Recently, Jane at DearAuthor blogged regarding her meetings at RWA that editors often make the best ambassadors for books in terms of communicating why a book will appeal to a reader, and I think she’s on to something there. I also think that part of what makes the editor’s perspective refreshing is that, unless we’re at a writer’s conference, many readers don’t hear from editors all that often. You hear from them more lately via Twitter or Facebook or similar publisher-driven social media efforts, but they aren’t the consistent mouthpiece of a publisher all that often – because that’s not their job.
Yet whenever I meet romance editors at a conference, I’m always very curious about their profession – ok, I will use the more appropriate word: I am damn nosy. For example, at the Connecticut FictionFest, I chatted with a writer before her pitch session, and she was so nervous, to the point that she and I joked about how she could lower her nerves and her nausea level to more manageable levels. She was terrified. I got to wondering what editors think of pitch sessions – and of conferences in general. Then I had all these other questions.
So I went and found me an editor to question at length. I have, tied up in my basement (ok, in the guest room)(maybe), an Anonymous Editor from a Very Large Publisher who has agreed (heh) to answer any and all questions you throw her way. Part of what fascinates me about editors is that, by and large, they do what they do largely because they love books. Very few people are working in publishing for the money. Yet in public venues, most editors stick to party lines, for lack of a better term, and obviously can’t be as candid as they wish they could.
Well, the Anonymous Editor has agreed to answer all your questions except “Who is she?” because, well, as she put it, “I could get fired for this. And you promised me wine, so where is it?”
So, got any questions you’ve always wanted to ask? As a reader, or writer, or aspiring editor? Send ‘em on over, either in the comments or via email to me at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom, subject, please, ‘Ask the Editor’ and I’ll start the interrogation.