The workshop has ended, but I’m still in teaching mode. It’ll take a few days for that urge to go away. Until it does, let me point out Andrew Wheeler’s excellent blog on one of the (many) pitfalls of publishing. He talks about having books passed over by the major chains, and some of the reasons such things happen.
Unfortunately, it happens to a lot of very fine writers. It’s always better to understand what has gone wrong (and some of the reasons why it could go wrong) instead of flailing around in the dark. So in the spirit sharing knowledge, here’s the link to Andrew’s blog.