I’m often surprised to see how quickly, once a book has been published, an author falls out of touch. Perhaps the author feels that he or she doesn’t want to bother me, that I’m super-busy. While I am always very busy, I love hearing from authors even long after their books have been published. I want to know what that person is up to. Are you doing events or otherwise promoting their books? Send me advance notice so that I can post it on our company Facebook page and tweet about it. Spot your book piled up in a bricks-and-mortar store? I’d love a photo. Have questions about what you can be doing to best support your book? Don’t hesitate to ask me. I don’t have all the answers, but I care, and more often than not, I’ll try to help.
A book can have a long life. In the digital age, books can live forever. A dedicated agent (substitute here: editor, publicist, publisher) is invested in the success of that book and the author’s career long after the book launches. Hearing from the writer can stimulate us to think about new opportunities.
There’s more. We constantly hear today that publishing is a business. It is. And we should never forget it. But it is also an industry that attracts a very special kind of person. Most publishing professionals care passionately about books, about the wonderful folks who conceive of them and write them. We care about ideas and disseminating them into the marketplace. We care about nurturing talent.
If you don’t hear from us, it is not because we don’t care. Perhaps we are focused on something else. But a gentle reminder is always welcome.Remember, we are here for you.