Pleasure Me With Leis Pederson Berkley Editor

>Today we’re doing something a little different. I asked Leis Pederson, Berkley’s HEAT editor to answer some questions posed by various writers. I thought it might give readers a little bit of a glimpse at what we authors live and breathe when it comes to want to know how we can grab an editors attention. For the writers in the group, enjoy the Q/A from this talented Berkley editor. I want to thank Leis for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. It was a lot to ask, and she was a sweetheart to oblige me. Please welcome Leis Pederson for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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Q/A Leis Pederson

Q from Becke Martin: Is there any type of story you are particularly seeking?

I can’t say that I am looking for anything in particular at the moment. I’d really just love to see the next book that really grabs me and makes me say “I want!”

Q from Becke Martin: Are there any types of story you absolutely don’t want to see?
I’m not looking for anything inspirational or any non-fiction.

Q from Becke Martin: What is the most common problem you encounter in stories by inexperienced writers?

One of the thing I’ve found can be common with inexperienced writers is that they can forget that while the world and the history that they’ve created for their characters is vivid for them, they still have to put it onto the page for the reader. It’s easy to overlook that and assume that the reader is there with you already.

Q from Becke Martin: How much weight do you put on a synopsis, when it is submitted along with a partial?

I think a synopsis is a very important part of a submission when only a partial is submitted. It gives me an idea of where the book is going and whether or not it is something that I’d like to read more of.

Q from Becke Martin: What is your pet peeve about submissions and/or queries?

TYPOS. You have to proofread, people! In this day and age when you can do that with a touch of a button, a submission riddled with errors just says sloppy to me and really can work against you.

Q from Sandrine Thomas: When a manuscript in a popular genre (i.e. historical romance or paranormal romance) crosses your desk, what elements make a book stand out amidst a crowded field of both published and unpublished writers?


It depends. Most often it is the voice that really makes something stand out for me but sometimes it can be an especially compelling character or setting that really takes an average story and makes it special.

Q from Gabriella Edwards: Do you ever consider proposals by unagented, ePublished or unpublished authors? 

Yes, I do. I often request materials from contests or conferences where the authors are unpublished, unagented or both. I’ve acquired them as well.

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Can you give a quick overview of what your day is like? Do you work normal 8-5 hours?A typical day for me is spent in the office the usual 9-5 or so where I do all the typical stuff: answering emails, doing paperwork, etc. My day usually continues once I get home when I do my reading and editing.

What do you like to read when you’re not reading romance? Do you even get to read outside of your work load?

I like to read a lot of different things when I am not reading romance for work. I don’t have too much time for it but I take what I can. Right now I am reading a YA fantasy series that I’m really enjoying.

How did you become an editor? Is there a specific skills set one needs to become an editor? 
I became an editor in a round about sort of fashion when I was looking for a new career option after graduate school. Someone asked me why I never went into publishing as I was such a big reader and a light bulb went off. The rest as they say is history. I think there are lots of skills one needs to be become an editor but the most important thing to have is a love for books and is really why most of us do what we do.

Thanks again to Leis for taking time out of her busy schedule to do this Q/A session. I don’t know that she’ll have time to stop by today. Her schedule is pretty tight. But if you’d like to ask a question, do so, and I’ll try to answer it if I can.

Also just occurred to me that I didn’t have a topic question. *banging head on desk* Let’s go with this on. I posted two of my favorite Ray Bradbury books because The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451 have always haunted me because they were so compelling. Fahrenheit 451 in particular because of the book burning.

We all are here because we love romance, but are there any books outside of the romance genre that have stuck with you over the years. Something compelling?

Note: I’m being transferred to a different division, and my access to the blog will be limited as a result. I will reply but it might not be until early evening.

