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…

Emailing authors in class (cont.) – A JN4403 module task

In commissioning editing, the author–editor relationship is what it’s all about. Which is why sending out the right email, with the right tone, is important. Last week, the class emailed two authors. Now we’re going to look at the authors’ responses, what are good ways to go about it, and examples of what not to do. Remember…

Building a list around a theme – A JN4403 module task

For this week’s task we were given a theme (the Rise of the Far Right) around which we had to build a list. The main questions to ask ourselves were: how to identify books and authors in that area? What are the gaps in the market? I decided to look at social media trends that…

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,…

Emailing authors in class – a JN4403 module task

The class had great fun with this one! We had the choice of emailing two different authors, one informing him that his book wouldn’t be published in paperback despite his wishes and the other one replying as to why a copy of his book wasn’t available in his local Waterstones. Tom Mason wanted a range…