Editor Allyn Johnston joined Simon & Schuster this year to begin her new imprint, Beach Lane Books. She is known for her caring and expert work for 22 years with Harcourt Children’s Books where she rose to the position of editor in chief.
Ms. Johnston’s quote comes from the 2009 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market guide.
The question is: How would you describe the most important thing you do as a picture book editor? Part of Ms. Johnston comment is this, “Authors and illustrators are our most important resource. Without them none of us would be here. Our primary job in the editorial department is to maintain—and build—strong, trusting, collaborative relationships with them so they keep bringing their projects to us.”
Bravo, Ms. Johnston! I appreciate your honesty.
To read the complete interview, you’ll need to get a copy of the 2009 CWIM guide. The new edition is available, and you’ll find it is chocked full of information for picture book writers.
Until next time, keep your typing fingers warm . . .