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A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

60 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Leis Pederson Berkley Editor

  1. Thank you for composing “>Pleasure Me With Leis Pederson Berkley Editor | Monica Burns”.
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  2. >Jeanne M – The Devil in the White City has one scene in particular that haunts me to this day. It's the one where the author is describing the footprints melted into the door as the victim tried to kick the door down. My stomach churns thinking about it. It had to have been a horrific way to die. I never have understood how people could be so twisted to do things like that.

  3. >Monica –
    Thanks for all the great book suggestions! Believe it or not my husband picked up Devil in the White City and I read it after he finished. We had some really great discussions about it.

    I'm looking forward to checking out your other suggestions that I haven't already read.
    RI USA

  4. >Monica, I've read a lot of King's books including The Stand. I love him and the movies made from the books are awesome.

  5. >Laura H, I know this is gonna sound like I'm a heretic. I've never read Gone w/the Wind. I've seen the movie a couple of times, but Scarlet always ticked me off because I didn't really see her grow all that moment. It wasn't until the end of the movie that she has this big ephiphany, and then it's too late, which REALLY teed me off, because I wanted that happy ending. I guess I've always loved romance. lol

    Estella I encourage you to read Farenheit 451. It's a wonderful story that focuses on censorship. It's really a well done story.

    Nancy E – I've seen all the Harry Potter movies, waiting on the newest one on DVD cuz I DO NOT like snakes. *shudder* My oldest is a fanatic and she said I might not be able to handle it. But while I've seen the movies, I can't get into the books. I think the storyline is wonderful but Rowling's voice is a little to heavy for me.

  6. >Leis, The only books other than romance that I have read were the Harry Potter series books. For me, it's always been romances.
    Nancy E
    Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at

  7. >To Kill A Mockingbird has stayed with me through the years.

    Have never read Bradbury.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  8. >Ladies, tomorrow we have another little twist. I think you'll like it, and I know I can't wait to get a hold of Amelia's book!!

  9. >Louisa, I think your dead on target with that observation about editors contracting books. They need to love the voice and story.

    Bram Stoker!! OMG, I LOVE Dracula Fabulous book, and very erotic.Picks up all those underlying sexual repressions the Victorians had going on.

    Kris B…Word of mouth. It's my best friend short of my readers. I am thrilled that you checked out my Facebook page before you'd ever read one of my books. That's so cool to hear it. Makes me feel good that I'm not just sticking my head out in the wind there talking out loud to myself…no wait, I already do that. LOL

    Mariska (love your name!) I should have mentioned this earlier, but my understanding is that editors have offices that are stacked floor to ceiling with envelopes of unsolicited manuscripts. I'm hoping for an office tour this summer when I'm in New York.

  10. >Very interesting and informative interview! As a non-writer I can see where the common problem for inexperienced writers is the inability "to put it onto the page for the reader". It's important to capture the reader's attention and hold it and I think this can be attained with very vivid details and character development. For me "Gone with the Wind" is the book that has stuck with me over the years! Although it has a romantic element to it I consider it to be historical fiction. I can read this book over and over again and never get bored! I believe that Margaret Mitchell is very adept at transporting the reader to the South during the "War Between the States" and I am left wanting more each and every time I read this book.


  11. >Interesting. It's so new for me to know what's behind the book, i mean the Editor's job.

    thank you for sharing 🙂

    uniquas at ymail dot com

    – international reader

  12. >monica,
    so glad you were with us today! answering all these posts! I have to say that the technology of today has led me here because someone suggested you to me on FB is the reason I "know" who you are! i have now read one of your books am waiting on the new release and then then will go back and read your older books! but if not for FB you would have been lost to me in the pile of authors that publish every year! and I am every so grateful that I hve found you because you amuse me, keep me on my toes and write some wonderful stuff!

    kris b

  13. >Great post. Thanks Ms. Pederson for taking the time to answer some questions!

    It seems as if what makes an editor decided to buy a novel are some of the same things that make romance readers buy them, or at least this romance reader!

    Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a book that wowed me from the start and is still a favorite.

