To all potential fiction authors of Tuscany Press,
We at Tuscany Press want to cultivate gifted writers and publish great Catholic fiction books with commercial success. If we choose to publish your manuscript, novel or young adult novel, the following process will be implemented.
In order to accomplish our goals together, we have instituted an old school method - the Tuscany Max Perkins Editorial Process.
Who was Max Perkins? He was the editor to the greatest American writers - F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe and many other notable writers. He took care of his writers. He worked with his writers to help them be great. We want to help you be a great writer.
Tuscany believes a novel is a partnership. It is best when all parties work together. The partnership began when you submitted your manuscript. We treated your manuscript with care. Now, we would like all our potential authors to understand what it takes to write a great novel – a novel that is a work of art and a commercial success.
How are we going to achieve our goals? By working together to keep the voice of the writer and helping the writer hone the craft of writing and storytelling.
We begin the Tuscany Max Perkins Editorial Process by insisting that all our authors read and know certain books on the craft of writing and storytelling.
Before a contract is signed, potential authors will be required to read and know the following works:
1.) Letter to Artists by Pope John Paul II
2.) The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
3.) On Moral Fiction by John Gardner
4.) Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
7.) Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King
8.) Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas
9.) The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass
10.) Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass.
The publisher will discuss each of these works with the potential author. We will review the concepts and techniques in each of these works. We insist writers understand how we analyze and develop a novel. We want everyone to be on the same page to create a great novel. The editorial process will be smoother and the writer will know the craft of great writing and storytelling.
Next, Tuscany Press will then create a development plan for your novel. The editor and publisher will propose a development plan to the author. The author will contribute his/her ideas to the plan. It is a dialogue and negotiation. We will work together on the vision of the novel.
Before any work begins on the manuscript, the author, editor and publisher will agree to the development plan. If the writer and Tuscany Press cannot agree on the vision for the novel, we will part ways.
The development plan will become a part of the publishing contract and signed by the publisher and author.
We will break down the manuscript into manageable pieces. The editor will work intimately with the author on the first chapter. The next two chapters will be worked on, then the next four chapters, then the next six chapters, etc. until the work is complete. The idea is to teach the author the craft of writing and execute the development plan for novel.
At the end, the novel will be a polished product that can achieve greatness, and a writer who has learned the highest standard of the craft of writing and storytelling.
If you want to receive the highest standard of care and learn how to be a great writer and storyteller, then Tuscany Press is for you.
Thank you for you hard work and contribution to the Catholic Literary Revival.
Peter J. Mongeau
Tuscany Press, LLC
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