What Professional Book People Love About their Jobs
At a Book Riot Live panel on how a book gets made, here’s what an author, agent, editor, designer, and publicist said they loved most and least about making a book happen.
Most exciting thing: when the book is done.
Hardest thing: getting it done.
Best part(s): making that phone call to the author to tell them their book is going to be published. Also — when you find a book that you are so excited about and you can’t stop thinking and talking about it. And, when you get the box of galleys and it’s a real book.
Hardest part: falling in love with a book and nobody wanting to publish it. Or, sometimes, after the long, 2 yr process, the book is published but few stores order it and there are few reviews and it just kind of disappears.
Best things: falling in love with a book, and seeing the final art of a picture book.
Hardest thing: having to say no to an author or tell them their book has gone out of print (which most do).
The Cover Designer
Most exciting: getting to read a phenomenal book. Or when the author says: thank you, you’ve got it. Or, with backlist work, like introducing colour into the new Kafka cover — getting to subtly change the conversation around a book.
Least favourite thing: when the cover is done, everyone loves it, and then a big bookstore asks for more blood on the cover.
Most exciting: when NPR or or someone big like that wants to book the author.
Least favourite: working with celebrities — like having to ghost write Kim Kardashian’s tweets about her own sister’s book (!).