    Two by Southern writers – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote are another couple of books that have evoked a visceral response in me.

    Bram Stoker's Dracula is another.


  14. >Sheree, Wodehouse's name is familiar to me but not read any books. I've been reading romance since I was 12, but then I was reading Edgar Cayce then too. My tastes have always run the gamut.

  15. >Great interview! Thanks for the view from the other side.

    I started reading romances only recently. I've been reading mysteries, scifi and fantasies since about 7th grade so the books that have stayed with me tend to be from those genres. Well, I suppose there's always P. G. Wodehouse. His Jeeves and Wooster stories are always fun and worth re-reading.


  16. >Lindseye – I've not read a lot of YA, but started last year w/Double Identity by Elizabeth Haddix I think that's her name. Baby wanted to read it for summer program so I said I'd read with her. I've got SPEAK and Lovely Bones on the sidelines. Read a chapter of Lovely Bones and it's compelling. Didn't want to put aside, but had too. But I still remember chapter vividly two months later. Have so many books to read. *sigh*

    Carol L – Glad you liked the interview. To Kill a Mockingbir is one I haven't read, but I thought the movie was brilliant!

    Jeanette8042 I saw the movie Capote with Philip ??? and part of the film was about In Cold Blood. That was a gruesome crime. But I guess no more gruesome or barbaric than others of today. But back then definitely shocking.

    Jane, I've not read Christie, but man I love the movies based on her books. Murder On the Orient Express is a fabulous, wonderful movie!

    Practimom, Glad you enjoyed this unusual twist in the event. I don't mind guidance at all when it comes to my work. I know it's not perfect and can always be improved.

  17. >Hey, thanks for the interview! It is cool to see the other side of the fence for writers. i think it would be terrible for me to be an editor. i would hate to have to tell someone how to change something they work hard on (I am just a wuss that way^_^).

    I have already won these books so don't enter me in the contest today!


  18. >I'm a mystery lover, so my favorite reads include titles from Agatha Christie and PD James.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  19. >A book outside the romance genre that has stuck with me is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It still amazes me that it's based on a real life event.


  20. >This was an interesting post. You don't realize the entire process of getting a book published. So much involved. Great interview.
    How To Kill A Mockingbird is the book that has stayed with me forever. 🙂
    Carol L

  21. >Always interesting to see the other side of the book. One YA novel that has stayed with me is The Changeover by Margaret Mahy which I read 10 or 15 times when I was a teen.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com

  22. >Karen, I wanted to give readers a taste of the other side that authors see. I think it helps to have a perspective into how things work, and perhaps answers questions readers sometimes have when their fav author has a book come out so fast or slow.

  23. >Tracy, as I just commented to Danielle, it wasn't until I actually got into the biz that I saw and began to understand the complexities of how a book makes it from the author's desk to the store shelves. Pretty interesting.

  24. >Julie, vivid characters can make a story come alive can't they. I know my characters are sometimes accused of not communicating or being stubborn, but I tend to write characters as real people with real problems that they stubbornly refused to admit to. BUT, I did change that in Pleasure Me. This couple TALKS to each other. *grin*
    As for Winds of War, didn't read it, but loved the mini-series with Robert Mitchum as Pug. What a name! LOL

    Vonda, so glad you enjoyed Leis's post. She was awesome for doing it considering how busy she is. I've never read Shogun, although I saw or think I saw Chamberlin in the mini-series, but it wasn't an era that interested me too much. But I do love sagas. I need to read Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth. I LOVED the mini-series so I know the book has GOT to be even better!

    Danielle, While I've always wanted to be and planned to be a writer, I never really thought about the process when I read. It was ok there's a book I want to read, love the cover, love the blurb, buy. Then I read and I went on to the next one. I seldom even bothered to look at the copyright page. Why would I do that?? LOL But I see it from a whole new perspective now.

