I have lots of reasons to love Sourcebooks— with 'They bought HEALING LUKE' right at the top! (LOL) But I was recently reminded again of what a great publisher I write for when the Rita Contest, sponsored by Romance Writers of America, opened for submissions.
I've been fortunate enough to have five books out in print this year, all of them eligible for the prestigious Rita. (Think Academy Awards of romance books.) But to enter the contest, the author must plunk down a $40 (for RWA members) registration fee and send five copies of the entered book. (Fee + cost of books + postage on books = mega moola) Sure, it is pricey, but for me it is worth it. Finaling in the Rita would be a tremendous honor. In past years, I've had one, maybe two, books to enter. This year ... five! Now I'm not going to tell one of my books they can't go to the dance. I'm entering them all. Gulp. That's a big investment.
But wait... what's this? (Picture Sourcebooks swooping in wearing a superhero cape) One wonderful, supportive, and marketing savvy publisher has come to the rescue. Sourcebooks is entering all of its authors' eligible books in the Rita for us. How cool is that? Entry fees, books and shipping. Done. This may not seem like a big deal to some people, but to THIS author, it is huge. It's not about the money they're saving me either. It's about the gesture. The support. The proof that they want their authors, their books, to succeed. It's just one of the many little things (that aren't so little to authors) that set Sourcebooks apart.
Any publisher can say they support their authors. And some publishers will cherry-pick a star author and throw money and advertising and marketing behind a book, hoping for a bestseller. Sourcebooks supports EVERY author. From setting up blog tours, a plethora of release reviews and advertising to the royal treatment at dinner during RWA National conference. From their helpful, responsive, enthusiastic editors and staff to the talented pool of authors who share the highs and lows of the writer's life on email loops... Sourcebooks ROCKS!
Okay, authors and readers, get out your pompoms...
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