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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.

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Why I Love my Publisher

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 17, 2012

In the writing world it could be 1776 all over again. Well, except for the reliance on up-to-the-minute technology, that is. But it’s certainly the day of independence and independents. Everything one reads about publishing focuses on the Indies. No, not the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia, but authors who are independently publishing their own books through the miracle of electronics. The idea is that they do all the work and reap all the benefits.

The argument often goes something like this: "My publisher never did anything for me anyway. I still had to do all my own promotion. Why should I split the profits?"

Well, more power to them, I say. But I need a team on my side. And the more I hear complaints about publishers, the more I realize how blessed I am to be with the UK publishers Monarch Books (Lion Hudson) who publish my Monastery Murders and with Kregel who handles the North American promotion and distribution. Talk about the A Team.

First of all, they provide world class editing from an editor who really understands what I’m trying to do with this series and sometimes knows more about the subject than I do— but tells me so very gently. And then they produce books with (I think) gorgeous covers.

But the complaint I hear most often, even from authors who publish with major publishers is that they get no promotional support. So, please permit me to brag on my publisher as a public thank you to them for their great support and hard work.

Besides producing trailers for each of my Monastery Murders books (, among other efforts, they have set up three blog tours and have designed and produced post cards for me to use for promotion.

And— the immediate impetus for this article— just this week, I received an e-mail from Kregel’s publicist attaching pictures of recent ads they have placed for me which I want to share with you, my readers, by way of saying, in this Valentine's week , "Thank you!" To a first class, supportive team. Because, of course, readers are the most important part of the team!




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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.

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Tony, Noelle, Simon, Jan and all the rest of the team--this is for you! Now I need to work even harder to live up to your efforts! smile.
-Donna, February 17, 2012

It's brilliant, Donna, that you've got a publisher who really does work with you, but such is not the case for many another. Why on earth this is so, I don't know, because what makes the relationship work are very simple things, such as listening to your authors and not assuming (as an article I recently read in a publishers' journal assumed) that all authors are dozy divas with no grasp of marketing etc. But it can work - and I'm very glad it's working for you!
-Dolores, February 18, 2012

Wow! I like your publisher! Do you have an agent too or did you find them on your own (or did they find you...)?
-Sheila Deeth, February 18, 2012

Thank you, Dolores, I know many publishers deserve the complaints one hears--that's why i wanted to speak up and let people know that there still are some traditioonal publishers doing their job.
-Donna, February 18, 2012

Good question, Sheila. Funniest thing--I found my agent in a listing online. I didn't realize until we spoke on the telephone that she's English, so she knew Monarch and knew it would be a good fit. They liked the book, but we had to wait almost a year for a contract because they were market testing Mel Starr's Hugh de Singleton series to see if mysteries would work for them. Fortunately, Starr is a bestseller, so Monarch has developed a really good mystery line with more coming.
-Donna, February 18, 2012

That's great news, Donna. I'm really pleased for you. And it's lifted my own morale. My first Monarch mystery, "The Hunted Hare", is coming out in August. Already it's got a great cover; the marketing team are delighted. So I'm now looking forward to seeing what else they will do to promote the book. Meanwhile, it's time to bring my outline plans for the sequel to life.
-Fay, February 19, 2012

Hi, Donna,

You really have gotten more support from your publisher than most of us have gotten! A book trailer? Wow would I love that! And setting up blog tours for you--very impressive! Congrats.
-Jacqueline Seewald, February 19, 2012

Well, we're trying to hide our blushes over here in Oxfordshire. To return the compliment, it's not often one gets the chance to work with an author so friendly, responsive and generous with her praise! AND Donna is hard-working. With some authors a list of editing notes produces grudging acceptance and a long delay (and sadly, sometimes a recalcitrant digging-in of heels and a bit of argument). Donna responds quickly and gets a stunning amount of work done in the turnaround period (when the copyeditor is waiting her turn in the background, tapping her pencil impatiently, and the publisher is nervously nibbling bits out of his printing schedule).
Authors, this is the way to get the best out of your team. The feeling that we're all working together for success is a great incentive to everyone.
Thanks, Donna.
-Jan, February 20, 2012

Aw, Jan, thank you! I was hoping I wouldn't embarrass any of my lovely, understated English friends. Teamwork is exactly the right concept. Fay, I am so looking forward to reading THE HUNTED HARE--and promoting it here on my blog!Thank you, Jacqueline. Blog tour is in full swing just now--I'll be posting each visit on my homepage.
-Donna, February 20, 2012

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