Friday, December 21, 2012

Follow Friday - Learned about publishing

Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Question: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?
WOW. Um, everything that I know practically.  Before I was a blogger I didn't really think about where books came from. It's not like babies. Not everyone asks there mother one day "Where did this book come from?" I knew authors wrote them, sent them to agents or publishers, some editing happened them viola book magic.

I didn't know about publicity, ARCs, publisher mergers, author meltdowns, the cost of the materials for a book, etc.

One of the more interesting things I never realized was how little control authors had over their covers.  I love a well-designed cover and I'm rather picky about my covers. It's interesting that these pieces of art are SO IMPORTANT yet authors have minimal control over them.  Covers have much more to do with marketing than the book itself.  I should've known that but I never realized.

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