Have 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 suppose 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.