Continuing my report from the SCBWI WWA Spring conference, let's look at Alison Weiss from Sky Pony Press.
What did she talk about during the panel? Well, passion. That's right, passion. "If I don't feel that level of passion about a book, how can I work with it for months or years?" She went on to say that her vision needs to match your own. "If we're going different ways it's never going to work. There will be tension."
Before taking on a client she will call the author and talk about the book and the author's plans. She needs to know how an author will promote their book so that she can help sell them to the acquisitions board. An author needs to be flexible in letting others in to help guide their writing and publishing journey.
Her advice to writers?
1. Don't compare yourself to others. This is your journey. It is special in its own right.
2. Support the writing community. Be a good member.
For more information check out Alison's wishlist and submissions page.