From Acquisition to Publication: The Editor/Author Relationship

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Ever wonder what it's like to work with an editor at a traditional publishing company? Unsure what questions to ask to get a sense of who an editor is and how you might interact with them?

Despite how much it can shape the trajectory of a book, there doesn't seem to be much information out there on the all-too-important editor and author relationship. Foyinsi Adegbonmire, Associate Editor from Feiwel & Friends, will explain the publication process from the standpoint of a traditional publisher and what you can expect from a professional collaboration with your editor from the moment your book is acquired until it hits the shelves.

This session will offer:

  • What to ask an editor to better determine how well you'll work together
  • What you as the author truly do (and don't) have control over in the publication process
  • How to potentially navigate disagreements with your editor
  • Answers to audience questions (ask-me-anything style)

Perfect session for authors at any stage of their writing journey, whether you have a book ready or not!

[Recorded July 12, 2022]



Foyinsi Adegbonmire is an Associate Editor at Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. She is mainly interested in Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction—from contemporary to mystery to grounded science-fiction and fantasy—and enjoys lighthearted stories with conversational narrative voices. She was named a 2021 PW Star Watch Honoree and her acquisitions include New York Times-bestseller Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. When not reading or thinking about her very large TBR pile, she can be found watching Black sitcoms from the 90s/early 2000s and fictional crime shows, or obsessing over bullet journaling. She can usually be found on Twitter @Foyinsi_Pub.

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