Wednesday, January 25, 2012

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Stephanie Gorton, Editor

Ask any author or agent and they’ll be sure to tell you that the journey from manuscript to finished book can be a tricky process. Sometimes stories written over the course of several months can take years to appear on bookstore shelves (if they even ever make it). Why the wait, you ask? Between fact checking, copy editing, cover design, and the other technical aspects of getting a manuscript prepared for print, about a thousand decisions need to be made before a book is ready for publication.

The creative minds diligently working behind the scenes to oversee this process are editors. At Overlook, our crack-editorial team and legion of dedicated interns all work together to make sure this process happens smoothly and on schedule. Last November we introduced Overlook editor and burgeoning beer brewer, Dan Crissman. Today, our employee spotlight feature returns with questions for editor and Brooklyn resident Stephanie Gorton. Welcome, Stephanie!

OP: Describe your job in 140 characters or less.

SG: Read. Scheme to come up with pitches and design briefs and copy. Have lunch. Edit, argue, read. Dream up new projects. Argue, read, edit.

OP: What are you currently reading?

SG: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

OP: What is your favorite book that Overlook has published?

SG: Impossible question but off the top of my head it would be a 3-way tie between Gone Tomorrow, We Is Got Him, and The Late Great Creature, with NASCAR Legends a close second.

OP: If you didn't work in publishing, what would you be doing?

SG: Freelance editor/ tutor/ translator/ cheesemaker.

OP: What is your favorite word (Can be in any language—bonus points if there is a funny/interesting story behind it).

SG: Probably "glorious." My mother uses often to describe pretty mundane things like scarves or going to the movies and it's still one of the best speech quirks I've heard.

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