Welcome to the six hundred and eighty-second of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with writer and publisher Tracy Kauffman of K G Books. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Tracy: First of all I want to thank you for inviting me to be a part of your wonderful blog. KG Books is a traditional type book publisher located in North Alabama. It is a part of a partnership and both my partner, Vicky and I agree on whom we publish.
Morgen: You’re very welcome, Tracy. I’m delighted you could join me today. You’re also a writer – does this help with deciding which projects to take on?
Tracy: Yes, I started out as an author before deciding to start my own company. I had seen where certain companies published authors but charged a fee just to get the book to print. Our company charges no upfront fees. We only make a percentage if the book sells.
Morgen: They do and there are a lot of scams out there (which is where sites like http://pre-ed.com are invaluable). The $64,000 question: out of all the submissions you receive, what makes a book / story stand out for all the right reasons?
Tracy: First of all, the book has to make sense. You wouldn’t believe how many manuscripts have been sent to us that have not been edited. They are simply hard to read. Editing makes a huge impact on whether we accept the submission or not. Then, we look at length, genre, storyline, and if it is interesting to us.
Morgen: Submissions should be the best they can be. A book will be edited by the publishers but even so… Without naming names, what makes a book proposal / story stand out for all the wrong reasons?
Tracy: Our mission is to publish decent stories to the public. Therefore we will not consider any erotica type books at all. Excessive cursing is the second thing that makes us say NO. Cursing doesn’t make a book appealing.
Morgen: It would be out of character (literally) for a rough and tough antagonist to say, “oh darn”, but less is most definitely more. What genres do you accept? What would you suggest an author do with a cross-genre piece of writing?
Tracy: We accept all except erotica. Cross genres are actually easier to market because they reach a wider base of customers.
Morgen: I’m sure there’ll be so many authors reading this who will love to hear you say that. Is there a genre that you haven’t published and would like to?
Tracy: I hope to publish some Crime / Mystery books in the future.
Morgen: They are incredibly popular. Is there a genre that sells better than others or that you can’t get enough of?