In previous posts on this site, you will see the notes from my years as the Executive Editor at Tate Publishing. In the last few months, my role has changed. After a long-time colleague and friend decided to leave the publishing industry behind to spend less time at her desk and more time in her garden, I was promoted to Director of Production.
This move has been exciting and ripe with lessons and opportunities. Since January, I've been meeting regularly with my colleagues and new direct reports to learn the ins and outs of the areas of our business I didn't have a deep knowledge of.
I've decided to start blogging again to document where we are as a company and where we are going. My primary hope is it helps our various production teams—ghostwriters, editors, cover/layout/corrections designers, book trailer and website designers, audiobook producers, epub engineers—all on the same page about our past, present, and future.
I have two other goals for the blog:
1. To showcase the talent that teems throughout our company. I won't feign a nonpartisan stance here—I think our staff does incredible work on a daily basis for our clients, bringing life to each manuscripts and transforming it from an "ugly duckling" draft in MS Word into a well-crafted and beautifully designed book. The process is not always flawless, but our people tirelessly invest their God-given talent, skill, and energy into making our books the best they can be. And that's worth bragging about, so I'm going to do it.
2. To provide a glimpse behind the scenes of book publishing. I'm a huge fan of the TV shows created by Aaron Sorkin, in particular The West Wing and Studio 60. These terrific shows go behind the scenes to reveal the both the imperfections and greatness that happen when people work together to create something great. There is an inherent messiness behind the scenes in any creative process—whether writing a first draft or managing a company—and it's worth a second look.
I hope you'll join me as we lean in to meet the challenges of the new millennium in book publishing.