Marcela Landres

Sep 29, 11 Marcela Landres

City you live in:

Occupation and why?
Book editor, because books were my first best friends.

A regular day consists of?
Walking my dog, editing manuscripts, returning phone calls, responding to emails, eating dinner with my hubby–and, on a good day, reading a book at bedtime that has nothing to do with work.

How do you define success?
The ability to turn down projects that don’t engage or enlighten me.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Giving myself permission to occasionally take a break from work to play.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Read voraciously, attend the best college you can get into, do internships in publishing companies during your summer breaks, and take the Columbia Publishing Course:

What’s on your bucket list?
I only have five items on my bucket list: 1. get out of the projects, 2. stay out of the projects, 3. graduate from Barnard, 4. have a career about which I’m passionate, 5. have healthy, happy children. So far, I’ve achieved four out of the five.

I am proud to be Latina because:
Latinas are strong, smart, and sexy.

How do you get your Latin fix?
My father’s cooking.

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
English when I’m happy, Spanish when I’m angry.

What is your favorite Latin restaurant?
Coco Roco–it’s the closest to Ecuadorian fare in my hood,

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
Latinas are sexy :-) 

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
Actually, the best advice I ever got was from my father: “Whoever pays the rent, makes the rules.” As a kid, I hated when he said that to me and my siblings when he wouldn’t let us have our way. Now, I convey that advice to the writers with whom I work. Publishers pay for all the costs of publishing a book, which is why they–not authors–control the process.

Favorite home remedy
Onion juice mixed with honey and lemon for a cold.

Favorite Quote:
“Traveler, there is no path; paths are made by walking.”–Antonio Machado

Career Highlights
Getting laid off from Simon & Schuster in 2003. Seriously, it was the best thing that ever happened to me in my professional life.

[fun]♦ The first concert I saw was Menudo at Madison Square Garden. All together now, “Sube a mi motora . . .”[/fun]

♦ Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You.
♦ She publishes the award-winning e-zine Latinidad,
♦ In 1996 she started her career in book publishing as an editor with Simon & Schuster, and now works as an Editorial Consultant helping writers get published by editing their work and educating them on the business side of publishing. For more information, visit[/career]

[description]I am proud to be Latina because Latinas are strong, smart, and sexy.


  1. Sandra Ramos O'Briant /

    Love the quote by Machado.

  2. Teresa Dovalpage /

    Wonderful, Marcela! You have helped so many people, eres una verdadera inspiracion para las Latinas!
    Greetings from Taos,

  3. Sarah Cortez /

    It’s always a treat to read what you have to say, Marcela. Lucky us who get to share your knowledge and expertise!
    Sarah Cortez

  4. Maria Aponte /

    Great interview. Thank you for mentioning the importance of internships- as a Career Counselor that is my mantra with the students. Thank you for always inspiring me to do more
    Maria- Fordham University

  5. Xenia /

    Love, love, LOVE the advice from your father! I believe that wholeheartedly. Also, I love that you say the lay-off from Simon/Schuster was the best thing that ever happened. As someone who got laid off from her job, I’m looking forward to the next stage in my life.

  6. Celeste /

    Eres una inspiracion, mujer! From one Barnard sistah to another — dale puro shine! :)

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