Inside Random House NY

IMG_0520Have you ever been inside a publishing house? I imagined what it would be like. I pictured books lining walls, and people reading submissions to find the next Harry Potter or Fifty Shades of Gray. I was pretty close.

In late July I went to New York for the Romance Writers of America conference and I received an invitation from my publisher, Random House, to have a tour of their offices. I jumped at the chance.

It was almost exactly how I pictured it to be. Here is a photo of the entrance foyer of the building. Famous books lined both sides of the foyer and there was a welcome board next to the security desk showing the cover of one of my books! I was chuffed.

Security was tight, I suprandomhouseteamsarahpose you can’t have people walking in and stealing manuscripts!

I got taken up to the 22nd floor which is where the Loveswept editors, marketing team, strategic analysis, production guys, copy-editors and cover designers are all housed. It was amazing getting to meet the team and ask them questions. What exactly does a production manager do, for instance.

A production manager actually lays out your manuscript so it can be made into different book and eBook formats. They ensure the eBook loads correctly on all devices.The strategy team, on the other hand, monitor sales and channels and analyses what is working for your book and what isn’t.

As we wandered through the floor, I noticed that each person’s desk and shelves were covered in books. I wanted to stay and browse all day! One of the fun areas to see and to talk with the staff was the cover art area. Boy, that job sounds so much fun. They get to look at hot bods all day and dream up beautiful, sexy, emotional covers.

Finally they took us to their conference room which was also lined with books. They let us ask as many questions as we liked and I found it really interesting. It must be really hard to get one of these types of jobs because I couldn’t think of anything I’d enjoy more as a job, perhaps writing!

Below is a picture of Sue Grimshaw, my editor for my USA Today bestselling Disgraced Lords series, and I in the board room.

If you ever have the chance to get a tour of a publishing house, grab it. You’ll be awed and amazed at the talented people and the history and love of books and story-telling.

SueandIat RHNY

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USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans (Bron to her friends) grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theater. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Being able to write her characters’ stories is never work, it’s a dream come true. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer. She writes both historical and contemporary, sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2012 and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. Her long novella, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a Top 5 Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012 and the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2013. Bron lives in New Zealand with her Cavoodle Brandy. When not ensconced in her study writing her characters’ thrilling journeys to their happy ever after, Bron can be found on the golf course.

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11 Responses

  1. ki pha

    That’s so cool! How do we even get to tour a publishing house!? It’s not like they would advertise it, right? “Open tours today!”

    • Bronwen Evans

      Hi Ki pha

      They did actually offer a tour to anyone who was interested. They advertised it I think…. If you’re in NY, you could ring and ask them.

  2. Alyssa Alexander

    How fun! It seems exactly like I would imagine…And oh, the questions I would be asking!

  3. Barbara Monajem

    I toured the Mills & Boon offices in Richmond, England several years ago — a very enjoyable experience. They had a room with shelves full of books (I chose only one, because books are heavy in one’s luggage) and an all-round friendly atmosphere. Good memories!

    • Bronwen Evans

      That would have been such fun! I didn’t get any books from my Random House visit, but I did when I visited my agent’s offices, Nancy Yost Literacy Agency. They rep some awesome writers and I managed to get two books – Anne Gracie and Anna Campbell. I had one side of one little suitcase full of books!

  4. Violetta Rand

    Thanks for sharing your adventure inside our shared publisher, Bronwen. Sue is the best!