Teresa Medeiros, the author has written some of my all-time favorite books and Teresa Medeiros, the person is one of the kindest, most genuine people I know. Today, I'm excited to introduce you to this multi-faceted woman's newest identity: Teresa Medeiros, publisher and owner of Amber House Books! Before you ask, no, this does not mean Teresa has stopped writing her own books. In fact, she is currently working on a historical romance project. But today, she's here not to talk about the books she's writing but those she's publishing. Please give her a warm welcome!
WHY THIS NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER IS GOING INDIE AND STARTING HER OWN PUBLISHER
Almost every professional writer starts out with the same goal—to write a book wonderful enough to catch the eye of a New York publisher. To get “the call” from a New York editor that will change their life forever, a call that will begin with the magical words “I want to buy your book.”
I started writing my first novel when I was only twenty-one and a short time later, that call came for me. I’ve spent the past twenty-six years since that day living the dream—being gainfully employed by some of the top publishing houses in the United States while writing twenty-three bestselling novels. I spent most of those years as a client of one of the best agents in the business, a woman I will adore both personally and professionally until the day I die.
So why on earth would I choose to walk away from all of that now? Was it because my publishers were oppressive dark overlords who sought to drain all the joy from my soul by squelching my creative freedom?
For most of my career, I’ve been well-compensated, well-published, and extremely well-represented by my agent. (And since my first advance pre-agent was for $2500, I recognize what a rare and extraordinary blessing that has been.) I’ve also had the pleasure of working with some of the most insightful and talented editors in the business including Wendy McCurdy, Carrie Feron and Lauren McKenna. For the most part, I’ve had perfectly lovely covers, attentive marketing teams, and competent copy editors who didn’t make me gnash my teeth in frustration, but instead made me exclaim, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”
So why would I be bolting for the proverbial door now? In the South Park movie, there was a hilarious song called Blame Canada. Well, these days I’m humming Blame England with a rousing chorus of Blame Australia. It was my devoted readers from across the pond and down under who kept sending me frustrated e-mails because my e-books weren’t yet available in their territories. That’s when I decided to publish all 23 of my books in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
All. By. Myself.
I quickly discovered two things:
1) Being a publisher was a staggering amount of work
2) I adored every minute of it
There’s a reason my website is designed and maintained by “Control Freak Productions.” Being able to manage every aspect of publication from cover design to book blurb to conversion to pricing to uploading for my babies made me positively giddy with delight.
I loved it so much that I decided it was what I wanted to do with the rest of my publishing life. Creatively, I’m not even sure I had a choice because the lack of autonomy in traditional publishing was finally beginning to wear me down.
And for those readers who still prefer the joy of holding (and smelling!) a print book, Amber House is also offering beautiful collectible trade paperbacks of all of our books. I’m even working directly with foreign publishers, agents, and translators to sell our titles all over the world. I just sold my first Rebecca Hagan Lee book to Japan.
This blog was never meant to be a “kiss off” to legacy publishing. Instead, it’s a loving kiss blown in New York’s direction for all of the wonderful years, books, and memories we’ve shared. Life is long and sometimes our paths must diverge, but I will always treasure the time we spent traveling hand-in-hand along that path.
And I’m beyond grateful that I won’t be traveling my new path alone, but hand-in-hand with those beloved readers who have shared my dreams every time they’ve opened up one of my books.
Since I’ve gone out and found some of my favorite books to publish over at Amber House Books, I’d love to know what YOUR favorite romance of all-time is?
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