Okay, I'll admit it. I'm new to all of this. I pop off at the mouth sometimes. Let my emotions get the best of me. No I'm not a fan of the editing process, but I know it makes me a better writer in the long run. Yes I love my editor and Lea Schizas, she is the BOMB, THE BEST, she is pretty forward thinking when it comes to her company and doesn't rush anything which is why I see her house going far in this new age of publishing.
She focuses on the author and creating a 'family' for them to exsist in. In fact I'm learning a lot from her.
Which brings me to another person who helped me land three contracts in as many months with tweets like 'Pitching the Johnny Cash Way'. I wouldn't even know the difference betwen brand and product if it weren't for him. He shares his thoughts and while he isn't the only source I look to he is certainly someone who has his finger on the pulse of the publishing industry these days.
There is one thing people should know about me. I've always wanted to be a published novelist. It seems I excel in the short form. I remember a time when I looked down on epub myself. Now I see it as a land filled with opportunities. That is due in no small part to several people (Pamela Turner, fear not, I have not forgotten you ;) But I have to admit, seeing Bob's success made me want to take the necessary steps to stake my own path to creative freedom and control I might not otherwise have.
I love MuseItUp Publishing and I certainly wouldn't have any idea what I was doing without them in the cover art and editing arena. (Although, I always had a good cover artist in Elise VanCise. Now I'm doubly blessed with Delilah K. Stephans. I have options that I didn't have before.)
So Bob Mayer is awesome because he shares his knowledge and views as someone who's lived it, breathed it, and done it. I liked the term he used the other day too, author-centric. Success may not be guaranteed, but how you define yourself and work for it says a great deal about who you are as a person. I believe I drank the indie kool-aid a long time ago. I've just finally embraced it.