The editors that I work with are so hardworking and really push a story and concept to be the best it can be. A book editor’s job can vary, but for us it involves reviewing manuscripts, proposals, series overviews and giving feedback.
Daily challenges? I think my biggest challenge is getting everything done in a day. The great part about my job is there is always variety, whether I’m discussing editorial overview with our team or going over sales numbers from a special promotion.
There is always something different happening and in the digital age, especially with publishing, we have to be flexible, agile and willing to shift ideas or plans quickly when something changes.
What time do you usually leave the office? It varies, but I try to wrap up and leave the office around 5pm (try is the key word here!). Some parts of the year are busier than others. For example, we usually have a packed publishing schedule for holiday winter books, so coming up May-September we work longer hours to prepare for the volume of those.