What do publisher look for in a story to know whether it'll be worth publishing?
From reader's perspective what would you say a reader looks for in a story? (I could answer that myself, but would like to hear someone else's opinion)
Lastly what do you think a writer should consider when it comes to knowing whether their story is/isn't ready to be published?
What advice do you have for a beginner who is trying to write a novel for the first time? 😄
When reviewing a new book, what immediately catches your attention and makes you think "Ah, this has potential." or "Hm, this is worth publishing."? Is it the title, or maybe the summary, or the first few sentences? Thank you.
Hi Eric! :D
Do you feel that an understanding of literature is important for writing?
Do you think that writers should study things like critical literature and professional editing in order to increase their chances of success?
What does it take for a novel to get noticed by publishers in this market?
Thanks for your time,
Is self publishing as valid as traditional publishing in a modern environment?
Do you feel that there are pros to cons to each, and if so which outweighs the other?
Mr. Huang, what is the market like for multicultural fantasy?
I am a fanfic writer who has sold some original short-stories. How important is it that writers have a "platform" to get a publishing contract. Would my fanfic readers count as a legitimate fan base in a publishers' eyes? Should I be blogging on tumblr or another site to build up a fan base? Thanks!
Hi there Mr. Huang!
Thanks for taking the time out of your day to do this AMA.
What is your opinion on self-publishing and do you think it's positive addition to the industry?
Off topic, are you a Reddit user? If so, what subreddits do you often find yourself reading?
So I finished my first novel and am looking to publish it.
Here are the problems though. How do I handle being a non-native English speaker, writing in English? What publishers can I best address, since I don't live in America? Where do I find good proofreaders to check my grammar?
I posed these questions as for me personally, but I can imagine quite some writers face these issues.
Eric Huang is a pretty cool guy with a wealth of knowledge regarding the publishing industry. Currently a publisher at MadeInMe, a digital agency, publisher, and creator of kids IP and brands, Eric has also works for the international publisher of LEGO books (Ameet), and sits on the board of a number of kids media start ups. In the past he has worked for Penguin Books as their Publishing Director and Managing Editor, as well as for Disney Publishing Worldwide as their Global Project Management Director and Managing Editor.
This is an unprecedented opportunity. You have the chance to chat with a man with vast experience in the publishing industry. Eric knows the industry, he knows books, and he has been present in major international publishing houses. Plus - he’s a really great guy.
Get those asks in now!