STATUS: It’s been a little quiet. Fewer emails than normal. Let’s me get stuff done!
What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? DREAMGIRL by Dave Matthews Band
Ah, I just so love torturing my blog readers. Just to be nice, I’m doing my blog entry early today.
So as I mentioned yesterday, the one thing everyone else wants to know is why did the editor change her mind and decide to offer for a book she had initially passed on?
Before I answer that question, here’s another fun facet. A day or two after I got that call from the editor who originally passed but now was offering for the book, this same work received another offer from an editor at another house.
All this after the project had been on submission for a little while. It’s like one offer knocked the universe open for the other.
So not only did we have one offer, we had two. There is no better place for an author to be. So I had the author do phone conferences with each interested editor. Get their vision for launching the title. For us, it just wasn’t about the advance. We wanted to be with the editor who best “got” the book—especially given the unique circumstances of one of the offers. Ultimately, the author did go with the editor who originally had passed.
So why did that editor change her mind?
She couldn’t stop thinking about the project and decided she had been wrong to pass on it. She figured out how to do the book and once that answer was clear to her, she called me to offer for three books—not just one.
The author and I were super pleased. After all, when we were working on the novel, we totally had this one editor in mind for it. We were actually flummoxed when she passed as we thought it was tailor-made for her.
So, I love an editor who can say, “hey, I was wrong. Is the book still available and if so, I’m going to offer right now for it. On top of that, I’m going to show you some serious commitment by offering for more than one book.”
And I’m just saying I’m around today if any other editors want to call me about past submissions they passed on…