    Chelsea, glad you liked the interview. Leis's time is really valuable, so I'm honored that she took the time to answer questions

  25. >Jeanne M I love history. I love the research. I can see how reading a historical romance can give you a better perspective while avoiding the dry stuff. LOL I can recommend a couple of non-fiction history reads that you might like only because they're written in a fiction like style. Devil in the White City, which is about a serial killer working the 1893(?? yr) World's Fair in Chicago. Then there's Rebel Heart about Jane Digby a woman who lived in the Regency era, divorced her husband, tried to marry a prince, had numerous affairs and wound up in the middle-east married to a Sheikh 20 yrs her junior. FABULOUS book. then if you can find it, Napoleon's Murder. About a Scandinavian doctor who solved the death of Napoleon using forensic science. REALLY good book.

    Cindy L – Leis isn't going to get to come by today as she's got a full block of meetings. I'll be honest, I hesitate to ask her the question because I don't want to put her on the spot. Lots of editors passed on a lot of best selling romances/authors. It's more about needing to love the story and the author's voice. If I were the editor who passed on Harry Potter, I'd maybe grimace some because of the money for my house, but I'd also know that if I don't love a book, I can't champion it in marketing or anywhere else. Editors have to convince colleagues that a book is worth the marketing, book selling efforts.

  26. >Robin K – I love King's work I have a lot of his early stuff in hardcover. Never cared for Tommy Knockers though. Interesting too how his works never seem transferable to the screen. Every single one of them aren't terrifying like the books, they're campy and funny. I remember reading Salem's Lot with the lights on, and knife under my bed (like that's gonna take out a vampire! *snort*) I was terrified, didn't sleep that night. BUT when I saw the movie, which I eagerly anticipated, I laughed at it. It was just stupid. 🙂

    Artemis, typos and grammar issues drive me crazy when someone else finds them. I feel like I've failed. I loved Lestat too! But I love Rice's The Mummy much better. It's a romance, and I fell awesomely in love with the hero.

    April, until I started writing for publication, I had no idea how the whole process from start to finish worked. What's interesting is how the book is sent to the publisher for printing, but it goest through several editing phases. During the edit process its formated for printing. Berkley is actually a forerunner in how they do their edits. Everything is done electronically. I send in my book via email. I get it back with Word's track changes. I make changes, stet/agree to suggestions, turn it in. It then comes back for a final round of typos, and critical things missed. No major changes because by this time the book is formated for the printer. So I have to find ways not to mess with the text. What's frustrating is in this final round, I invariably see ways that the book could have been made so much better. Grrrr

    Kirsten, I think it would be cool being an editor. In a way, it's like being an author. You contract a work you loved reading, and you coax it through the system to see it shipped out to authors and bookstores. Pretty cool.

    Maureen, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I read Death of a Salesman a long time ago. Main character was Willy?? I do remember not liking it. LOL I was more a classics lover than contemporary works. F.Scott Fitzgerald, Grapes of Wrath, the Pearl Last name??? noe of those appealed to me at all. Dumas, Dickens (some not all), Ocrzy, Poe, Bronte (Jane Eyre is my all time fav romance) these were my favs

    Virginia C – Lifelong reader too. Was reading at 4yrs. And was reading Edgar Cayce at the age of 12. My grandmother was a school teacher and books were her life and refuge. I can stil remember hot summer days on vacation at her house. Sitting outside her house under a large oak tree reading a book while she played opera on her stereo. LOVE that memory of her.

    And I was very well-known in my school library. I spent as much time there as I could. Jane Aiken Hodge and Barbara Cartlan were my fav romance authors then

    Chris M, I like historical fiction too. Have you read Michelle Moran. I should have added her to my list of visiting authors but forgot to email her until it was too late. She writes FABULOUS Egyptian fiction. Cleopatra's Daughter is my favorite by her, and there's even some romance in it!

