think of this one. It's “out” on May 3rd, and you can learn more under Novels (and select “Mist-Torn”).