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The care and treatment of authors

April 21, 2011

Tags: editors, author's first book

An editor at Storey Books understands how special getting the first copy of her book is to an author. "Editor Gwen Steege made sure this copy got shipped to me as soon as possible, prepared like the treat that it is," writes Deb Robson's in her photo-essay 3 pounds 10 ounces (1.6 kg). Think of the book* as a baby, and the shipment of that first book as a birthing present. Make your author feel special.

Brenda Serotte, author of the moving memoir The Fortune Teller's Kiss, captures the first author's experience in her poem The Author Cries Upon Seeing Her First Book (to the right of the page).

* Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson are co-authors of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn. Spinners and knitters: This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce.