List management

List management involves ordering new print runs, putting titles out of print, etc. As a commissioning editor, Tony Mason has to keep track of all his titles and regularly give reports. What a typical report covers: We looked at sales analysis, backlist and frontlist sales; and then had to choose what our own decisions would be in…

List building

This week in our editorial module we learned about building a list. Important things to consider when building a list are: finding  an area deciding on the book selection making a convincing list appraising other publishers List building  needs to be in line with company strategy which is defined by the people above you.  This can be…

Commissioning Editors – an overview

Have you ever wondered what an editor is exactly? Maybe they spend their time diligently pruning manuscripts or maybe they lounge around in coffee shops with authors until ideas come bright and hard. Well, no. Unfortunately. To start with, there isn’t just one type of editor: there are commissioning editors, production editors, copyeditors, line editors,…