What about editors writing books? In their own lists or outside of it, say, a fiction editor writing a nonfiction book (for their own house? another house?) or vice-versa?If you got a query that said "I am an editor at XYZ House" and (it's not an editor you submit to, of course) what would you do?I think it happens pretty frequently (from what I read in PW) but I'd like the Snarkalicious take on it.
I look at the writing of course. Being a good editor does not correlate to being a good writer. Lots of writers get jobs in publishing to learn about the industry so it's no surprise that I get queries from these folks all the time.
Where it gets a little strange is if you take the book on, and you want to pitch it to the same house where the editor works. That's always touch and go. It also almost never works.
I don't object to editors writing books cause they can't acquire their own stuff, and mostly their own companies won't acquire them either. Agents are a different matter. And book reviewers.
That's where I shriek and wave my arms in the air.