Ever wondered what it’s like to be a book editor? Or how to become a better storyteller? To answers these questions and more, Field Teen Center interviewed a professional book editor, the latest in a video series exploring creative careers.
Whether you’re adding the finishing touches to your National Novel Writing Month draft or curious about working at a publishing house, you won’t want to miss this one.
Job Talk: A Conversation with a Book Editor
Jessica is an editor at Quirk Books and a long-time lover of stories, so she has lots of opinions about what makes a great book … and they might not be what you expect! For her, writing and editing are intertwined and they’re collaborative. She also talked about why you should read not only your favorites but also a variety of genres. More importantly, she added, you should analyze what makes those stories work (or not!)
Enjoy the rest of the interview below:
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