Sep 24, 2012

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Teen Publisher Extravaganza: A Day in the Life of a HarperTeen Editor

 Teen Publisher Extravaganza: A Day in the Life of a HarperTeen Editor

To kick off HarperTeen’s week in the Teen Publisher Extravaganza, I have a guest post from an editor at HarperTeen. I loved getting insight into what her life is like and I hope you do, too! 

 Teen Publisher Extravaganza: A Day in the Life of a HarperTeen Editor

I walk into my office around 8:45 each morning (okay, sometimes more like 9:15, but I like to get in on the early side if I can). I’m a little nutty about trying to clear my desk off every night so that when I see it in the morning it’s not an overwhelming mess. This neat surface lasts approximately 1.2 seconds.

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Once I’ve replied to any new e-mails, I try to empty my inbox and sort through everything in there.

Sometimes I can go through days where it stays pretty empty…

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…which is nice and allows me more time for…e-mail. (There is never enough time to get through all of the e-mail.)

And sometimes it is overflowing, which I try to avoid because, come on, that’s just stressful to look at.

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It’s usually a mix of novel interiors and jacket mechanicals. We look at every aspect of a book many, many times. If it’s an early stage of a jacket mechanical, I’m thinking more about the overall picture: does the copy work well? Do I like how the design is looking? Is this absolutely the best way to convey the story? If it’s a later stage, I’m making sure that everything I’ve asked for in previous passes has been done and no errors have creeped in. I love seeing how things come together!

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And then there’s always a meeting or two (or seven) to go to—with our designers, or our marketing team, or our sales team, or everyone all together. I’m often running around with my blackberry in hand and any materials I might need.

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I’m the editor of the Warriors series—a huge program with over 40 books. Chances are at least a few times a week, I need to pore over previous books to make sure we’ve got all of our facts straight, or to look for new material for any upcoming special editions…so often my desk looks like this:

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Then the most fun part—finished books arrive! There’s no better way to end the day.

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  1. Sounds like Alison (who has a great name, btw) has a super busy job. But boy I wish I’d moved to New York when I was right out of college and worked for a publisher. It would be so cool to be part of that world.

  2. Sounds like a busy day. I think that it is really amazing all that they accomplish. Sounds like there is a lot to do.

  3. I’ve always wondered what all they have to do. What the job entails, I guess. I think it would be a little overwhelming, but SO fun too! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  4. Mary Staller says:

    Hi Great Post! I always enjoy….”in the day of someone’s life” stories. This was especially fun because you included great photos!
    Best Wishes! Mary

  5. I tend to forget details as soon as I’m done reading a book; I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be an editor of a series with over forty books!

  6. I kinda figured there’d be LOTS of emails to go through, but this was so interesting! Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Ah, so exciting! Sounds busy busy busy!

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