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The Questionless Books Interview: Editor and Publicist Becky Toyne

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Becky Toyne

Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, The Questionless Books Interview gets a host of lit-types (authors, editors, publishers, publicists, designers, booksellerss, readers, bloggers, journalists, etc.) to finish a bunch of statements about the state of literature and the "future of books".

Becky Toyne is a freelance editor and publicist based in Toronto. Since embarking on a career in publishing 10 years ago, she has worked as an in-house editor at Random House UK and Random House of Canada, and as Communications Coordinator for the International Festival of Authors and Authors at Harbourfront Centre. In addition to freelancing, she works part time at Toronto's Type Books and is a member of the communications committee for the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

Becky's Links:

Type Books
Writers' Trust

I am..., professionally, the wearer of many book-related hats

I am known that English chick what works in publishing

I do this in...Toronto, my adoptive home

I do this because...reading matters

I do this when awake

The way I do this is...well, I'm doing it now

At its core, a Writer is...someone who is invariably underpaid

As opposed to an Author, who is...dead, according to Barthes

A Writer is responsible for...creating order from arbitrary connections

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for...nothing. True authority absolves one of responsibility

At its core, Publishing is...thinking about the big picture

As opposed to Editing, which is...thinking about the little details

A Publisher should always...pick up the tab

As opposed to an Editor, who should always...pick up the dangling participle

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others a child heading off for its first day at kindergarten

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is...jumping feet first into Frosh week

A Manuscript should double spaced

As opposed to a Book, which should always...just be

At its core, Bookselling is...a human interaction, a community, a conversation

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is...desperately trying to figure out how to be the above

The smallest unit of narrative is...a verb

To be a Book a thing must be...tactile

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is...the unknown

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is...the unknown

In the future we will all..., however else we get our information, still own books. Printed ones.

At his/her core, a Reader is...valued, whether he/she bought Dan Brown or Dostoevsky

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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