This blog used to be views on various things. But in all these years, I find it going a whole new direction.
Something which I have loved all the time. It's BOOKS!! So, presenting a whole new saga, of books and a little about them, whatever I can find, write, visualise and imagine...
Goodness me, about 11
books? Since the process takes so long, we’ve usually got a whole bunch of
books at various stages running parallel.
talking to some people about a graphic novel; I just started on a horror novel
I signed; I just sent off to copy edit a very fun fantasy novel; I’m talking to
some people about some non-fiction, etc.
Did you always know that you wanted to be a book editor?
No. Heh. I think I was a heedless young person. I never planned much for
my career (Kids, don’t do that!), and I just sort of stumbled upon this path.
But once I was here I loved it. It’s insanely stressful,
and you rarely get credit, but it’s also deeply fulfilling when you hold a book
in your hands.
Could you tell us about some of your upcoming titles?
Eliza Crewe (From Goodreads.com)
There’s ‘Crossed’, the final book in the
Soul-Eaters trilogy by Eliza Crewe, which is a fantasy novel that delights in its gore,
friendships and black humour. There’s my first ever horror novel, whose title
we haven’t confirmed yet.
There’s ‘Ashwathy and the Boot of God’ by Sowmya Rajendran, which
just came out, a story of a fourteen year old girl who is made a detective by
God, speaking from a boot. Basically, lots of mad fun!
What are your top three favourite books?
See now that’s just cruel. I will tell you what I tell everyone who asks
me this: I’ll tell you my favourite authors, and okay, one book by each.
What is your favourite thing about being an editor? And your least
The answer to both is the same: reading all the
time! I love that I can spend all day in a sofa reading
and it is work, but I also hate that I spend so much time reading for work that
I’m too tired to read for leisure, except I do want to read for leisure.
And since I like to read serious non-fiction, I kinda need my brain to
work, which it firmly refuses to do, since it is always reading seriously for
What are the
main skills, an editor would need to do their job well?
fast. Absolutely nothing beats the ability to read fast. And I mean read fast
and assimilate what you’ve read.
Being a native English
speaker helps, because then you don’t have to think about language. You need to
be very social—you need to network to get authors, keep them happy, get people
to do things, know someone who will review, or give you a contact, etc. Commissioning is a lot of people and project management.
What is the
most challenging aspect of your work?
Er. I simply can’t
pick. Heh. I think might be motivating other people
to believe in my books. I love it, but I need to get sales to love it
and marketing to care about it and friends to talk about it, and strangers to
want to read it. So yeah, motivating other people
to believe in my books.