A day in the life of an editor...

Last week, Lucia gave you a glimpse of her day. I thought it was a great idea, especially since the # 1 comment I get whenever people learn that I'm an editor is, "You’re so lucky to be able to read all day for work!"

I wish.

Here's a timeline of my day:

9:15 - Don't talk to me...I need coffee...where's the coffee...please let there be Half & Half for the coffee...

9:28 - Check emails. Hooray! Suzanne Enoch's manuscript has arrived! Must print.

9:32 – Delete emails for Cialis, eBay, Lord & Taylor, etc.

9:41 - Take call from agent1. Yes, we sent the manuscript acceptance check. Yes, royalty statement is on its way. Oh, good, she thinks the cover for the next book is fantastic!

9:51 - First attempt to edit manuscript

10:02 - Editorial Director returns back cover copy...must make it sound sexier. Stare at computer screen.

10:51 - Take call from Beverly Jenkins. Good news! Manuscript is on its way!

11:12 - Stare at computer screen some more.

11:38 - Colleague sends email...did I have a chance to look at a submission she may or may not be interested in? Yikes! Download onto Sony eReader.

12:18 - Editorial Director approves reworked cover copy. Yay!

12:31 - Second attempt to edit manuscript.

12:36 - Call from aspiring author...No, I'm sorry, I'm not interested in a novel about ghosts achieving orgas-...no, I’m not interested.

12:46 - Sign off on cover mechanical...Suzie Enoch will be pleased.

1:02 - Why do I feel lightheaded?

1:58 - Ate my pasta. Updated Facebook status, got to Level 7 on BEJEWELED 2. Time to get back to work.

2:01 - Third attempt to edit manuscript.

2:02 - Art Director visits with cover choices.

2:32 – Email from Publicity. What are our paranormals for rest of the year?

3:01 - Attempt to decipher a profit and loss worksheet...really wish I was better at math.

3:13 - Call from agent2. Is new delivery date okay?

3:17 – Fourth attempt to edit manuscript.

4:02 – Email from Ad/Promo...must write ARC copy.

4:11 – Call from agent3. Apparently he has the best urban fantasy project ever.

4:25 – Run into Publisher in the ladies room...give her update.

4:58 – Fifth attempt to edit manuscript.

5:17 – Email from Managing Editor...will she get manuscript tomorrow? I’m trying!!

5:30 – Email from Executive Managing Editor...reminder of scheduling meeting tomorrow.

6:16 – Must get home in time for AMERICAN IDOL. Pack up manuscript for editing at home.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Suzanne Enoch said:

Snort. I, for one, appreciate all of the editing attempts. And yes, my October cover is gorgeous.

1:06 PM  

Anonymous Ally Anderson said:

Not sure about the reading the whole day thing...wouldn't we all love that?! But I think you should wear a crown because you sound like a Queen of Multi Tasking. :)

1:12 PM  

Blogger Holly said:

Junk mail, how glamorous!

1:14 PM  

Blogger May said:

You forgot to include "interruptions from your colleague to discuss (insert random tv show)"!

1:31 PM  

Blogger Erika said:

Just so you all know, this morning started with a discussion of American Idol AND Buffy!

3:31 PM  

Anonymous Jeaniene Frost said:

"3:13 - Call from agent2. Is new delivery date okay?"

*hides face* I wonder who that was about? ;-)

Thanks for all you do!!

4:28 PM  

Anonymous @mattstratton said:

Fascinating insight into your day! I've toyed with the idea of doing this myself, but I'm not so sure people would care what an IT middle manager does all day long!

4:58 PM  

Blogger joy said:

Best Day@Work Simulpost ever. Makes me jealous.

9:21 PM  

Blogger Kathryn S said:

Typical day in life of writer:

11:13 pm: Checks photo of editor's workspace. Thrilled to see her cover on the wall!

And you can't go wrong starting the day with a little Buffy.

11:15 PM  

Anonymous Juliana Stone said:

I love this little glimpse into the life of an editor! Sounds insanely interesting.
So, Erika are you as in love with Adam as I am?

Juliana (waving to Esi! :-) )

10:01 AM  

Blogger J Perry Stone said:

How frustrating not to be able to get to the one thing you're supposed to be doing.

But more importantly, what kind of pasta was it?

Juliana Stone, you have a very lovely name ;)

J Perry Stone

1:03 PM  

Anonymous Juliana Stone said:

Why thank you, J Perry Stone! do we share the same first name, per chance? :-)

4:33 PM  

Blogger J Perry Stone said:

We do ... ish.

I'm Julianne, but "Julianna" if I'm in trouble with my mom.

8:54 PM  

Anonymous Juliana Stone said:

LOL! I'm usually just Julie, but got the Juliana when I was in trouble!

10:32 PM  

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