Today, I’d like to highlight a children’s author with extensive experience in both writing and publishing. I met her on Facebook a few years ago, where we frequent several of the same authors’ groups, and where she is consistently a wealth of information and advice for both newcomers as well as for the more seasoned players. I really like the interesting range of topics she discusses on her blog, Fiction Notes, and wanted to share one of her posts today. But first, a quick look at the author/blogger, herself:
Children’s book author Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Her works have received starred PW, Kirkus, and BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, Junior Library Guild selections, and NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts. She’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature. Look for her latest book The Falconer, aimed at 6th-8th grade readers, on Mim’s House Books. Or look for these books for younger readers, among many of her other titles, on Amazon: Eclipse, Rosie the Ribeter, and Pollen.
The following post is reblogged with permission from Darcy Pattison’s Fiction Notes:
Control or Creativity?
Who’s in control of the publishing process? Once the contract is signed, does the author have any say in what happens to the story? Traditional contracts specify that the publishing company will publish as they see fit. In other words, control is given to the publisher by the contract.
One criticism of indie authors is that are control freaks. Indeed, many indies will say that control is one of their main issues in choosing how to publish. And that’s seen in a disparaging light, as if the indie author isn’t a team player. From this perspective, the indie author doesn’t understand the publishing process. Editors edit, illustrators provide the art, and each does their professional jobs as part of a team. An author’s professional job stops when the text is finished.
Let’s examine this issue of “control” in the publishing process. To do that, I want to look at an interview on Terri Gross’s Fresh Air NPR program with Marielle Heller, director of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”