Dianne Choie


Encounters in Publishing #10 by Dianne Choie

I am annoyingly delighted to talk about my job. More than once over the years I’ve found myself in social situations where I’m surrounded by, say, lawyers and finance people (nothing is more mystifying to me than the latter; a “hedge fund” sounds like a piggy bank that you break open when you’re ready to pick up some new shrubs) and the old “What do you do?” line of questioning comes up. A spark of interest often lights up the inquirer’s eyes when I say I work in book publishing: that’s, like, a real trade! I help make stuff that people are familiar with, that involves paper and glue and ink and other stuff that magically comes together to create something you can hold in your hand.

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