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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Finding GOOD LDS Fiction...Enter, LDSpublisher

If you don't know who LDSpublisher is, well, join the club--most of us don't know who she is. But if you have any interest in LDS fiction--as a reader or a writer--you ought to know what she does, even if you don't know who she is.

I do know people who know who she really is, but they ain't talkin' and although the curiosity has been intense at times, I've come to realize over the years she's been doin' her thing, that she couldn't do it at all if she were outted. So, I gave up the hunt mostly because if she lost the secrecy of her identity, she probably couldn't do what she does. And what she does is a definitely benefit to the LDS Market.

Here's what I do know:

She's female
She either works for or has worked for a publisher who publishes LDS books
She tells the truth
She is passionate about good books
She watches the national market pretty closely
She's captain of the LDS market cheerleading team
She knows when to say nothing at all
She's a major supporter of The Whitney Awards
She really, truly, and without apology wants to make LDS fiction better.

That makes us BFFs, even if I don't know who she is because she and I have a lot in common.

Over the years since she's been blogging, she's done reviews, contest, lists, groups and, recently, reinvented "Recommended Reads" where she will display the covers or two books she read and liked and recommends. She accepts books to consider, but makes no promises--she'll only recommend books she truly wants to recommend and will not be bullied.  I say that  because I DID NOT bully her into putting Devil's Food Cake up as a recommended read for March. I didn't. I would have, if I'd thought she would give in, but the woman simply doesn't cry uncle and then there would be criminal charges, awkward newspaper articles, and a general black mark on my oh-so-easy-to-get-along-with reputation.

And the fact that I didn't have to resort to brass knuckles means that she REALLY did like my book! All in all, things are great and I'm honored to hang out on her sidebar for the next month. I'm not the only title there, and, in addition to Recommended Reads, she also has free book contests each month, writing contests a few times a year and all kinds of other reader and writer resources. You should totally check her out. Well worth your time.


Cindy Beck, author said...

She's a wonder, that woman! :)

And knowing how well you write, I'm sure she's going to love Devil's Food Cake!

Carolyn V. said...

I love LDS publisher, she is so cool. I only stalk her blog now because I kept winning awesome books when I commented(and I felt a little guilty). She really knows her stuff! Great post Josi!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I, too, have been very curious as to whom LDSPublisher could be. There are times I think I have a good idea, but I'm not sure. I'm glad your book made the March recommended reading list. :)

L.T. Elliot said...

I love LDSPublisher. She's awesome and I love her blog and she's one of the smartest people out there.

Congrats on the March book reading list! Of course it would make it. You rock, Josi!

Kimberly Job said...

Yep, she's amazing, and obviously knows a great writer when she sees one.

Stephanie Black said...

I love LDSP's blog!

LDS_Publisher said...

Wow! I wasn't expecting to find this on your blog. Thank you for all the kind words and all the nice things your commenters have said.

And Carolyn, go back to commenting. Prizes are chosen totally at random, so if you win a bunch, that's okay. :)

Also, I may change out the Recommended Reads more often than once a month, but I'll keep a link list of all my picks so readers can go back and see all the titles I liked.

Rebecca Irvine said...

LDSP is one of my favorite blogs--she has answered numerous questions when I felt I was wandering in the dark.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Of course she liked your book!! What's not to like?

Brenda Anderson said...

Not only does she answer my questions, she does it before I've asked them!

Angie said...

Yeah, she's definitely awesome whoever she is.

An Ordinary Mom said...

I didn't even know that site existed?! Thanks for the heads up :) !!