Nope this is not a review, but more of a post-holiday-back-to-work have-to-say-something kind of randomized crap. Ah this is so out of place but...
In HK I met up with Siuman, a South China Post Executive Editor of the books division.
'What books do you do?' I go.
'Almost everything. Serious, translation, fiction, politics.' She starts.
'Any language that I can take on. Used to be English. Then went to Chinese. Now its both.'
We shake our heads and smile.
'What books do you do? She goes.
'Everything in my market sector. That's Secondary High School market and Pre-tertiary.'
'Do you do design?' She nods, then asks.
'No designers do design.'
'I do design. Production?'
'Right. I do costings. But it all comes back to me at the end, if the book fails it's my fault for making a bad book.'
'It's always our fault, dear.' She goes.
We nod and smile again.
'How many books are you taking on now?' I ask.
'Now? I'm doing 3.'
'On average?' Curiousity kicks in. Does she have it better?
'Four books a month. Everything, including design. Remember. Average of 400–500 pages per book.'
'You?' Her turn to ask.
'Me? I've got three series.'
'How many in a series?'
'5 per series.'
'Right. That's 15.'
'You like your work?' She asks, finally.
'I'm passionate about it.'
'Me too. That's the problem, isn't it?'
'Yeah. We're both fools.'
The book business, is sad, and their editors are overworked. 90% of authors are poor and live on a can of anchovies a month, and designers get paid in pitiful cents. Please be kind and buy original works of art. Don't support piracy. Or else in many years to come, you won't have books to read. *sniff* minishorts # 4:14 PM