Wednesday, January 26, 2011
SCBWI TEAM Blog Pre-Conference Interview: Executive Editor Lisa Sandell
I would advise attendees to be prepared when meeting with an editor at the conference—figure out what you want to say ahead of time and rehearse it if you have to; know how to best and briefly describe your book project, and make it interesting. Finally, cornering editors in the bathroom is always a bad idea!
When you switch from your editor hat to your writing hat, do you have to completely turn off the editor?
It is extremely difficult for me to turn off the editor when I’m writing. I have a very hard time keeping myself from going back over each sentence as soon as it’s written and editing and re-editing and copyediting it. I can agonize over a single comma for ages, wondering if it needs to be there. So, yes, the editor voice is constantly creeping into my head, often taking over, as I write. Conversely, however, I hope that when I edit, the writer part of me sneaks in and contributes, too, helping me to be more sympathetic and empathetic and sensitive to the needs of the writers I work with as an editor.
Many conference attendees will be coming from out of town, many visiting NYC for the first time. Any must haves or must sees you can share?