I met Stephanie on Facebook. I reached out for her for an interview, and she graciously accepted.
And, by the looks of this picture, she's up for a challenge any day!
And, by the looks of the one below, where she's pretending to be a Toy Story toy, she'd be a super fun editor to have on your side!!
Below are the questions I asked her:
1. Describe your day to day duties in 5 words:
2. What has been the most challenging change in publishing in the past 5 years?
3. Do you think it is easier or more difficult to find true talent now that everyone is self-publishing?
4. What time do you get up and what do you eat for breakfast?
5. Do you think Middle Grade will become as saturated in the market place as YA did? Or are publishing houses taking it slower this time?
6. Who are you reading right now?
7. At a recent SCBWI conference, a picture book author said, "It's better in today's market to have 3 – 5 books in a series, than to come out with a stand alone book." Do you believe this statement is true? Why or why not?
8. Where's the best place to get a cup of Joe/tea in your town?
9. Staff writers vs. Independent writers: What do you think about publishing houses looking inward for stories, as opposed to finding new, fresh talent? Is it easier? More ideal for the bottom line? Does it hurt creativity?
10. I've seen a lot of book trailers lately. How do they help or hinder book sales? And, does every writer/illustrator need one?
11. Should all writers invest in an editor before they submit in today's tough publishing market?
12. What are the top 3 things you look for in new talent? In other words, what's the whole package for you?
“a paranormal romance” or “a post-apocalyptic world”
14. Do editors get to enjoy a relationship with writers anymore? Or does the day-to-day business keep that from happening now?
15. What has Disney-Hyperion changed recently to help make publishing a more competitive place for their clients?
16. What do you think about writers/illustrators having blogs? Needed? Not needed?
17. What's the funniest thing someone has asked you about your job?
18. Writers think there is no money for marketing, even if they get a great publishing deal. Is this true? And, what does the writer have to do today to help with marketing?
19. What 6 words of advice do you have for newbie writers/illustrators?
20. What's the best thing about being an editorial director?
22. Any big news?