I had a project/shelf reset in the Humor section, and had to pull a book by cartoonist Richard Thompson to merchandise on the feature shelf. He was one of the very first authors the house I worked for published in our humor imprint, many years ago.
Seeing the title of that book on the back of this newer title, I couldn't help but feel a little swell of pride that I got to work (however tangentially) on his first book. It's good to remember as I'm out querying with my first book, that this is why editors and agents go with the books they truly love. The feeling of pride in an author you've had the pleasure of publishing lasts for decades, even if you're just the publishers' assistant.
So, I suppose I'll wait for the people who love mine, too.
Jessica S. Schley was once a pusher of very important papers for a small commercial nonfiction house. Nowadays, she divides her time between bookselling, being a grad student, and writing contemporary fiction for young adults.
- ► 2012 (33)
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- In Brief: Longterm Pride
- Strict Pick: EVERYTHING ON IT by Shel Silverstein
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- In Brief: Don't Need a Title Computer
- Blog rec: Bookavore
- Strict Pick: PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins
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- In Brief: Write First
- Strict Pick: BUMBLE-ARDY by Maurice Sendak
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- In Brief: BICHOK*
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