Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Angie Workman- Editor

For Inside the Publishing World Wednesday I have an interview with Angie Workman, the acquisitions editor at Cedar Fort Books.

1. Who is Cedar Fort Books and Sweet Water?
Cedar Fort has been in business for over twenty-five years. We are the second largest book publisher in Utah, printing about 150 books a year. We market to both LDS and non-LDS bookstores throughout the United States, and we sell some books in Canada and Europe as well. We also produce and market Pioneer Plus products, a popular line of LDS gifts, jewelry, stickers, and scrap booking materials. Sweetwater books is an imprint of Cedar Fort that publishes fiction titles for the national market.

2. What does an acquisitions editor do? How is it different from a regular editor?

 An acquisitions editor is the person who reads the manuscripts when they first come in and decides if they are suitable for publication. The acquisitions editor works with the author to improve the plot and characters of a story, whereas the copyeditor works with the author to improve sentence structure and flow.

3. What is Sweet Water looking for at this moment? Any gaps you are trying to fill?
Sweetwater Books is always looking for well-written and uniquely-told stories. There seems to be a current trend right now for regency romances and re-told fairy tales.

4. What makes a strong query letter?
A query letter should be brief, containing the author's background and the synopsis of the book. It should also be free from typos. It doesn't make a good impression when a writer sends a letter with glaring mistakes.

5. Do you have any pet peeves from submissions?
An immediate red flag is when a submission comes in without a new submissions form. That tells me that the author hasn't done any research on our company or found out what the submission guidelines are. This form is essential for us to make a valid decision about the manuscript.

6. What was your favorite book growing up? What is it now?
For a person who loves to read, this is an impossible question. I read so much when I was a kid. I used to go to the library in the summers and bring home stacks of books. Now, I go to the library and dream about all the books I wish I could bring home, but my schedule simply doesn't allow it.

7. Any advice to aspiring writers?
 Read. Read. Read. The more you read, the better writer you will become. Take notice of how the great authors immediately bring you into the story, how they develop their characters, and how they write dialogue. You can never read too much.


  1. Great interview! I love getting a sneak peek into the world of publishing.

    1. Thanks Dena, I enjoy doing interviews. It's fun to ask questions.