by Pippa Roscoe, Associate Editor, Editorial-Core Series
This post was originally featured on the Harlequin Blog.
What do you wish people knew about your job as an editor?
Probably just how fabulous it is. You hear it a lot, but this really is my dream job. From the wonderful authors we work with who write truly amazing, breath-taking stories, to my colleagues who – each and every one of them – are an inspiration and a never ending source of support. You never stop learning and there is always a surprise waiting just around the corner.
What’s your favorite TV show?
This is a really hard one for me. I LOVE TV. It’s another realm of fantastic story telling. My rental list is the best way to give you an idea of what I’m currently watching:
House of Cards, Arrow, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Haven, NCIS, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Covert Affairs, The West Wing, The 100…
As you can see, it covers quite a few genres. But for me the most important thing is clever writing, character driven stories with strong conflicts, and always the twist!
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Yay! Another great question! (You’re asking me about my favourite things here!)
This too depends on time and season. I make a mean Carbonara, my love my Dad’s Kedgeree, and anything my sister cooks. When I go to stay with her, we’re always drawn to the kitchen, music playing, catching up over a glass of wine and cooking up a storm! Our favourite thing is a recipe for pot-stickers (a Chinese dim-sum) that we make from scratch.
What is your all-time favorite book?
I take it back. This is a cruel and unusual question. How on earth am I supposed to pick just one?! I always associate books with a time in my life. So at university it was Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy (which I wrote my dissertation on). Then just after university it was Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series. And a little later, it was Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair. More recently it a novella by Alan Bennett called The Uncommon Reader. I’m still looking so there will always be more to add to this list!
What is your advice to someone submitting to your line?
Write the story that your heart wants to tell, not the one you think an editor wants to read.
When submitting to a series, it’s easy to think that you need to hit every ‘hook’ or trope… but in doing so you run the risk of forgetting what we look for most; your voice, your story and rest assured, the love of the series you are submitting to will shine through.
Why should a person who’s never read your line, or hasn’t read it in a while, pick up one of your books?
*hummingSimplyTheBest* while trying not to do the hard sell. :)
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