10 Years Working in Book Publishing / Writing on the Weekends

2021 marks my ten year anniversary of working in book publishing. The aluminum anniversary! (I have no idea what I could thematically gift myself to celebrate. A six-pack of craft beer, maybe?) It’s weird to think that it’s been ten years since I was in undergrad workshops at my creative writing program, shaping words intoContinue reading “10 Years Working in Book Publishing / Writing on the Weekends”

Ghosts (and Lessons) of Shelved Manuscripts Past

Editor/writer Ashley Hearn posted recently about how “it’s easy to feel stuck after multiple stories without a ‘success.’ But when you look at [your projects], you really come to understand how no story is a wasted effort.” Goodness, wasn’t that exactly the adjusted perspective I needed in the year 2020? Despite being proud of theContinue reading “Ghosts (and Lessons) of Shelved Manuscripts Past”

How to Write a Book Synopsis (and Know When a Book is Ready to Query)

I wrote my first book report in third grade and it was a disaster. Like the little homework-lover I was, I’d prepared: I read the book well in advance and wrote a portion each night (I distinctly recall it being chunked into requiring a paragraph or two write up about setting, characters, maybe “new toContinue reading “How to Write a Book Synopsis (and Know When a Book is Ready to Query)”

Stay Calm…and Focus on What (Writing) You Can Control

With everything spinning out of control—routines, plans, the world, etc.—I’ve found a lot of comfort and calm focusing on smaller-scale things 100% within my control: a neatly trimmed lawn, a weed-free garden bed, a freshly organized closet, a tricky recipe followed to the letter. No surprise, a lot of people have found home renovations aContinue reading “Stay Calm…and Focus on What (Writing) You Can Control”

So, You Want to Be a Managing Editor

Longtime readers might recall a series I ran back in 2012/2013 called, “So, You Want to Work in Publishing,” interviewing entry-level book publishing folks across a variety of companies and departments about their professional experiences. I’d like to think many people found it useful, but I know for a fact it helped at least oneContinue reading “So, You Want to Be a Managing Editor”

Book Releases, Blog Birthdays, and Graduation Anniversaries

May was a big month: the blog turned two [throws confetti in air], it marked two years since I walked down the aisle at Bloomsburg in a cap and gown, and on top of all those awesome reasons to celebrate, my very first book published. On the social media sites, I’ve been seeing that aContinue reading “Book Releases, Blog Birthdays, and Graduation Anniversaries”

On Killing My Darlings and the Most Author-Friendly Way to Buy a Book

The book is done. All the photograph permission forms have been signed, the copyediting changes made, the final page proofs approved. As we speak, the book is at the printer, making 1,200 neatly bound, neatly stacked copies of my little paperback. It’s done. This book, as you will see it, as I will hold itContinue reading “On Killing My Darlings and the Most Author-Friendly Way to Buy a Book”

Switching Careers: Leaving Law for the World of Words

  Name: Erynn Im-Sato Current Title: Sales Rep, Proprietary and Display Marketer Sales Hometown:  Torrance, California Graduated From: UC Santa Barbara, 2005 Currently work and live: HarperCollins Publishers, New York My path to publishing: I was an English major in college and I thought I wanted to be a journalist or editor. My first job outContinue reading “Switching Careers: Leaving Law for the World of Words”

Falling in Love with Publicity and Publishing

Welcome to the guest blogging series, So, You Want to Work in Publishing, where publishing professionals share their personal stories of how they broke into the industry. The guest bloggers and I hope that you find our stories encouraging, informative, and helpful in your own path to a publishing career. If you’re a publishing professionalContinue reading “Falling in Love with Publicity and Publishing”