For our inaugural interview, I'm going directly to the cream
of the crop to introduce you to MY adorable (and oh-so-
smart!) editor, Amy Cloud with Simon and Schuster's
Aladdin imprint. She's a Brooklynite by way of Michigan,
who loves 90's movies (further proof of her awesomeness)
and foisting kale salads on unsuspecting friends (she'll never get me).
Hey, Amy! Giant hugs for being our brave first
interview subject. Let's start with some basics. How did
you get your start in the industry? Did you always want
to be in publishing?
it would be ideal if I could somehow get paid to do it. After
a few post-collegiate stints at trade journals in my
native Michigan, I was accepted into the Columbia
Publishing Course, a six-week “crash course” in the New
York publishing industry. There I met Nicholas Callaway, who at the time owned a boutique publishing firm called Callaway Editions. I spent the next eight years of my life working with a tiny and tight-knight team on everything from Madonna’s children’s stories to a New York Times photo book about President Obama. It was a nontraditional publishing experience, but turned out to be the perfect way for me to learn the ins and outs of the business. (It didn’t hurt that I got to meet Madonna my third week on the job.) It was there that I realized my true love was kids’ books.
Nothing tops the man hands! I promised no naming favorites, but is there maybe a particular book that sparked your love of reading or a book that you re-read time and again?
There's also this wonderful tween concierge story coming up this summer that I'm sort of over the moon about. It's called At Your Service. J