Career

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Contracts Manager, 1992–1994

The publisher of Roberto Bolaño, Susan Sontag, Jeffrey Eugenides, Scott Turow, Tom Wolfe, and more than 20 Nobel Prize winners, FSG is one of the last of the classic old-school literary houses. This was my first real job out of college, and it corresponded with the earliest days of establishing digital rights in author agreements. FSG’s contracts department was a great vantage point for learning about the publishing process. Some memories: Hunting through the files to find the original contract for Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Encountering John McPhee and Susan Sontag in the hallways. Serving a mimosa to Derek Walcott a few hours after he won the Nobel Prize — and then, to my horror, learning that he doesn’t drink and thought it was orange juice. FSG was independently owned until late 1994, a few months after I left, when it was sold to the German conglomerate Von Holtzbrinck.

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Blue State Digital

Blue State Digital

Content Strategist

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

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WhiteHouse.gov

WhiteHouse.gov

Content Strategist

The Magazine Covers

Magazine Mashups

Graphic Artist