Q: What Amish titles is Revell most excited about in 2015?
We’re excited for a new stand-alone novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Anna’s Crossing takes readers back to the beginning of Amish in America. We’re about to see how romantic a voyage across the ocean can be!
Q: Are there any new trends that you’re seeing in Amish fiction?
Amish fiction isn’t always the place to look for trends as much as classic themes. Readers look for a good story and an authentic visit to a culture they love.
Q: Why do you think Amish fiction continues to be such a popular genre?
The world gets busier and our days get more hectic, and yet at the core, we are still the same. We only have 24 hours in a day; we have only two hands. I think readers crave simplicity and order and a place where the work of those two hands are valued. Amish fiction is a place a reader is reminded—you are enough.
Q: What sort of feedback have you heard from readers about your Amish fiction titles?
Readers love the characters and always want to know more about secondary characters in the novels. We also often hear that reading about how an Amish character dealt with a difficult situation has helped readers resolve some of their own conflicts. That’s gratifying to hear.
Q: Give us the inside scoop – what is the most surprising Amish title Revell has releasing in 2015?
Hm…well, if we told you, we’d have to kill you! Just kidding. I think readers will be very surprised and delighted in early 2015 to read Suzanne Woods Fisher’s first work of historical Amish fiction. And what a story it is!
Q: Explain briefly the publishing process – how does an idea become a book on the shelves?
For an author, publishing is in turns both quiet and rushed. There is a lot of time where it’s just you and the story, weaving together something you want to offer the world. When that work is done, two journeys begin for the manuscript. One is the production—where the manuscript is edited, corrected as needed, designed into pages, read and corrected again, and then sent off to the printer. The other journey starts in marketing—where the title and cover are created, the back cover and catalog copy written, the price set, and the marketing plan put in place. These paths converge when the cover meets up with the story at the printer, and the publisher’s catalog and promotional pieces are complete and ready for use. When all is done and a lovely book sits on the shelf, we have the hardest job of all—waiting to see what readers think of what we’ve all worked on!