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Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?

A: I work full-time as a nurse but also spend about 3-4 ten-hour days editing per week. These hours can be divided into the late night and early morning. I spend about 1/5 of that time reading submissions, 3/5 of the time editing including revision and proof edits, pub bin edits, and ordering/arranging manuscripts, and about 1/5 of the time dealing with metadata, promotion, planning events for books, and the mechanics of getting books to print. This doesn't include time communicating with authors, which happens every day at any point of the day.

A: We read all the submissions before putting together an issue. If your piece is accepted, our editors have agreed about the merits of the work and are excited to publish it.

Laurie Rosenblatt and Lisa Trudeau, Co-founders and Co-editor of LEON Literary Review, 23 January 2023

A: I sort the attachments into folders, hunker down, and read! I'm not big on printing them out. I usually end up wanting to accept more pieces than I can, and those rejections are always so hard.

A: Pressed Clover is small! Daily work will include everything from email management, editorial review, newsletter drafting, and regular business operations.

A: I am a working artist with a lot on my plate. When the opportunity presents itself, me or my coeditor log into our email account, work on new pages, and spread news of Sybil's newest release or works associated with previous contributors.

A: I work 8-5; I tend to spend half of my lunch break working on Horror Tree as well as half an hour before work and about an hour 3 nights of the week after my two children are in bed. MUCH of the day-to-day responses and contracts are out of my hands at this point. For me, it is reading stories and leaving my comments on if we should move forward or not (and with edits I feel are needed or not.) Outside of this, I also help in scheduling the posts for our releases, make sure authors are tagged on social media, and help put together our yearly physical releases.

A: Our publication is run by students at The University of Texas at Dallas under the direction of the Literature and Creative Writing chairs in The School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology. We may not have a fast turn around time because we are students with lots of writing assignments and homework...

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A: Work with authors on new books and publications, from the interior layout to the book cover design.
Identify potential creative partners for book covers.
Determine if a book needs to be edited and proofread extensively.
Review new submissions and acknowledge that submission with the poet.
Ask team members and resources to review a submission.
Prepare new contracts or renew existing contracts.
Review YTD sales and update financials accordingly.
Update the website pages and books listed.
Update links to retailers on where books can be purchased.

A: Bring submissions to first readers, read vetted manuscripts, send acceptances/rejections.

A: Editor in Chief serves many functions: leader, vision-keeper, planner, organizer, and payer—we can’t forget that—LOL! Perhaps my most significant role is supporting and empowering the incredible editors who grace our masthead. I can't say enough about Allison, Ellie, Amanda, and Calie. They're intelligent, talented, well-published, and so very, very easy and fun to work with. They have excellent ideas, many of which we've implemented to make Intrepidus Ink better. Thank you, ladies!

Rhonda Schlumpberger, Editor in Chief of Intrepidus Ink, 13 December 2022

A: Editing submissions, attending planning meetings, organising events, updating databases, collating author data

Isabelle Baafi, Reviews Editor of Poetry London, 09 December 2022