Hi dear friends,
Today I am asking you to join me in the list of things you don’t like (hate) that publishing houses do and that you would like to change!
It can be small or it can be big but …don’t tell me there is NOTHING that is bugging you from time to time in their choices?
Personally, I have two main problems with publishing houses that I will illustrate below:
1) When publishing houses stop translating a series!
WHO does THAT????
Are they REAL book nerds?
Seriously I have two examples here:
Throne of Glass series!
In French, the publishing house has only translated three books of the seven main books! Heir of Fire was the last one translated! And they don’t plan on resuming the translation…
My daughter had to watch it being translated in Italian, German and many more languages while despairing to read it in French.
The bright side of it she was so desperate that last year she tried to read my books and …read it in two days in English! But still.
Second famous example: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh!
Only the first book has been published in French. When I met Renée at YALC a few weeks ago I asked when the second one would be translated and she told me that currently, the publishing house in France was no more interested.
I was all “WTH????”. She assured me that she was trying to find a solution. Changing of publishing house in France maybe?
But why is that? Are French people so different from us Belgians, Italians, Germans? Is speaking some topics too raw for them? Is it something else? And yes maybe some books can’t be translated as they would clash with the culture but then why begin translating the first(s) one(s)???
If you know the answer to these questions please enlighten me!
2) When publishing houses change the covers of a series while it’s not even been published a first time.
I HATE it! Because my set does no longer match!
They did it for An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Flame to the Mist by Renée Ahdieh and now for the UK cover of Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff (when I found MY UK paperback cover of Lifel1k3 so cool with the eye)!!!!!
I have nothing against a revamp once all the books have been published. Owning some special edition can be an extra kick for some fans but NOT IN THE MIDDLE of the first publishing round!
I love Instagram and take lots of pictures. I always try to match the colors and have great aesthetic. With a sequel very different from the first book it is pure and simple ugly to my eyes!
Newsflash publishers: we are NOT made of gold! Many readers are either students, either people with not a huge budget and buying the first book again is just wasting money they could use on something else!
Or maybe you could organise swaps and take the shipping costs at your expense? No? That’s what I thought! I think it’s not fair!
Now do tell me: do you agree with this? Do you have other complaints to voice? Changes you’d like publishing houses to make?
Thanks for reading!
PS: Next week I’ll stop ranting and will be my bubbly self again. I just had to get it out of my chest!