Publishing and friendship can mix – every now and then.
Here’s a post I wrote for the BACCA Literary blog, about a time in my life when business and friendship coalesced. Chenille Books was an important part of the process, becoming the publisher for a poetry collection and a novel, both by Andrea Fisher Rowland.
Time was not on our side, however, and the work of polishing the novel extended past its author’s lifetime. Dorene Fisher worked with Andrea during her final days to review the text line by line, and after Andrea’s passing, Dorene and I continued. The language of Andrea’s novel is exceptionally sensitive and poetic, so we editors focused on sustaining the author’s tone and light touch, while adjusting for chronological continuity. Happy byproducts of this business effort include a new friendship for Dorene and me (thanks, Andrea!) and a lovely sense that Andrea has been in the room with us, cheering us on and providing guidance.
Read more about how it happened.