A Day in the Life of an Author Assistant
By Kim Castillo
9:00am – wake up by cover models bringing me hot cocoa and croissants in bed.
10:00am – read three romance novels that won’t be published for at least a year.
12:00pm – lunch with Eloisa James, Julia Quinn and Teresa Medeiros.
2:00pm – attend photo shoot with Eloisa at Good Housekeeping.
2:15pm – run rampant through Good Housekeeping’s Seal of Approval department.
3:30pm – nap for evening events.
5:00pm – attend a very high profile cocktail party with everyone in publishing.
Yeah, no. My job does come with some very cool perks — reading books early, lunching with authors I idolize once or twice a year and the occasional interview — but for the most part it’s like any other office job.
I spend the bulk of my work hours reading and sending emails. It’s 4pm right now and I’ve sent approximately 450 emails so far and I’m not even close to being done. Not to mention that I’m still in my pajamas too. 80% of my work is done via email. Clients sending tasks, brainstorming with clients or sending requests on behalf of a client.
A couple times a week I’ll have a conference call with a client. Yup, it’s pretty cool to have Kristan Higgins ring you up or Jillian Hunter leave you a message. But those are the important calls when it’s imperative to take good notes because you don’t have an email to reference back.
In between emails and calls, I work on writing newsletters, contest text or website content. And putting out fires. Every now and then something will go wrong that needs my immediate attention. Maybe something on Facebook isn’t working properly (does it ever?) or a package needs to go in the mail asap.
Sometimes I do get to get out of my office to go to the post office. A Lot. They know me by name there. Last year I mailed approximately $17,000 through the USPS. Like I said, a lot.
Do I love my job, absolutely! There’s nothing like building something from nothing that supports your family AND makes you happy. Someone once told me “Find something you love so much that you would do it every day whether you get paid or not.” This is my something but thankfully, I do get paid.I believe everyone should find their “something”. There’s no happiness or satisfaction like it.
Have you found your “something”? What is your dream job? And ask me anything about my job and/or authors. If it’s not confidential, I’ll share!