An Editors’ POV – Acquisitions Editor Andrew Rogers Shares From Behind His Desk

Andrew Rogers is an acquisitions editor at Discovery House Publishers and also a founding member of Jot and the Weaklings. He’s here to tell us a little bit about himself before he takes the stage at Jot IV, this Friday September 12th. If you are coming to Jot, please bring some questions for him during the Q&A time following his presentation.

What Authors have influenced you the most?

Ray Bradbury and C.S. Lewis. Bradbury in his use of imagery, his courage, and his style. Lewis in his ability to communicate thoughts on God in fresh language, and in how he teaches through similes and metaphors (see “Mere Christianity,” especially). Bradbury also helped me fall in love with the short story form.

What are your current projects?

Lately, I’ve written a short story that needs polished, and then needs a home. I’ve also been writing about writing and publishing for a few conference presentations this fall. 

Why do you write what you write?

I either write for fun (stories), I write for work (the conference presentations), or I write to make sense of what’s happening around me (my journal). If I had to pick just one reason to write, it would be the last one listed here. Writing helps me organize my thoughts and understand my emotions. The act of writing things down helps me process events and move on with life more confidently. It sounds selfish to say that, but if I’m honest with myself, that’s what it comes down to. 

What are you speaking on?

My talk is called “Myths and Lessons from a Year of Acquisitions.” I’m going to share what I have learned during my first year as an acquisitions editor for a publishing house. I’d like to bust some of the myths about acquisitions editors (we’re really not that scary!) and pass on some practical advice for writers who are looking to get published. 

What advice do you have for people interested in writing?

Find a group of writers who share your interest and cultivate meaningful friendships with them. I would not have accomplished anything in writing had I not had the friendship and support of my writers group and of my spouse. 

Please connect with Andrew through subscribing to his blog tellbetterstories or following him on twitter @ALRstories

Thank you Andrew.

See you all at Jot!

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