Tom Mayer – Senior Editor, W.W. Norton
Q: Who is Tom Mayer?
A: Tom Mayer has been a book editor at W.W. Norton for eight years, and a senior editor since 2010. He has a wide array of interests, and has edited over fifty books. He lives in New York City.
Q: What has Tom done?
A: Just a few of the many books he’s edited are: Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill; Caravaggio by Andrew Graham-Dixon; The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone, and In the Graveyard of Empires by Seth G. Jones.
We talk to Tom about the nature of being an editor, the process a submitted manuscript goes though to become a published book, the editor-author relationship, the difference between editing fiction and nonfiction, and what makes a manuscript really stand out.