Hi there Miss Snark
Thanks so much for keeping the blog going -- I do love it.
I often read the acknowlegements page in books to trawl for agents' names. In one I picked up recently, the author thanked her editor and her publisher. I was wondering: what is the difference; what does each one do for the book and what contact do they have with the author?
Thanks so much!
Sorry about the absence. I was away working on a Chapter 14 Mission: rescuing the Free World from an alien invasion.
Publisher is both "the company that produced and sold my book" and the actual person who runs the company. In cases such as with Random House, Penguin Group and other Big Ass Companies, publisher is a title, somewhat like Vice President.
The editor is (generally) the person who does the editing work and is your go to person for solving editorial problems. The publisher is the chief decision maker generally--the one who had to say "yes" for your book to be bought.
The bigger the company, the less likely you'll work with the publisher in any meaningful way. The bigger your book, the more likely. Put both those on a graph for some 3D viewing pleasure.
The publisher makes it all happen, the editor makes sure that what's happening is a good product.