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Lee Buttala
Associate Editor

"I was working as a writer for a magazine but I wanted to try something different. Magazine publishing wasn't that fulfilling for me."

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

Deciding to get into Publishing. I was working as a writer for a magazine but I wanted to try something different. Magazine publishing wasn't that fulfilling for me. You never get very deep into the content like you can in book publishing. My job as an Associate Editor involves spending my time: line editing, writing flap copy, marketing reports a.k.a. tip sheets, reading manuscripts sent by agents.

How did you get your big breaks?

I had a friend who worked for Knopf and that's how I got in. When an something was available there, he told me about it and forwarded my resume internally.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

"Don't treat any career decision as final till age 30."

What have you learned from your experience?

Lots of people get jobs there through friends of friends, many went through the Radcliffe Publishing Course.

What most excites you about your job right now?

Book parties and socializing are a part of work. I have pride in what I do, because they we produce good books. Writers are treated seriously at Knopf--they know that their books will get the best possible treatment and lots of press attention when they are published by Knopf. I take a lot of satisfaction in my work.

On a scale of 1-10, how relevant was your academic major to your career? (1=not at all, 10=absolutely essential)

10 Absolutely Essential

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

I'd like to have authored several books of my own.

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