Monday, September 10, 2007

Must Know Monday

During last Thursday's Q and A we had a great question about communication in the publishing world. We wanted to post it along with Deidre Knight's response for everyone to benefit from.


Can you talk about day-to-day communications with editors? Is it usually very businesslike, short and to the point? Or is there some social chit-chat in there, too? For existing relationships, do you and/or the editor ever save up all the things you want to discuss, make an appointment, and address several clients' issues at once? Or is there constant back-and-forth via e-mail and phone all day?

Answer from Deidre Knight:

Elaine asked me to answer this one, simply because I’ve been agenting the longest of anyone at TKA. I *love* working with editors. There can often be plenty of personal chit chat, and a number of editors are people I would definitely describe as friends. Of course the relationship always remains professional, but it’s natural that when you work with someone on a book, or many of them, that you develop a rapport. To me, publishing people of all kinds—editors, agents, writers—are my kind of people. Having been a book nerd for so much of my life, it was instantly freeing to meet so many like-minded people once I became an agent.

All of the above said, when we’re talking business, generally communications stay pretty succinct. Emails are short and quick, but traded in volleys most times. There’s a lot of back and forth. But in that mix, it’s not uncommon to ask about children or vacations, that kind of thing.


Blogger Natalie Damschroder said...

Thanks, Deidre!

Monday, September 10, 2007 at 10:52:00 PM EDT  

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