Norah Myers is known on BookMachine for her blog posts about being an Editorial Assistant. This week she is back with some advice on Reading for an Agency.
Norah studied publishing in London at City University and worked for Picador and Bloomsbury before returning to Canada. She worked for a boutique literary agency before moving to an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction. She loves yoga, books, and endless cups of tea. @bookish_norah
Before I began my editorial job, I read manuscripts for a literary agency. I read literary fiction, historical fiction, memoir, women’s fiction, psychological thriller, young adult, and work that defied classification. I found it tremendously helpful in the work I do now as an editorial assistant (and a freelance editor). These are the top 5 things I learned when working for an agent:
1. Agents are editors, too
Agents work tirelessly with their authors to develop draft after draft of their manuscripts to make them the most polished they can be before they create book proposals and send them to publishers.
Gareth Cuddy is CEO of ePubDirect, known as one of the leading experts on eBooks and Digital Publishing in the UK and Ireland. We are looking forward to creating a profile for Gareth on BookMachine.me; in the meantime, here are some of this thoughts on publishing, communities and BookMachine.
The SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders) was founded in 1988 and since then has nurtured and encouraged copy-editors and proofreaders both in and new to the industry. With the increase in digital self-publishing and national entrepreneurial spirit, chair Wendy Toole talks to us about the advantages of being part of SfEP and its place in the new world of publishing.
On the digital front this week, there were Nine truths about e-book publishing, 5 Career Tips to Survive Publishing’s Digital Shift?, and there was good news for comic fans as Aquafadas Offers Self-Publishers Digital Publishing Tools for graphic novels.
But with the cascade of new epublishing tools, it’s best to remember the Tortured Language – Discerning Ebook Rights in Ancient Publishing Contracts.
Meanwhile, could editors become brands in themselves, acting as a recommendation engine for readers?
There was also talk of Books, Reading, and Pinterest, The Value of Making Reading Hard, and the role of The Publisher as Curator.
This week’s big bout was Amazon vs. Big Publishing: 800 lbs vs. 798 lbs.?
And if all that wasn’t enough reading for you, here’s some more of the Best Links for Writers and Publishers, and Your Guide to Literary Tumblrs.
Helen Stevens, Marketing and PR Director for the Society for Editors and proofreaders (SfEP), talks about communication.
Despite many of us being able to work from home, nothing beats face-to-face interaction, and one of the aims of the SfEP is to facilitate that.
With instant communication available at the touch of a button – wherever you are in the world – a whole range of geographical and other barriers have become a thing of the past.So it might seem surprising that people still want to meet face to face for professional and social reasons – and often for a mixture of the two.