May 10, 2016
Christine Munroe interviews Helen Hardt, an author and
editor, about her publishing journey in terms of both sides of her
career. This month, Helen launched the Steel Brothers Saga series
with Waterhouse, an "untraditional" publishing house headed up by
indie author all-star, Meredith Wild. Christine and Helen
- Helen’s publishing path, starting with small presses, and most
recently with Waterhouse
- She became an editor before she became a published author.
- Her work editing Meredith Wild, starting with Hardwired.
- “In this industry, it’s all about making contacts” – Meredith
later started Waterhouse Press, and hired Helen as Managing Editor
and took her on as an author.
- Waterhouse describes itself as an “untraditional press.” From
Helen’s point of view, they focus on building the author and brand,
more so than on each individual book, which she appreciates. They
have a virtual office, with a small staff and authors spread out
across the US.
- The Waterhouse team is very accessible to their authors, and
open to author feedback on all aspects of the publishing
- Helen’s advice: write the best book possible. Learn, learn,
learn about the art and craft of writing. Then hire a professional
- She wishes she could have known that there’s more to writing
fiction than just knowing your grammar. It would have saved her a
lot of heartache in the form of rejections and bad critiques from
- Is it harder for Helen, as an editor herself, to find an editor
for her work that she can trust?
- “You can’t have an ego in this business” – there is always so
much you don’t know about.
- The Steel Brothers Saga, which just launched starting with
CRAVING and is heating up the bestseller lists. The next book,
OBSESSION, comes out July 19th. This is Helen’s first series in
which she’ll stretch the story of her characters across multiple
- “All of my heroes are a little bit tortured – this one more
tortured than most!”
After the interview, Christine talks about the huge success of
small independent publishing houses like Waterhouse in recent
years. Another great example is Bookouture, based in the UK.
They're bridging the gap between self-publishing and traditional
publishing, and maximizing the best opportunities offered by both
paths. We will likely see more and more of these presses emerge,
and it will be very interesting to watch authors navigate these new