So, here I am again apologising for not updating the blog for so long. Life still continues to get in the way of my attempts to set up Frightful Horrors as a small press. However, I am now able to reveal the cover of the upcoming e-chapbook from Cate Gardner. This cover was created by Joshua Rainbird and has been described as “seriously disturbing” – which I consider to be a compliment. I think it’s stunning! Still no publication date yet for the e-chapbook though. Watch this space, as they say.
As this blog is about the trials and tribulations of setting up a small press, I thought I’d share some of the questions which have recently been bugging me. These are all questions which I’m sure most people in the publishing world would think are so obvious they don’t even need answering, but they’re causing me a little trouble trying to figure them out.
First, do publishers usually show authors the cover before revealing this to the public? It seems to me to be simple courtesy to do so but I really don’t know if it’s common practice. And another “obvious” (though not to me!) question: should I show my authors the edited version of the book before publication? In the past, I worked with new authors where our aim was to help them learn, and this was the way it was done in those circumstances, but would an established author think this was overkill? I really don’t know! I think I’ll have to swallow my pride, risk looking like an idiot, and ask someone in the know. 😀