What first attracted you to F+W?
I first discovered F+W through their writing department: Writer’s Digest. As a writer, I soaked up as much as I could then, when I decided to go into publishing, I just naturally gravitated towards their market books. From there, I pretty much utilized their advice as much as possible and even ended up applying to some of their job openings. Much to my surprise, they actually called me for an interview and the rest, they say, is history. (For more information on my personal publishing journey, click HERE.)
What’s your favorite aspect of the publishing process?
I love the moment when the advance copies of the books come in. I know some editors are used to getting them, but I still get giddy every time I see a freshly printed book. It’s the accumulation of two years of hard work and planning. It’s not something I take lightly and it gives me such a big confidence boost knowing that I helped create something that will forever be in print.
Do you have any big plans for any of your books coming up?
Not really. I’m excited about the content of the book, but I don’t have any out-of-the-book plans for them. I know that adult coloring books have been all the rage lately, so I’ve suggested that we hold a coloring contest, of sorts, across all our imprints that will be open to the public – but nothing has been made definitive. (For more on our coloring books, click HERE.)
Are there any particular Artist’s Market Online articles or blogs that have particularly struck you?
Actually, there have been a lot that have truly appealed to me but the two that stand out are: Art for Roleplaying Games and Similar Markets and Motivational Retreat: Affirm Your Success. I have RPG editing experience, so I get asked a lot about how people can get their careers started in the gaming industry. I think Art for Roleplaying Games and Similar Markets truly speaks to this question and helps give people an idea of what’s ahead of them. Then, if they’re serious about working in the industry, the market books are a great place to find more guidance. The Motivational Retreat: Affirm Your Success article also speaks to me because a lot of people need a boost in their self-confidence. Sometimes it’s not a matter of whether or not you’re even a good artists, sometimes it’s just about how much you believe in yourself. I think that could be said about anything, really.
Can you name a few of your favorite books to work on to date?
Although all of the books I’ve worked on hold a special place in my editorial heart, I’d have to say that the majority of the books I’ve worked on for our IMPACT imprint have made the biggest impression. (IMPACT is our Young Adult imprint, you can find more about it by clicking HERE.) Fantasy Creatures in Clay was the first book that made me feel like a legit editor and not just some imposter pretending to be one. The book was originally called Creature Sculpt and was self-published, so I had to go in and really take a knife to it. I’m crazy proud of how it turned out and absolutely loved working with the author, Emily Coleman. Perspective Made Easy was the first comic style art book our publisher has ever done and I was super ecstatic about getting to be the editor on it. Having said that, it was 100% created by team effort. Because of the uniqueness of the project, there was a lot of back and forth between Robbie Lee (the author), the designer and myself. I swear, I still have dreams about working on that book, haha! Finally, one of my favorites is also Little Pony Drawing Book. Not only was it my second time working with Lindsay Cibos (I was her editor for Furries Furever, which you can find by clicking HERE.) but I genuinely enjoyed the entire experience of working on a little pony book. (Click HERE for more details.)
Are you an artist? Do you have any design or photography experience?
I wouldn’t have considered myself an artist before working at F+W. Now, however, I do. I’ve recently become a huge fan of art journaling, thanks in large part to working with so many mixed media artists. (For more on art journaling and mixed media, click HERE.)
What’s one thing a lot of people probably don’t know about you?
I’ve been a voice actor for a small cartoon.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve encountered while working with Artist’s Market Online?
The most shocking, by far and large, issue I’ve come across is that fact that not many people know about the market books. As someone who wanted to get into publishing, I practically inhaled them on my career journey. So it’s almost unbelievable to me when people, especially artists, say they don’t know what the market books are! I mean, these books are free listings of every art, publishing, etc. community a person could ever want to know about to help their career. It’s basically a list of every contact you’d ever want to make in the industry all written into one book with tips on how to be successful and win them over. I mean, you can’t ask for more than that.
What’s the best part of being an editor?
Other than seeing someone else’s manuscript with red corrections all over the place instead of my own… that, after a one to two year journey, I get to help a person’s dream come true once their book is finally published.
About the Editor:
Brittany VanSnepson joined Artist’s Market Online and F+W Media’s Fine Art Community in April 2013 as an Associate Content Developer (Editor). She has a Bachelors with a double major in English Writing and Communications, with an emphasis in speech, from Saint Mary’s of Notre Dame. After several internships, she landed her dream job of editing books and blogging about pop-culture. Brittany lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her mutt, Woogie. When she isn’t madly making marks with a red pen on paper, she’s reading, hiking, procrastinating about writing, reading, traveling, helping out in a friend’s vineyard, oh and did we mention… reading!