ended by suggesting a ‘book doctor’.
I was burned out on it. I had several other ideas I wanted to move on to.
this forces a gut check: a clear eyed evaluation of the writer’s true commitment and the book’s realistic possibilities of selling enough copies to, at least, break even.
Then, I got a humbling summary evaluation of my manuscript:
I had a simple choice: stick to my artistic guns and refuse to remove the subterfuge and find another publisher, or revise
if they can’t print the book because of this, they can keep my deposit and we’ll go our separate ways.
my contact at iUniverse had understood my position well enough after our call to not have wasted my time even offering them.
Things get more serious: Money becomes involved
In other words, iUniverse starts spending its own time and money backing the book.
In other words, if a publisher gets behind a book, it has to make absolutely sure it really is that good: