So I went from a large conglomerate to a small, family owned publisher that specialized in a very small niche: books about how to find a job.
I was once again editing text for content and structure (adding headings and sculpting text into reader-friendly elements). But there was a twist: Suddenly, I was asked to write the actual cover copy and direct the cover design. I was at a loss for the first few projects because I'd never had to look at graphic design with a critical and sales-oriented eye. "Looks great to me!" I'd say. But I trained myself to have educated opinions about covers. So now I say stuff like "That spine doesn't pop, the photo won't appeal to the target audience, and the font is horrid!" (Only in a nice way.)
I found myself getting more involved with workbook-type products as well as assessments. We also produce videos and software, so I learned a bit more about those products as well.
In the summer of 2000, my boss, his boss, and her boss all left suddenly (for different reasons). So then there was a leadership hole above me three layers deep. We went for over a year without a boss or an acquisitions editor. So we were quickly running out of things to edit. So my coworker and I decided to start being acquisitions editors, too. Later we were officially promoted to the roles.