What Professional Book People Love About their Jobs

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The Author

Most exciting thing: when the book is done.

The Agent

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.

The Editor

Best things: falling in love with a book, and seeing the final art of a picture book.

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.

The Publicist

Most exciting: when NPR or or someone big like that wants to book the author.

Editor of WALK WITH US: How the West Wing Changed Our Lives; author of the novel UNSCRIPTED and of CONQUERING BABEL: a Practical Guide to Learning a Language.

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