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From the Editors @ Atria: Brenda Copeland

A senior editor reveals why copycat books are a fallacy, how agents can do better, when you should listen to the market—and, why you sometimes shouldn't

By Rachel Kramer Bussel - April 26, 2005

Title: Senior Editor
Previous publishing experience: Copeland's been in publishing for seven years, all of them at Simon & Schuster. She has been with Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, since it started three years ago.

Mediabistro: I've seen and heard Atria, which spun off Pocket Books in April 2002, described as a small start-up within a larger company. How independent is the imprint?

Copeland: All of the imprints under Simon & Schuster are really on equal footing in that we acquire books on our own, we have our own budgets, we're self-determining to a certain extent within ...

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