Monday, March 10, 2008

Introducing. . .CONNIE TROYER

Position at Barbour: Assistant Managing Editor
How long have you worked at Barbour? 6 ½ years
What has been the biggest change you’ve seen in your years with the company? Watching our fiction line grow; improvements on book covers; and working ahead of schedule.
What is your favorite task associated with your job description? Least favorite?
Favorite: Polishing the books before press time, watching a series develop, and working with our authors.
Least favorite: Opening the mail (reading all those unsolicited proposals) and working with the Copyright Office.

Are there any areas under your supervision in which you’re actively searching for new projects? Not at this time; I was most recently acquiring puzzles.
What project is consuming your energies this month? Wrapping up our four puzzle books and filing copyright forms.
Do you ever find time to read for pleasure? If so, what book have you read recently?
I do try to read after-hours and have a long list of books I’ve either started and never finished or mean to get to. I just joined a book discussion group, and we recently read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Next on the list is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. My Sunday school class has also been working its way through Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I enjoy reading everything from the classics and biography to fantasy, adventure and mystery to romance. My goal has been to progress through my “mean to get to” list. I also try to take time to read the Barbour books I haven’t worked on, because I love to recommend them to people!
Can you tell us briefly about your family? I’m originally from Salem, Ohio. I relocated when I got the job as the editorial assistant for Barbour and ended up meeting the love of my life in the next wing. My husband, Tom, and I will be married five years this coming June. We live down the street from my in-laws, which works out well most days. I’m a first-time aunt to a beautiful 7-month-old named Alyssa Grace. Tom and I don’t have any children yet; our three cats keep us busy in the meantime.
What church do you attend? We attend Dover Alliance Church (Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination), but I was raised and remain part of the Evangelical Friends Church (Quaker).
What do you enjoy in your "off-hours"? Researching genealogy and helping people.
Do you have a favorite work-related quote that motivates you these days? I have three I try to remember right now:
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.”—St. Francis de Sales
“It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a specific situation, that great characters are formed.”—Abigail Adams
“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.”—Bill Meyer


Mary Connealy said...

Connie, My daughter was Christian Missionary Alliance until she got married and changed to her husband's church. She loved it. They've got a terrific church in Omaha. One of those massive churches with so many buildings it's a campus and service after service on Saturday and Sunday.
I love the covers and the growth of the fiction line, so you're doing a great job.

NancyMehl said...

So happy to meet you, Connie! Thanks for taking the time to share, and thank you for all your hard work. You are greatly appreciated!


Janet Spaeth said...

I enjoyed this interview, Connie--nice to be able to meet you!

I especially enjoyed the quote from St. Francis de Sales. I needed to hear that today!

Lynette Sowell said...

When I attended college in PA, I attended a CMA church. Loved it. :) It's nice to see another face from Barbour!