You don’t have to care, but here are some reasons why I love writing proposals.
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When I pursued my MA in theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, sometimes I’d get annoyed at all the non-Lutheran books we were reading. I wanted to read all the good stuff before I had to discern other lenses. I’ve learned a few things since then. First, a person needs to discern no matter who the publisher is. Second, some people look down on books from outside Lutheran publishing no matter what. Lutherans can be so “Lutheran-focused” that good stuff can slip right by.
I thought I was heading into a good time and place. I practiced and prepped. Got myself looking good on paper and sent in a proposal to an agent. I was going to post about how good it feels to have the ball in someone else’s court for a while! Sigh. Nope. The ball keeps dribbling.
When working toward a children’s picture book, who chooses the illustrator? Many traditional publishing houses prefer to pick one from previous projects. That way they can pair a better known name with a lesser known name and try to maximize visibility and lend experience to both. On the other hand, you may know people the publishing houses do not. If you do, then “who chooses the illustrator” can become a factor in where or how to publish.
Rejections aren’t inspired. Seriously. If a guy at a publishing house is having a rough day: rejection. If a market may not quite be ready for it: rejection. If a person can’t quite figure out how to sell for a big enough profit: rejection. None of that is inspired.
Ideally how many publishers should a prolific author have? It’s a somewhat ridiculous question, maybe, but it’s mine. Since I know of smaller publishers, should I spread around my proposals? Or should I try ever larger publishers?
From the beginning of this blog, I tried to think of resources that would serve Lutheran readers and writers. I knew some would take more research than others, and I presumed that a list of living Lutheran authors would be the most helpful. Tugging at the back of my mind was also the topic of small publishing houses.
I really don’t mean to encourage only LCMS Lutherans to publish only through Concordia Publishing House. Lutherans of the world, write! Publish wherever you please! In every language! In a wide variety of genres! Still, today’s post is for those of us interested in working with non-fiction, and how CPH may be a very viable option. Have you heard about the CPH Peer Review process?