Former Bantam Editor Looks Beyond Publishing Layoffs

  • SHARES

By Jason Boog Comment

papertyger.jpgIn a recent interview, former Bantam Spectra editor Juliet Ulman discussed how she plans to continue doing the work she loves despite the publishing meltdown that took her old job.

Over at Omnivoracious, the editor talked about her experiences at Batam, editing M.J. Harrison’s award-winning “Light,” Crawford Award-winner K.J. Bishop’s “The Etched City,” and Catherynne M. Valente’s “Orphan’s Tales” series. She also outlined her work as a publishing consultant at Paper Tyger.

Here is her advice for young editors: “I would advise [editors] to broaden their base of experience as much as possible, and to let go of any illusion that they will be secluded in a quiet world of letters, alone with the text in some bookish fantasy. Marketing, positioning, packaging, outreach–these are all vastly important in the production of any book these days, and I would encourage people not to look at these aspects as “enemies” of their perceived role, but part and parcel of the entire experience. Embrace the opportunity to expand your horizons, to become involved in every element of the publication process–to ‘make’ a book from the ground up.” (Via Richard Nash)