Meet Debby Gilbert, Founder & Editor, Soul Mate Publishing
Today, I’m thrilled to host Debby Gilbert, founder of Soul Mate Publishing (SMP). Debby is also proud to serve as an editor for SMP, and today she’s sharing why she loves to not only edit, but why she loves the business. Welcome Debby!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and how and why you became involved in publishing.
Thanks for having me today, Rebecca! I’ve been an avid reader since I learned how to read. By the time I was in grade school, I devoured all the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books I could get a hold of. By middle school, my aunt introduced me to Harlequin and I fell in love with romance.
My husband worked for Eastman Kodak and I observed the shift from film to digital and suspected the same would happen with books. I registered the name Soul Mate Publishing in 2006 then conducted all the background business until we opened our doors in 2011.
Obviously, readers have a vast number of choices in books. Why do you feel readers will enjoy the books Soul Mate Publishing has to offer?
Soul Mate Publishing offers readers unique and engaging books from authors all over the world. Our books consistently place in and win prestigious writing contests as well as consistently get excellent reviews, both from known romance review sites as well as readers.
What would you most like people to know about you, and Soul Mate Publishing?
I believe that we are friendly and welcoming to our authors and readers.
As an editor, how do you pay it forward?
I’ve had the opportunity to work with some excellent writers, editors, and writing instructors and I try and pass along what I’ve learned to newer writers.
What is the single best piece of advice you would give to authors about the craft of writing, about marketing, and/or the writing life?
Like everything else, writing requires practice and coaching. If you look at both acting and sports, even people considered at the top of their game have coaches. In writing, editors are a writer’s coach and are a necessary part of helping an author improve his/her craft.
What motivated you to start Soul Mate Publishing, and what continues to inspire you?
I’ve always loved to teach and being an editor is a form of teaching. I am inspired by fresh ideas and stories, and the fact we publish unique stories guarantees that I will never be bored.
The one thing we can all count on is change. How do you plan to continue to evolve in the publishing business?
It’s the Wild West of publishing. This business is constantly changing and we have to change with it or we will be left in the dust. I do my best to stay on top of market news.
What do you feel are the greatest challenges facing authors, editors, and the publishing industry today?
I think one of the greatest challenges is letting go of print books. Don’t get me wrong, I love to hold a print book. I love to go to bookstores and libraries and even inhale the scent of books. But, like film, print books are becoming less and less the preferred medium. I personally hope that there will be a place for print books in the future but for authors who love a print book like I do, I think it’s difficult to grapple with and come to terms with the fact that promotional efforts really do need to focus around an increasingly digital world and that while it’s nice to hold a print book, many readers don’t want to have to cart them around on vacation when they can fit hundreds of books on a lightweight e-reader device.
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