Monday, January 23, 2012
Book Update: Contract
Thanks to my writers’ group for witnessing (and celebrating) as I signed a book contract with a Christian publishing company. After hearing from lots of authors who say that it takes a loooooong time to query agents and editors, sift through dozens of rejections before getting accepted by a traditional publisher, and then wait up to 18 months for the book to appear in print, I decided to research independent publishing.
I found a right-fit hybrid. Tate Publishing is traditional (they only accept a small percent of manuscripts submitted—mine included) and independent (I retain rights to my content and contribute a refundable retainer fee for marketing).
Last week, I drove to Oklahoma City to visit Tate. I noticed two things in their parking lot, but only one of them was for me: a parking space reserved for “Author Erika Nossokoff” and a limousine. It turns out that the limo was for one of The Temptations (ever heard of the song, “My Girl?”).
While at Tate, I met some wonderful people, saw professional books with top-notch covers, and negotiated a great deal. I'm excited to see what the creative minds at Tate can do with this book of inspiring true stories about the Faith Alive hospital in Jos, Nigeria.
I’ll let you know when you can pre-order the book for yourself, your friends, your family, small group, pastors, mission teams, coworkers or neighbors. In the meantime, thanks for checking in with this blog to stay up-to-date with our favorite Nigerians.