- Review unsolicited book proposals and decide whether to reject them outright or present them to sales, marketing, and the president for possible approval.
- Find qualified, talented authors for projects we've already decided we want to do.
- Negotiate the terms of the publishing contract with the author and serve as a go-between with the president (the person who signed the contracts for JIST).
- Work with the author to develop a satisfactory book outline.
- Coach and coerce the author to meet his/her writing deadlines.
- Serve as the author's primary point of contact with the publisher throughout the process (and most importantly to them, get them their advance money).
- Work out all details regarding the book's specifications (price, page count, trim size, target audience, marketing focus, etc.).
Meanwhile, because this was a small company, I continued to do all of the other jobs I had already been doing (development editor, copy editor, production editor, copy writer, proofreader, etc.). It's no small feat making my right and left brains work together as well as they do, and I would hazard a guess that there aren't many people who would be good at (and would enjoy) doing all of these different things at the same time. That's just one of the quirks of working for a small publisher--you do it all because they can't afford to get as many people as it would take to do it all. But you are rewarded by having the kind of project ownership you'd never get anywhere else.