As I sit here typing, literary manuscripts, publishing schedules and author contracts neatly cramped across my office mess desk, I think I’m starting to feel like Ally Mcbeal went into book publishing…which at 29, probably isn’t a good thing. Allow me to introduce myself! I’m Amy, one of the acquisitions editors here at Schiel & Denver Book Publishers, and when I’m not glued to my apple mac, you’ll find me drinking ridiculous amounts of starbucks mochas, worrying about insanely technical points of chicago manual of style grammar, and being generally rushed off my feet!
Having spent the last 2 months babysitting nurturing our autumn publishing interns (all bright young things) I’m now charged with a blog to write (how am I going to find the time!) and a pile of manuscripts to sift through that only a workaholic like me and the rest of the good bunch here at S&D could possibly relish. This is, without doubt, the busiest publishing office I’ve ever worked in (hence the blog title) and if I were to pick a tv show to describe our department, only the chaotic goings-on at Ally McBeal would do us justice! It’s hardwork, but it sure is fun and there’s so much job satisfaction, only a very large lottery win would make me leave (I hope my boss isn’t reading this).
When they’re not raising hell at our office Christmas party (don’t mention last year) my desk buddies, Megan and Gabriella, will also be contributing to this blog, and looking forwards to giving our dear readers the intellectual office girls’ glimpse of what really happens behind the secret curtain of an in-house publishing dept. Between us we’ve seen the insides of no less than 14 editorial madhouses, including several large NYC ones that we can’t mention for legal reasons (though we’re very tempted) We hope you’ll bookmark our page and enjoy reading it. We’ll try and let you in on as many in-jokes as possible and we promise not to get flustered if we don’t meet our strict deadlines.
So down to business. Schiel & Denver USA is now gearing up for the American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world. ALA is holding their 2010 Midwinter conference back in the populous North East once more, and we’re all hoping for a substantial increase of attendance of the 2009 show in good ol’ Denver. We’re offering face-out high traffic placements to showcase your book before thousands of librarians, for only $190. Just call us at 888-629-4449 and we’ll help give you valuable access to the ALA’s powerful base of public, school, college and university libraries. It’s a wonderful opportunity for authors, a real secret weapon, so if any authors are thinking of attending, we’ll enjoy seeing you there. Organized by Dewey Decimal System, this is one not to miss.