Today the Quid Pro Quills are honored to interview Nicola Martinez, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at Pelican Book Group (PBG).
QPQ: Thank you for joining us, Ms. Martinez.
NM: Thanks for having me. I’m happy to be here.
QPQ: Please tell us about yourself and the work you do at Pelican Book Group.
NM: I’m “the buck stops here” gal at PBG. 🙂 Ooooh! Sounds so powerful, doesn’t it? 🙂 In reality, it means that I have the privilege—and the responsibility—to make sure we put out an excellent product that will both entertain and spread the Gospel. I love it, mainly because I have the help of a talented group of faith-filled staff and authors who inspire me.
QPQ: So you’re active in many aspects of publishing at PBG. What’s the best thing about working there?
NM: Being able to set my own hours! Seriously, the best thing is being able to spend my days doing something that interests me but also doing something I know is pleasing to God.
QPQ: If you could only choose one PBG element to highlight, what would it be?
NM: Great question. I think I would set the spotlight on something people outside Pelican don’t know, and that’s how awesome our authors are as a family. To witness how each upholds the other—in prayer, during times of need; in cross promotion; in friendship. It makes for a terrific atmosphere.
QPQ: You do amazing work on book covers for authors. In fact, you’ve provided the cover art for three of the six Quid Pro Quills! How do you select the subjects and settings for your cover art?
NM: Thank you for your kind words. First, I read the cover information questionnaire that each author supplies, and I try to match that vision. I also keep in mind the genre and tone of the story and try to design something that is a marriage of all that.
QPQ: You definitely have a gift. Have you always wanted to be an editor?
NM: Thank you. Actually, being an editor never crossed my mind. I did think about starting a publishing company long before it came to fruition, but the editing aspect of that didn’t even come into play in my mind—don’t ask me why! It wasn’t until I was offered a job at a newspaper that professional editing entered. (Although, I’d done my fair share of editing by that point, just not as a profession.) After that, I landed a job at a publishing house, and the rest…well, you know what they say.
QPQ: Do you have an editor’s pet peeve? Would you share it with us?
NM: Do I get only one? 🙂 I guess the most annoying thing is submissions that don’t follow our guidelines. The guidelines are there for a reason, not just because we were bored one day and decided to make up some rules. On the other hand, I absolutely adore submissions that DO follow our guidelines.
QPQ: What’s the most important factor you look for in an author’s work?
NM: A great spiritual message wrapped in talented storytelling.
QPQ: Please share your vision for PBG.
NM: Truly, my vision for PBG is for God to make it whatever He so chooses, even if I don’t like whatever it is. If His will matches mine, though, PBG will always be a company that puts the Gospel first—in our actions and in our stories—and will continue to grow and to be the place authors and readers flock to, because it will be common knowledge that PBG stories are faith-filled, entertaining, and every title is a mega-best-seller!
QPQ: What’s happening at PBG? Any current news you’d like to share?
NM: Oh, always! Right now, though, we’re getting ready to launch a new imprint. Pure Amore is the first romance imprint to promote abstinence. It’s an awesome book-of-the-month club, and I can’t wait to get the books into readers’ hands. (We also have a charity project in the works and a new series that will be open to all…but that’s all hush-hush for now!)
QPQ: How exciting! Great things are in store for readers and authors at PBG. As we conclude, is there a question you wish I’d asked?
NM: Hmm. You’ve done a pretty thorough job, already. Let me think. (Jeopardy! musical interlude) Nope. Still can’t think of anything.
QPQ: Thank you so much for being with us, Ms. Martinez. We anticipate Pelican Book Group’s continued success!
NM: Thank you! I’ve enjoyed answering your questions.
Nicola Martinez, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at Pelican Book Group, is blessed to work with a group of talented authors and staff.