Posts Tagged ‘editor’


The editor’s despair?

October 19, 2010

A British literary agent, writing under the pseudonym Agent Orange sees a possible transformation of the current publishing business model:

Here’s a modest proposal. Let’s get rid of editors. Seriously, would publishing be better off without them? Should we abolish lunch?

Any agent worth their salt will be able to tell you many recent stories of editors – senior, well known editors – who have loved books that the agents have submitted to them but for which they have failed to gain the support of their colleagues.

Of course editors are as status conscious as the rest of us and are keen to present themselves (particularly to agents) as mighty forces within the organisations they work for. But in unguarded moments it is possible to get them to concede that the majority of the projects they take forward get shot down during the acquisition process – often for reasons that seem to them to be obscure or arbitrary ….

…. Let’s say I pitched a novel at this meeting, everyone agrees it seems a good idea, solidly in genre, with a marketable author. The publishing director then decides which editor should read it. They love it, others agree and the publisher offers. Fantastic, everyone is happy, except one has to ask, what is the role of the editor in this process?

Traditionally agents pitch books to editors (lunch!), get them fired up, send them the book, the editor loves the book, drives that ‘passion’ through acquisition and editorial, sales conferences. They choose the image on the jacket, the blurb, even the title and author name in many cases. They are the publisher, the apex of a pyramid with sales, publicity, design and marketing all feeding into them. They own the project.

If, as is increasingly the case, that is simply no longer true, then what are they for?

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Writer Replay Ep. 4: Awaiting A Writer

July 2, 2010



Your Book Sucks

June 7, 2010



Transitioning from magazine to book editor

August 19, 2009

The realities of being a book editor can prove challenging to those editors migrating from the magazine world, as this piece from The New York Observer attests.

Notes for Andy Ward, on the Eve of His Move to Random House
By Leon Neyfakh

Random House surprised the publishing industry Monday with the hiring of GQ executive editor Andy Ward, who will be joining the editorial staff of the house’s flagship imprint in mid-September. Though Mr. Ward began his career in letters as an editorial assistant at Little, Brown, he has spent the past 13 years working in magazines—the most recent six at GQ, and the seven before that at Esquire. Mr. Ward is just one of several magazine editors who have made the jump into the book business during the past year and a half, a trend that made us wonder: Just how different is the life of a magazine editor from that of a book editor, and do the people who trade one in for the other know what they’re getting into?

And so, having conducted interviews with a number of publishing people who began their careers in the magazine world, we’ve come up with the following crib sheet for Mr. Ward and anyone else who follows in his footsteps:

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Marketing the Muse: The Query Letter

February 3, 2009

Author/editor Marla Miller returns to the San Diego conference with her popular query letter troubleshooting workshop, “Pitch it to Me: Let’s Fix Your Book Pitch.” To give you a taste, see her in action in the above video we shot at last year’s event in Irvine.



WORDsd looking for someone to blame

December 15, 2008

nullOur compatriots over at are looking for a leader in the form of a San Diego-based writer/editor: is looking for a creative, energetic, take-charge, deadline making SD writer to be our Editor-In-Chief!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Add your name to the list of Furiously Famous Editors, alongside Helen Gurly Brown, Clay Felker, Perry White and J. Jonah Jameson!

You will be the one to come up with story ideas (although we’ve got a million already, just waiting for you to change them from ideas, into stories!)

You will be the one to assign stories to writers (keeping the best, most exciting, most glamorous stories for yourself to write!)

You will be the one to recruit and develop the new generation of San Diego’s best writers!

You will be the one to go out and hobnob with your fellow wizards! (That is, to connect WORD to the rest of SD’s vibrant writing organizations and create a critical mass explosion in which no one gets hurt and everyone has…what else?…a BLAST!)

WORD will truly be what YOU make of it!

Tell me more about being The Editor-In-Chief of WORD

They’re also looking for writers and artists to contribute.



Radio interview with editor Redmond online

November 11, 2008

Jennifer Silva Redmond

Jennifer Silva Redmond

Appearing on The Writing Show this week, Sunbelt Publications editor-in-chief Jennifer Silva Redmond offers writers great insight from her perspective working the publisher’s side of the business, as well as provides practical solutions to the gaffes too many routinely make soliciting houses for their manuscripts. Among the topics she deftly addresses:

* How to select a publisher to query
* What the difference between a query letter and a proposal is
* How to write a great query (and what not to do)
* How to talk yourself up without being obnoxious
* Why you should adhere to publishers’ guidelines (and what happens when you don’t)
* How long is reasonable to wait for an answer.

An always popular staffer at the SCWC — she’ll be back for SD23 — you can check out the terrific interview here.

Listen and learn!



Shapiro welcomes submissions

April 22, 2008

Our very own flash fiction specialist and workshop leader, author Julie Ann Shapiro, has been brought aboard as flash fiction editor of what looks to be a very cool publication called Conclave: A Journal of Character. With her short stories and essays having appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune, North County Times, Los Angeles Journal, Pindeldyboz, Sacred Waters/Fire, Story South, Word Riot, Opium Magazine, Insolent Rudder, Elimae, Cezzane’s Carrots, Mad Hatters Review, Writers Post Journal, Spoiled Ink, Void, Footsteps to Oxford, Salome, Skive, Millennium Shift, Mega Era Magazine, Moon Dance, Science Fiction and Fantasy World, Green Tricycle, Long Story Short, All Things Girl, Ultimate Hallucination, The Glut, Somewhat, Uber, Moon Dance, The Quarterly Staple, Journal of Modern Post, Rumble, Cellar Door Magazine, Edifice Wrecked, Espresso Fiction, Flash Fiction — Coffee Cup Series, ISM Quarterly and elsewhere, my suspicion is that she’s going to be a fine editor.