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Aug 29, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
This is a great thread. Such an important conversation to be having.
I say this all the time even when it comes to breaking in as an editor. I had a lot of high-up mentors and a middle class family AND I worked somewhere else where I made more so while I took a big salary cut, I also had savings that helped in the first few months + moving to NYC.
I've gotten push back when talking about foundations. But the fact is that it doesn't diminish how hard I've worked and how aggressive I am. It's just being honest so that someone else doesn't beat themselves up when they can't as easily follow my path.
I'm honestly so sick of writers and publishing folk sharing success stories and not owning up to the cushy foundation they had. Even for POC--middle/upper socioeconomic status & being able-bodied, etc. helps. We need to be talking more about building access #onhere and in person.
my favorite are when people (most often authors who just got a deal) are like i worked hard in my day job and got no sleep and you can too and im just like...
like i've talked about making hard but necessary sacrifices here but im always honest about my privilege...i just dont get when it became a thing to pretty much lie to each other about how easy this industry... Over it. so, yes, absolutely past time to start talking about it.

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May 4, 2018
Yeah... it’s kinda the worst to refer someone for a job only to get feedback that they, um, couldn’t name recent books + any the publisher has published 😭😩

Never give anyone an easy reason to say no!
There are like some *really* basic things you should know going into an interview:

Who is interviewing you. Call or email and find out.
...You need to know who they are, their role within the company, and books they’ve edited, etc.
The company. Not just their name (Obvi) but you need to know things like is this particular imprint trying to grow a certain area? Is it an area you have skills in?

Unpopular opinion: it’s OK if you don’t have those specific skills. You need to know that BEFORE the interview
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