What was the biggest misconception you had entering the publishing industry?
I remember how stunned I was the first time I ever walked into an editor’s office. I don’t exactly know what I expected. Maybe something like my office (I was still in private practice at the time): lots of light, comfortable chairs, some tasteful artwork. Hah! This poor guy lived in a Monty Pythonesque hole in the middle of the road: stacks of manuscripts teetering on tables, spilling off chairs and shelves; a single, sickly fluorescent overhead; a thumbnail slit of a window. I’ve seen inmates’ cells that were larger. That poor editor probably ate gravel for breakfast—and yet he took me and another writer out to lunch. (For which I felt incredibly guilty; I kept trying to pay my share until the other writer clued me in about the corporate card. Oh. Still.)
Next time you pick up a book, you’re holding a group effort. Those folks behind the scenes, in the shadows? They work hard and deserve a hell of a lot more recognition than they get." - Ilsa Bick, author of Ashes.
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