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A joy to work with...

For as long as I can remember, I've worked with writers. That's because even in my very first job, which was in publishing, I was already an editor (despite being very fresh and junior). So, I had to work with authors and ghostwriters. Later, I became a journalist and very quickly rose through the ranks to become a section editor despite again, being very young at the time. So, I had to oversee reporters, young and not-so-young.

There are not many good writers around. Some are ok and some are really less than ok. Very few are very good. Occasionally you come across some who are exceptionally good. When you work with such people, you really get motivated and inspired.

Over the past five years, I've worked with lots of authors who are subject specialists and not necessarily writers. They can produce good books because they are experts in their fields and with a little help, their knowledge can be captured and presented in the form of a book. It's important to have experts share their knowhow otherwise it will get lost to history.

Now that I'm leaving that work behind, I no longer have to focus on producing books by subject experts only (I reckon I'll still be doing that in some capacity but it won't be my primary pre-occupation anymore). I can be selective about who I want to work with and look out for really talented writers, artists, etc... whom I would love to collaborate with on various projects.

In just this past week alone I've gotten to know some new people who are really good at what they do, be it drawing or writing. I will be thrilled to work with them. I can't wait to see what we can create together.

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