My first responsibility was to evaluate the author's original outline. I had to make the structure right and ask for any missing information to be added. Once we had an approved outline, I was a consultant to help the author adhere to the rigidly irreverent style of the series. If the author didn't make his or her deadlines, I had to report him to the acquisitions editor.
Once the book was written, I read the chapters for structure, content, and sense. I was also responsible for making sure the book didn't turn out longer than planned. Going over page count made the cost of the book go up and the profitability go down.
When I was done editing, I turned over chapters to the production editor. They did their edits and sent it to the author. Then I was responsible for ensuring that the author answered all queries to my satisfaction.
I also requested royalty advance checks for authors when they met their deadlines. And I drafted the original cover copy for my books (although it always came back from the marketing department as unrecognizable—often with added features that didn't exist in the book!).
I learned some valuable lessons on the product side of things. But then an opportunity arose that I could not pass up: Frommer's travel guides.