    Julie, glad you enjoyed a look behind the curtain! I will tell you that being an editor is a tough job. Can be long hours and overwhelming work load. My editor often emails me at 7pm -9pm on a weeknight, even FRIDAYS!

  27. >Ok peeps, just going to pop in here really fast and answer comments. Bear with me as I do multiple responses here.

    Maria, I've never understood the need for the reminder either. One or two get by me, but I turn in relatively clean manuscripts. No need to feel ashamed of the nothing outside the romance genre. I was just curious. Dan Brown is just about the only thing I've read outside of the romance genre in about eight years. No time for reading, except those must-have stories.

    Linda, You have some ecletic tastes there. I tend to stick to fiction unless it's a non-fiction bio. I like those. As for promotion, is that question for me or Leis. I got a demotion and Leis hasn't changed her position other than she keeps taking on more work. *grin*
    Andrea, I grew up reading Nancy Drew and her friends. Lord, I can't believe I don't remember their names. I know when I stop thinking of them it'll pop up cuz they're right on the tip of my tongue. Beth maybe? I can't remember her boyfriend's name. Ted maybe! I think I even have several copies stored away somewhere. Eventually I think they'll be worth money to my grandkids. They're a bit outdated, but Carolyn Keene had a great writing voice. I loved those books!

    Gamistress66, I'm not a big mystery fan. I've read a couple of Mary Higgins Clark, which were extremely well-written, but not really my cup of tea. My grandmother enjoyed her. Now I LOVE Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy/Phyllis Whitney those were the first romantic suspense books IMHO There was more a focus on the mystery and danger than the development of the characters and their relationship. I think Rom Suspense must be incredibly hard to write because you have to balance out the mystery with the relationship. NOT easly IMHO.

  28. >What an interesting and entertaining interview; I enjoyed it.

    I always learn something new in the wrting process.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  29. >Hi Monica,

    Very interesting guest blog today. I'm not a writer nor am I interested in becoming one but as an avid reader, I am interested in the 'behind the scenes' process the book takes to get from author to me.

    There are 2 books that stand out in my mind as excellent stories outside my usual favorite genre of historical romances. The first is a suspense/thriller titled 'Double Abduction' by Chris Beakey. This was his debut book published in Dec '07 and this excellent story is truly a white knuckler/nail bitter for sure..not scary…just intense! The second book is 'The President's Therapist' by John Wareham, published in Jan '08. It is fiction, but it reads like a true-life account of a therapist called in to secretly treat President Bush for an alcohal problem, among other things. It is a short book and fast reading. It held my attention right to the end. When I was done, I thought…was that fact or fiction? I highly recommend both books.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  30. >Monica: What a great idea. Enjoyed getting a glimpse of book publishing from the editor's point of view.

    A non-romance I read years ago that stayed with me: Shogun by James Clavell

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  31. >I love hearing from an editor! I love your point about making the characters vivid for the reader. It bugs me when a chararter does something that seems out of character for what we know about him or her. Other times, what a character does may make me crazy but at least I can understand their actions if the character is well developed.

    I loved The Winds of War by Herman Wouk when I read it in high school. Then, of course, I ended up married to a sailor. 🙂 Now if I could just get him to buy the new uniform that takes after that old WW2 style. Sigh. 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  32. >I'm curious to know if Leis has ever passed on a book and later regretted it.


    New York

  33. >I read different types of romance including contemporary, historical, and paranormal romances. I also enjoy urban fantasy and ya books.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  34. >I enjoyed hearing an editor's perspective and balancing it with authors and readers.

    I have a wide range of genre in my reading but some of that is dictated by my husband who likes me to be able to talk to him about the history based books he enjoys reading. Fortuantely with reading romance including historicals has gotten me out of some circumstances where I've "circumvented" actually reading something but can still answer his questions!
    Rhode Island – USA

  35. >Thanks for the look behind the curtain! The publishing industry is something I've considered going into and I love all the tidbits I can find about it.

