232: Editor Insight with Talia Benamy
In this episode, we’re joined Talia Benamy. Talia is an editor at Philomel Books. She started in publishing when she joined Penguin Random House as an editorial assistant in 2013. Talia graduated with a BA in English from Cornell University and is the editor of Cramm This Book: So You Know WTF Is Going On in the World Today by Olivia Seltzer, My Love for You Is Always by Gillian Sze and Michelle Lee, You Can Be ABCs by Robert Samuel White II, Robert Samuel White III, and Robert Paul Jr., The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum, and the Airi Sano, Prankmaster General series by Zoe Tokushige. She also co-edits the She Persisted chapter book series with Jill Santopolo.
Talia’s manuscript wishlist includes books that embrace feminism, celebrate wordplay, and focus on Judaism, politics, or space and books that help readers understand the world around them and how they can ability impact it. Follow her on Twitter @taliabenamy.
Talia enlightens us on these topics:
• What’s the job of an associate editor?
• What’s the slush pile and who reads it?
• How to know if your writing is any good?
• What are common query mistakes?
• Why do manuscripts get rejected?