Next in the “Introducing AMACOM” series is Senior Editor Tim Burgard. Welcome, Tim!
What were you doing before you joined AMACOM?
Before AMACOM I was an acquisitions editor at John Wiley & Sons for 18 years, where I signed books targeted to business professionals across a variety of subject areas–Finance, Accounting, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Performance Management, and Technology Strategy, among others. It was a great opportunity to develop a successful book program and build rewarding relationships with colleagues and authors.
What are some of your responsibilities as Senior Editor?
My first and foremost responsibility is to sign exciting new books in the areas of Sales, Finance, Customer Service, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management and Project Management, along with some general business categories. One way that I have been doing this is by contacting people in my network about potential book ideas and letting them know all about AMACOM and the team of professionals we have here that ensure a top quality publishing experience. I also review proposals that come in from literary agents and the AMACOM website that fall in my subject areas.
One of the great things about this position is that you get to stay connected throughout the entire publishing process: from the initial book idea, to proposal, to draft manuscript, to publication, to pre- and post-publication marketing and publicity. Keeping a steady communication going with the author is a key to ensuring that everybody is on the same page and that we have a high quality book with a compelling message when the process is complete. Even veteran authors appreciate knowing what is expected of them and when and that they are part of team with a common goal.
What are the big challenges you face in your job?
While being involved in all aspects of the publishing process is one of the great things about this position, it also is the most challenging. Project management becomes a real issue when you are juggling multiple projects, all with different timelines and challenges, simultaneously. The key thing for me is to prioritize my focus on projects that are either entering or already in the production process while making sure I carve out a certain amount of time every week to flesh out new proposals and present them for publicatio,n and also to look at my publishing program strategically and identify new publishing opportunities.
What AMACOM book are you really excited about right now?
I am excited about reading Lead with A Story by Paul Smith [also author of the forthcoming Sell with a Story]. I have always believed in the power of stories to motivate and inspire and like the application to business leaders. I am sure there will some takeaways I will be able to apply here at AMACOM.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I am almost finished reading A Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling and am enjoying it. For those looking for another Harry Potter book, there will be disappointment. This is very much an adult novel that tells a story centered on typical small town politics in an unusual and powerful way. Also, the writing is amazing. Just know what you’re getting into.
Thanks, Tim! For more posts in our Introducing AMACOM series, please click here.