On Publishing: Potential


When a book comes your way, as a publisher you see it not just for what it already is, but for what it can be.

This is one of the exciting, creative aspects of publishing: using your skill and expertise to polish and shape an author’s work to a new level, whilst respecting their judgment and artistry.

Of course, not every manuscript is a priceless gem that just needs a polish, but all of them have something in common: they have been sweated over by someone who cares an awful lot. And, for this, creators have my admiration and respect, regardless of whether I can picture a potential book in their work.

All this potential-spotting and moulding are among the many aspects of a publisher’s work that goes unnoticed. Nonetheless, for a booklover like me, this work is rewarding as hell. Which is why I love receiving submissions* and am always keen to see more: who knows what potential I might see?



* Submissions for beautiful books that matter can be emailed directly to lisette@magpiepulp.com; I do carefully evaluate what comes my way, so it might take some time to get back to you. But please be assured I will get back to you.

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