This month at Midnight Ink, we celebrate our 10th anniversary. Unfortunately we aren't doing a big splash kind of thing, but we are doing some giveaways and such through our facebook page. Please, go check it out, I will wait for you.
Back? Ok, good. This morning I read through the comments. (Publicity is in charge of the facebook page and Beth alerted me to the fact that we were getting a lot of interaction.) I was, or am, totally blown away by the comments. I feel like such a proud mama, so many people such great things about our books. You see, I often doubt my abilities. But I managed to get by because of things like this. Or sales coming over and saying that this book has surging pre-orders, or we get a starred review, etc. That is as much of a validation to an acquiring editor as it is to the author. I know, I know... I didn't do the heavy work of writing the manuscript. But acquiring editors are supposed to have some sort of foresight, some magic, by which we instinctually know what book is going to sell or what trend is about to break open. And when a book or series doesn't sell, well, it always comes back to the acquiring editor. Not to sales. Not to publicity. Not to marketing. Back to the acq ed. It's a tremendous amount of pressure to try to hit a home run at every single at bat. Sure, a single or a double helps the team, but it's the home run that everyone is looking for. And it's awfully lonely standing in that batter's box, so far away from the rest of your team.
So yeah, I am taking a tremendous amount of pride in the comments section. Because for better or worse, I have made my mark on Midnight Ink. I have a pretty decent batting average and I sure hope it continues that way. Thanks for letting me play, dear readers. :)
And don't forget to leave a comment on the Midnight Ink facebook page so that you will be entered to win a collection of awesome books!