Thursday, August 14, 2008

Update on Abingdon Press

Yesterday I received this email from Barbara Scott, new fiction acquisitions editor at Abingdon:

Brandilyn, just wanted to thank you again for the blog posting about Abingdon. I received so many good proposals, a few of which have made the cut. It’s been tough turning some of them down, but they weren’t quite a fit. Once I have the final Fall 2009 list, I’ll let you know who came from your site. There are at least two, I think.

Wonderful news, isn't it. And I do understand Barbara's statement about not being "a fit." An editor at Zondervan once told me, "We turn away a lot of great books." Sometimes the house already has a book too much like it, or in the same genre. Or maybe the house just doesn't know how to market the book. Those are the hard ones for editors, who really like the story and are championing to get the novel approved, but can't get the rest of the publishing board to agree.


Karen said...

Brandilyn, thanks again for the opportunity you provided for us to reach Barbara (a most gracious editor, I might add).

Pam Halter said...

My best friend is one of the authors being considered by Barbara, which I'm totally jazzed about! Thanks for the information. If she gets picked up, I'll be as happy as if it were my book. :)

Myra Johnson said...

Brandilyn, I'd like to add my thanks for posting the information about Abingdon Press. How exciting to learn about a new fiction line where new authors are welcomed!

And I agree with Karen -- Barbara Scott is a most gracious editor. Quick to respond, encouraging, friendly. I'm sure the authors who are fortunate enough to work with her will be in for a treat.

Pam Hillman said...

How exciting! Thanks for the update, B.

Anonymous said...

I am guilty of being a lurker on your site. Thank you very much to you and Ms. Scott for presenting this generous opportunity.