Toward the end of my 25+ years as a trade book editor, I found I was spending most of my time working for the marketing department. I decided I could be more an editor as an agent: come up with viable book ideas, find suitable authors, develop those ideas, help create irresistible proposals, provide editorial guidance during the writing process, participate in the marketing (jacket, copy, publicity, promotion, etc.), and have a more proprietary interest in the success of the book.


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