An editor from a new publishing company left a comment on Monday’s post. I love it when my peers comment. Especially when they say nice things. Because I’m vain.
She didn’t post a link to WiDo’s website. Here it is. I’m glad to see that there are some people who aren’t afraid to jump into the market with both feet right now. (Personally, I still have my big toe in the market but that’s about all I can do right now.)
It isn’t clear whether they’re looking for books with LDS content or just good clean books. Maybe they could clarify?
The reason I brought this up though, is I’m wondering what your perspective is on the LDS publishing market now.
It’s been awhile since Deseret Book and Covenant/Seagull joined together. Several small publishers have closed their doors. Other publishers have cut back on accepting new titles. One publisher seems to be going nuts acquiring new authors, but they’re also pushing back release dates.
What has been your experience lately?
Previously/Continuing to be published authors: Are you finding it business as usual? Are your publishers accepting your new manuscripts with the same zeal as before? Is the time from acceptance to release the same? Or has it increased? Have you had to look for a new publisher because yours closed? Are you finding that being published by a now closed publisher gives you creds to get in somewhere else? Or not?
Accepted authors waiting for release: Has your release date been pushed back? By a little or a lot? Or has everything gone forward as planned?
Not yet published authors: Do you feel your chances of being accepted are less than they were a few years ago? Do you feel you’ve run out of options in the LDS market? Does that make you want to give up on writing for LDS readers? Have you considered self-publishing? How seriously? Would you consider an alternative type of publishing—say, a new publisher who distributed through less traditional methods?
I’m just curious as to the general feeling of those writing for the LDS market right now.