Publishing: the brutal reality

This morning I woke to find that the following conversation had taken place while I slept.  I'm passing this on (with permission) to show you the tense dynamics of the publishing world.  What you're about to read is a for real, blow-by-blow dialogue between one of the greatest and most successful editors in publishing, and one the most renowned literary agents.  I have not changed a word.  

Keith the Editor:
Hi Gary:

     So production has released the original copy-edited ms. of The Pericles Commission back to us.  Traditionally, original manuscripts were returned to the author – for reasons both long and no longer nearly as germane in this digital world – but nowadays most authors prefer that we simply recycle them at our end.  However, if you want this back for posterity – or some authors include the ms. in the papers that they donate to an archive somewhere – just let Hannah know and she’ll send it on to you via slow boat to Australia winged steed.  Or something like it.

Janet the Shark:
Or you could send it by smelly donkey over to FPLM.  I have several you can borrow if you don't keep a stable anymore.
Keith the Editor:
Okey dokey.  Over to you.  As soon as we can find a spare llama to port it over to you on.  Or the postal service, for as long as it lasts.
Hannah the Editorial Assistant:
I've located a menagerie of animals to escort the MS back to you-- it will be on its way soon! 
So that's how publishing works!  Seriously, these guys are the ones who should be writing the funny books.


Peter Rozovsky said...

The U.S. cover conveys the series' humor nicely.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

Gary Corby said...

Hi Peter!

The US cover emphasizes the funny bits. The Oz cover emphasizes the thriller-ish bits. Amazing how many ways you can look at the same book and, more to the point, how marketing people view the demographics differently.