Monday, September 8, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Funny Tumblrs for Book Publishing Folks
We’ve discovered a good number of Tumblr blogs dedicated to the highs and lows of working in the book business. This list features the ones that made us laugh the most. Read, click, and enjoy!
Copy Editor Hell shows us what drives copy editors (and copyeditors) crazy. Here’s a post that made one of ours LOL.
Here’s some browser humor for you.
In which we learn the definition of the Hail Query.
Ebook Nothings understands today’s funny moments in the digital publishing world. We love this nerdy and relatable gif!
Yes, Virginia, there is a lot of humor in academic publishing, including this.
This gif accurately describes how we feel on super-important pub days.
Life in Production shares tons of funny gifs about ebook production. We think this one is pretty clever. #UTF-8, y’all!
There are a lot of witty librarian Tumblr blogs. Here’s one that makes one envious of our librarian friends and colleagues.
Have you ever felt this way at work?
Here’s a post that reminds us not to judge a publisher by their niche.
Here’s a recent post that makes us say, “As if!”
It’s tough out there for a sales rep. Let’s give them a well-deserving round of applause.
Dan Wilbur, the man behind Better Book Titles, is so so clever. Here’s his take on back-to-school books.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Monday, August 25, 2014
Inside Publishing: Interview with Leily Kleinbard, Associate Managing Editor
How did you start your career in book publishing?
I began my publishing career in magazines, not books. Before Open Road, I worked at PEN American Center as associate editor of the then-biannual literary journal PEN America. While I was involved in all aspects of the journal, developing its contemporary poetry program and managing its print production were my main jams.
After a couple of years, I decided to give book publishing a go. I had a good amount of production experience, and the position of associate managing editor seemed like a good fit, so I applied to the opening at Open Road with the embarrassing subject line, “Your most promising applicant for associate managing editor!” (I’m pretty sure that’s why I was hired.)
What is a managing editor responsible for at a digital book publisher?
Managing editors are responsible for shepherding titles through production, from start to finish. It’s our job to communicate (and enforce!) production deadlines to the rest of the company, so we do a lot of liaising between departments. At any given moment, we have to be able to account for all of the moving parts of a title—the status of its interior, cover, copy, etc.
At Open Road, we also have a solid understanding of the file conversion process, factoring in the production concerns unique to each title as we schedule its publication.
As managing editors at a digital book publisher, one should be comfortable with the technology and understand the functionality and the capabilities of each e-reader / device. Cookbooks, for example, tend to have a lot of complex formatting, so you need to know which design elements will translate well into digital. This is further complicated by the fact that iPads and Kindles have proprietary file types, each ebook rendering differently on its respective device; a reflowable cookbook won’t look the same on an iPad as it does on a Kindle. These are some of the considerations that go into preparing a book for conversion.
They are also extremely helpful when communicating expectations of the final product to the editors and authors.
Which skills does a managing editor typically have?
All of the obvious ones, like an acute attention to detail, being able to juggle multiple projects at once, and the ability to stay calm (and keep others calm, too) in the often stressful, always deadline-driven world of publishing.
Perhaps less obvious is the ability to be highly organized and flexible / adaptable. I think managing editors are often seen as very regimented thinkers who aren’t quite keen on thinking outside the box. But you might be surprised by how much spontaneous and creative problem-solving we do every day. Each title has so many moving parts whose statuses are constantly changing. A good managing editor is someone who can create and enforce systems of organization that accommodate this kind of fluctuation.
What does an average day for you entail?
I oversee production for Open Road Distribution clients. Like many people, I typically start my day with a to-do list (which quickly gets sidetracked as my inbox fills up with urgent questions and last-minute requests). Then I finagle outstanding assets from authors, agents, and partner publishers; perform quality assurance (QA) on ebook files; prepare files for conversion; and create production schedules for recently transmitted titles. All of which would be impossible without the holy grail of production, my weekly scheduling report.
Do you have a favorite Open Road e-book?
Fifty Contemporary Writers from Conjunctions magazine—it’s a great collection of recent fiction and poetry by a diverse group of authors.
The Memory of Fire Trilogy by Eduardo Galeano has been one of my favorites since I read it for the first time in my Latin American literature course in high school. I was psyched when I found out that we were publishing the ebook editions here.
And Arlene Sardine by Chris Raschka. Beautifully illustrated and somewhat sinister, it’s the story of a fish whose lifelong dream is to become a sardine, which—SPOILER ALERT—she achieves just a third of the way into the book!
What’s your favorite thing about Open Road?
First and foremost, my Publishing Operations team. There’s a lot of support, and I’m lucky to have such generous teammates. Second, the atmosphere—there’s a lot of confidence here. You can feel it when you walk into the office. People are excited and optimistic; they believe in the future of ebooks and our stake in it. That’s no small feat for a publishing company.
Do you have a favorite place to read?
In bed, beside my two cats.
Do you have any advice for someone who is working in book publishing?
Don’t stop reading for pleasure!
Bonus question: Do you have a favorite quote about reading or writing?
“A good book is an education of the heart.” —Susan Sontag
Editor’s note: Leily gets extra points for the photo of her on an open road!