I work in publishing. I like books and the people who read them.
I began to realize that the bohemian writer life in the big city that I had dreamed of as a kid was really all just a big pile of malarkey. Jason Diamond’s “Writers Don’t Make Much Money”
Also, it makes it sound like the editor is a trainer and I am a golden retriever, but it is wise to offer praise. My editor made it clear she loved the book and in our discussions we’d confirmed that our visions of its best incarnation aligned, so she could also give me notes like, “I just feel like this section is so long and talky and boring,” and my trust in her and maybe my Stockholm syndrome were strong enough that I could hear her. Thoughts on Editing & Being Edited, by Michelle Wildgen
Some college students, like my friend Suzanne, take aerobics classes. Some college students, like Sheryl Sandberg, teach aerobics classes. Other college students, like myself, lie around the dorm reading novels. No wonder I can’t remember meeting Sheryl Sandberg in college! She was already busy leaning in. I was busy leaning back on my sofa, with a good book and a nice cup of cocoa. Foreign Policy’s “Recline! Why ‘leaning in’ is killing us”
My first clue that my book would not be a bestseller came in a marketing meeting about six months prior to publication. Actually there were several clues in that meeting. The first came when a marketing assistant suggested that I start a blog, and I had to explain that her bosses had acquired my book in part because I was a well-known blogger. “How Much My Novel Cost Me,” a great and honest essay by Emily Gould
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