People in the business

At one publishing house I have been through five different editors in the course of three years and three books published. I've also been through five different publicists in the same period of time at that house.

Talking to some people on the inside, what I have learned is that editors and others in the trade work their way "up" by playing musical chairs. They don't work up at their house; they work up by stepping up the ladder to another publishing house.

This causes a tremendous problem, given that it takes over a year to actually publish a manuscript once it's been accepted.

There is an advantage to this though. It means you might have an editor at a house that hasn't published you, that bought your work for the house they came from. It gives you a window to market a new manuscript.

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