Prospective authors often pose questions like these to publishers: “What kind of book are you looking for?” or ” What do you think I should write?” I will tell you what what kind of books we are looking for. Good books. Well- written books. Books made up of skill, passion, and truth.
Asking a publisher what to write is a fools errand. It rips the heart out of your writing. It is taking on an assignment, not writing something that matters to you. And as a writer what matters to you matters most. It is what you can communicate with skill, passion, and truth. It is what you will take pains to write well and go to great lengths to make perfect.
Don’t ask what to write. Write what is heavy in your heart and ping ponging around your head so much you just have to get it out. Write what you have a passion for with purpose. That will give your work life. That will make your work matter. And that is what I want to see as a publisher.