Tor.com’s Books Editor and Publicity Coordinator Christina Orlando has graciously joined us in conversation about their experiences working in the publishing industry, their time with Tor.com, and more.
Tell us a little about yourself. What made you want to work in publishing? How long have you been working in the industry?
I really always loved books, but I was told from a very young age that it was just a hobby and not a job. I internalized a lot of the narrative around English majors and artists — that art didn't sell, an English degree was only good for teaching, and I needed to find something practical to do. I left college and went into digital marketing, mostly social media and e-mail, which was fine but ultimately unfulfilling. I wasn't being creatively challenged. Eventually I left and started my own business, a subscription box for books and tea. Thatwas my first real introduction to how publishing worked, and suddenly I started learning about all the different jobs that were available to me and all the different ways books were made. It was really a formative experience, and I made a lot of great connections through that work. At the same time, I started writing for Book Riot and working with that team. Once I had a better idea of how the industry worked and what the individual publisher/imprint identities were like, it made finding a job a little easier. But I've really only been in 'publishing' for two years.
What has your experience with Tor.com been like? Specifically as Books Editor & Publicity Coordinator. Are there any Tor.com titles you’re particularly proud to have worked on? Are there any upcoming titles you find to be standouts?
I really love my job, and I feel very lucky every day. I tell them this a lot. I love my team, the Tor.com website writers are the smartest people I know. I'm thankful to be around people who understand me, who I can be weird with and who have the same nerdy frames of reference that I do. I'm really proud of the work we do.