Holiday Gifts for the Editor/Writer in Your Life

Thank you is a two-way street. Perhaps you feel in the mood to thank your editor this holiday season for the effort and time devoted to your novel. Here are some ways and links that might work. These gifts go both ways and work for editors as well as writers. You don’t have to spend large amounts of money. The special note of thanks you write on the card goes a long way. Whatever your budget, your editor will appreciate being remembered.


1. The post office is in dire straits. Mail a paper card with your signature and a stamp and help save an American institution.



2. Your editor does not automatically receive a copy (print or digital) of your completed book. Send her an autographed copy.



3. Gift cards to buy books or office supplies are a great gift for the editor who never has time to run out to the store for paper and ink.



4. Electronic greeting cards are ok. Search for a special one.



5. Editors read a lot. Anything book related such as mini book lights and book marks are welcome gifts. How about a journal or a planner?



6. A gift certificate to your mutual publishing house would be welcome.



7. Magazine subscriptions cost a lot of money these days. Perhaps you can afford a year of a writing magazine for your editor.


8. Editors are normally overwhelmed by the amount of filing required to keep track of just one book. USB flash drives come in a variety of prices and storage amounts.



9. Starbucks rules the world. A coffee gift card will be sucked up in a month by your editor.


10. With food intolerances and allergies on the rise, send gift cards for large chain restaurants if you want to send a food care package. You might be surprised by the number of people who can NOT eat chocolate, peanuts, dairy, wheat, or corn.

If you have any good ideas for editor/writer gifts, chime in!


Smooches (and sweet holidays,)

JB George


Editorial Etiquette by JB


About Joy Held's Writer Wellness Blog

Writer, yogini, mom, wife, and teacher. I teach English composition and hatha yoga in a small private college in Ohio. I'm also working on my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.

Posted on December 1, 2011, in Editorial Etiquette and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. With no addy for an editor, how would I send something through the P.O? Could we get and address for our editor?

  2. Great ideas! I think we should include cover artists in this as well because they bring our characters and book to life with their great work 🙂

  3. Joy Held's Writer Wellness Blog

    Hi Jean, You’re right, some editors don’t give out their personal addresses. You just have to ask. If they don’t want to give out an address, sending a card to the publisher’s address is probably ok. It should get forwarded for you. Just ask and if it’s a concern, electronic greetings and gift cards are a good fall back. All online retailers offer electronic gift cards and many, many online greeting cards are free! The receipient receives an email with a code that enables them to access the card. Any other ideas out there?

  4. I have such an awesome editor!!! She has guided me and helped me so much and has been an absolute pleasure to work with. I showed her my appreciation by dedicating my latest book to her. Thank you, Lori Paige for everything you’ve done for me 🙂 HUGS!!

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