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  36. >I really enjoyed reading thisa post, it was interesting to hear about what an editor is looking for. Besides reading romance, I really enjoy reading historical fiction and on occasion I will read mysteries. i enjoy Philippa Gregory, Sue Grafton, John Grisham and others.

    Chris Mead from Missouri
    christin.mead at att dot net

  37. >When I was a child, I read all kinds of books. I loved to play with my dolls, and play house and dress-up, so I read "girly" stories. However, I absolutely loved secret agents, sci-fi, animal stories, and even recipes and household hints. I read a lot of comic books–collected them for many years. In school, I was always the kid who ordered the most books from the Scholastic Book Service : )

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  38. >All of Anne McCaffrey's Pern books are on my self and when I was young Stephen King's work had a special place in my heart.

    I still read some science fiction and fantasy. But honestly, more have some love in them.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com
    MN – USA

  39. >I have always wondered what an editor's position consisted of; now, I have a small idea. I agree! In today's age, there is no excuse for spelling errors!

    A book that has stayed with me is Anne Rice's THE VAMPIRE LESTAT. She set the benchmark.

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  40. >That was an interesting post. I would say that Death of a Salesman was a story that stayed with me through the years.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  41. >Thank you so much, Leis & Monica, for a very interesting and informative post! I am a lifelong bookworm, and I have a background in advertising and sales. I am growing ever more fascinated with the whole book production process, from conception by the author to the birthing process by the publisher, and finally to the care and nourishment provided by promoters, sellers and purchasers. I am constantly amazed by the always evolving world of literary fiction. I am proud of myself for really opening my mind and expanding my reading comfort zone. I have found some new interests, reaffirmed some lifelong dislikes, and have the joy that comes with anticipation of many great reads to come!

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  42. >WOW!What an interesting post this morning.To learn some of the answers to questions concerning how a book goes from the author to the editor to the reader.How interesting.As a reader you really never think of all the work/challenges and details that go into writing a book. I have never read any Bradbury books,don't know why,just haven't.
    I read many genres,but have to say historical romance is still my favorite.Have a wonderful day!

  43. >I enjoy books other than romance occasionally. A good mystery or paranormal story… I also read gardening, dog training, herbal and self-help books to name a few… But… after I read one, I need to go back to the romance genre… it's my escape and keeps me on keel. A few non-romance books that have garnered my interest: The Harry Potter series the Immortal Instruments series and the Vampire Academy series (though there was a romance in that series).
    I enjoyed reading your answers to the questions posed to you today. (Did you get a promotion?)
    Please enter me in today's contest.
    Linda T.
    Florida USA

  44. >Great post and thanks to Ms. Pederson for taking the time out to answer the questions, the answers were great and it is always surprising to me when I read editors having to remind people to use spell and grammar check when submitting their work.

    As to Monica's question about books outside of the romance genre..I'm ashamed to admit that I really haven't read outside of the romance genre in the last couple of years- there is always a romance in the story that I'm reading whether it's sci/fi romance or a murder mystery with a romance inside of it. Even the fantasy stories that I've read have romance. I guess that I do need to broaden my horizons:).

    Thanks for the contest.

    US Resident and GFC Follower.


  45. >I enjoy the occasional mystery. A few years ago, a friend gave me a copy of Merrill Markoe's "walking in circles before lying down". Not my usual reading material but I really enjoyed it and it stuck with me some. Perhaps it about a woman & her new dog who she converses with while manuvering the crazy life & family around her. Since my dog is a great "listener" perhaps I was just able to relate well 😉

    gamistress66 (at)
    aol (dot) com

  46. >Hi, Leis! Thanks for answering these great questions. I always enjoy Q&As. 🙂

    As for your question… I loved Nancy Drew books when I was a kid/teen and now my daughter likes them, too, so I get to enjoy them all over again. And I really enjoy the Harry Potter series, thanks to my son. 🙂

    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org

  47. >Ok, I'm going to be late! I'll check in if I think I can avoid trouble. I'll chat a little later!

