Saturday, August 1, 2009
Introducing Katie Hines
The VBT - Writers on the Move August rotation starts today, August 1. 4RV Publishing has several authors who take part: Linda Asato, Lea Schizas, Crystalee Calderwood, Katie Hines, and me, Vivian Zabel.
Today I get to combine hosting a VBT member and introducing one of the 4RV authors. I will be giving more information about her book August 3.
Several months ago, Katie Hines submitted a manuscript to 4RV Publishing, a fantasy. Now, I read some fantasies, but I’m not a fanatic fan of the genre. However, I like good writing. Guardian made a good first read, but I hadn’t made a final decision. I didn’t know how teens would react to the story, how much editing would be needed, none of the details involved in accepting a manuscript.
At the time the company was extremely busy, and manuscripts were piling up faster than any of the editors could thoroughly go through them and decide what we wanted to accept. One of my grandsons, an avid and very exacting reader, found Guardian and read it.
He brought it to me and informed me that we needed to accept the book. He said it needed some work, but it would be worth it.
Ahh, he’s not a babe, so I can’t use the quote “from the mouths of babes” exactly, but he knew what he was talking about.
One of our excellent illustrators prepared a cover. One of our best editors is working with Katie. When the final revisions are finished, Guardian will be one of the best books in the fantasy genre, all due to a talented author -- Katie Hines.
Monday I will discuss the book more and show the cover.