A Day in the Life of an Editor
An editor's workday is a cacophony of meetings and messages, contracts and crises. Virtually every editor is juggling several projects at a time. She's in the process of negotiating contracts for new titles; she's riding herd on books that are being written by her authors; she's working with the development editor and design team on manuscripts that are going through the editorial and production process; and she's working with the publicity and marketing departments on promoting books that are about to hit the stores.
The official business day at most New York publishing houses runs from 9
In between these meetings, the editor will periodically check voice mail and e-mail messages and squeeze in time to reply to the most urgent ones. His lunch hour may be spent at his desk returning those calls and e-mails, or he may have a lunch meeting scheduled with an agent or an author. After lunch, he has more meetings to attend and more messages waiting for him. By 5
It isn't until after the office closes for the day that the editor has time to read through the stacks of queries, proposals, and manuscripts that have accumulated in his office. He may spend an hour or two at his desk sorting through them, selecting the ones he wants to read on the couch that night and packing them up for the trip home. If he's lucky, he'll get through today's stack by 10 or 11