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Title: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: LMES on January 31, 2012, 04:11 PM
I'm trying to find out who edited a picture book I just read. I've tried Amazon and the publisher's website. I'm not sure where to look next. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: jeffman on January 31, 2012, 04:25 PM
Call the marketing department at the publisher and just ask. It used to work, anyway.
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: eecoburn on January 31, 2012, 04:42 PM
Also try finding the author's website or blog. They sometimes talk about their editors. I often find that the editor is thanked in the dedication of the book, as well. The other thing you can do, if you subscribe to Publisher's Marketplace, is search their database and see if you can find the listing of the original sale of the book. It lists the editor that was in charge of buying it. Hope that helps! :goodluck
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: Jaina on January 31, 2012, 07:04 PM
You might also Google the author's name and the phrase "my editor" (put that in quotes).  This might bring up an interview in which they name the person.

Also try the Googling the title of the book with the words "edited by" (again, in quotes).
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: Nan on February 01, 2012, 09:59 AM
Scbwi has a Who Edited What page on their site...
Not sure if it's been updated.
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: LMES on February 01, 2012, 11:48 AM
Thank you so much!

 :thankyou2:
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: carlynnw on April 15, 2012, 03:26 PM
Hi. I, too, am trying to track down editors of particular picture books, and I searched for SCBWI's page to no avail. (I also emailed them to ask about it, but so far have received no response.) Does anyone have a link to it, or can you describe where it is located on their site? Thanks!!
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: literaticat on April 15, 2012, 03:32 PM
You could also ask US - we might know.  :)
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: Kurtis on April 15, 2012, 04:33 PM
I second Literaticat! And even if we don't know offhand if anyone is at that house they can find out quickly.
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: ecb on April 15, 2012, 04:35 PM
What a great idea! I wonder if we could start a sticky thread for this--maybe it would be a good fit for the Response Times board or in Market/Agent News?
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: Lwrites on April 15, 2012, 05:02 PM
Try checking the acknowledgements, too.
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: LeslieG on April 18, 2012, 05:00 PM
In recent years, Marshall Cavendish has started naming the editor on the copyright page. I was delighted when I first noticed; among other things, it's a great way to honor the editor right along with the author, illustrator, and book designer. I wish other houses would follow suit!
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: ecb on April 18, 2012, 05:45 PM
Leslie, that's really wonderful!

At Arthur A Levine/Scholastic, all the books have a colophon, or a page near the back cover giving the details of the book's physical construction (typeface, printing, etc)--and the editor is named there, as well. (I'd forgotten about that until your post--silly me!)
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: HaroldU on April 18, 2012, 06:28 PM
Of course, even if you learn the editor, you might find out that they have since moved to another house, and are no longer acquiring picture books, or it might be the case that they worked on that book because it was assigned to them when the acquiring editor left, and it's not to their taste, or....

Just saying that having that information doesn't always help.
Title: Re: Where to find the editor of a book
Post by: LMES on April 19, 2012, 12:22 PM
Thanks, Leslie and Elizabeth!

And, Harold, good point. I'll keep that in mind as I continue my search.