  48. >Ann, I've heard about John Wyndham's DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS, although I can't remember what it's about. And not heard of Steven Boyett's ARIEL. What are they about.

    Mary, have you read King's The Stand?? It's BRILLIANT short of a Tale of Two Cities it's the best damn study of characters and characterization out there. I need to buy a new copy. I loaned mine to my BIL and never got it back! LOL

    Stacie, It generally takes a year for a book to go from author to print. I started writing Pleasure Me around this time last year, maybe a little before.

  49. >I know I just wait impatiently for new books and dont usually consider all the work that goes into it

    I understand that impatience.
    Some writers write really fast, others like me not so fast. Yesterday Madeline was talking about novel length. I tend to write longer than most, and it takes longer to do that.

    So another author might write two shorter novels in the same amount of time it takes me to write one. The end result is a rise in the perception that books can be put out on the market quickly.

    The back-to-back books you see come out these days are usually (not always) written by authors who don't have day jobs, and they have more time to write. I could in no way write three books to come out in three month time-span with my current day job.

    I've been working on the current WIP since June. Life has interrupted the project on so many levels, and it's frustrating because I want to turn it in and move on to the next book. I had plans to have another book almost ready to be turned in at this point.

    Normally it takes me three to four months max to write a book. But this one has been very difficult to write for numerous reasons.

    Readers have so many choices these days, which is wonderful for us readers. But there's a price for that too. There are a lot of really good authors that can get lost in the mix, simply because no one reader can read every author out there. It's a conundrum for which I have absolute no answer. If I did, I wouldn't be getting ready to go into work. *grin*

  50. >Good morning Leis & Monica!

    As a reader I am fascinated by how a book comes together. I can't tell you how much I have learned by following my favorite writers blogs. I had no idea that getting a book released was such a long process. I am always eager to learn about the editorial side.

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  51. >Good Morning Leis and Monica,

    I'm always interested in hearing all aspects of the book publishing business. It's interesting to see just how much work goes into the books we read.

    Ya know, I have never read a ray Bradbury book. I don't know why, I just haven't.

    I read a lot of other genre's of books including True Crime, Crafts, Cooking, Romance, Horror, and Thrillers.

    The very first book I read for my own pleasure and not because a teacher told me to, was Cujo…lol and I was 16. I haven't stopped reading since then.
    Nevada, USA

  52. >I love behind-the-scenes looks at publishing! Thanks for sharing with us! I also appreciate the reading suggestion — I fell head over heels in love with Steven Boyett's ARIEL and am still trying to shake images from John Wyndham's DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS… I suspect I should go back and re-read Bradbury!

    ~ Anne

    annmarsh94703 at yahoo dot com

  53. >good morning monica and leis,
    I think the people that work behnd the scenes to make a good book come about are probably about the hardest working people around! there is so much that as just a reader you will never know about the publishing world that its overwhelming when you think about how many authors there are and how they got their start. everyone that works on books to get it from the authors to the bookstore have to be amazing people! I know I just wait impatiently for new books and dont usually consider all the work that goes into it but I know its alot and I appreciate the entertainment all your hard work provides for me! 🙂 thanks!

    Kris b indiana

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  54. >*banging head on desk* forgot to add my question and comment on the main post. Wanted to drive some general book conversation based on Leis's favorite Ray Bradbury book.

  55. >Barbara, an editor also needs to be someone who understands the psyche of an author. That's something Leis does well as does my editor. IOWs, they understand the nature of the beast and how creativity can often make for wild rides. 🙂

    Marlene, an editor is a vital piece of the puzzle when bringing a book to market. I sooo appreciate the comments they make to help me improve my book. If my books went to print without editing they'd be far less worthy of print.

  56. >That was a very informative interview. Thanks
    from MS

  57. >Wow. Interesting to get the picture from the other side of things…! Thanks.

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