Service Interview with Debra Hartmann
Today we're doing a different type of interview, and it should be enlightening to both writers and readers following the blog.
My guest today is Debra Hartmann. Hello! Welcome to Writing in the Modern Age! It’s such a pleasure to have you here.
It’s a pleasure to be here today, thank you for having me.
Can you tell us a little bit about your venture and how Writing in the Modern Age readers can benefit from it?
I’ve been editing for 20 years now so I actually watched eBook and self-publishing trends develop and grow, and far too many authors publishing unpolished manuscripts. Technology had opened the door, nothing else had changed, and authors denied traditional publishing contracts were just trying to realize their dream, but without the budget or connections a traditional publisher has. Either without professional packaging or with cheap packaging…the end result is the same—bad reviews and no sales.
Most writers today are working full time and writing part time—that is the reality—you have to support yourself and your family first, dreams second. Add on that getting a traditional contract is next to impossible. It can all feel like an impossible situation. There needed to be something added to match what technology had provided.
So, I assembled a team of about two dozen freelance service providers covering everything from editing to publishing who feel the same way I do about these things and launched The Pro Book Editor and Indie Author Publishing Services. All team members are also published authors, so they understand both sides of the working relationship, no one has less than 10 years of experience in their field, and they each came highly recommended by previous clients.
—requiring every update or change to go through them as the publisher. We
Now for some general questions. Do you have any favorite authors?
Stephen King, John Irving, Regina Puckett, MC Muhlenkamp, Martha Bourke, Austin Dragon, and Jeffrey Poston.
I definitely love my printed hardback books—one wall in my office and in my living room are each filled floor to ceiling with them. However, I cannot deny, though I only have it because my son gave it to me for Mother’s Day, I do love my tablet. End of the day, relaxing in bed until I fall asleep is my favorite time to read and that tablet is light weight and has its own reading light. It’s very convenient and I’m reading more now because I have it. If I travel and take a book, it’s always the paper version. The feel and smell of a book cannot be replaced with technology and that sound tablets make is kind of creepy. Though my husband appreciates me not fussing around with hardback books and an annoying reading light in bed anymore!
Right now, I’m catching up on the last few Stephen King novels that came out…I was too busy to read them as they published, like I normally would. I also have a signed copy of Corvus Rising by Mary C. Simmons at the ready for my next read. She’s trying to start a new genre called Ecofantasy and the book is an elaborate, nature/ecology based fantasy tale that has me most intrigued. It has a map in it…that often does it for me, too, the extra effort to show the reader around in their fantasy world…love it!
My career has included working as a freelance sub-contractor for traditional publishing companies on fiction novels, working with corporate documents and manuals, and as an independent freelancer to both traditional and self-publishing authors. These days, I specialize in fiction manuscripts, short stories, and story collections across most genres for editing to published, indie style. I am excited about our indie author revolution and being a part of that movement.
Publish on Your Terms! Instead of signing over your publishing rights and the lion’s share of royalties to a self-publishing house, work directly with freelance editors, designers, and formatters.
Freelancers are service and quality oriented and our success depends on your satisfaction.
Our team is comprised of only experienced professionals who are also self-published authors so we can truly appreciate our client’s needs. The combination of our experiences allows us to offer training and consultation services also, to help authors be as independent as they want to be.