Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A day for RJS Books

Today is a day for work on Robert J. Sawyer Books, the line of SF books I edit for Calgary's Red Deer Press. Had to do cover copy for the trade-paperback reissues of Marcos Donnelly's Letters from the Flesh and Andrew Weiner's Getting Near the End, plus cover copy for our newest title, Nick DiChario's A Small and Remarkable Life. Also, reviewing cover designs for the Donnelly trade paperback, trying to track down rights to a book we want to reissue, and reading slush. Whew!


At January 25, 2006 2:55 PM , Blogger c.rooney said...

Whatever takes your mind off the election results. We could all use the distraction. :(

At January 26, 2006 12:27 AM , Blogger SimonP said...

Hey Rob, I just found your blog. I've been a fan for a while, and I'll make sure to bookmark this.

as for the election... ugh, i don't even want to hear about politics until April, at the earliest.

At January 26, 2006 8:30 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Simonp and C.Rooney. As you guys say, anything's better than thinking about the election! :) And, actually, I quite enjoy the editing work I do.

At January 26, 2006 11:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Robert,

My name is Jessica Thomas. My brother Matthew (Who is a librarian for Queens University) just sent me this link. I was quite excited to see it was your blog!

I am actually right in the middle of Mindscan and the Fossil Hunter. I received them as a gift for Christmas.

I always disliked election time, but at least you are keeping yourself busy. I hope your editing work is going well.


Jessica Thomas

At January 26, 2006 11:07 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Jessica. Welcome aboard! :)

At January 26, 2006 12:19 PM , Blogger c.rooney said...

I was wondering, Rob, if you could help me out. My friend is interested in becoming an editor, but she's not certain how to make it happen. Is there a post-secondary program that would help her? Or should she hone her skills on editing for friends and then apply to a publishing house?

At January 26, 2006 2:10 PM , Blogger Paul Darcy said...

Hey Rob,

Great to see you in blog mode.


And election results? What election?


At January 26, 2006 4:10 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, C.Rooney. There certainly are lots of places to study publishing. In Canada, Simon Fraser is famous for its publishing program; in the States, NYU is among those that are well-regarded. These days lots of people do come to publishing with formal post-secondary education in that field. Of course, lots of editors simply have degrees in English literature (my own editor at Tor has a Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature). "Editor" is not an entry-level position, by the way. Usually you start off as editorial assistant, then assistant editor, then finally maybe five years on make it to editor.

At January 26, 2006 4:45 PM , Blogger c.rooney said...

Thank you, Rob. I'll pass that information along to her.


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